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Junior Eurovision 2023 Italy profile: 'Un mondo giusto' by Melissa and Ranya

This year, Italy will be represented at Junior Eurovision 2023 by the dynamic duo Melissa and Ranya with their song 'Un mondo giusto'.

You can find details on the entry, the artist, and the history of Italy at Junior Eurovision below.

About the artists: Melissa and Ranya

On 4 October 2023, Italian broadcaster RAI announced that they had internally selected Melissa and Ranya as the country's Junior Eurovision representatives for this year.

Melissa Agliottone and Ranya Moufidi both participated in the same season of The Voice Kids 2023, a spin-off competition of The Voice of Italy for children aged 7-14 broadcast on RAI. Melissa went on to win the inaugural edition under the watchful eye of iconic coach Loredana Bertè. Not to be outdone, Ranya also placed as a finalist under her coach Clementino. Both artists gained invaluable performance craft, TV experience and professional direction from their participation.

On The Voice Kids Ranya performed Sanremo 2022 entry 'Ovunque sarai' by Irama - a song known to the Eurofan community! The artists met through the show and have become close friends who enjoy singing together.

About the song: 'Un mondo giusto'

Released on 12 October and written by Franco Fasano and Marco Iardella, 'Un mondo giusto' is primarily in Italian with some English feature verses and lines.

Melissa and Ranya sing the verses solo and come together in the chorus with harmonies, fitting with the main motif of the song which is coming together and being stronger as friends. The song draws on soul, pop and R&B with a notable Italian flavour in the production.

Both singers have unique and powerful voices that are effectively shown off in the verses and blend together nicely in the harmonies and unison sections of the song. 'Un mondo giusto' feels like the perfect mix of being true to more mature Italian music but also distinctly feeling like it belongs in a children's music contest.

Italy at Junior Eurovision

Italy has had a successful presence at Junior Eurovision, winning on debut in 2014 with the wonderful entry 'Tu primo grande amore' performed by Vincenzo Cantiello. Their second best result was third in 2016 with 'Cara Mamma (Dear Mom)' performed by Fiamma Boccia.

In recent years, they've had consistent Top 10 results with most entries being sung in a combination of Italian and English. The nation is yet to host a Junior Eurovision contest. This year will mark Italy's ninth participation at Junior Eurovision.

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