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Melissa and Ranya to represent Italy at Junior Eurovision 2023

October 4, 2023

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Melissa and Ranya will represent Italy at Junior Eurovision 2023.

It has been confirmed that Melissa Agliottone and Ranya Moufidi will be representing Italy at this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Nice. Melissa is the winner of the most recent edition of The Voice Kids in Italy, whilst Ranya was a fellow finalist.

The selection of Melissa, Ranya and their song for Junior Eurovision, has been done through a collaboration between Rai Kids and Universal Music Italy. Their entry for the upcoming contest is due to be released in the coming weeks.

Who are Melissa and Ranya?

Melissa Agliottone is 12 years old and comes from Civitanova Marche. She has studied singing, piano and drums from an early age, and currently attends the singing school of Roberta Faccani. Ranya Moufidi is also 12 years old. She comes from Ciserano and has Moroccan roots. She comes from an artistic background as her Father plays and sells musical instruments, and she can speak five languages.

Since joining the Junior Eurovision family in 2014, Italy have achieved great success in the contest, including their one and only win so far on their debut participation in 2014. Since then, they have gone on to achieve a further four top ten finishes. 

Italy have (almost) always selected their Junior Eurovision representatives and songs through an internal selection (expcept for 2015). Their most recent internal selection to perform at Junior Eurovision was Chanel Dilecta in 2022, who brought “Bla Bla Bla” to Yerevan, where she finished in 11th place with 95 points.

Junior Eurovision 2023 will take place in Nice, France on November 26th at Palais Nikaïa, and will be hosted by Olivier Minne and Laury Thilleman. A total of sixteen countries will be participating, including returnee Germany and debutant Estonia.

What are your thoughts on Melissa and Ranya being chosen as Italy’s Junior Eurovision 2023 representatives? What kind of song would you like to see them singing in Nice? Let us know in the comments below!

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