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In this section you will find information relating to the respective selections of the 43 countries participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The 62nd edition of the competition will take place in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, on 9th, 11th and 13th May.

Check out our calendar for all national selection dates and live streaming links.

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Italy

In Italy Sanremo 2017 finished with the proclamation of the winner, Francesco Gabbani. He accepted the task of representing Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with the winning song Occidentali's Karma. Read more in our article about Italy.

Italy

The fourth evening of the Sanremo Festival just finished with the elimination of four more Campioni acts and the final of the Newcomer's section of the contest. These are the 16 qualifiers from the semi-final of the Campioni competition who will take place in the final. One of them will become the act representing Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Here's tonight's running order:

  1. Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  2. Michele Zarrillo - Mani nelle mani
  3. Sergio Sylvestre - Con te
  4. Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia Benedetta
  5. Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  6. Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso
  7. Marco Masini - Spostato di un secondo
  8. Paola Turci - Fatti bella per te
  9. Bianca AtzeiOra esisti solo tu
  10. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentalis Karma
  11. Chiara - Nessun posto è casa mia
  12. Clementino - Ragazzi fuori
  13. Ermal Meta - Vietato morire
  14. Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  15. Samuel - Vedrai
  16. Michele Bravi - Il diario degli errori

Meaning that Giusy Ferreri, Ron, Al Bano and Gigi D'Alessio are eliminated from the competition.

Meanwhile the newcomers competition (Nuove Proposte) had its final where Lele (pictured below) was declared the winner. This is how the full ranking looked like:

  1. Lele - Ora mai
  2. Maldestro - Canzone per Federica
  3. Francesco Guasti - Universo
  4. Leonardo Lamacchia - Ciò che resta

Among the guests tonight Zucchero and Álvaro Soler. You can watch the final live from 20:50 CET on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Italy

Another busy evening in Sanremo last night, where 2 of the acts were eliminated from the Campioni competition. They turned out to be the two duets, Nesli feat. Alice Paba and Raige feat. Giulia Luzi.

The rest of the Campioni that were already qualified from the first two shows, performed covers of Italian classics, and this had a competition of its own, which was won by Ermal Meta (pictured below) who sang Amara Terra Mia originally performed by Domenico Modugno. Paola Turci was second and Marco Masini third.

Tonight sees the semi-final of the Campioni competition take place and this is the running order:

  1. Ron - L’ottava meraviglia (From Second chance)
  2. Chiara Galiazzo - Nessun posto è casa mia
  3. Samuel - Vedrai
  4. Al Bano - Di Rose e di Spine
  5. Ermal Meta - Vietato morire
  6. Michele Bravi - Il diario degli errori
  7. Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia benedetta
  8. Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori (From Second chance)
  9. Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  10. Gigi D'Alessio - La prima stella
  11. Paola Turci - Fatti bella per te
  12. Marco Masini - Spostato di un secondo
  13. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentali's karma
  14. Michele Zarrillo - Mani nelle mani
  15. Bianca Atzei - Ora esisti solo tu (From Second chance)
  16. Sergio Sylvestre - Con te
  17. Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  18. Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  19. Giusy Ferreri - Fa talmente male (From Second chance)
  20. Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso

The 20 participants will be voted again and four of them will be eliminated leaving the remaining 16 as finalists for tomorrow.

The newcomers competition (Nuove Proposte) will choose its winner tonight between the following four entries (in order of appearance):

  1. Leonardo Lamacchia - Ciò che resta
  2. Lele - Ora mai
  3. Maldestro - Canzone per Federica
  4. Francesco Guasti - Universo

Among tonight's guests in Sanremo 2017 fourth evening are Giorgio Moroder and Robin Schulz. You can watch the shows live on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Italy

Last night saw the second live show of Sanremo 2017 take place. Eight further Campioni acts qualified to the next round, leaving Bianca Atzei, Nesli feat. Alice Paba and Raige feat. Giulia Luzi in the red zone:

That red zone of the scoreboard takes them to the second chance round, which takes place in today's live show and will feature the following songs:

  • Giusy Ferreri - Fa talmente male
  • Ron - L’ottava meraviglia
  • Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori
  • Bianca Atzei - Ora esisti solo tu
  • Nesli feat. Alice Paba - Do retta a te
  • Raige feat. Giulia Luzi - Togliamoci la voglia

Cover's Night

Four of them will proceed to tomorrow's Campioni semi-final while two of them will be eliminated tonight. Also today is Cover's Night in Sanremo, where the pre-qualified acts from the Campioni competition will perform covers of Sanremo classics (in alphabetical order):

  • Al Bano - Pregherò
  • Alessio Bernabei - Un giorno credi
  • Michele Bravi - La stagione dell'amore
  • Chiara - Diamante
  • Lodovica Comello - Le mille bolle blu
  • Gigi D'Alessio - L’immensità
  • Elodie - Quando finisce un amore
  • Francesco Gabbani - Susanna
  • Fiorella Mannoia - Sempre e per sempre
  • Marco Masini - Signor tenente
  • Ermal Meta - Amara terra mia
  • Fabrizio Moro - La leva calcistica della classe '68
  • Samuel - Ho difeso il mio amore
  • Sergio Sylvestre - La pelle nera
  • Paola Turci - Un'emozione da poco
  • Michele Zarrillo - Se tu non torni

The Newcomers

Last night's show also saw the first four (out of eight) new acts compete for two places in the Nuove Proposte (newcomers) final tomorrow evening, the top two were Francesco Guasti and Leonardo La Macchia while Le canzoni fanno male by Marianne Mirage and Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli by Braschi were eliminated. The second half of newcomers participating tonight is comprised by:

  • Lele
  • Maldestro
  • Tommaso Pini
  • Valeria Farinacci

Among today guest artists is British act Mika. You can watch the shows live on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Italy

Tonight sees the second live show of Sanremo 2017 take place. The following 11 Campioni will participate (in order of appearance):

  1. Bianca Atzei - Ora esisti solo tu
  2. Marco Masini - Spostato di un secondo
  3. Nesli feat. Alice Paba - Do retta a te
  4. Sergio Sylvestre - Con te
  5. Gigi D'Alessio - La prima stella
  6. Michele Bravi - Il diario degli errori
  7. Paola Turci - Fatti bella per te
  8. Francesco Gabbani - Occidentali's karma
  9. Michele Zarrillo - Mani nelle mani
  10. Chiara Galiazzo - Nessun posto è casa mia
  11. Raige feat. Giulia Luzi - Togliamoci la voglia

Last night the first live show took place and three Campioni acts were voted off and will have a second chance on Thursday along with the bottom three of today. They are Clementino, Ron and Giusy Ferreri:

Tonight will also see four new acts compete for two places in the Nuove Proposte (newcomers) final on Friday evening:

  1. Marianne Mirage
  2. Francesco Guasti
  3. Braschi
  4. Leonardo Lamacchia

Guest stars tonight include former Take That star Robbie Williams, as well as film star Keanu Reeves and a host of Italian superstars. You can watch the shows live on the official website as well as RAIPlay and don't forget the official app!

Italy

The Italian Song Contest, Festival della Canzone Italiana, or as it is widely known, Sanremo, kicks off tonight with its 2017 edition, which is the 67th in total. Since Italy came back to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 the established relationship between the two song contests has continued and 2017 won't be an exception: the Sanremo winner (in the Campioni category) will be the first act invited to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.

This is the first half of Campioni acts that participate in tonight's first show of Sanremo 2017 in order of appearance:

  1. Giusy Ferreri - Fatalmente male
  2. Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  3. Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  4. Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  5. Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia benedetta
  6. Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso
  7. Al Bano - Di Rose e di Spine
  8. Samuel - Vedrai
  9. Ron - L’ottava meraviglia
  10. Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori
  11. Ermal Meta - Vietato morire

Guest stars today will be Tiziano Ferro, Clean Bandit and Ricky Martin. Al Bano previously represented Italy, along with Romina Power, in 1976 and 1985, reaching 7th place on both occasions. He was also a backing vocalist for Switzerland's Jane Bogaert in 2000 in Stockholm.

THE MECHANISM

There will be five shows in total presented by Carlo Conti and Maria De Filippi. The first performance for the Campioni is divided in two halves: 11 take part tonight and 11 will take part tomorrow. Voting will take place after the first show (50% televoting / 50% press attending the press room). In both nights they'll announce the first eight acts that have qualified for the semi-finals on Friday, and the bottom 3 will enter a second chance round on Thursday night instead.

You can follow the shows live in the official Sanremo website by the Italian broadcaster, RAI, starting at 20:35 CET.

Results from the first show:

Qualified:

  • Fabrizio Moro - Portami via
  • Elodie - Tutta colpa mia
  • Lodovica Comello - Il cielo non mi basta
  • Fiorella Mannoia - Che sia benedetta
  • Alessio Bernabei - Nel mezzo di un applauso
  • Al Bano - Di Rose e di Spine
  • Samuel - Vedrai
  • Ermal Meta - Vietato morire 

Second chance round:

  • Giusy Ferreri - Fatalmente male
  • Ron - L’ottava meraviglia
  • Clementino - Ragazzi Fuori

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