Ka-ching! The 69th edition of Sanremo Music Festival has come to an end and against all odds, Mahmood won the crown and the traditional leoncino — the little golden lion awarded to the sanremese winner.
The Italian singer of Egyptian descent emerged as an outsider in the competition with “Soldi”. From the start of the week though, the song was well received by both the public and critics.
During the week, it seemed that bookies’ hot favourite Ultimo was heading to a crushing victory. He overshadowed all the competitors in every field, with millions of views on YouTube and first place on Spotify and iTunes Italy. Still, we’re sure he must be pleased with his silver medal.
The winner of Sanremo has first refusal to be Italy’s act at Eurovision. While RAI hasn’t yet released an official statement, Mahmood announced that he will represent Italy in Tel Aviv during the traditional press conference after the final. The news has also been confirmed on the official Eurovision Twitter account.
— Festival di Sanremo (@SanremoRai) February 9, 2019
As with last night, the overall combined results consisted of televoting (50%), the press jury (30%) and the expert jury (20%). All 24 finalists started off with a clean slate when they performed their entries on the night.
After the first round of voting, Ultimo, Il Volo and Mahmood advanced to the second and last round. In the end, it was the R’n’B singer with “Soldi” who emerged triumphant!
— Festival di Sanremo (@SanremoRai) February 10, 2019
- Mahmood – Soldi
- Ultimo – I tuoi particolari
- Il Volo – Musica che resta
- Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti da me
- Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me
- Daniele Silvestri – Argentovivo
- Irama – La ragazza con il cuore di latta
- Arisa – Mi sento bene
- Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce
- Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood
- Boomdabash – Per un milione
- Ghemon – Rose viola
- Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone
- Motta – Dov’è l’Italia
- Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni
- Paola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo
- The Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura
- Federica Carta e Shade – Senza farlo apposta
- Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto
- Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene
- Patty Pravo con Briga – Un po’ come la vita
- Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte
- Einar – Parole nuove
- Nino D’Angelo e Livio Cori – Un’altra luce
Born 12 September 1992 in Milan, Alessandro “Mahmood” Mahmoud is a songwriter who rosed to fame after finishing fourth in the Newcomers’ Section of Sanremo 2016 with the song “Dimentica“.
In 2012 he took part in the sixth edition of X Factor Italy. He gained a spot in the cast of Sanremo 2019 winning the contest Sanremo Giovani in December 2018 with the song “Gioventù bruciata“.
Fun fact: he is among the authors of “Hola (I Say)” the latest platinum certified single by Eurovision 2013 act Marco Mengoni feat. Tom Walker.
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