Thursday, October 20, 2016


The rules for the 67th Sanremo festival are out and once again it is used as the platform for the Italian entry - or rather the entrant as nothing is said about the song - for the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv. The winner has the option to fly the Italian flag if (s)he wants to and is the first choice. In case of "no, grazie" by the winner Rai will choose internally whoever they think suitable unlike in 2016 when it clearly stated the runner up would be next in line and gave us Francesca Michielin when Stadio declined the offer.
Another interesting step is shortening the entries. Now for the Big category it is set to max 3:30, and for the Newcomers 3:00. Sounds very Eurovisionesque, doesn't it?
Some changes in the line up of the evenings, too.
All the 20 Big aka Campioni will perform already the first night and be voted 50-50 by televote-press. Ten of them will perform again on 2nd and 3rd night each with the same voting system. After counting the votes for these two nights six songs will go directly to the final, while the other four will have a Second Chance on the 4th night.
The 8 newcomers will perform on the 2nd and 3rd night, four each and two qualifying for the 4th night's final where they have due duels, and then the superfinal. Same voting system as for the Big.
The 4th night or Friday sees the 12 already qualified artists perform covers and the 8 others fight for the remaining 3 places in the final with zeroed votes so it all begins from the start for them with televote, jury vote and demoscopic jury vote. 
In the final there will be then 15 songs, the beforementioned 3-way voting system and zeroed votes from the previous nights. The top-3 will have a superfinal, again with the 3-way voting and zeroed votes.
Sanremo number 67 ccomes from Teatro Ariston in Sanremo from 7 to 11 February, 2017. For the third year in a row Carlo Conti is hosting and in charge. His co-hostess will be most likely Laura Pausini if you believe the rumors and gossip.

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