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Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Country  Italy
Selected song  "L'essenziale"
Selected entrant  Marco Mengoni
Final result  7th, 126 points
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Selection process  Artist: Sanremo 2013 Song: Internal Selection
Selection date(s)  Artist: 16 February 2013 Song: 18 March 2013

Italy participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. The Italian entry was selected through an internal selection with the artist being selected by a special committee from the participants of the Sanremo Music Festival 2013 and the song selection being carried out by the artist. Marco Mengoni represented Italy with the song "L'essenziale", which placed 7th and scored 126 points in the final.


Artist selection

On 24 January 2013, RAI confirmed that the performer that would represent Italy in Malmö would be announced during the final evening of Sanremo Music Festival 2013. The artist selection was exclusive from the actual Sanremo Music Festival competition and the results of that competition were not relevant to which artist would ultimately represent Italy. All competing artists in the competition were considered by a special committee formed to select the most suitable performer for Eurovision.

The competing artists were:

"Big Artists" Category:

"Newcomers" Category:

On 16 February 2013 during the final evening of the Sanremo Music Festival, presenters Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizzetto announced that Marco Mengoni would represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Mengoni also went on to win the Sanremo Music Festival 2013 with the song "L'essenziale".

Song selection

On 18 March 2013, the song "L'essenziale" was announced as the Italian entry. The last time Italy sent the winner of the Sanremo Music Festival as their entry was in 1997.

At Eurovision

As a member of the "Big Five", Italy automatically qualified for a place in the final, to be held on 18 May 2013. In addition to their participation in the final, Italy was assigned to vote in the first semi-final on 14 May 2013.

During the Italian delegation's press conference on 15 May, Italy was allocated to perform in the second half of the final. In the final, the producers of the show decided that Italy would perform 23rd, following Ukraine and preceding Norway. Italy placed 7th in the final and scored 126 points.

In Italy, only the first semi-final was aired on Rai 5, commentated by Federica Gentile, while the final was aired on Rai 2 and Rai HD, with commentary by Filippo Solibello, Marco Ardemagni and Natascha Lusenti.

The national jury that provided 50% of the Italian vote in the first semi-final and the final consisted of five journalists: Paolo Giordano, Gianni Sibilla, Luca Dondoni, Fabrizio Basso and Luigi Bolognini. The Italian spokesperson in the grand final was Federica Gentile.


Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Wikipedia

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