Minsk 2018

Melissa and Marco to sing “What is love” in Minsk for Italy!

First duo for Italy but not the only one in Minsk!

Italy may have been secretive about Junior Eurovision this year, but not anymore! Yesterday, Junior Eurovision YouTube channel released “What is love” the Italian entry for Minsk. 

A song by Beppe Vessicchio

Marco and Melissa will be Italy’s fifth representative at Junior Eurovision. Melissa is 10 years old and hails from the northern Italian city of Savona. Instead, Marco is 14 years old from a city in the province of L’Aquila in central Italy. In Minsk, they will sing the song “What is love”. You can listen to it here: 

This is the first time a boy-girl duo represents Italy. However, they are the second duo act of this year’s contest, after Max & Anne from The Netherlands. The song is the work of Beppe Vessacchio. Once again, Italy collaborated with the Antoniano of Bologna, responsible to organize popular children’s show Zecchino D’Oro, to select the song. 

Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Italy debuted at Junior Eurovision 2014 in Malta with Vincenzo Cantiello’s “Tu Primo Grande Amore” winning the contest. Interestingly, it was the first time a debut country won the contest since the very first show in 2003 So far, Italy participated at the contest four times, also earning a 3rd place in 2016 in Malta. In 2017, it was Maria Iside Fiore who represented the country in Tbilisi with the song “Scelgo”, finishing 11th. 

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Belarus’s capital Minsk will be the host of the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision for the second time.  In fact, the city previously hosted it in 2010. A record-breaking 20 countries will participate in Minsk on November 25. Wales and Kazakhstan will both make a debut with Kazakhstan participating for the first time to any Eurovision related event. Furthermore,  the contest will also feature three returning countries: France, that last participated in 2004, Azerbaijan that last participated in 2013 and Israel that last participated in 2016. Unfortunately,  Cyprus instead confirmed its withdrawal from the competition.

How do you like Italy’s 2018 song? Do you think it will give Italy their second victory at the contest? What is your favourite entry of this year’s contest so far? 

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