It feels like only yesterday that Mahmood and Blanco won Sanremo 2022. Following on from Italy’s hosting of Eurovision 2022 in Turin, details of their selection for 2023 have emerged. It has been confirmed that Sanremo will once again be used to select Italy’s Eurovision 2023 entry. Details of next year’s festival have been revealed by Italian broadcaster RAI.
Sanremo 2023 details
It was already announced previously that Sanremo 2023 will take place between the 7th and 11th February 2023. It has been confirmed that 25 artists will take place in next year’s festival, 22 established artists and 3 artists from the Sanremo Giovani selection – which will take place in December. This is the same as the 2022 Sanremo format, in terms of artist selection. The covers night for Sanremo 2023 will take place on Friday, February 10th. – The covers must have been released between 1 January 1960 to 31 December 1999.
During the first and second evening the artists will perform for the first time. They will be judged by the juries of the press room, tv and radio. On the third evening the artists will be judged by Jury again as well as televoting. On the fourth and final nights the artists will be judged by the jury, televoting and a Demoscopic jury.
Italy’s Eurovision Journey
Italy have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since the very beginning and have always been considered a powerhouse in the contest. Italy have won the contest on three occasions in 1964, 1990 and 2021. After 1997Italy withdrew for a while, returning again in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi who sang ‘Madness Of Love’ Raphael placed second in the 2011 Eurovison Song Contest after scoring 189 points.
Italy’s most recent entry in 2022 was “Brividi” by Mahmood and Blanco, performed on home soil after rock band Måneskin won the previous contest in 2021. At the close of voting, Italy scoring 268 points in the Eurovision 2022 Grand Final, placing 6th.
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News Source: Rai
Photo Source: EBU/Corinne Cumming