Powered by: http://www.eurovision.tv Marco Mengoni, representing Italy at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry L'Essenziale, finished his first rehearsal at the Malmö Arena. December 25th, 1988. Marco was born on Christmas Day in Ronciglione (Viterbo, Italy). He became interested in music from an early age: "As a little kid, I used to listen to a little bit of everything, from pop to r&b, from rock to soul music. I discovered karaoke and I would sing when nobody was looking, as I was pretty shy. One day my parents heard me singing and decided to send me to singing lessons. Soon I found out that music was not as easy as I thought, I had a lot to learn...breathing techniques, facial exercises, musical scales, vocalisations of every kind to improve my voice." After seven years of musical formation which includes not only singing but also working as a sound technician, Marco wins the third series of X Factor in 2009 and his first EP Dove Si Vola becomes his first success. Only months later he participates in the 60th edition of Sanremo with the song Credimi Ancora and finishes third. His "Re Matto" EP is released. After a successful tour launch Marco wins the TRL Award in the category "Man of the Year", the Wind Music Awards and his debut releases are certified Platinum. He then releases the Re Matto live album hitting #1 in Italy. In November 2010 Marco Mengoni wins the "Best Italian Act" Award at the MTV European Music Awards and he also gets the "Best European Act", as the first Italian in 17 editions to win the award. In September 2011 he releases a new single Solo and the concept album Solo 2.0. The Solo Tour previews in Milan and Rome are both sold-out. In 2012 he embarks on a theatre tour created by Marco Mengoni, Elisa and Andrea Rigonat. Marco is also the special guest of the event "Premio Leggio d'Oro", where he gets an award for his dubbing of Onceler, a cartoon character from the movie The Lorax. Earlier this year Marco wins the 63rd Sanremo Music Festival with his song L'Essenziale and a month later the new album #PRONTOACORRERE is out on Sony Music. Now, besides his new tour, his next challenge is in Malmö: representing Italy at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest!