Italy – Today’s featured artist is Marco Mengoni of Italy. He has recently gone to number 1 in Italy with his latest album and his Eurovision entry’s video has received over 10 million views on YouTube. The Italian has been in huge demand since his success at this season’s San Remo contest and the Italians cannot seem to get enough of him right now. Find out more about him…
Marco Mengoni was born on Christmas Day in 1988 and is therefore currently 24 years old. He took singing lessons at 14 years old and studied languages at University. He found fame on the third series of the Italian X Factor talent show, which he won in 2009, and took part in the 2010 San Remo contest as a result of this win. He also signed with Sony Records as part of his win, and his first EP went platinum. He has since won two TRL Awards and five Wind Music Awards. In 2010 he also became the first Italian artist to win the MTV Europe Music Award for Best European Act. He returned to San Remo this year, and was then internally selected by Italian broadcaster RAI to represent his country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest final in Sweden in May.
He has just released his album #prontoacorrere, and it has shot to number 1 in Italy. Marco will not be resting when he returns from Eurovision, regardless of where he finishes on May 18th. He launches straight into a sold out nationwide tour of Italy:
Turin (May 20), Genoa (May 21), Florence (May 23), Italy (24 May ), Naples (May 26), Ancona (May 27), Rome (May 29), Bologna (May 30), Trieste (June 1).
The bookies have Italy as the 8th favourite, with Marco currently being at 16/1.
Check out the official video of this year’s Italian song, ‘L’essenziale’, it’s only had 10million+ hits so far, help it get a few more. Has it got what it takes to win in Sweden?