Fabio Fazio, the host of the 2013 Sanremo Festival, together with Luciana Littizzetto, published last night on his official Twitter account the schedule of the next edition of the contest.
On Tuesday 12 February, 7 of the total 14 acts of the Big (Well known) category will take part to the show, while the other 7 will compete the day after, on Wednesday 13, together with 4 of the total 8 artists of the Giovani (Newcomers) category. The artists of the Big category will sing 2 songs each this year, for the first time in history.
On Thursday 14 February, all the 14 acts of the Big category will be on stage, with the remaining 4 singers of the Giovani category.
Friday and Saturday will be the days of the two finals: on 15 February there will be that of the Giovani category, while the artists of the Big category will sing Italian hits of the past in a night called Sanremo history, whereas on 16 February, the last day, there will be the official announcement of the winner of the Big category.
It is not clear yet when and how RAI Radio Televisione Italiana, the Italian broadcaster of the event, will choose the Italian representative for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest, neither if the singer will be one of the contestants.
Here following is the complete list of the participants, in alphabetical order:
- Almamegretta – Mamma non lo sa and Onda che vai
- Annalisa – Non so ballare and Scintille
- Malika Ayane – Niente and E se poi
- Chiara – L’esperienza dell’amore and Il futuro che sarà
- Simone Cristicchi – Mi manchi and La prima volta
- Elio e le Storie Tese – Dannati forever and La canzone mononota
- Max Gazzè – Sotto casa and I tuoi maledettissimi impegni
- Raphael Gualazzi – Sai (ci basta un sogno) and Senza ritegno
- Marta sui Tubi – Dispari and Vorrei
- Marco Mengoni – Bellissimo and L’essenziale
- Modà – Come l’acqua dentro il mare and Se si potesse non morire
- Simona Molinari e Peter Cincotti – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide and La felicità
- Maria Nazionale – Quando non parlo and È colpa mia
- Daniele Silvestri – A bocca chiusa and Il bisogno di te
- Blastema – Dietro l’intima ragione
- Il Cile – Le parole non servono più
- Irene Ghiotto – Baciami?
- Andrea Nardinocchi – Storia impossibile
- Antonio Maggio – Mi servirebbe sapere
- Ilaria Porceddu – In equilibrio
- Renzo Rubino – Il Postino
- Paolo Simoni – Le parole
In the Big category, Elio e le Storie Tese and Modà ended runner up in 1996 and 2011 respectively, and Marco Mengoni second runner up in 2010. Simone Cristicchi won the Festival in the same category in 2007 with the song Ti regalerò una rosa, while Raphael Gualazzi won the Giovani category in 2011 with Follie d’amore (Madness of love), picked out as the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest that year, who let him reach an honourable second place in the Grand Final. Maria Nazionale was in the cast of the movie Gomorra (Gomorrah), an international success all over the world.