Country Of The Month: Italy Part-1!


Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Italy. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Italian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Mahmood – Soldi

In 2019, Italy selected Mahmood and his song “Soldi” to sent in Tel Aviv. The song is entirely in Italian with a sentence in Arabic.

It was composed by Paolo Alberto Monachetti, Dario “Dardust” Faini and Alessandro Mahmoud. At the final, the entry 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 and a year later he released his debut single. Mahmood, won the second night of Sanremo Giovani in 2018 and the Big Artists’ category in 2019.

Italy in the 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 a couple of times – 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.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Italy? Let us know in the comment box below.

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