RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, has unveiled the Sanremo 2023 competing acts.
The winner of Sanremo 2023 will be eligible to represent Italy at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool!
RAI has unveiled the competing acts in the BIG category:
- Articolo 31
- Colapesce e Dimartino
- Mara Sattei
- Leo Gassmann
- I Cugini di Campagna
- Mr. Rain
- Marco Mengoni
- Anna Oxa
- Paola e Chiara
- Gianluca Grignani
- Rosa Chemical
Two former Italian acts are amongst the competing acts line up: Marco Mengoni (Italy 2013) and Ana Oxa (Italy 1989).
The 2023 Sanremo edition will be held at Teatro Ariston from 07-11 February.
A total of 25 songs will compete in the Grand Final of Sanremo 2023 including the 3 qualifiers from Sanremo Giovani. The 2023 Sanremo winner will be determined via a combined public televoting, press jury and demoscopic jury.
Sanremo 2023 and Eurovision
The winner of Sanremo 2023 will be eligible to represent Italy at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. The competing acts at Sanremo 2023 will be required to submit a form to RAI ahead of their participation in the competition consenting that if they win Saremo 2023 they will be agreeable to represent Italy at Eurovision 2023. In the event that the Sanremo winner does not submit the form, RAI has the right to select the 2023 Italian act and entry from the other competing acts.
Italy in Eurovision
Italy is one of the founder members of the Eurovision Song Contest having debuted in the very first contest in 1956. The country has won the event thrice with Gigliola Cinquetti (1964), Toto Cutugno (1990) and Maneskin (2021).
The country has been represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by its most celebrated and internationally acclaimed artists throughout its Eurovision history: Ana Oxa, Domenico Modugno, Albano, Romina Power, Franco Batiatto, Umberto Tozzi, Matia Bazar, Marco Mengoni, Emma Marrone, Il Volo, Francesco Gabbani, Raphael Gualazzi, Massimo Ranieri, Ricardo Fogli, Mahmood etc.
Italy withdrew from the competition in 1998 and returned to Eurovision in 2011 after a 13 year hiatus. Since their return to the contest the Italians have enjoyed great success in the event placing 9 times in the top 10 of the scoreboard including a victory in 2021.
The southern European country has partaken 47 times in Europe’s favourite television show.
In 2022 Mahmood and Blanco represented Italy at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin with their entry ‘Brividi‘ achieving an honourable 6th placing in the Grand Final.
Photo credit: RAI