The 71st edition of the Sanremo music festival finished today in the early hours. 26 acts competed in this year’s edition, and the demoscopic jury, press jury, and televoting first decided the top three – Ermal Meta, Francesca Michielin & Fedez, and Måneskin, and then in another round of voting they decided the winner as well. With 40.7% of all votes, the winners of this year’s Sanremo were Måneskin!
The winner of Sanremo gets the right to also represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest, but they can refuse to do so – like in 2016 when the winners – Stadio, opted not to go to Stockholm. RAI requests all acts to confirm in advance whether each of the acts would do Eurovision in case they win, or if they choose not to. During the show, Amadeus – the host of the show, has informed that whoever wins this year’s edition of Sanremo will also go on to represent Italy in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, meaning that all of this year’s acts confirmed that they are up for the task. And the band members of Måneskin have now also confirmed officially that they will be Italy’s entry for Rotterdam.
“Zitti e buoni” will be shortened to correspond to the three minute Eurovision rule. Check out the full version of the song as performed in Sanremo right here: