The announcement of the 22 singers competing for the next one Sanremo festival sparked controversy. To end up in the center of attention is Ana Mena. The Spanish singer was chosen by Amadeus to participate in the festival not paired with a big Italian, but as a soloist with a song in Italian and the bomb exploded on Twitter.
Immediately after the announcement made by the artistic director of Sanremo during the evening edition of Tg1, the discussion on the participation of the Spanish singer in the Italian song festival began on social networks. Dozens of tweets that raised the case: “Ma Ana Mena in what capacity does it take part in the Italian Song Festival? “,” But Ana Mena in Sanremo why? Wasn’t it the Italian song festival? “,” Ana Mena is not Italian, she is Spanish, but does Amadeus know that? “,” But why Ana Mena? For heaven’s sake very good, but she is not Italian“.
Ana Mena Rojas, 24, is already known to the Italian public for being one of the queens of the musical summer. His collaborations in Italian with Fred De Palm e Rocco Hunt they also made it appreciated in Italy, but this did not protect it from controversy. Amadeus has included her in the cast of the next Festival, but in fact she is not the first foreigner to participate in Sanremo. In 2008 the Argentine Lola Ponce won with Giò di Tonno with the song “Colpo di fulmine”; in 2013 the Italian-American Peter Cincotti participated together with Simona Molinari and in 1969 he made his debut in Sanremo with a very young Stevie Wonder paired with Gabriella Ferrari with “If you boy my”. However, precedents have not stopped the controversy, especially since Mena will participate alone and not paired with an Italian singer. The regulation does not place conditions on the nationality of the singer in the competition, but only on the song that “it must be in Italian“.
The “case” is taking on international tones and the controversy it also broke out in Spain. The Iberian fans were surprised by the participation of the Andalusian singer in the Italian kermesse and on Twitter the tweets were wasted. Many have pledged their support to the artist, but the Iberian press has punctuated the “i” on the issue Eurovision. “Ana Mena will not compete to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest“, reports the Spanish site The newspaper. By participating in the Italian Song Festival Ana Mena would have lost any chance to represent her nation at the European kermesse, which will be held in Turin thanks to the triumph of Maneskin in the latest edition. Instead, he will be able to represent Italy if Sanremo wins. And this could open yet another controversy.