Marco Mengoni has confirmed that he will represent Italy in Eurovision 2023, but hinted that he may switch songs. He picked up 45.53% of Sanremo votes after leading throughout the entire week.
After the Saturday Night/Sunday Morning TV show produced an all-male top five, he paid tribute to the women who took part this year: “I wanted to dedicate this award to all the women who participated, who are wonderful singers.”
Despite the official Eurovision website announcing he will compete in Liverpool with ‘Due Vite’, he announced he is considering replacing the song before the March submission deadline – as well he might, given victory at Sanremo only gives him first refusal on the Eurovision gig and doesn’t specify retaining the winning song.
It’s a second go at Eurovision for Mengoni, who won Sanremo ten years ago in 2013. He travelled to Malmö, Sweden where ‘L’essenziale’ finished seventh in a field of 26, receiving 126 points.
Viewing figures for Sanremo remained steady with almost 7 million tuning in (86.25% of all viewers).