Mahmood will represent Italy at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The winner of Sanremo 2019, Mahmood, stated yesterday that he was still “thinking through” whether he would take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer spoke to various media outlets, stating that he wanted to understand the contest better before making a decision.
Today he has confirmed on his social media that he will in fact take part in the contest with his song “Soldi” (Money).
According to Mahmood, “Soldi” is a personal outburst, built on the relationship that the singer had with his father. The singer was born in Milan to a mother from Sardinia and a father from Egypt, however his father was absent from his life after the age of 6. Mahmood explained that his father has married four more times and left children around the world. Find out more about the message of the song here.
As “Soldi” is currently longer than three minutes, Mahmood will have to reduce the song length in order to comply with Eurovision rules.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.