Eurovision 2023, singers and songs in the competition: news and curiosities

Mengoni with ‘Two Lives’ in Liverpool

The starting “grid” of the next Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is now complete. Participating in the Liverpool edition, from 9 to 13 May, will be 23 solo singers (10 men, 13 women), 4 duets (two male, one female, one mixed) and 10 groups (8 male, one female and one mixed ).

The youngest artist in the competition is 16-year-old Greek Victor Vernicos, born on 24 October 2006. The youngest is 61-year-old Damir “Mrle” Martinović, the Rijeka leader of the Croatian band Let 3, born on 15 July 1961.

The most used language in the songs is as always English. In addition to the three representatives of the countries where it is the official language (United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta) another 21 contestants sing only in English, three combine their mother tongue with English, while the Czech Vesna present verses in 4 languages: Czech , Bulgarian, Ukrainian and indeed English. Representatives from Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Finland, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia and Moldavia will offer the songs in their respective mother tongues.

Ten years after his first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in 2013 with “L’essenziale”, Marco Mengoni is ready to represent Italy for the second time with a unique and rearranged version of “Due Vite” to enter the minutage of the event more restricted than that of Sanremo. After a 13-year career, 7 studio albums, 69 platinum records, over 1.8 billion audio/video streams and 9 live tours, the singer-songwriter will bring “Due Vite” to Liverpool, the winning song of the 73rd Sanremo Festival which totaled over 70 million audio/video streams, exceeded 30 million views on YouTube, debuted in first place in all Italian streaming and download charts and at #49 in the spotify global chart.

The representatives of Sweden (Loreen, winner of 2012), Moldova (PashaParfeny, 11th in 2012) and Lithuania (Monika Linkyte, 15th in 2015) are also competing for the second time at the Eurovision Song Contest.

For the first time, Czechia chooses to participate in the competition with this name instead of “Czech Republic”; Moldova, on the other hand, will sing in Romanian for the first time. The name of the country’s official language was in fact changed by the Chișinău Parliament on 2 March.

In the coming days, the names of the conductors of the Italian version of Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be revealed, which will be broadcast on 9 and 11 May in prime time on Rai 2, while the Grand final on 13 May will be broadcast on Rai 1. On Rai Simulcast commentary for the three evenings on Radio 2 and on Digital Terrestrial Channel 202. ESC 2023 will also be broadcast on RaiPlay.