Italy 2018: changes in the Sanremo Festival
ITALY – While RAI hasn’t confirmed yet that the Sanremo Festival 2018 will be the leading selection choice for the Eurovision Song Contest, the broadcaster announced two changes in the format of the festival itself. Highlights of the changes and developments are:
- Submissions for the newcomers is open and due on October 6th.
- Record labels can suggest their artist of preference to compete in the festival
- Singer and songwriter Claudio Baglioni is the new host of the festival
It is worth to remember that if RAI uses Sanremo Festival for Eurovision 2018 selection, it is not necessary for the festival winner to be the representative of the country as the artist has the right to refuse.