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X-Factor, Sanremo, and now Eurovision…Marco Mengoni for Italy

This weekend marked the culmination of the 63rd annual Sanremo Music Festival, one of the most enduring traditions in Italian pop music (and generally accepted to be the inspiration for Eurovision as we know it today).  For five nights, fourteen established artists (with two songs apiece) and eight fresh faces took the stage at the Ariston Theatre, all hoping to strike it big with the Italian public.  And, for one, a special jury would award the chance to move on to Eurovision. Read the rest of this entry