It’s the 71st edition of the San Remo Festival, 26 participants in the main category (established singers) will compete to receive the awards like: winner, critics, press, best lyrics, best composition, etc. And additionally there is the opportunity for the winner to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. There have been years, when the winner denied the participation at Eurovision, then the runner up will be asked.
The rules and procedure are quite complex, the festival runs five nights, always with a different approach, one night the singers covering songs, in the first two nights there is also the chance for newcomers. There are three different juries: demoscopically, televoting and expert jury, they all have a say. Every night there is a winner, but in the final night the absolute winner will be announced. The favourite so far is Ermal Meta together with Fabrizio Moro, who represented Italy in Lisbon 2018, 5th place. Also Francesca Michielin , will sing tonight, she represented Italy in Stockholm 2016, 16th place.
The show will be hosted by Amedeo Umberto Rita Sebastiani, better known as Amadeus. It’s possible to follow the show live at 21.00 via livestream
These are the 26 participants in alphabetical order:
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