The preparations for the 78th edition of Festival di Sanremo are now in full swing, as Italian broadcaster RAI has released the rules and regulation for the upcoming edition of the festival.
Details about the five nights have been revealed
As we have previously reported, it was revealed that there will be changes for the 78th edition of the competition. 26 Artists will be competing in this year’s festival (3 of which will be coming from Sanremo Giovani), with the winner having the right to represent Italy at Eurovision 2024.
Now we know how each night will play out, and it will be as follows:
Night One – 6th February
On the first evening, all 26 artists will be performing their entries for the festival. The entries will then be voted for by a jury, which will be made up of professional web and television journalists, with the top five entries being revealed on the evening.
Night Two – 7th February
On the second evening, 13 of the competing entries will perform once again, with the entries being voted for by the public, and the Radio Jury, on a 50/50 split, wiht the top five entries being revealed on the evening. The 13 artists who are not performing on this evening will be there to present the 13 artists who are performing.
Night Three – 8th February
On the third evening, the remaining 13 competing entries will perform once again, with the entries being voted for by the public, and the Radio Jury, on a 50/50 split, wiht the top five entries being revealed on the evening. The 13 artists who are not performing on this evening will be there to present the 13 artists who are performing.
Night Four – 9th February
One the penultimate evening, all of the competing artists will be performing a cover of a song (as long as it was released by the 31st of December, 2023). The artist may perform with artists (who is not competing in the festival in the same year). The entries will then by voted by the public, the jury of journalists, and the radio jury on a 34%/33%/33% split respectively. RAI will announce the top five entries, with the entry with the most votes will be declared as the winner.
Night Five – 10th February
On the final evening, all 26 entries will be performed again, with the entries being voted for solely by the public. The full ranking between the first and third evening will then be revealed, with the televote on the final evening to determine a new ranking of the 26 artists, with the top five being revealed to the public.
The top five will then perform once again and will be voted for by the public, the jury of journalists, and the radio jury on a 34%/33%/33% split respectively, with the entry with the most votes as the winner.
Winner of Sanremo to represent Italy in Malmö
In line with previous years, the winner of the festival will gain the right to represent Italy at Eurovision, providing the artist and their record label signs the acceptance form for participation in Eurovision 2024. If the artist does not deliver the form, RAI reserves the right to select Italy’s representative with their own criteria.
You are able to find out more about the rules and regulations for Sanremo 2024 right here.
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. The country has won the contest on three occasions in 1964, 1990 and 2021. Italy withdrew after 1997, 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 2023 was “Due Vite” by Marco Mengoni. At the close of voting, Italy scored a total of 350 points in the Eurovision 2023 Grand Final, placing 4th. Of these, 176 points came from the juries, whilst the remaining 174 points came from the televote.
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News Source: RAI
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