Spanning the course of five evenings, the 66th edition of Italy's legendary Festival di Sanremo will take place from February 9th to February 13th 2016. Sanremo has taken place every year since 1951 and has served as a platform where many classic Italian hits have been debuted by artists such as Domenico Modugno, Eros Ramazzotti, and Marco Mengoni. And as we have seen with acts like 2015's winners Il Volo, who won over Italy and what seems like the rest of the world with their overwhelming hit "Grande Amore," the music festival has incredible potential to bring competing artists great success and expose them to a diverse and much larger audience.
The winner of this year's edition will be able to represent Italy at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden.
Below is the complete list of the 20 contestants and their song entries:
- Annalisa-"Il diluvio universale"
- Arisa-"Guardando il cielo"
- Alessio Bernabei-"Noi siamo infinito"
- Clementino-"Quando sono lontano"
- Dear Jack-"Mezzo respiro"
- Dolcenera-"Ora o mai più"
- Elio e le Storie Tese-"Vincere l'odio"
- Irene Fornaciari-"Blu"
- Lorenzo Fragola-"Infinite volte"
- Rocco Hunt-"Wake Up"
- Deborah Iurato e Giovanni Caccamo-"Via da qui"
- Francesca Michielin-"Nessun grado di separazione"
- Morgan e i Bluvertigo-"Semplicemente"
- Neffa-"Sogni e nostalgia"
- Noemi-"La borsa di una donna"
- Patty Pravo-"Cieli immensi"
- Enrico Ruggeri-"Il primo amore non si scorda mai"
- Valerio Scanu-"Finalmente piove"
- Stadio-"Un giorno mi dirai"
- Zero Assoluto-"Di me e di te"