Marco Mengoni's professional singing career was launched after he won Italy's X Factor 2009. He says: "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." His Eurovision entry is a pleasing love song in Italian.