If you were looking forward to watching Sanremo Giovani this year, unfortunately, you will have to wait an extra week to do so. The event has been rescheduled from December 13th to December 19th.
What will Sanremo Giovani 2023 look like?
The news of the rescheduled event isn’t necessarily surprising as the deadline for submissions was also extended. However, we now have a much clearer picture of what the event will look like. RAI received 564 applications for Sanremo Giovani, with 49 advancing to the live auditions. This includes 43 soloists (14 women and 29 men) as well as 6 groups. Eight of these acts will join four artists from the Sanremo area in the live final. The live final, now scheduled for December 19th, will air live on RAI 1 and RAI Radio 2. The top three acts at Sanremo Giovani 2023 will advance to the main Sanremo festival, scheduled for 6th to 10th 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 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: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU