Festival Della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo

sanremo 2010

If you are a fan of Italian music and Italian artists, like I am, then you’ve probably heard of a little thing called the Sanremo Music Festival or Festival Della Canzone Italiana.  The festival, which has been running since 1951, has featured some of Italy’s most talented artists.  It has also been the stepping stone for many new artists, catapulting them into the spotlight.  Artists such as Tiziano Ferro, Fabrizio Moro, Laura Pausini, Giorgia, and many others found their “big break” at this event.

The 60th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival will run from February 16-20th and feature 15 Italian artists competing for top prize and 10 newcomers in competition for in New Generation or Nuova Generazione category.

15 Big Ones / i 15 Big

Malika Ayane
Simone Cristicchi
Toto Cutugno
Nino D’Angelo
Irene Grandi
Fabrizio Moro
Irene Fornaciari (feat. Nomadi)
Pupo, Emanuele Filiberto (con il tenore Luca Canonici)
Enrico Ruggeri
Valerio Scanu
Marco Mengoni  (da X Factor)

New Generation / Nuova Generazione

Nicolas Bonazzi
Jessica Brando
Broken Heart College
Mattia De Luca
La fame di Camilla
Luca Marino
Jacopo Ratini
Nina Zilli

What are your predictions for this year’s edition of the Sanremo Music Festival?


  1. Tani

    April 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I missed the program cuz I don’t have Rai. However I love Malika Ayane. she is awesome. how did it turn out i wonder?

    Valerio Scanu won in the “big ones” category and Tony Maiello won in the “nuova generazione” category.

  2. Ariana from Chicago

    February 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    This is the one time of year I really wish I had RAI!

    I don’t think I could live without RAI. I can’t watch calcio with english commentary, it drives me nuts!

  3. italianmamachef

    February 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I want to learn more about Italian music and artists. Do you know where I can listen online to Italian music? We tried one day but could only find orchestra types.

    Many Italian radio stations have live steaming online. Here is one site that has a good list of stations from all over Italy ~ http://www.listenlive.eu/italy.html

  4. Cherrye at My Bella Vita

    February 18, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I *so* wish it was closer to me. I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to be there.

    Me too!!

  5. joe@italyville

    February 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I love the festival di Sanremo! So many amazing songs have come out of there over the years.

    I know! It’s always interesting to see what songs compete in Sanremo because a lot of the time there is such a vast range of style, age groups, and talent.

  6. di

    February 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve got a lot to learn about Italian musicians.

    I’ve always had my staple artists that I always listened to (Nek, Eros, Laura Pausini, etc) but recently I’ve been discovering new talent and there are some good ones out there. I did a post listing my top 5 italian female artists, which I may have to update or update! 🙂

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