In a special press conference for the winner of the Festival di Sanremo, Marco Mengoni confirmed his Eurovision 2023 participation. It will be his second go at Eurovision.
Marco Mengoni to Liverpool
According to several sources, Marco Mengoni would indeed reveal his official decision today. During the winner’s press conference, Mengoni indeed announced that he would gladly accept the task of representing Italy at Eurovision.
Mengoni’s decision does not come as a surprise. In the BBC Eurovisioncast, Nina Warhurst interviews Marco Mengoni ahead of the Festival di Sanremo final. At 6:30, she asks him whether he would go to Eurovision if he were to win Sanremo. To that, he answers:
Haha let’s see! I would like to go of course.Marco Mengoni to BBC Eurovisioncast
Mengoni wins the marathon
After almost six hours of television, musical director and main host Amadeus proclaimed Marco Mengoni as the winner of Sanremo. His song is called “Due Vite”, a song he co-wrote himself. The other composers are Davide Simonetta and Davide Petrella. The victory was not a major surprise, looking at the first nights of Italy’s greatest music festival.
In the superfinal, Marco Mengoni saw off competition from Lazza, Mr. Rain, Ultimo and Tananai. They all qualified for the superfinal. Giorgia and Madame only narrowly missed out on the top five. In the superfinal, “Due Vite” received 45.53% of the total televotes – a landslide victory. You can see the full result of Festival di Sanremo below:
- Marco Mengoni – Due Vite (Superfinalist)
- Lazza – Cenere (Superfinalist)
- Mr. Rain – Supereroi (Superfinalist)
- Ultimo – Alba (Superfinalist)
- Tananai – Tango (Superfinalist)
- Giorgia – Parole Dette Male
- Madame – Il Bene Nel Male
- Rosa Chemical – Made in Italy
- Elodie – Due
- Colapesce & Dimartino – Splash
- Modà – Lasciami
- Gianluca Grignani – Quando Ti Manca Il Fiato
- Coma_Cose – L’addio
- Ariete – Mare di Guai
- LDA – Se Poi Domani
- Articolo 31 – Un Bel Viaggio
- Paola e Chiara – Furore
- Leo Gassmann – Terzo Cuore
- Mara Sattei – Duemilaminuti
- Colla Zio – Non Mi Va
- I Cugini di Campagna – Lettera 22
- Gianmaria – Mostro
- Levante – Vivo
- Olly – Polvere
- Anna Oxa – Sali (Canto dell’anima)
- Will – Stupido
- Shari – Egoista
- Sethu – Cause Perse
As always, the winner of Festival di Sanremo has the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Marco Mengoni previously won that right in 2013 and sang “L’essenziale” in Malmö, finishing in seventh place. The past Sanremo winners have all accepted the Eurovision invitation. The last ones to decline were Stadio in 2016, passing over the right to runner-up Francesca Michielin.
Italy have won Eurovision three times, in 1964, 1990 and 2021. The Eurovision Song Contest in 2022 therefore took place in the Italian city of Turin, where Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine emerged victorious. As they are currently unable to host the contest, we will instead travel to Liverpool, in the United Kingdom as they finished in second place.
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