Italian broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) announced that 49 artists have been selected to advance to the live auditions of Sanremo Giovani, the first step towards selecting their Eurovision 2024 representatives.
The Lineup for Sanremo Giovani 2023
While the main festival has undergone some changes this year, Sanremo Giovani has the same main purpose. Sanremo Giovani is a competition where young artists compete to be selected for the Sanremo festival in February, the competition that will eventually select Italy’s 2024 representative. They received 564 applications this year, with 49 advancing to the live auditions. This includes 43 soloists (14 women and 29 men) as well as 6 groups. Of these, eight will advance to the live final on the 13th of December, joining four artists from the Sanremo area. Then, the top three will advance to the main Sanremo festival, scheduled for the 6th to 10th of February 2024.
You can find a full list of the Sanremo Giovani 2023 participants and their songs here.
Italy’s Eurovision History
Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since the very beginning and has 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 Eurovision 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
Photo Credit: Corinne Cumming / EBU