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RAI Announces the potential Candidates for Sanremo Giovani

The Italian broadcaster RAI announced the 69 candidates for Sanremo Giovani last week, who each attended a live audition in Rome on Monday. This shortlist was created from over 670 submissions from new and upcoming musicians, and after the auditions, only 24 lucky artists will move on to compete in this new television show. We will not know which 24 …

Italy: Luisa Sobral turns down invitation to enter San Remo

Luisa Sobral, the composer of the entry “Amar pelos dois” which brought Portugal their first ever Eurovision victory in 2017 with her brother Salvador, has revealed in a wide-ranging interview with Portuguese online newspaper Observador that she was invited to perform in this year’s edition of the San Remo festival but turned down the chance. The jazz singer-songwriter and composer …

Italy: RAI commentators asked viewers not to vote for San Marino

Some controversy appears to have surfaced overnight with regards to the Italian broadcast of last night’s second semi-final of Eurovision 2018, as the commentators of RAI 4 in Italy, Saverio Raimondo and Carolina di Domenico implored viewers to boycott voting for San Marino due to the fact their jury gave 0 to Francesco Gabbani’s entry in 2017. The full clip …

Lisbon LIVE – Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy & France reviews (Day 6)

Yesterday’s last two sessions were exciting ones for the Eurovision community as it was the first chance we had to see the performances from this year’s pre-qualified finalists; our host nation Portugal and the Big 5 countries of United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Did #YOU miss their rehearsals? Make sure to check out our live stream archives and …

Video: Sanremo 2018 | Get to know the artists

A few days ago, the Italian broadcaster RAI announced the 20 acts that are going to compete in the Sanremo Music Festival 2018. The festival is used as the way of choosing the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest and it has launched the careers of some of Italy’s most successful singers. We put together this video introducing each artists to …

Portugal overtake Italy in betting odds

A massive shift in power over the course of the final rehearsals has seen Portugal become the new favourite to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after Italy dropped to second place. Italy had previously been the overwhelming favourite since the song was confirmed as the Italian entry back in February. Salvador Sobral’s simplistic yet touching performances of “Amar pelos …

The Big 5 Pick Their Halves

Today it has been announced which halves each of the Big 5 will perform in. This was done in the press conference after their rehearsals today. As previously announced, Ukraine will perform in the second half in position 22. The remaining pre-qualified countries have selected which half they will perform in and their running order position will be determined by …

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