The final of the 63rd edition of the Festival was held yesterday evening and was broadcast live on Italian television as it is a very popular event with the Italians, a vast majority of whom seem to love music in some form or other. The festival lasted for five days and this year the viewing figures were the highest since 2001 with an average nightly audience of more than eleven million viewers. Maybe viewers were looking to get away from the election campaign? The average share of the viewing audience never fell below 42% and on the closing night 66.6%.
Yesterday evening Marco Mengoni became the winner of the Festival della Canzone Italiana San Remo 2013.
Marco Mengoni was born on Christmas Day in 1988 and rose to fame as a singer in 2009 after winning the third season of the Italian edition of the show 'The X Factor'. The following year he came third in the San Remo music festival and this year he won with L'Essenziale (The Essential). He has been selected to represent Italy in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo in May.
My post for last year can be read here San Remo Festival 2012 and for lots more information on the Festival I recommend a visit to the San Remo Festival Website.
With thanks also to the following sites for information used in this post Wikipedia - Festival di San Remo 2013, ANSA News - San Remo YouTube
You may have noticed that my recent posts have all been musical. My apologies for bias towards this subject but at the moment with my husband still in hospital I have not had much time to be more imaginative with my posts. I also find music very soothing at this time, so please bear with me if you are not interested in my musical posts, until I can spend more time here blogging about our life in Italy.