In the early hours of Sunday morning, Marco Mengoni lifted the Festival di Sanremo trophy for the second time after winning the Italian music festival with his ballad “Due Vite”. But after confirming his intention to participate in Eurovision 2023, the star has suggested there’s the possibility he may not take his Sanremo winning entry to the contest in Liverpool.
In an interview for TV show TG1, Mengoni was asked whether he would compete with “Due Vite” at Eurovision 2023. The Italian star said he would need time to consider:
“I will think about it starting from tomorrow. It can either be ‘Due vite’ or … I don’t know.”
"Are you going to compete with Due Vite in Eurovision?"— Festival di Sanremo (en) (@sanremo_en) February 12, 2023
"I will think about it starting from tomorrow. It can either be Due vite or… i don't know… the song that might win the selection to go to Eurovision. I will think about it from tomorrow." #Sanremo2023 https://t.co/TD4PTkdIdh pic.twitter.com/hAJ3rvTjF9
During a later interview on Rai, Marco was once again asked whether he will change his song for Eurovision. He repeated again that he wasn’t 100% sure, but added that he wanted to let his creative ideas flow and see if he could write something else:
“I don’t know, I will think about it, I want to go back to my recording studio and see what comes out of it”.
Whilst he’s in the studio, Marco may very well also attempt to revamp “Due Vite” so that it meets the Eurovision rules. The song at the moment is over three minutes long and would need cutting down.
If he felt that the revamped version was not as effective as the original, then he could consider writing a new song that fits into the time limit.
All countries participating in Eurovision must submit their songs to the EBU at the Head of Delegation meeting in mid-March. Therefore, Marco has around one month to decide which song he wants to perform in Liverpool this May.
This would not be the first time that an Italian Eurovision entrant has changed their song from the one they performed at Sanremo.
Nina Zilli was internally selected to represent Italy whilst participating in Sanremo 2012. At the festival she sang “Per sempre”, finishing in seventh place. However, she later switched songs to “L’amore è femmina (Out of Love)” for her performance at Eurovision 2012 in Baku.
Would you like Marco Mengoni to swap his song for Eurovision? Or should he stick with “Due Vite”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.