This year it’s the 65th anniversary of the San Remo Festival in Italy. San Remo is located at the Liguria Coast in Northern Italy, close to the French border. This cosy city it’s well known for this unique music festival, which can be seen a predecessor for the Eurovision Song Contest, which started five years later in 1956. This music festival will be broadcasted by the Italian TV station RAI and is happening over several days with everyday live shows. There are all kinds of music from classical Italian songs to rock.
At this place a lot of singing legends have been born like Dominico Modugno (Volare / Nel blu dipinto di blu), Betty Curtis, Milva, Gigilola Cinquetti, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazotti and Bobby Solo.
A lot of singers have started their career here and also represented Italy at the ESC: Peppino di Capri, Matia Bazar, Toto Cutugno, Ricardo Fogli, Alice, Richi e Poveri, Ana Oxa, Luca Barbarossa, Raphael Gualazzi, Marco Mengoni and Emma Marrone.
This festival is also open for international performers and there have been many international singers Louis Armstrong, Cher, Dalida, Francoise Hardy or Paul Anka and many more as well as actors.
There are several categories such as newcomer, established, etc. This year the winner of the San Remo Festival will be representing Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
Last year’s representative at the ESC Emma Marrone is co-hosting this year’s edition of the San Remo Festival. It’s nice to see that there is still a full live orchestra and there is a competition, probably not as open and comprehensible as the ESC, but very entertaining though. It’s also one of the most popular TV shows in Italy with more than 12 million TV spectators every night.
The field of the participants this year is very interesting especially in regards of former ESC participants such as Raf, Lara Fabian and Nina Zilli. The famous Italian singer Nek (Laura non c’è) is also competing with other Italian singers.
This year’s guest stars were Spandau Ballet Al Bano & Romina Power, who represented Italy twice in the ESC in 1976 and 1985. This year they have received an award as ambassadors of the San Remo Festival. As highlight they have performed one of their smash hits “Felicitia” in front of an enthused audience.
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