Italy 2018 🇮🇹 Sanremo kicks off tonight; all information you need to know
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
ITALY – The Sanremo Music Festival will be the 68th annual Sanremo Music Festival, a television song contest held in Teatro Ariston di Sanremo and organised and broadcast by RAI. Singer-songwriter and musician, Claudio Baglioni, is the host and artistic director of Sanremo Music Festival 2018. This edition will be co-hosted by Michelle Hunziker and Pierfrancesco Favino.
Voting during the five evenings occurred through different combinations of four methods:
- Public televoting, carried out via landline, mobile phone, the contest’s official mobile app, and online voting.
- Press jury voting, expressed by accredited journalists that followed the competition from the Roof Hall at the Teatro Ariston.
- A demoscopic poll, composed of a sample of 300 music fans, which voted from their homes via an electronic voting system managed by Ipsos.
- Expert jury voting, resulting from points assigned by personalities from the world of music, entertainment and culture. The jury is composed by Pino Donaggio (president), Giovanni Allevi, Serena Autieri, Milly Carlucci, Gabriele Muccino, Rocco Papaleo, Mirca Rosciani.
The three voting systems will have a percentage weight so distributed:
- First, Second and Third Evening: 40% Public televoting; 30% Demoscopic poll; 30% Press jury voting
- Fourth and Fifth Evening: 50% Public televoting; 30% Press jury voting; 20% Expert jury voting
- In the final part of the fifth evening, a new rank indicating the first three acts – determined by the percentage of votes obtained in this evening’s vote and those obtained in previous evenings – will be drawn up.
The winner of the Big Artists category receives the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. However they are not obliged to take part in Eurovision, as seen in 2016 when Stadio declined to participate in the contest. In the event that the winner decides not to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, RAI and the organisers of Sanremo Music Festival reserve the right to select the Italian entrant.
There are several former Italian Eurovision representatives feature in the Big Artists category this year. Nina Zilli came 9th in 2012 with “L’amore è femmina (Out of love)”. Riccardo Fogli came 11th in 1983 with “Per Lucia”. Enrico Ruggeri, the lead singer of Decibel, came 12th in 1993 with “Sole d’Europa” and Luca Barbarossa also came 12th in 1988 with “Vivo (Ti scrivo)”.