Italy: Your guide to the Sanremo Music Festival 2017

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The week of Sanremo is finally here! Italy’s biggest and longest-running music festival kicks off tomorrow which will see performances over the next 5 days from a total of 30 artists. But how will the Sanremo Music Festival run in 2017? Here’s your complete guide for the upcoming Italian shows!

The Sanremo Music Festival 2017 kicks off tomorrow (7 February) and will run every day up until Saturday 11 February, but what is set to happen of each day of the festival? What days will the Campioni and Nuove Proposte acts compete on? Here you’ll find a full schedule of the upcoming Sanremo days!


07/02: Night 1

20:35 CET – 00:30 CET

And so it begins; night 1 of Sanremo 2017 kicks off with the Campioni category. The Campioni selection consists of the so-called Big Artists internally commissioned to compete in the event, with all 22 of whom being revealed back in December.

Campioni

Night 1 will see the first half of the category perform their entries live for the very first time, competing for the votes of both the public televote (50%) as well as the press jury (50%). The press jury consists of accredited journalists following the competition live from the Ariston Theatre.

The votes will be combined with the top 8 qualifying to the next stage of the Campioni competition on night 4. The remaining 3 acts will have to compete in the elimination round of the contest on night 3 in order to try and remain in the competition.

First Campioni participants

  • Al BanoDi rose e di spine
  • Alessio BernabeiNel mezzo di un applauso
  • ClementinoRagazzi fuori
  • ElodieTutta colpa mia
  • Ermal MetaVietato morire
  • Fabrizio MoroPortami via
  • Fiorella MannoiaChe sia benedetta
  • Giusy FerreriFa talmente male
  • Lodovica ComelloIl cielo non mi basta
  • RonL’ottava meraviglia
  • Samuel Umberto RomanoVedrai

! Summary: Eleven Campioni acts will compete; 8 acts will qualify to night 4 whilst the remaining 3 acts will perform in the elimination round on night 3.


08/02: Night 2

20:35 CET – 00:30 CET

The Campioni competition continues on night 2 of Sanremo 2017, with the remaining 11 acts competing for a place in the next stage of the contest on night 4.

Campioni

The voting process remains the same with a combined public televote (50%) and press jury vote (50%) taking place. The top 8 will qualify to night 4 whilst the remaining 3 acts will compete again in the elimination round on night 3.

Remaining Campioni participants

  • Bianca AtzeiOra esisti solo tu
  • ChiaraNessun posto è casa mi
  • Francesco GabbaniOccidentali’s karma
  • Gigi D’AlessioLa prima stella
  • Marco MasiniSpostato di un secondo
  • Michele BraviIl diario degli errori
  • Michele ZarrilloMani nelle mani
  • Nesli feat. Alice PabaDo retta a te
  • Paola TurciFatti bella per te
  • Raige feat. Giulia LuziTogliamoci la voglia
  • Sergio SylvestreCon te

! Summary: Last eleven Campioni acts will compete; 8 acts will qualify to night 4 whilst the remaining 3 acts will perform in the elimination round on night 3.

Nuove Proposte

Night 2 is also evening which sees the start of the Nuove Proposte competition. The Nuove Proposte category includes a total of 8 Newcomers’ who are not as well known in the public eye.

The first 4 acts will compete on night 2 of Sanremo 2017 who, as with the Campioni participants, will have to earn the votes from both the public televote (50%) and jury (50%).

The top 2 will qualify to the next stage of the Nuove Proposte competition on night 4, whilst the remaining 2 acts will be eliminated from the contest.

First Nuove Proposte participants

  • Marianne Mirage – Le canzoni fanno male
  • Francesco Guasti – Universo
  • Braschi – Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli
  • Leonardo Lamacchia – Ciò che resta

! Summary: First Nuove Proposte acts will compete; 2 acts will qualify to night 4 whilst the remaining 2 acts will be eliminated.


09/02: Night 3

20:35 CET – 00:30 CET

It’s cover night in the third Sanremo 2017 show! It’s time to see the Big Artists perform a cover of a known national hit, but what will each artist cover? Nuove Proposte also continues this evening.

Campioni

It’s a big night in Sanremo as the Campioni acts perform a cover version of a national hit of their choice, the winner of which will receive a special cover prize.

Campioni participants and their chosen covers

  • Al Bano – Pregherò
  • Bianca Atzei – Con il nastro rosa
  • Alessio Bernabei – Un giorno credi
  • Michele Bravi – La stagione dell’amore
  • Clementino – Svalutation
  • Lodovica Comello – Le mille bolle blu
  • Gigi D’Alessio – L’immensità
  • Elodie – Quando finisce un amore
  • Giusy Ferreri – Il paradiso
  • Francesco Gabbani – Susanna
  • Chiara Galiazzo – Diamante
  • Fiorella Mannoia – Sempre e per sempre
  • Marco Masini – Signor Tenente
  • Ermal Meta – Amara terra mia
  • Fabrizio Moro – La leva calcistica della classe ’68
  • Nesli feat. Alice Paba – Ma il cielo è sempre più blu
  • Raige feat. Giulia Luzi – C’era un ragazzo che come me amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones
  • Ron – Insieme a te non ci sto più
  • Samuel – Ho difeso il mio amore
  • Sergio Sylvestre – La pelle nera
  • Paola Turci – Un’emozione da poco
  • Michele Zarrillo – Se tu non torni

Take note that only the qualifiers from night 1 and 2 of the Campioni category will perform in the cover stage of the competition as the remaining 6 acts will compete in the elimination round.

The votes from the first 2 nights will be reset as the 6 elimination round acts will perform their entries to the public (50%) and press jury (50%) for a second time.

Once combined, the top 4 acts will qualify to night 4 of Sanremo 2017, whilst the remaining 2 acts will be eliminated from the competition.

! Summary: Sixteen night 1 and 2 Campioni qualifiers will perform their cover hits whilst the remaining 6 acts will compete in the elimination round; 4 acts will qualify to night 4 whilst the remaining 2 acts will be eliminated.

Nuove Proposte

The Newcomers’ category continues on night 3 with the remaining 4 acts competing for a place in the final night of the Nuove Proposte competition.

Voting remains the same with the public televote (50%) and the press jury (50%) deciding which 2 acts should qualify to night 4 of the competition, whilst the remaining 2 acts will be eliminated from the contest.

Remaining Nuove Proposte participants

  • Lele – Ora mai
  • Maldestro – Canzone per Federica
  • Tommaso Pini – Cose che danno ansia
  • Valeria Farinacci – Insieme

! Summary: Final Nuove Proposte acts will compete; 2 acts will qualify to night 4 whilst the remaining 2 acts will be eliminated.


10/02: Night 4

20:35 CET – 00:30 CET

From 22 to 20 acts, night 4 sees the Campioni competition continue in which a further 4 acts will be eliminated from the competition. It’s also the final night of the Nuove Proposte competition in Sanremo 2017 in which the winner of the Newcomers’ category is set to be determined!

Campioni

Twenty acts will compete in night 4 of Sanremo 2017 with the vote once again being reset, however this time the mixed vote will be altered slightly.

Following the 20 performances, the Campioni acts will be hoping to gain the votes of the public televote (40%) once again, however this time round they will also be judged via both an expert jury (30%) as well as a demoscopic poll (30%), composed of votes from around 300 music fans.

Once the votes are combined, the top 16 will qualify to the final stage of the competition, whilst the remaining 4 acts will be eliminated from the competition.

! Summary: Twenty Campioni acts will compete; 16 acts will qualify to night 5 whilst the remaining 4 acts will be eliminated.

Nuove Proposte

Night 4 sees the final of the Newcomers’ competition in which the final 4 acts will perform for a final time in a bid to become the next Nuove Proposte winner.

As with the Campioni category, the Nuove Proposte winner will be determined via a combined public (40%), expert jury (30%) and demoscopic poll (30%) vote.

The act which receives the highest percentage of votes will be crowned the Nuove Proposte 2017 winner

! Summary: Final 4 Nuove Proposte acts perform; winner is determined.


11/02: Night 5

20:40 CET – 01:00 CET

The grand event is here! Night 5 of the Sanremo Music Festival 2017 will determine the Campioni winner of the competition, but how will it work?

Campioni

The votes are recent before the 16 Campioni finalists take to the Sanremo 2017 stage for a final time, in which a combined public (40%), expert jury (30%) and demoscopic poll (30%) vote will determine the winner of the whole event.

The first round of votes will determine which 3 acts have obtained the highest amount of votes, with the voting going on to be reset for a final time.

Voting will reopen with the same combined voting process taking place. The act which receives the most votes will be crowned the winner of the Campioni 2017 competition!

But that’s not all; the Campioni winner will also be offered by RAI the opportunity to represent Italy at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the keyword being offered.

The Campioni winner does not have to accept the ticket to Kyiv for the European competition, in which case RAI will internally select another artist to compete at the competition instead. However, more details will be known the following days after the Sanremo final has taken place.

! Summary: Sixteen Campioni acts will compete, top 3 acts will undergo a further vote; winner is determined and offered the ticket to Kyiv for Eurovision 2017.


So who will go on to represent Italy at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest? We’re all set to find out in the coming days. But until then, enjoy the forthcoming week of the Sanremo Music Festival!

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