During the sunday afternoon programme “L’arena”, Carlo Conti, the host for the 2015 edition of Sanremo, has revealed the names of the artists competing during the italian five nights event.
After receiving the entries, the host has requested a small change in the rules of the contest, rising to 20 the number of songs in the “champions” category. Six out of 20 names come from italian talent shows such as Amici di Maria de Filippi (the same show that launched Emma Marrone’s career, being represented by Annalisa, Dear Jack and Moreno), X Factor (with Chiara and Lorenzo Fragola) and Ti lascio una canzone (from which many Junior Eurovision artists from Malta, Italy and San Marino came from, in Sanremo with Il Volo).
Other names are veterans of the show (Malika Ayane, Marco Masini, Nek, Gianluca Grignani, Alex Britti, Raf, Anna Tatangelo and Irene Grandi), while surprisingly the 1988 entrant for Luxembourg, Lara Fabian, has received a spot. Other two surprises for the italian public are Grazia Di Michele with Mauro Coruzzi (well known for his drag act Platinette) and the Biggio & Mandelli, a pair of comedians from the MTV Italy show “I soliti idioti”.
Nina Zilli, the italian entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will also be present on stage, next February.
This is the final lists of entries:
Annalisa – Una finestra tra le stelle
Malika Ayane – Adesso e qui
Marco Masini – Che giorno è
Chiara – Straordinario
Gianluca Grignani – Sogni infranti
Nek – Fatti avanti amore
Nina Zilli – Sola
Dear Jack – Il mondo esplode
Alex Britti – Un attimo importante
Biggio e Mandelli – Vita d’inferno
Moreno – Oggi ti parlo così
Bianca Atzei – Il solo al mondo
Raf – Come una favola
Lara Fabian – Voce
Grazia Di Michele e Mauro Coruzzi – Io sono una finestra
Il Volo – Grande amore
Anna Tatangelo – Libera
Nesli – Buona fortuna amore
Irene Grandi – Un vento senza nome
Lorenzo Fragola – Siamo uguali
To this list, other eight entries have already been appointed in the last weeks, for the “New Acts” category:
Serena Brancale – Galleggiare
Giovanni Caccamo – Ritornerò da te
Kaligola – Oltre il giardino
Kutso – Elisa
Enrico Nigiotti – Qualcosa da decidere
Rakele – Io non lo so cos’è l’amore
Amara – Credo
Chanty – Ritornerai
The Sanremo Festival will be held between from the 10th to the 14th of February. The winner of the “champions” category will be asked to represent Italy in the contest, but will be able to decline the opportunity, leaving RAI in charge of choosing another entrant.