Previously, we announced that the 2021 edition of Sanremo could not be held in February due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently , we reported it could be held a month later in March.
Now, according to reports, it has now been confirmed that the contest is due to take place from the 2nd to the 6th of March 2021. This news has been confirmed as new timetables have been released. It was announced during the announcement that Amadeus would continue collaborating with the festival.
Can Sanremo be used to pick the 2021 Eurovision Act of Italy?
Italy has yet to announce its participation in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. On the basis of the patterns, they usually do not officially confirm their participation in the competition later in the year (RAI confirmed their participation in the 2020 competition in October of last year).
As to whether or not the festival will again pick the 2021 Italian entry, this was not confirmed when the dates of the festival were revealed.
However, looking at past experiences of another national selection (Melodifestivalen in this case); Swedish national selections typically take place during the whole of February and the first two Saturdays of March.
It will also mean that a potential meeting of the Heads of Delegation will take place on 15 March 2021. That would then grant Italy an interval of one week if they wanted to use Sanremo to pick their entry.
However, the date of the meeting of the Heads of Delegation is still to be confirmed by the EBU.
Italy’s Eurovision Song Contest
Italy was one of the seven countries that participated in the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Italy achieved two third places in 1958 and 1963 before their first title. Italy’s first victory came in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s ‘Non ho l’età’ in 1964, which won the Copenhagen contest with 49 points.
In 1990, Toto Cutugno became Italy’s second and most recent “Insieme: 1992” winner. He won the contest with 149 points. Italy took part four more times in the 1990s, before taking part in the competition for a 13-year break from 1998 to 2010.
They returned to the competition in 2011 and have since finished in the top three on three occasions – 2nd in 2011, 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2019. Diodato was chosen to represent Italy in 2020 with “Fai rumore” until the competition was cancelled.