This past month, Italian broadcaster RAI announced their roster for the 64th annual Festival di Sanremo, and Eurofans were quick to notice a few familiar names on the list: Arisa, Giusi Ferreri, Noemi, and, of course, 2011 Eurovision runner-up Raphael Gualazzi (paired up, interestingly enough, with electro-house act The Bloody Beetroots). Would we see an artist from the Champions category, as we saw in 2012 and 2013, or would a fresh-faced act from the Giovani list go to Copenhagen?
This weekend marked the culmination of the 63rd annual Sanremo Music Festival, one of the most enduring traditions in Italian pop music (and generally accepted to be the inspiration for Eurovision as we know it today). For five nights, fourteen established artists (with two songs apiece) and eight fresh faces took the stage at the Ariston Theatre, all hoping to strike it big with the Italian public. And, for one, a special jury would award the chance to move on to Eurovision. Read the rest of this entry