Earlier this month, Marco Mengoni won the hearts of the Italian public with his tear-jearking Sanremo ballad “Due Vite”. And as is tradition for the Italian act, he’s released a trimmed version of his Eurovision entry. The Liverpool version of Italy’s Eurovision song is out now on streaming services.
The Eurovision edit cuts out part of the introduction and first verse, ramping up the energy faster to reach a speedier climax.
Marco Mengoni releases “Due Vite” Eurovision edit
In March, Marco Mengoni won the Sanremo Music Festival and earned the right to represent Italy at Eurovision.
His winning song “Due Vite” originally clocked in close to the four minute mark. In accordance with the Eurovision three-minute long, he’s trimmed down his track in preparation for Liverpool.
The shortened version has a shorter introduction and fade out. The first verse is also chopped in half, getting to the pre-chorus faster and building energy quicker.
A Eurovision cut is traditional for the Italian act. In recent years, acts including Mahmood, Måneskin, Francesco Gabbani and Nina Zilli all released edited versions of their songs before their song contest debuts.
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“Due Vite” translates to English as “two lives”. The metaphor-filled song is about how the lives of two former lovers drift apart after a breakup.
Marco Mengoni previously represented Italy at Eurovision in 2013. His song “L’essenziale” placed seventh in Malmö, scoring 127 point in the grand final.
What do you think of the “Due Vite” Eurovision version? Do you prefer the new or old version? Let us know in the comments below.
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the lack of ballady material this year makes this standout, potential top 5
I don’t understand how this doesn’t make the top10 in the bookies. Shocked!
Marco is the most beautiful male voice we have in Italy, he is known as a very sweet, sensitive and emotional guy, which makes him even more special. The songs presented in Sanremo are meant to be the best Italian song and not for Eurovision, where a different style often prevails (funny/trash songs), but this is real music and he could win. The song is about the inner conflict we all struggle with, that’s why he feels the song very much in his heart while singing it. The text speaks of two parts of the same person, the conscious and… Read more »
What a beautiful comment. Thank you!
It was a choice between Sweden and Italy: I’m convinced – it’s definitely ITALY. This is absolutely brilliant!
A decent entry from Italy in a very weak year where I can listen to only about 10 songs, and really like only 3 (France, Norway and Finland). I like this edited version much better but still don’t go crazy for the track. I prefer Mengoni’s more uptempo tunes from from the last couple of years. His voice suits more dynamic and faster song structures, in my opinion, although he found more success in slow ballads. He would make a great soul, blues, jazz or rock singer.
You’re lucky! 10 and 3 are great numbers… I can listen only about 5 and like really only one…
I’m so used to hearing the full version that hearing the Eurovision version just feels like it has been rushed in places. I know he had to cut 45 seconds of the song, but instead of a build up that the original version had, this one doesn’t have the build up I’m accustomed to in Italian songs in general, not only ESC songs. It will take me some time to be accustomed to this version, but it still doesn’t make it any less likeable to me.
In bocca al lupo, Marco xx
?his year is a bit atypical as there are very few ballads. And unlike 2021, another year dominated by uptempos, there’s not a single slow song bothering to appear in the bookie’s top 10. The only grand classical ballad is Due vite (along with Estonia which in my opinion is way weaker) so it’s logical it will get many votes from this target.
Sweden is hovering somewhere between ballad and uptempo, according to some. As is Spain. Neither is a grand cheesefest like Italy but both will get a lot of jury points.
Someone who thinks that Tattoo and Eaeaea are close to be ballads must be listening only to hardbass when not doing Eurovision, lol
If a song makes you cry, then it’s got to have that special “something” about it. Only Italy and Czechia have genuinely made me feel their songs deep in my bones.
As a non-Italian he doesn’t quite have the acting capability to convey the songs emotion across language, in my opinion. Brividi and (in its own way) Måneskin both had more emotion and the ability to convey the feeling of the song. With Marco I just get a vague sense of him trying to be emotional but not quite getting there.
Great song, powerful voice, hot guy with good stage presence…The only thing I dont like is that he is a bottom. I HATE bottoms
Well… just go and find someone who can f’k you up proper then!
So you found him on Grindr?
no, but everyone in Italy knows that he is a bottom
I knew he would do the great job. I cannot help myself, he is my winner.
That works well. What a relief!
I hope this is not like GoA and Brividi. Both I loved the longer versions, but really disliked their shorter ESC versions.
Great editing until the end finished too quick
I kinda agree
The truth is that Marco Mengoni is so big he doesn’t need Eurovision to prove anything. In May, Eurovision should be thankful for attending Mengoni’s concert! ? It will stand out among others – most authentic and passionate performance. Thanks Italy for such an artist! ?
I feel this is the obvious jury-winner!
In a fair world probably yes but the juries have underrated Italy a bunch of times. Even at times when an Italian song sounds “jury friendly”. They tend to reward radio friendly songs and perhaps songs with Italian influences, even if we are talking about a ballad, aren’t their immediate favourites.
Just pointing out about the lyrics and the message. According to Marco Mengoni’s own words, the two lives refer to the conscious life and the life of dreams. It’s not a love song about two lovers.
They did a great job, it feels more immediate, and it’s still wonderful
I like the Sanremo version MUCH better, this one sounds kinda rushed in parts and then the whole song sounds weird.
So happy I’m not the only one who thinks this. Perhaps it’s because I’m so used yo hearing the full version that this one kind of disappoints slightly. Needless to say, this is still a beautiful song.
I can’t even notice the cuts, and believe me, I have the original on repeat since Sanremo. Good job by Marco and his team.
Anyways, I still prefer the origi al version, I proba ly listen it too many times. But shorter version is much better for eurovision, people will like this on a big stage. 🙂
Wasn’t San Remo in February? Grand final was on 11.2.2023.
What is your point? Not trying to be snarky, just curious as to why you ask.
It works. PHEW … was worried for it.
if we add some choreography like loreen-style graveyard crow maybe we’ll even win!
Italy always so effortless regarding passion and quality of entries! Certain countries should make notes.
one of the best songs of the year if not The Best !
The winner! No doubt!
This is an improvement! The song has more drive and actually benefits from being shorter
i love marco and his voice is just soooo beautiful! he better be in the top five!!
i love it – it’s definitely a contender for me. Normal song sung from the bottom of the heart not trying too hard. I really have enough of the so called bangers and gymmicks this year, they never last post Eurovision. well done Italy!
Yes! Armenia, Israel and Georgia trying too hard this year!
This entry still feels too “the Voice” to me, as a non-Italian. Like it’s just about him singing his heart out but not with a particularly interesting song. What Italy did right last year (and Portugal 2017 for that matter, if we’re going with “simple and doesn’t try too hard” as compliments) is that they conveyed their songs emotion excellently, and regardless of language any audience could feel those emotions and the way they paired with vocals and stirring instrumentals. And I’m sorry but this song isn’t quite there. The vocals are excellent, yes, but… The instrumental isn’t as good,… Read more »
Italy being Italy: another classy entry for a good result.
Is it rude for me to say that one positive is that at least the song is shorter?
This falls very much into the “nice” category for me. It’s kinda pleasant to listen to, but for me it really fails to stir any deep emotional reaction and I have very little desire to press the repeat button. Staging might help it in the contest but I fear that it will struggle to have much impact across Europe.
Italian staging never saves anything.
Italy is definitely having my vote. Good luck from Malta.
He was my number one (together with Sweden) this year. He is still and more so 🙂
Same top 2
Mine is also Marco and a Nordic. But in my case is Käärijä.
Would have been much more exciting discussing Il Bene Nel Male’s possible ESC version, but Madame just doesn’t have Mengoni’s name recognition so she never stood any chance really.
let’s be honest- she lost because she’s an antivaxxer and the Italian public (rightfully) would have resented this
she would have never won regardless. Hip-hop leaning songs are never well regarded by general public and even 2nd place looked like a miracle for Lazza, even with a huge gap from he first. Mengoni was backed up by juries and with the biggest fandom arguably, had it all. I don’t think somebody really ripped out victory out of Madame’s hands just for the anti-vax scandal, who told you that? If anything she’s quirky and weird enough to alienate italian traditional bigot audience, she’s concerning even if talented. Like first user said, she’s not as widely recognised which for a… Read more »
That’s got some punch! I love it.
Oliver, Sanremo was in February, not March 🙂
I like it. It’s better than last year’s cut and way, way better than 2017. Glad they didn’t take out the emotional highlights!
I still don’t like it but for sure it’s much better