Mahmood is publicly thinking through whether he will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Mahmood, who stated after he won Sanremo 2019, that he would represent Italy in Tel Aviv, is now publicly thinking through whether he will take part in Eurovision. The singer has spoken to multiple media outlets about participating in Eurovision and has now said he has to think through whether he wants to take part in the contest.
Mahmood told La Stampa that he was unsure as to whether he will go to Eurovision;
We must understand better. We have seen how much work entails and we must understand well.
While speaking on Radio DeeJay, he explained that;
Since the victory was a bit unexpected we have not yet put our heads on the Eurovision theme because we are still organizing the last things, but surely we will think about it in the next days. In any case, I would go with “Soldi” anyway.
Eurofestival News adds that while Mahmood may be questioning publicly if he will take part in Eurovision, the singer still needs to sit down with Rai to formalise his decision.
In the next few days it is expected that Mahmood will discuss with Rai about the level of preparations required for the contest, what it will require and his commitments.
Source: Eurofestival News
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 1990. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on six occasions.