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10 Years Later, Marco Mengoni Again Sanremo Festival Winner


In Italy late at night, it was announced by the present Amadeus the 73rd Sanremo Italian Music Song festival's first position in the Italian music competition was for the singer Marco Mengoni with the song "Due Vite", on February 11. The second position is for Lazza, and also Mr Rain reached the final podium finishing third. It is the artist's second triumph at Teatro Ariston and a Eurovision comeback next May in Liverpool.


The winner's piece “Due Vite” discusses interpersonal relationships with particular attention to the most intimate one, the one with oneself. It is an invitation to live and enjoy every moment, from boredom to the most vivid feelings, as if it were the last moment. The artist himself wrote the text with Davide Petrella and Davide Simonetta. In 2013, exactly ten years ago, with the song "L'essenziale", he won the 63rd edition with a song that marked a fundamental point in his career, also making him win four platinum records out of the 67 achieved in his career. His first TV appearance was in 2009 when he did the audition for the talent show X Factor and he won the edition showing his voice skill and be launched his professional path. The new stadium tour awaits him next summer, on July 8 at San Siro, for the live grand finale of the Marco stadium tour 2023.


The event, repeated every year in February, took place from Tuesday, 7 February to Saturday, 11 February. In Italy it’s a significant event it’s a music show party in which Italian emerging singers and successful ones perform its song, it’s a competition. The location is always the same at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, in the Northern region of Italy and it is live broadcast on Italian channel Rai 1. Every participant will perform an unreleased song written for the competition, they can’t share it before the festival start otherwise they will be left out. On the penultimate night of the competition, the participants sing covers of popular artists making a medley and invite an external artist to help them. During the other evenings, the songs in the competition are played; the vote is usually divided between journalists, the press room, the opinion poll jury and televoting of the public at home.


With the festival it always occurs some debate this year a huge part has taken about the possibility of a intervention of Ukrainian President Zelensky. According to Ansa, The RAI management has changed its mind about the video message of Ukrainian President Zelensky to the Sanremo festival. “We are in daily contact with Ambassador Melnyk. We came to the definition of the Ukrainian president's speech yesterday: he will not send a video, but a text.” No images, just words: the text had been read on stage by Amadeus. Stefano Coletta,  Rai Prime Time Entertainment Director, announced this. At 2.13 a.m., host Amadeus read a letter from Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President, directed to all participants and organisers of the Italia music show. No censorship, Coletta was keen to underline: “It seems complicated to me to be able to censor the president. The control of us executives is before the airing of each program, but I smile at the idea of a Rai executive who can censor a president,” continued Coletta.


“Dear participants, organisers, and guests of the Festival”, the conductor begins, reading the translation of the Ukrainian embassy, “​​from more than seven decades, your music has been heard worldwide. You hear your voice, your beauty, your magic, your victory. Every year the song wins, and the music and the art win. Unfortunately, shootings and explosions are heard in my country today”. He continues: “But Ukraine will surely win this war. It will win together with the free world, and it will win thanks to the voice of freedom, of democracy, of culture”. He concluded, "I wish success to all the finalists in the competition and from the bottom of my heart, I want to invite the winner to Kyiv on Victory Day.”

 The exhibition of Antytila at Sanremo Festival.

The voice of Ukrainian people has been raised by the live performance of rock group Antytila ​​ of their latest song “Bakhmut Fortress” based on the battle taking place continuously in Bakhmut, a city on the front line that has been resisting constant Russian attacks for months. They are led by Taras Topolya, 35-year-old vocalist of the group, Serhii Vusyk, the keyboardist, Dmytro Zholud on guitar, Dmytro Vodovozov on drums and Mykhailo Chyrko on the bass. In the coming weeks, they will start their European tour, which it will also touch London, Paris, and Berlin. On several occasions, they had also appeared in camouflage for a year because they were engaged at the front with the army to fight against the Russians, repeating the support they had offered in 2014 when Vladimir Putin decided to invade Crimea.


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