Who is Italy's Eurovision entry Marco Mengoni? | The Sun

EUROVISION Song Contest 2023 kicks off tonight in Liverpool. 

A total of 26 countries will be looking to convince the Eurovision jury and voting public to be crowned the reigning champions. 

Who is Italy’s Eurovision representative? 

Marco Mengoni will be representing Italy at this year's Eurovision contest.

Mengoni is a singer-songwriter born on December 25, 1988, in Ronciglione, a comune in Viterbo, Italy. 

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At age 14, he took singing lessons later performing as a member of a five-piece vocal group followed by stints in piano bars and weddings. 

But it would be an audition for the X Factor which would thrust Mengoni in the limelight. 

He would go on to win the competition receiving a recording contract and automatically being selected as one of the participants to the Sanremo Music Festival in 2010. 

Mengoni has sold over 2.8 million records and won two TRL Awards, nine Wind Music Awards, nine MTV Italian Music Awards, a Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards and an MTV Europe Music Award. 

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He won the MTV award in the category for Best European Act, making him the first Italian artist to win that prize.    

His records have peaked the Italian albums chart a total of seven consecutive times and also entered the Top 10 Italian Singles Chart 15 times. 

In 2013, Mengoni was placed 7th at Eurovision Song Contest 2013 for his song L'essenziale scoring 126 points in the final. 

What song will Mengoni perform at Eurovision 2023? 

Mengoni hopes to take home the prize with his single Due Vite, an Italian ballad. 

The song translates to two lives with Mengoni describing it as his “never-ending story of a relationship between the ratio and the unconscious”. 

He added how in life there “are slaps” and “you have to go on.  

“There are moments of boredom and downsides that are needed. For me, Due vite is this”. 

How many Eurovision wins has Italy had? 

Italy has won the Eurovosion Song Contest a total of three times. 

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The country’s first win was in 1964 for Gigliola Cinquetti’s Non Ho L'età. 

Toto Cutugno won for Italy for Insieme in 1990 and their third win was from rock band Måneskin for Zitti E Buoni in 2021.   

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