Sanremo 2015: everything you need to know
SANREMO, ITALY – From February 10th to 14th, the 65th edition of the “Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo” will take place in this charming Ligurian town. Our host will be Carlo Conti. RAI has recently introduced the festival handbook, and some changes can be read.
First, the festival will still be split between two categories: 16 professional singers, “I Campioni” and 8 new talents “Le Nuove Proposte”. But, unlike previous editions, the “Campioni” will compete will a single song (instead of two).
Second, for the first time, the public will be able to use the Internet and an application to cast their votes.
The 5 shows will be as follows:
10/02: 8 “Campioni” will premiere their songs and 4 “Nuove Proposte” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round)
11/02: 8 remaining “Campioni” will premiere theirs songs and the next 4 “Nuove Proposte” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round)
12/02: The 16 “Campioni” will perform cover versions of famous songs. The 4 “Nuove Proposte” will be heard again and 2 will proceed to the final
13/02: the 16 “Campioni” will fight for 12 spots in the grand final. “Le Nuove Proposte” final.
14/02: “I Campioni” final
The winner of the Campioni will have the right to wave the Italian flag in Vienna. But, if the artist refuses or isn’t available, RAI will do an internal selection.
How will winners be elected? Well that’s quite confusing! In the first rounds, the public (50%) and the accredited journalists (50%) will vote. In the semifinals and finals, the vote will be split between the public (40%), an expert jury (30%) and an opinion poll panel (30%).
OK, that’s a bit complicated but that’s why we love Italia!
DID YOU KNOW?
Since 2011, and Italy’s return to the contest, Sanremo festival was closely linked to the Eurovision Song Contest, as the Italian selection show, but always in a different way. In 2011, RAI chose the winner of the “Nuove Proposte” category, Rafael Gualazzi. In 2012, Nina Zilli, who had finished 7th of the “Campioni” was sent to Baku, but with a different song. In 2013, the “Campioni” winner Marco Mengoni, and his song “L’Essenziale” waved the Italian flag. Last year, RAI chose the 2012 Sanremo laureate Emma Marrone to perform in Copenhagen. You have to give it to the Italian, it’s always real Commedia dell’Arte…