After an arduous week of celebrating Italian music comes to an end Marco Mengoni has been crowned the winner of Sanremo 2023.
A night of fun in Sanremo
All 28 acts participated in the first round with the public voting in a pure televote. The top five acts of this round then performed again in a Gold Final. The winner of this round was decided by an equal weighting of televote, a jury, and a demiscopic vote; with the winner ultimately winning Sanremo 2023.
It is important to note that although Sanremo is used to decide Italy’s Eurovision act, it is not a traditional national final. The winner of Sanremo has the first right of refusal though they are not required to go to Eurovision, or use the winning song. The 2016 winners Stadio opted not to got to Eurovision, and second place Francesca Michelin went instead. In 2012 although Nina Zilli was selected to represent Italy, her Sanremo song ‘Per Sempre’ was not used, instead she opted for ‘L’amore e femina’. Though, the that year, the Eurovision entrant was decided by a separate jury, distinct from the jury that selected the winner of Sanremo as a whole. Should Marco Mengoni wish to go to Eurovision, this will be confirmed in a press conference tomorrow.
This is the second time that Marco has won Eurovision having previously topped the 2013 vote, before going on to finish 7th at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. Upon being announced at the winner of Sanremo he dedicated this win to all the women who participated in Sanremo; which was of particular note at the super final consisted entirely of men.
|2||Colla Zio||“Non mi va”||20||Eliminated|
|6||Giorgia||“Parole dette male”||6||Eliminated|
|10||Marco Mengoni||“Due vite”||4||Advanced|
|11||Rosa Chemical||“Made In Italy”||8||Eliminated|
|12||I Cugini di Campagna||“Lettera 22”||21||Eliminated|
|13||Madame||“Il bene nel male”||7||Eliminated|
|14||Ariete||“Mare di guai”||14||Eliminated|
|16||Paola e Chiara||“Furore”||17||Eliminated|
|18||LDA||“Se poi domani”||15||Eliminated|
|21||Articolo 31||“Un bel viaggio”||16||Eliminated|
|23||Leo Gassman||“Terzo cuore”||18||Eliminated|
|25||Anna Oxa||“Sali (Canto dell’anima)”||25||Eliminated|
|27||Gianluca Grigiani||“Quando ti manca il fiato”||12||Eliminated|
|4||Marco Mengoni||Due Vite||1st||32.31%||1st||1st|
This is of course the fifth night of Sanremo, and if you’d like a recap of night one, two, three, and four, they can be found in the links provided. We have also compiled a playlist of all of tonight’s acts:
Italy’s Eurovision Journey
Italy have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since the very beginning and have always been considered a powerhouse in the contest. Italy have won the contest on three occasions in 1964, 1990 and 2021. Italy did withdraw for a while after 1997, returning again in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi who sang ‘Madness Of Love’ Raphael placed second in the 2011 Eurovison Song Contest after scoring 189 points. Italy’s most recent entry in 2022 was “Brividi” by Mahmood and Blanco, performed on home soil after rock band Måneskin won the previous contest in 2021. At the close of voting, Italy scoring 268 points in the Eurovision 2022 Grand Final, placing 6th.
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News Source: RAI
Photo Credit: Repubblica