While they have never competed against each other at the Eurovision Song Contest, Lena and Marco Mengoni will do just that tonight at the MTV European Music Awards. Both of them are in the game for the Worldwide Act Award against eight other current pop sensations, such as Justin Bieber and One Direction.
Lena, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and came back to defend her title in 2011, has had quite some success with her third studio album Stardust which certified gold in Germany and peaked at number two in their charts.
She's also been in the running for the same award before, namely back in 2011 but failed to take it home. She did, however, score one of the top European hits that year with he winning song Satellite.
Marco Mengoni carried the Italian flag this year at Europe's favourite TV show and finished seventh with his song L'essenziale. His second studio album #prontoacorrere, released this year, has become quite a commercial success in Italy and was certified platinum.
To reach this round, both of them already won the vote in their region and thus have already earned the respect in the eyes of their home audience. Previously, also the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest winner Dima Bilan has been a candidate for the award.