It was 2011 when Italy return to the contest after a 14 year (!) absence. Since then the Mediterranean nation has finished in Top-10 seven out of their nine participations. In this series of posts, we gonna recall all the Italian entries of the past decade.
Italy In Eurovision 🇮🇹
Italy debuted in the contest in 1956, being one of the first 7 countries. Since then, it has participated 45 times, missing the event twice – 1981, 1982, 1986, 1994-1996 and 1998-2010 – without any specific explanation.
The country is part of the “Big 5”, so its prequalified to the grand final. The country has topped the scoreboard on 2 contests (1964 and 1990) and placed in the Top-10 33 times! The country’s most popular entry is Domenico Modugno’s 1958 “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” (Volare), which placed 3rd in the contest. Its worst result came in 2014 when it finished 21 with 33 points. The country has also placed last in 1966 with no points at all. Ironically, it was Domenico Modugno’s second attempt in the contest.
Italy In 2019
In 2019, Italy chose Mahmood – winner of that year’s Sanremo – and his song “Soldi”. The song is entirely in Italian.
The song was composed by Paolo Alberto Monachetti, Dario “Dardust” Faini and Alessandro Mahmoud. “Soldi” placed 2nd with 472 points.
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 Megnoni released his fifth album. The album contained four songs co-written by Mahmood. The same year, Mahmood, also won the second night of Sanremo Giovani and earned a spot in the 2019 edition of Sanremo.
His Eurovision entry topped the charts of Italy, Greece, Israel and Lithuania and entered the Top-10 in five more countries. Last April, the song became the most streamed Eurovision entry on Spotify.
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