Sanremo Music Festival 2018

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Sanremo Music Festival
Logo Sanremo Music Festival 2018.png
68th edition (2018)
Dates6 February 2018 (1st night)
7 February 2018 (2nd night)
8 February 2018 (3rd night)
9 February 2018 (4th night)
10 February 2018 (5th night)
Presenter(s)Claudio Baglioni
and Michelle Hunziker, Pierfrancesco Favino
Artistic director(s)Claudio Baglioni
Orchestra leaderGeoff Westley
BroadcasterRAI
VenueTeatro Ariston
(Sanremo, Liguria, Italy)
Big Artists section
Entries20 acts (20 songs)
WinnerErmal Meta and Fabrizio Moro
"Non mi avete fatto niente"
Critic's prizeRon
"Almeno pensami"
Newcomers' section
Entries8 acts (8 songs)
WinnerUltimo
"Il ballo delle incertezze"
Eurovision Song Contest
Selection processWinning act of the Big Artists section accepted invitation to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Selected artistErmal Meta and Fabrizio Moro
Sanremo Music Festival chronology
2018

The Sanremo Music Festival 2018 (Italian: 68º Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo 2018) was the 68th annual Sanremo Music Festival, a television song contest held in the Teatro Ariston of Sanremo and organised and broadcast by RAI.

Format[edit]

Presenters[edit]

Sanremo Music Festival 2018 presenters
Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Baglioni and Michelle Hunziker

Singer-songwriter and musician, Claudio Baglioni, was the main host and artistic director of Sanremo Music Festival 2018,[1] alongside co-hosts Michelle Hunziker[2] and Pierfrancesco Favino.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the five evenings occurred through different combinations of four methods:

  • Public televoting, carried out via landline, mobile phone, the contest's official mobile app, and online voting.
  • Press jury voting, expressed by accredited journalists that followed the competition from the Roof Hall at the Teatro Ariston.
  • A demoscopic poll, composed of a sample of 300 music fans, which voted from their homes via an electronic voting system managed by Ipsos.
  • Expert jury voting, resulting from points assigned by personalities from the world of music, entertainment and culture. The jury is composed by Pino Donaggio (president), Giovanni Allevi, Serena Autieri, Milly Carlucci, Gabriele Muccino, Rocco Papaleo, Mirca Rosciani and Andrea Scanzi.

The three voting systems had a percentage weight so distributed:[3]

  • First, Second and Third Evening: 40% Public televoting; 30% Demoscopic poll; 30% Press jury voting
  • Fourth and Fifth Evening: 50% Public televoting; 30% Press jury voting; 20% Expert jury voting

In the final part of the fifth evening, a new rank indicating the first three acts -determined by the percentage of votes obtained in this evening's vote and those obtained in previous evenings- was drawn up.

Selections[edit]

Newcomers' section[edit]

The artists competing in the Newcomers' section were selected through two separate contests: Sanremo Giovani and Area Sanremo.

Sanremo Giovani[edit]

On October 31, 2017, Rai Commission for Sanremo Music Festival 2018 announced a list of 650 acts, but only 68 artists coming from all Italian regions -excluding Basilicata and Valle d'Aosta- and from abroad were selected in the first phase.[4]

On November 10, 2017, Rai Commission announced the sixteen finalists.[5][6]

On December 15, 2017, the sixteen finalists performed their songs at Villa Ormond in Sanremo, with the show Sarà Sanremo broadcast on Rai 1 presented by Claudia Gerini and Federico Russo. The six selected by the jury were added to the two entries of Area Sanremo, for a total of eight young emerging artists in the category of the Newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2018.[7] Lorenzo Baglioni, Mudimbi, Eva, Mirkoeilcane, Giulia Casieri and Ultimo were chosen as contestants of the Newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2018.

Area Sanremo[edit]

After the auditions, RAI Commission -composed by Massimo Cotto, Stefano Senardi, Antonio Vandoni, Maurizio Caridi and Maurilio Giordana; plus the participation of Franco Zanetti and Amara- identified 8 finalists for the competition among the 145 acts:[8]

  • Martina Attili
  • Alice Caioli
  • Diego Esposito
  • Manuel Foresta
  • Andrea Maestrelli
  • Leonardo Monteiro
  • Giorgia Pino
  • Daniele Ronda

Newcomers' Finalists[edit]

  • Lorenzo Baglioni - "Il congiuntivo"
  • Mirkoeilcane - "Stiamo tutti bene"
  • Eva - "Cosa ti salverà"
  • Giulia Casieri - "Come stai"
  • Mudimbi - "Il mago"
  • Ultimo - "Il ballo delle incertezze"
  • Leonardo Monteiro - "Bianca"
  • Alice Caioli - "Specchi rotti"

Big Artists section[edit]

The Big Artists section of the contest will revert to 20 artists, after briefly going up to 22 last year. Unlike in previous years, there will be no eliminations during the four weeknight shows. All the artists will perform several times and will be scored during the week, but they will all advance to the final night.[9]

Competing entries[edit]

Competing songs and artists, showing writers, orchestra conductor and results achieved
Big Artists section[10]
Song, performing artist(s) and writer(s) Orchestra conductor[11] Rank Sanremo Music Festival Awards
"Non mi avete fatto niente" – Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
(Ermal Meta, Fabrizio Moro, Andrea Febo)
Diego Calvetti 1
  • Winner of the "Big Artists" section – Golden Lion[12]
  • TimMusic Award for Most-Streamed Song on the Final's Day[13]
"Una vita in vacanza" – Lo Stato Sociale
(Alberto Cazzola, Francesco Draicchio, Lodovico Guenzi, Alberto Guidetti, Enrico Roberto, Matteo Romagnoli)
Fabio Gargiulio 2
  • Press, Radio, TV & Web Award "Lucio Dalla"[13]
"Il mondo prima di te" – Annalisa
(Annalisa Scarrone, Davide Simonetta, Alessandro Raina)
Pino Perris 3
"Almeno pensami" – Ron
(Lucio Dalla)
Peppe Vessicchio 4
  • Critics' Award "Mia Martini"[13]
"Imparare ad amarsi" - Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico
(Bungaro, Pacifico, Cesare Chiodo, Antonio Fresa)
Antonio Fresa 5
  • "Sergio Endrigo" Award for Best Interpretation[13]
"La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno" – Max Gazzè
(Francesco Gazzè, Massimiliano Gazzè, Francesco De Benedettis)
Clemente Ferrari 6
  • "Giancarlo Bigazzi" Award for Best Arrangement[13]
"Passame er sale" – Luca Barbarossa
(Luca Barbarossa)
Clemente Ferrari 7
  • Lunezia Award for Best Music-letterary Value[14]
"Adesso" – Diodato & Roy Paci
(Antonio Diodato)
Vincenzo Presta 8
"Frida (mai, mai, mai)" – The Kolors
(Davide Petrella, Dario Faini, Alessandro Raina, Stash)
Luca Chiaravalli 9
"Eterno" – Giovanni Caccamo
(Giovanni Caccamo, Cheope)
Stefano Nanni 10
"Così sbagliato" – Le Vibrazioni
(Francesco Sarcina, Andrea Bonomo, Luca Chiaravalli, Davide Simonetta)
Luca Chiaravalli 11
"Il coraggio di ogni giorno" – Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo
(Vincenzo Avitabile, Pacifico)
Roberto Rossi 12
"Custodire" – Renzo Rubino
(Renzo Rubino)
Marcello Faneschi
Paolo Palazzo[15]
13
"Non smettere mai di cercami" – Noemi
(Massimiliano Pelan, Noemi, Diego Calvetti, Fabio De Martino)
Diego Calvetti 14
"Ognuno ha il suo racconto" – Red Canzian
(Michele Porru, Red Canzian)
Fabio Gurian 15
"Lettera dal Duca" – Decibel
(Enrico Ruggeri, Fulvio Muzio, Silvio Capeccia)
Roberto Rossi 16
"Senza appartenere" – Nina Zilli
(Giordana Angi, Antonio Iammarino, Nina Zilli)
Valeriano Chiaravalle 17
"Il segreto del tempo" – Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli
(Pacifico, Roby Facchinetti)
Danilo Ballo 18
"Rivederti" – Mario Biondi
(Mario Biondi, Giuseppe Furnari, Fisicaro)
Peppe Vessicchio 19
"Arrivedorci" – Elio e le Storie Tese
(Stefano Belisari, Sergio Conforti, Davide Civaschi, Nicola Fasani)
Peppa Vessichio 20
Newcomers' section[16]
Song, performing artist(s) and writer(s) Orchestra conductor[11] Rank Sanremo Music Festival Awards
"Il ballo delle incertezze" – Ultimo
(Ultimo)
Diego Calvetti 1
  • Winner of the Newcomers' section – Silver Lion[17]
  • Lunezia Award for Best Music-letterary Value[14]
"Stiamo tutti bene" – Mirkoeilcane
(Mirkoeilcane)
Fio Zanotti 2
  • Critics' Award "Mia Martini"[17]
  • "Enzo Jannacci" Award for Best Performance[18]
"Il mago" – Mudimbi
(Michel Mudimbi, Andrea Bonomo, Marco Zangirolami,
Alessandro Adolfo Bavo, Federico Vaccari, Pietro Miano)
Umberto Iervolino 3
  • Assomusica Award for Best Stage Presence[19]
"Il congiuntivo" – Lorenzo Baglioni
(Lorenzo Baglioni, Michele Baglioni, Lorenzo Piscopo)
Diego Calvetti 4
"Specchi rotti" – Alice Caioli
(Alice Caioli, Paolo Muscolino)
Massimo Morini 5
  • Press, Radio, TV & Web Award "Lucio Dalla"[20]
"Cosa ti salverà" – Eva
(Antonio Di Martino, Antonio Filippelli)
Clemente Ferrari 6
"Come stai" – Giulia Casieri
(Giulia Casieri, Alfredo Ravasio)
Massimo Morini 7
"Bianca" – Leonardo Monteiro
(Marco Ciappelli, Vladi Tosetto)
Dariana Koumanova 8

Shows[edit]

First evening[edit]

The 20 Big Artists each performed their song for the first time.[9]

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
Public
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Average
Annalisa 1 "Il mondo prima di te" 11th (3.83%) 3rd 9th 4.66% 3rd
Ron 2 "Almeno pensami" 4th (6.58%) 6th 6th 6.27% 4th
The Kolors 3 "Frida" 2nd (10.60%) 9th 10th 6.54% 8th
Max Gazzè 4 "La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno" 6th (4.61%) 5th 5th 6.26% 6th
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico 5 "Imparare ad amarsi" 7th (4.39%) 8th 4th 6.268% 5th
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 6 "Non mi avete fatto niente" 1st (21.98%) 1st 2nd 16.12% 1st
Mario Biondi 7 "Rivederti" 13th (3.45%) 11th 17th 3.19% 15th
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli 8 "Il segreto del tempo" 3rd (6.77%) 18th 19th 3.81% 11th
Lo Stato Sociale 9 "Una vita in vacanza" 8th (4.27%) 2nd 1st 9.53% 2nd
Noemi 10 "Non smettere mai di cercarmi" 14th (3.09%) 4th 16th 3.86% 10th
Decibel 11 "Fuori dal tempo" 15th (2.81%) 15th 10th 3.10% 16th
Elio e le Storie Tese 12 "Arrivedorci" 20th (1.72%) 12th 18th 2.41% 20th
Giovanni Caccamo 13 "Eterno" 10th (3.97%) 13th 12th 3.71% 12th
Red Canzian 14 "Ognuno ha il suo racconto" 12th (3.53%) 20th 13th 2.83% 17th
Luca Barbarossa 15 "Passame er sale" 5th (4.93%) 10th 15th 3.91% 9th
Diodato & Roy Paci 16 "Adesso" 17th (2.60%) 16th 3rd 5.08% 7th
Nina Zilli 17 "Senza appartenere" 19th (1.83%) 7th 19th 2.61% 18th
Renzo Rubino 18 "Custodire" 16th (2.78%) 19th 13th 2.56% 19th
Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo 19 "Il coraggio di ogni giorno" 9th (4.16%) 17th 8th 3.67% 13th
Le Vibrazioni 20 "Così sbagliato" 18th (2.10%) 14th 7th 3.61% 14th

Second evening[edit]

The first ten Big Artists each performed their song again and the first four Newcomers each performed their song for the first time.[9]

Big Artists[edit]

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
Public
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Average
Le Vibrazioni 1 "Così sbagliato" 8th (7.71%) 6th 5th 8.44% 6th
Nina Zilli 2 "Senza appartenere" 7th (8.88%) 2nd 8th 8.95% 5th
Diodato & Roy Paci 3 "Adesso" 5th (9.32%) 5th 1st 13.26% 4th
Elio e le Storie Tese 4 "Arrivedorci" 10th (3.66%) 8th 10th 4.30% 10th
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico 5 "Imparare ad amarsi" 3rd (12.35%) 4th 2nd 13.94% 2nd
Red Canzian 6 "Ognuno ha il suo racconto" 4th (9.59%) 10th 8th 6.49% 9th
Ron 7 "Almeno Pensami" 2nd (14.96%) 3rd 3rd 13.87% 3rd
Renzo Rubino 8 "Custodire" 6th (9.09%) 9th 7th 7.29% 8th
Annalisa 9 "Il mondo prima di te" 1st (17.54%) 1st 3rd 16.10% 1st
Decibel 10 "Lettera del Duca" 9th (6.90%) 7th 6th 7.36% 7th

Newcomers[edit]

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
Public
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Average
Lorenzo Baglioni 1 "Il congiuntivo" 1st (49.91%) 2nd 2nd 35.32% 1st
Giulia Casieri 2 "Come stai" 4th (8.17%) 3rd 3rd 17.18% 4th
Mirkoeilcane 3 "Stiamo tutti bene" 2nd (25.18%) 4th 1st 28.87% 2nd
Alice Caioli 4 "Specchi rotti" 3rd (16.74%) 1st 4th 18.63% 3rd

Third evening[edit]

The other ten Big Artists each performed their song for the second time and the other four Newcomers each performed their song for the first time.[9]

Big Artists[edit]

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
Public
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Average
Giovanni Caccamo 1 "Eterno" 8th (4.86%) 7th 7th 6.31% 8th
Lo Stato Sociale 2 "Una vita in vacanza" 4th (7.94%) 1st 1st 15.63% 2nd
Luca Barbarossa 3 "Passame er sale" 2nd (12.43%) 5th 6th 10.21% 4th
Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo 4 "Il coraggio di ogni giorno" 6th (6.86%) 9th 5th 7.00% 7th
Max Gazzè 5 "La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno" 5th (7.34%) 4th 2nd 12.08% 3rd
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli 6 "Il segreto del tempo" 7th (5.49%) 10th 10th 3.28% 10th
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 7 "Non mi avete fatto niente" 1st (41.18%) 2nd 3rd 25.38% 1st
Noemi 8 "Non smettere mai di cercarmi" 9th (2.98%) 3rd 8th 7.34% 6th
The Kolors 9 "Frida (Mai Mai Mai)" 3rd (8.71%) 6th 4th 9.12% 5th
Mario Biondi 10 "Rivederti" 10th (2.21%) 8th 9th 3.65% 9th

Newcomers[edit]

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
Public
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Total
Mudimbi 1 "Il mago" 2nd (32.69%) 1st 2nd 31.77% 2nd
Eva 2 "Cosa ti salverà" 3rd (11.40%) 2nd 3rd 18.75% 3rd
Ultimo 3 "Il ballo delle incertezze" 1st (48.18%) 2nd 1st 38.42% 1st
Leonardo Monteiro 4 "Bianca" 4th (7.73%) 4th 4th 11.06% 4th

Fourth evening[edit]

The 20 Big Artists performed their songs as duets and the eight Newcomers also performed their songs again.[9]

Artist - Guest[21] Draw Song Votes Place
Public
(weight 50%)
Expert Jury
(weight 20%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Average
Renzo Rubino - Serena Rossi 1 "Custodire" 7th (4.74%) 15th 8th 3.52% 10th
Le Vibrazioni - Skin 2 "Così sbagliato" 15th (2.41%) 12th 10th 3.44% 13th
Noemi - Paola Turci 3 "Non smettere mai di cercarmi" 12th (2.90%) 20th 15th 2.91% 14th
Mario Biondi - Ana Carolina & Daniel Jobim 4 "Rivederti" 18th (1.62%) 15th 20th 1.72% 19th
Annalisa Scarrone - Michele Bravi 5 "Il mondo prima di te" 2nd (11.59%) 9th 3rd 7.87% 3rd
Lo Stato Sociale - Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano & Paolo Rossi 6 "Una vita in vacanza" 3rd (8.77%) 11th 1st 9.01% 2nd
Max Gazzè - Rita Marcotulli & Roberto Gatto 7 "La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno" 5th (5.86%) 5th 7th 6.32% 7th
Decibel - Midge Ure 8 "Lettera dal Duca" 14th (2.70%) 15th 16th 2.70% 15th
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico - Alessandro Preziosi 9 "Imparare ad amarsi" 8th (4.12%) 3rd 6th 6.61% 5th
Diodato & Roy Paci - Ghemon 10 "Adesso" 13th (2.74%) 5th 2nd 6.44% 6th
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli - Giusy Ferreri 11 "Il segreto del tempo" 11th (3.01%) 15th 19th 2.24% 18th
Enzo Avitabile & Peppe Servillo - Avion Travel & Daby Touré 12 "Il coraggio di ogni giorno" 10th (3.50%) 10th 13th 3.46% 12th
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - Simone Cristicchi 13 "Non mi avete fatto niente" 1st (23.71%) 2nd 4th 15.71% 1st
Giovanni Caccamo - Arisa 14 "Eterno" 16th (2.40%) 7th 12th 3.49% 11th
Ron - Alice 15 "Almeno pensami" 9th (3.58%) 1st 5th 7.00% 4th
Red Canzian - Marco Masini 16 "Ognuno ha il suo racconto" 17th (2.22%) 13th 14th 2.53% 16th
The Kolors - Tullio De Piscopo & Enrico Nigiotti 17 "Frida" 4th (6.62%) 8th 8th 5.65% 8th
Luca Barbarossa - Anna Foglietta 18 "Passame er sale" 6th (5.68%) 3rd 11th 5.46% 9th
Nina Zilli - Sergio Cammariere 19 "Senza appartenere" 19th (1.24%) 14th 17th 2.39% 17th
Elio e le storie tese - Neri per Caso 20 "Arrivedorci" 20th (0.59%) 15th 17th 1.53% 20th

Fifth evening[edit]

The 20 Big Artists will again each perform their entry for a final time. The top three will face a superfinal vote, then the winner of Sanremo 2018 will be decided.[9]

  •   Advanced to second round
Artist Draw Song Votes Place[22]
Public
(weight 50%)
Expert Jury
(weight 20%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Average
Luca Barbarossa 1 "Passame er sale" 4th (9.95%) 3rd 11th 6.83% 7th
Red Canzian 2 "Ognuno ha il suo racconto" 13th (2.07%) 13th 16th 2.06% 15th
The Kolors 3 "Frida" 5th (8.50%) 10th 8th 5.99% 9th
Elio e le Storie Tese 4 "Arrivedorci" 19th (1.03%) 16th 19th 1.14% 20th
Ron 5 "Almeno pensami" 7th (4.75%) 1st 7th 7.13% 4th
Max Gazzè 6 "La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno" 6th 5th 4th 6.93% 6th
Annalisa 7 "Il mondo prima di te" 3rd (10.02%) 6th 6th 8.31% 3rd
Renzo Rubino 8 "Custodire" 11th (2.38%) 17th 12th 2.69% 13th
Decibel 9 "Lettera dal Duca" 15th (1.74%) 17th 15th 1.99% 16th
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico 10 "Imparare ad amarsi" 8th (4.08%) 2nd 4th 7.07% 5th
Giovanni Caccamo 11 "Eterno" 10th (2.48%) 11th 13th 2.99% 10th
Lo Stato Sociale 12 "Una vita in vacanza" 2nd (10.15%) 8th 1st 10.50% 2nd
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli 13 "Il segreto del tempo" 12th (2.08%) 17th 19th 1.70% 18th
Diodato & Roy Paci 14 "Adesso" 9th (2.80%) 6th 2nd 6.78% 8th
Nina Zilli 15 "Senza appartenere" 18th (1.40%) 11th 17th 1.94% 17th
Noemi 16 "Non smettere mai di cercarmi" 16th (1.60%) 17th 14th 2.09% 14th
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 17 "Non mi avete fatto niente" 1st (24.58%) 4th 3rd 16.56% 1st
Mario Biondi 18 "Rivederti" 20th (1.00%) 9th 17th 1.69% 19th
Le Vibrazioni 19 "Così sbagliato" 17th (1.52%) 13th 8th 2.82% 11th
Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo 20 "Il coraggio di ogni giorno" 14th (1.75%) 13th 10th 2.79% 12th

Superfinal[edit]

  •   Winner
  •   Runner-up
  •   Third place
Artist Draw Song Votes Place[22]
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Expert Jury
(weight 20%)
Public
(weight 50%)
Average
Annalisa 1 "Il mondo prima di te" 3rd 1st 2nd (23,44%) 26,94% 3
Lo Stato Sociale 2 "Una vita in vacanza" 1st 3rd 3rd (22,10%) 28,40% 2
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 3 "Non mi avete fatto niente" 2nd 2nd 1st (54,41%) 44,66% 1

Special guests[edit]

The special guests of Sanremo Music Festival 2018 were:[23][24][25]

Related shows[edit]

Primafestival[edit]

Sergio Assisi and Melissa Greta Marchetto present Primafestival, a small show on air on Rai 1 immediately after TG1. The show features details, curiosities and news relating to Sanremo Music Festival 2018.[26]

Dopofestival[edit]

Edoardo Leo and Carolina Di Domenico, with the participation of Sabrina Impacciatore, Rolando Ravello, Paolo Genovese, Rocco Tanica and a group of journalists of Italian press, presents ...tanto siamo tra amici al Dopofestival, a talk show on air on Rai 1 immediately after Sanremo Music Festival. The show features comments about the Festival as well as interviews to the singers competing in the song contest.[27]

Broadcast and ratings[edit]

Local broadcast[edit]

Rai 1 and Rai Radio 2 are the official broadcasters of the festival in Italy. The show is also available in streaming via website on Rai Play.

Ratings Sanremo Music Festival 2018[edit]

The audience is referred to the one of Rai 1.

Live Show Timeslot (UTC+1) Date 1st time
(9.00pm - 0.00am)
2nd time
(0.00am - 1.00am)
Overall audience
Viewers Share (%) Viewers Share (%) Viewers Share (%)
1st
9:00 pm
February 6[28] 13,776,000 51.4% 6,624,000 55.4% 11,603,000 52.1%
2nd February 7[29] 11,458,000 46.6% 5,870,000 52.9% 9,687,000 47.7%
3rd February 8[30] 12,657,000 51.1% 6,146,000 54.4% 10,825,000 51.6%
4th February 9[31] 12,246,000 49.1% 6,985,000 57.1% 10,108,000 51.1%
5th February 10 13,240,000 54.0% 10,404,000 69.0% 12,125,000 58.3%

Ratings Prima Festival 2018[edit]

Episode Timeslot (UTC+1) Date Viewers Share (%)
1 8:30 pm February 6[32] 8,251,000 29.8%
2 February 7[33] 7,346,000 28.2%
3 February 8[34] 7,232,000 27.9%
4 February 9[35] 7,021,000 27.4%
5 February 10[36] 8,123,000 34.4%

Ratings Dopo Festival 2018[edit]

Episode Timeslot (UTC+1) Date Viewers Share (%)
1 1:00 am February 7[32] 2,078,000 37.1%
2 February 8[33] 1,979,000 37.3%
3 February 9[34] 2,042,000 38.0%
4 February 10[35] 2,400,000 41.7%
5 February 11[36] 3,518,000 48.7%

International broadcast[edit]

The international television service Rai Italia broadcast the competition in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. The contest will be broadcast in Albania by RTSH and Russia by Vremya. The contest is also visible via website on Eurovision.

Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

The winners of the Big Artists category received the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. However, winners are not obliged to take part in Eurovision, as seen in 2016 when Stadio declined to participate in the contest, which did not happen in this edition. In the event that the winner decides not to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, RAI and the organisers of Sanremo Music Festival usually reserve the right to select the Italian entrant to themselves, in the case of 2016 selecting runner-up Francesca Michielin.

There were several former Italian Eurovision representatives feature in the Big Artists category this year. Nina Zilli came 9th in 2012 with "L'amore è femmina (Out of love)". Riccardo Fogli came 11th in 1983 with "Per Lucia". Enrico Ruggeri, the lead singer of Decibel, came 12th in 1993 with "Sole d'Europa" and Luca Barbarossa also came 12th in 1988 with "Vivo (Ti scrivo)".

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