A Spanish language version of the Italian entry in Eurovision 2019 is due to be released tomorrow.
Mahmood will be teaming up with Spanish rapper and singer Maikel Delacalle for the reworked version of the track. Maikel Delacalle is signed to Universal Music Spain, the Iberian label company of Mahmood. He recently had a hit with the song “Replay,” released around seven months ago and racking up almost 50 million streams on Spotify.
Maikel posted a teaser of his collaboration with Mahmood on Instagram, revealing that it will be available tomorrow, 10 May. It’s not clear whether the whole song with be in Spanish or a mix of both languages.
The song will be presented on radio for the first time on 40 Global Show, a radio program on Los 40,the most popular radio station in Spain. The show is hosted by Tony Aguilar, who will also be the co-commentator for viewers of Eurovision 2019 on RTVE in Spain. The radio show is also broadcast across the Spanish speaking world, including in Argentina, Mexico and Chile.
BOOM ? Este domingo en #40GlobalShow190 presentaremos la nueva versión de SOLDI (canción representante de Italia en @Eurovision) con la colaboración de mi querido artista canario @MaikelDLacalle ? pic.twitter.com/gcgw8u9EsY
— Tony Aguilar (@TonyAguilarOfi) May 7, 2019
Mahmood’s Soldi currently stands as one of the favourites to win Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. Since winning the Festival di Sanremo, the song has gone on to reach Triple Platinum status in Italy and has been viewed almost 80 million times on YouTube:
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.
Mahmood will perform his Eurovision entry in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv on Saturday 18th May. As a member of the “Big 5” of biggest financial contributors to the EBU, Italy automatically qualify to the final of the contest.
Source: Maikel Delacalle
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.