Sanremo 2019 winner Mahmood has confirmed that he WILL represent Italy at Eurovision 2019. This clears up a few tense days where it seemed the “Soldi” singer was unsure if he would be Italy’s act for Tel Aviv.
Mahmood made the announcement on social media, where he wrote, “Ok, I can tell you, I will represent Italy at @eurovision with “SOLDI”. I can’t wait.”
The confirmation comes as a huge relief to fans, who were worried that Mahmood would decline the offer to participate at Eurovision. After initially giving an emphatic yes at the Sanremo winner’s conference, Mahmood later backtracked and said he’d need to look at the proposal in more detail before deciding.
This inspired a fan-led campaign to get Mahmood to say “sì” to Eurovision. The hashtag #Mahmood4Eurovision was the number one trending topic in Italy, and an online petition was launched.
The success of “Soldi”
Despite not winning the Sanremo televote, Mahmood’s song “Soldi” is slowly earning favour with the public, both in Italy and abroad.
The lyrics of “Soldi”, which discuss Mahmood’s troubled relationship with his father, appear to be resonating with audiences beyond Italy.
The song has clocked up 4.6 million listens on Spotify. “Soldi” is also the No.1 song in Spotify’s Italy Top 50 chart, and has even reached No.41 in Spotify’s global Top 50, facing stiff competition from Ariana Grande’s new album tracks.
The single has also appeared in the iTunes charts of 12 different countries. Eurofestival News reports that “Soldi” charted not just in Italy, Malta and Switzerland, but also Luxembourg, Finland, Belgium, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Norway. The song has also reached No.71 in the iTunes global chart.
The music video for “Soldi” now has over 7 million views, many of which were clocked up in the past few days.
The song — which currently runs to 3:15 — will need to be edited down to be under the three-minute Eurovision time limit.
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