Over the weekend, the first eight finalists for Sanremo Giovani 2023 were revealed.
Who are the finalists?
Initially, RAI received 564 applications for Sanremo Giovani 2023. This was whittled down to 49 artists, who took part in recent live auditions. From there, the Music Commission made up of artistic director Amadeus, deputy director of Prime Time Entertainment Federica Lentini, Maestro Leonardo De Amicis and writer Massimo Martelli, selected eight artists to advance. They will join four finalists from the Sanremo area to complete the 12 artist lineup for the final, scheduled for December 19th.
The finalists and their songs are:
- bnkr44 – “Effetti speciali”
- Clara – “Boulevard”
- Grenbaud – “Mama”
- Jacopo Sol – “Cose che non sai”
- Lor3n – “Fiore d’inverno”
- Santi Francesi – “Occhi tristi”
- Tancredi – “Perle”
- Vale – “Stronza”
The top three from Sanremo Giovani 2023 will advance to the main Sanremo festival, scheduled for the 6th to 10th of February 2024.
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: Sorrisi e Canzoni TV
Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU