Italian broadcaster, RAI, confirmed that the winner of the Festival di Sanremo 2016 will have the right to represent Italy at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. The Festival's grand final takes place in Sanremo tonight and you can watch it live on our Web TV Player!
Tonight the Italian Song Contest, the popular Festival di Sanremo, 2016 edition comes to an end. 20 established artists ("Campioni") have participated in the 66th edition of the Italian song contest and 16 of them compete for the title in tonight's show. You can check the list in the slide below.
There has also been a newcomers competition, the so-called Nuove Proposte, which already chose their winner last night: Francesco Gabbani with the song Amen.
Several local and international guests performed throughout the week on stage at the Ariston Theatre, such as Laura Pausini, Elton John, Eros Ramazzotti, Nicole Kidman and Ellie Goulding.
All the 16 finalists of Campioni will perform again and their scores will be reset to zero. The voting will be a mixture of 40% televote, 30% expert jury and 30% demoscopic jury. The Top 3 will be announced and the three-way voting will be opened again from zero. The winner of this last round of votes will be crowned the winner of Sanremo 2016 and will have the chance of representing Italy at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.
The artists taking part tonight, in order of appearance:
- Francesca Michielin - Nessun grado di separazione
- Alessio Bernabei - Noi siamo infinito
- Clementino - Quando sono lontano
- Patty Pravo - Cieli immensi
- Lorenzo Fragola - Infinite volte
- Noemi - La borsa di una donna
- Elio e le Storie Tese - Vincere l'odio
- Arisa - Guardando il cielo
- Stadio - Un giorno mi dirai
- Annalisa - Il diluvio universale
- Rocco Hunt - Wake Up
- Dolcenera - Ora o mai più
- Enrico Ruggeri - Il primo amore non si scorda mai
- Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato - Via da qui
- Valerio Scanu - Finalmente piove
One of the following 5 evicted acts will get a televoting wildcard and perform as song 16:
- Zero Assoluto - Di me e di te
- Dear Jack - Mezzo respiro
- Neffa - Sogni e nostalgia
- Bluvertigo - Semplicemente
- Irene Fornaciari - Blu
Guests will be Renato Zero and Cristina D'Avena.