Following the success of recent Sanremo Music Festivals, it has been revealed that Amadeus will remain the artistic director for Sanremo 2023 and 2024. This decision was agreed by Rai’s CEO Carlo Fuortes and director of prime time Stefano Coletta. Upon the news breaking Amadeus said the following:
“I am happy and honored by the proposal of CEO Carlo Fuortes and Prime Time Director Stefano Coletta. Having received this proposal now allows me to work immediately. I can’t wait to get started.”Amadeus on continuing on as Sanremo Festival artistic director
Sanremo and Amadeus so far
Amadeus has been the artistic director and host of the Sanremo Music Festival since 2020. Since Amadeus took over in 2020 there has been a big gain in the ratings across the world. This year’s Sanremo was viewed by over 13.3 million viewers, the highest figure since 2005. This year’s Sanremo was won by Mahmood and Blanco with their song “Brividi”. Like most recent Sanremo winners Mahmood and Blanco will represent Italy at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
Italy’s Eurovision Journey
Reigning winners Italy has participated in the contest 46 times since it began in 1956. In addition to 2021, they also won in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’eta” and in 1990 with Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme: 1992”.
Italy took an extended break from the contest from 1994 to 2011 (returning once in 1997). They became a member of the Big Five upon their return and have only missed the top 10 twice since. They finished second twice: in 2011 (with Raphael Gualazzi’s “Madness of Love”) and in 2019 (with Mahmood’s “Soldi”). Italy also notched third place in 2015 with Il Volo’s “Grande Amore”, which won the televote.
Perhaps the most iconic Italian Eurovision entry is Domenico Modugno’s “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” – better known as “Volare” – which placed third in 1958. It was a success in the American charts and won the first ever Grammy award for Song of the Year.
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