Eurovision Song Contest 2023, Marco Mengoni will sing “Two Lives”. The details of the event

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The hype for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is already skyrocketing, thanks to the stars (of music) that the annual song contest will involve this year.
The musical event will take place for this 67th edition at the Liverpool Arena in Liverpool, UK. It is expected from 9 to 13 May.
The reason why the choice of location fell precisely on Liverpool derives from the fact that Ukraine, winner of the previous edition following the victory of the Kalush Orchestra with the song Stephanie, was declared unable to host the competition due to the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory. The Beatles’ hometown, Liverpool, was therefore chosen, which will make this the ninth edition of the musical event taking place on British soil (after the editions of 1960, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982 and 1998) .
Great Britain was selected because it is the country of runner-up Sam Ryder of England.
The competition will be divided into two semi-finals and a final (as has been the case since 2008).
The semi-finals will take place on 9 and 11 May 2023, while the final will be held on 13 May.

The hosts, from Graham Norton to actress Hannah Waddingham

To conduct the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 one of the giants of British entertainment was hired: the Irish conductor and comedian Graham Norton. He will do the honors (but only for the last evening, as we will see later) by leading the final of the event together with the actress Hannah Waddingham, winner of an Emmy for her portrayal of Rebecca Welton in the television series Apple TV+ Ted Lasso.

To support these two conductors there will be the singer Alesha Dixon, judge of Britain’s Got Talentand Ukrainian singer Julija Sanina.
The names of hosts were announced on 22 February 2023. Singer Alesha Dixon, actress Hannah Waddingham and singer Julija Sanina will host all nights of the event, with Graham Norton joining as co-presenter for the final.

Cristiano Malgioglio, Gabriele Corsi and Carolina Di Domenico will comment from Italy

For years now Eurovision has been broadcast in Italy in the original version with a commentary that for each edition involves some of the best-known faces and voices of the Italian show. For the 2023 edition of the European event, Cristiano Malgioglio, Gabriele Corsi and Carolina Di Domenico will be the commentators of the three musical evenings.

Where to watch Eurovision 2023

The two semi-finals of Eurovision 2023 will be broadcast in prime time on Rai 2 on 9 and 11 May, while the grand final on 13 May will be broadcast in prime time on Rai 1.
The following will compete in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2023 on May 9: Serbia, Latvia, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Croatia, Malta, Sweden, Moldova, Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands, Finland, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic. France, Germany and Italy will have the right to vote for the evening from which the 10 countries that will have obtained the most points will emerge and which will therefore participate in the final evening.

The challengers in the second semifinal

The following will challenge each other in the second semifinal of Eurovision 2023, which will be held on May 11, will be: Armenia, Cyprus, Romania, Denmark, Belgium, Iceland, Greece, Estonia, Albania, Australia, Austria, Lithuania, San Marino, Slovenia, Georgia and Poland. Spain, Great Britain and Ukraine will have the right to vote for the evening from which the 10 countries that will have obtained the most points and who will take part in the final evening will emerge.

Marco Mengoni is the representative of Italy

Marco Mengoni will represent our country at the Eurovision 2023 final.
In these hours the winner of Sanremo 2023 (who therefore performs at Eurovision by right, like all the winners of the Ariston Festival) has made it known which song he will compete with at the European event. After his victory in Sanremo he was still uncertain whether or not to bring the song with which he triumphed. Now the confirmation finally arrives: the song of Italy at Eurovision 2023 will be Two livesthe one with which Mengoni beat everyone in Sanremo.

This will be the second Eurovision Song Contest for Marco Mengoni: the singer had also participated ten years ago, in 2013, with his The essential, arriving in seventh position. Like Mengoni, the representatives of Sweden (Loreen, winner of 2012), Moldova (PashaParfeny, 11th in 2012) and Lithuania (Monika Linkyte, 15th in 2015) will also participate in Eurovision for the second time.
Although Marco Mengoni until recently had not yet decided which piece to sing, the official Eurovision 2023 channel on YouTube had already shared the video clip of Two livesawaiting confirmation from the singer-songwriter from Ronciglione.

The representatives of San Marino

To represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, many candidates applied.
From showgirl Pamela Prati to the former tronista of Men and women Francesco Monte, the names were many. But in the end the Piqued Jacks, winners of the evening event, have been chosen as representatives A voice for San Marino, held on Saturday 25 February 2023 with Al Bano as president of the jury. The Tuscan indie-rock quartet won the second edition of the San Marino festival with the song Like an Animal and will fly to Liverpool to represent the Republic of Mount Titano.

The scenography of Eurovision 2023 curated by the American Julio Himede

The scenography design, curated by the American Julio Himede (former creator of the scenography of the American Song Contest 2022 and the Grammy Awards also of that year) was presented on February 2, 2023.
The “principles of togetherness, celebration and community” were followed when choosing the scenography, drawing inspiration from the cultural aspects and similarities between Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Radically change the voting system

For the first time since the 2016 edition, the voting system of the competition will be radically changed, resuming the one used in 2009. During the semifinals, the finalist countries (10 for each semifinal) will be voted only by the public via televoting, thus excluding vote of the national juries in force since the 2010 edition.
Instead, the results of the final will be determined by the sum of the votes of the national juries and the public. And for the first time in the history of the competition, viewers from non-participating countries will also be able to vote during the event via the Eurovision online platform. Their votes will be aggregated with those of televoting, presented as a single set of 58 points (which is the same amount available to each individual country) called “Rest of the world”.

United by Music, a slogan that wants to launch a message of peace and union

The slogan of this edition is United by Music, announced on 31 January via a joint press release from the BBC and the EBU. The slogan aims to send a clear message of peace and unity.
The logo of the event, born from the collaboration between the English studio Superunion Agency and the Ukrainian one Starlight Creative, depicts an electrocardiogram, whose colors are those of the flags of the organizing countries. The pulsations produce various hearts, all sensitive to the rhythm of the music.

Youngest (and oldest) contestant

Let’s now move on to some curiosities about the event, before offering you the list of all the singers in the competition (find the complete list in the last paragraph of this article).
The youngest artist in the competition is 16-year-old Greek Victor Vernicos, born on October 24, 2006. The oldest is 61-year-old Damir “Mrle” Martinovic, frontman of the Croatian band Let 3, born on July 15, 1961.

The most used language in the songs will be English

As with every edition of Eurovision, this year too the language most used in songs will be 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 four languages: Czech , Bulgarian, Ukrainian and indeed English. Representatives from Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Finland, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia and Moldavia will perform the songs in their respective languages.

No longer the Czech Republic but Czechia

For the first time, Czechia chooses to participate in the competition with this name instead of the Czech Republic. Instead, Moldova will sing in Romanian for the first time. The name of the country’s official language was in fact changed by the Chisinau parliament earlier this month, on March 2, 2023.

All the singers and their respective songs in the competition

Below you will find the complete list of competing artists and song titles of Eurovision 2023.

Albania – Albina and Familja Kelmendi “Duje”
Armenia – Brunette “Future Lover”
Australia – Voyager “Promise”
Austria – Teya and Salena “Who the Hell Is Edgar?”
Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX “Tell Me More”
Belgium – Gustaph “Because of You”
Czechia – Vesna “My Sister’s Crown”
Cyprus – Andrew Lambrou “Break a Broken Heart”
Croatia – Let 3 “Mama šč!”
Denmark – Reiley “Breaking My Heart”
Estonia – Alika “Bridges”
Finland – Käärijä “Cha cha cha”
France – La Zarra “Évidemment”
Georgia – Iru “Echo”
Germany – Lord of the Lost “Blood & Glitter”
Greece – Victor Vernicos “What They Say”
Ireland – Wild Youth “We Are One”
Iceland – Diljá “Power”
Israel – Noa Kirel “Unicorn”
Italy – Marco Mengoni Two Lives”
Latvia – Sudden “Lights Aijā
Lithuania – Monika Linkytė “Stay”
Malta – The Busker “Dance (Our Own Party)”
Moldova – Pasha Parfeni “Soarele şi Luna “
Norway – Alexandra “Queen of Kings”
Netherlands – Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper “Burning Daylight”
Poland – Blanka “Solo”
Portugal – Mimicat “Ai coraçao”
UK – Mae Muller “I Wrote A Song”
Romania – Theodor Andrei “DGT (Off and On)”
San Marino – Piqued Jacks “Like an Animal”
Serbia – Luke Black “Samo mi se spava”
Slovenia – Joker Out “Carpe diem”
Spain – Blanca “Paloma Eaea”
Sweden – Loreen “Tattoo”
Switzerland – Remo Forrer “Watergun”
Ukraine – Tvorchi “Heart of Steel”