Tonight, the Festival della Canzone Italiana opens its doors for the 72nd time at the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo. After Italy’s Eurovision victory last year in Rotterdam with Måneskin’s Zitti e buoni, a journey which started in palco at last year’s festival, this year’s show will surely get more international attention than ever before.
It was revealed last week in a press release by RAI that, for the first time ever, the show would not be geoblocked for international viewers on their website.
The first five-hour marathon serata, hosted by cool Italian uncles Amadeus and Fiorello, will be the first time the first 12 acts of 25 will perform their songs 0n the Ariston stage, in the hope of pleasing the Press Jury, which will be divided into TV, Radio, Print and Online publications.
The running order, as revealed earlier today at a press conference hosted by RAI 1 director Stefano Coletta, will be:
- Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir – Domenica
- Yuman – Ora e qui
- Noemi – Ti amo non lo so dire
- Gianni Morandi – Apri tutte le porte
- La Rappresentante di Lista – Ciao Ciao
- Michele Bravi – Inverno dei fiori
- Massimo Ranieri – Lettera di là dal mare
- Mahmood & Blanco – Brividi
- Ana Mena – Duecentomila ore
- Rkomi – Insuperabile
- Dargen D’Amico – Dove si balla
- Giusy Ferreri – Miele
Some of the guests for both tonight’s show and the upcoming shows were also announced at the same conference. Sanremo is known for its extravagent expenditure on celebrity guest appearances, exemplified by last year’s regular appearance of AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Tonight, tennis player Matteo Berrettini, actress Ornella Muti and actors Raoul Bova, Nino Frassica and Claudio Gioè will appear as non-musical guests. It has also been revealed that reigning champions Måneskin, as is tradition, will return to perform on the first night, although with a new song.
Veterans of 2021 Colapesce & Dimartino are also due to perform their 4th place song and fellow crossover hit from last year Musica leggerissima. They will be followed on Wednesday by last year’s third place Ermal Meta (who competed at Eurovision 2018 after winning Sanremo with Fabrizio Moro, who also performs on Wednesday), on Thursday by hip-hop duo Coma_Cose, on Friday by 2020’s third place indie rock band Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, and on Saturday by the mighty Orietta Berti, who has promised to “get off her ship and arrive at the Ariston”.
In addition, the third show on Thursday will take place on the 3oth anniversary of the Capaci bombing in Sicily, which will be remembered with a monologue from Italian writer, essayist and screenwriter Roberto Saviano, who international viewers may know from best-selling novels Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero.
Tonight’s show begins at 20:40 CET on RAI 1, and all 5 hours will be live-blogged on ESCBubble.com and on our Twitter feed!
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