We reported in March that Amadeus is to continue in his role as artistic director of Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival for 2023 and 2024. Now, he has revealed the dates of next year’s edition.
During an episode of Rai’s TG1 news programme earlier this month, Amadeus announced the opening of applications for Sanremo Giovani. He went on to confirm that Sanremo 2023 will run from Tuesday 7th February to Saturday 11th February next year. He stated:
“I’m here to tell everyone that, from today, the curtain officially rises on the 73rd edition of the Sanremo Festival. The regulations of Sanremo Giovani have been published, which has never happened before. Because as early as 12th May, young competitors can send their songs, until 12th October. On 12th December, during prime time on Rai 1, we will discover the top three, who will join the Big Artists of the next edition. And all the news concerning the Italian song festival will be relayed by TG1. A fantastic twinning has happened last year. To conclude, the dates of the next Sanremo Festival: we will start on Tuesday 7th February to end on Saturday 11th February 2023.“Amadeus on Sanremo Music Festival 2023
Sanremo and Amadeus
Amadeus became artistic director and host of the Sanremo Music Festival in 2020. Since Amadeus took over, the event has enjoyed a considerable uptick in television audience ratings across the world. This year’s Sanremo was watched by over 13.3 million viewers – the highest figure since 2005. Mahmood and Blanco triumphed at this year’s edition of the festival with their song “Brividi.” Like most recent Sanremo winners before them, Mahmood and Blanco accepted the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Italy’s Eurovision Journey
Reigning champion Italy has participated in the contest 46 times since it began in 1956. In addition to 2021, the nation 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 between 1994 and 2011 (returning once in 1997). The country became a member of the Big Five upon its return and has only missed out on a top-ten finish twice since. Italy has 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 of all time 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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News Source: Rai
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