Artist Profile: Italy 2019 – Mahmood

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This year, Italy is represented by Mahmoud. Mahmood’s real name is Alessandro Mahmoud and he was born on 12th of September 1992 in Milan, Italy. His mother is of Italian descent and his father of Egyptian descent.

In 2012 he auditioned for the X-Factor. He became part of the boys’ category and eliminated to the judges’ houses. He returned to the contest as a wildcard, but only to eliminated again in the third episode. After his X-Factor participation, he attended a music school and started writing his own songs. One year after he released his first single.

In 2018, he released his first extended play. On the November of the same year, former Eurovision participant, Marco Mengoni released his fifth album. The album contained four songs co-written by Mahmood.

Last year, Mahmood, also won the second night of Sanremo Giovani and earned a spot in the 2019 edition of Sanremo. His Eurovision entry is entitled “Soldi”, which means “Money”. The song is in Italian but has one line in Arabic, making it the fourth Eurovision entry to do so. The other three are Morocco 1980, Israel 2009 and Denmark 2012. The song has already reached the number one spot on the Italian charts.

Italy is prequalified in the Final, as being a part of the Big-5. Although, Italians are able to vote in the second semifinal.

What do you think about the song? Is it going to give the country its third win? Write your thoughts on the comment box below.

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