Italy: Sanremo 2016 – The first Campioni finalists are known!

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Attenzione! Night Four of #sanremo2016 has just concluded, and we have our 15 finalists! Who will contest tomorrow night’s Grand Final? Read on to find out…

The night of Friday 12 February 2016 saw all twenty of the Campioni (Big Artists) category acts perform at the Italian music spectacular. Voting has been taking place all week, with 40% televote, 30% Jury vote and 30% fan poll vote from tonight’s action added to the 50% public televote/50% press Jury vote from nights one and two of the Festival.

The 15 finalists of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016, who will take to the famous Teatro Ariston stage tomorrow, are:

  • Alessio BernabeiNoi siamo infinito
  • Annalisa – Il diluvio universale
  • Arisa – Guardando il cielo
  • Clementino – Quando sono lontano
  • Deborah Iurato & Giovanni Caccamo – Via da qui
  • Dolcenera – Ora o mai più
  • Elio e le storie tese – Vincere l’odio
  • Enrico Ruggeri – Il primo amore non si scorda mai
  • Francesca Michielin Nessun grado di separazione
  • Lorenzo Fragola – Infinite volte
  • Noemi – La borsa di una donna
  • Patty Pravo – Cieli immensi
  • Rocco Hunt – Wake up
  • Stadio – Un giorno mi dirai
  • Valerio Scanu Finalmente piove

The 16th and final qualifier will be revealed at the beginning of night 5’s show where the results of the repechage round will be revealed.

The winner of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 will have the option to represent Italy at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place at the Globen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 10, 12 and 14 May. As a “Big Five” country, Italy receives automatic qualification to the Grand Final on Saturday 14 May.

Night 4 of #sanremo2016 also saw the crowning of the winner of the Nuove Proposte (Newcomers) category, with Francesco Gabbani emerging as the victor following performances from all four finalists.

A live webcast of tonight’s show was available via the RAI website.

An RAI production, the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 commenced on Tuesday 9 February. Held annually in the coastal city of Sanremo, the Festival has been active since 1951, enjoying tremendous popularity in Italy. Last year’s Festival was won by the poperatic trio Il Volo, who took their soaring entry Grande amore to third place at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest of 2015, winning the televote on the night.

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Sanremo 2016 schedule

  • 09/02: Night 1 (First 10 Campioni acts perform)
  • 10/02: Night 2 (Remaining 10 Campioni acts perform; first 4 Nuove Proposte acts compete in semi-final 1, 2 qualifiers)
  • 11/02: Night 3 (The 20 Campioni acts perform cover songs, cover round winner decided; remaining 4 Nuove Proposte acts compete in semi-final 2, 2 qualifiers)
  • 12/02: Night 4 (The 20 Campioni acts perform, 15 qualifiers decided including 1 repechage qualifier; the 4 Nuove Proposte finalists perform, winner decided)
  • 13/02: Night 5 (The 16 Campioni acts perform, 3 acts will qualify to the second round of the final where the winner is decided)

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