Sanremo Music Festival 2018


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Sanremo Music Festival 2018 will debut this Tuesday, 6th of February, and will last until the 10th of February. That is 5 nights of musical celebration. RAI will broadcast the event as usual.

Quick facts about the festival:

  • 68th edition
  • tradition has it that the Winner will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest, which itself was inspired by the Sanremo Music Festival
  • the peculiarity of the Festival is the fact that all of the songs performed are previously unreleased (as far as I’m aware this is unique in the world regarding music festivals)
  • it’s the most famous pop music event in Italy and a major media event on Italian television (equivalent of SuperBowl’s scale in the US, let’s say)
  • Sanremo is a splendid seaside town very close to the border with France (in the Genova region)
  • in its beginnings each song was sung by 2 different artists, emphasizing that this was primarily a song contest with the song being the winner rather than the performer

Between 1953 and 1971, except in 1956, each song was sung twice by two different artists, each one using an individual orchestral arrangement, to illustrate the meaning of the festival as a composers’ competition, not a singers’ competition. During this era of the festival, it was custom that one version of the song was performed by a native Italian artist while the other version was performed by an international guest artist, and that was the way for many international artists to debut with hits in Italian market in those years, such a case for Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano, Roberto Carlos, Paul Anka, Yardbirds, Marianne Faithfull, Shirley Bassey, Mungo Jerry and many others.

The festival is used as the way of choosing the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest and it has launched the careers of some of Italy’s most successful singers, including Andrea Bocelli, Paola e Chiara, Giorgia, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, and Gigliola Cinquetti.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo_Music_Festival, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanremo_Music_Festival_2018


Special guests this year: Laura Pausini, Il Volo (2015 Winners and 3rd place at Eurovision 2015), Sting, Shaggy, Giorgia, Biagio Antonacci, Gianna Nannini, Gianni Morandi and many others.


Newcomers’ Finalists:
Lorenzo Baglioni - “Il congiuntivo” (The subjunctive)
Mirkoeilcane - “Stiamo tutti bene” (We are all fine)
Eva - “Cosa ti salverà” (What will save you?)
Giulia Casieri - “Come stai” (How are you?)
Mudimbi - “Il mago” (The wizard)
Ultimo - “Il ballo delle incertezze” (The dance of uncertainties)
Leonardo Monteiro - “Bianca” (White)
Alice Caioli - “Specchi rotti” (Broken mirrors)


Big Artists section:
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli - “Il segreto del tempo” (The secret of time)
Nina Zilli - “Senza appartenere” (Without belonging)
The Kolors - “Frida” (Frida)
Diodato & Roy Paci - “Adesso” (Now)
Mario Biondi - “Rivederti” (Seeing you again)
Luca Barbarossa - “Passame er sale” (Pass me the salt)
Lo Stato Sociale - “Una vita in vacanza” (A life on holiday)
Annalisa - “Il mondo prima di te” (The world before you)
Giovanni Caccamo - “Eterno” (Eternal)
Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo - “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” (The courage of every day)
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico - “Imparare ad amarsi” (Learning to love oneself)
Renzo Rubino - “Custodire” (Cherish)
Noemi - “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” (Never stop looking for me)
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - “Non mi avete fatto niente” (You never did anything to me)
Le Vibrazioni - “Così sbagliato” (So wrong)
Ron - “Almeno Pensami” (At least think of me)
Max Gazzè - “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” (The legend of Cristalda and Pizzomunno)
Decibel - “Fuori dal tempo” (Outside of time)
Red Canzian - “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” (Everyone has their story)
Elio e le Storie Tese - “Arrivedorci” (Goodbye)


Duets:
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli - Giusy Ferreri
Nina Zilli - Sergio Cammariere
The Kolors - Tullio De Piscopo & Enrico Nigiotti
Diodato & Roy Paci - Ghemon
Mario Biondi - Ana Carolina Jobim
Luca Barbarossa - Anna Foglietta
Lo Stato Sociale - Piccolo Coro dell’Antoniano & Paolo Rossi
Annalisa Scarrone - Michele Bravi
Giovanni Caccamo - Arisa
Enzo Avitabile & Peppe Servillo - Avion Travel & Daby Touré
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico - Alessandro Preziosi
Renzo Rubino - Serena Rossi
Noemi - Paola Turci
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - Simone Cristicchi
Le Vibrazioni - Skin
Ron - Alice
Max Gazzè - Rita Marcotulli & Roberto Gatto
Decibel - Midge Ure
Red Canzian - Marco Masini
Elio e le storie tese - Neri per Caso


Official site: http://www.rai.it/programmi/sanremo/

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Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro won Sanremo 2018 with “Non mi avete fatto niente” (“You did nothing to me”)


2nd place: Lo Stato Sociale - Una vita in vacanza


3rd place: Annalisa - Il mondo prima di te


“Nuove proposte” (Newcomers section) winner: Ultimo - Il ballo delle incertezze


Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon next May with their song ’Non mi avete fatto niente’ (“You did nothing to me”). In bocca al lupo!