ITALY – Italian national broadcaster announced today changes in the 2018 Sanremo Festival edition. The only thing that remains the same is that the winner of the event will be asked to represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest but it will not be obligatory, nor with the same song of course.
The changes in the historic festival of Europe can be highlighted as there will be no eliminations during the four nights before the final. There will be 20 songs in total from the established artists and 8 songs by the new comers.
The song duration changes from 3:15 to 4:00 minutes something which means that winner song if decided to enter the Eurovision Song Contest will have to adjust to the EBU 3:00 rule. Another change is in the voting.
In the last two night the public voting goes from 40% to 50% and the jury voting from 30% to 20%. The demoscopic jury remains to 30%. In the first three nights the voting remains as it is (jury 30%, public 40%, demoscopic jury 30%).
The winner will be decided in two round voting. In the first voting there will be a sum of average of the votes the artists have the past nights and the three artists with top results will go to the second round where they will fight for the win.
Also on Wednesday night, cover songs are replaced with duets, a feature which was scrapped in 2011. Newcomer winner of course will be decided a day before the final. Remember the dates for Sanremo 2018 Festival are February 6th to February 10th.