He’s one of the favourites for the bookies to win Eurovision 2019. And he’s also currently leading the OGAE Poll 2019.
This weekend, Italian hopeful Mahmood brought down the house at Café de Paris. He took to the stage at London Eurovision Party with a persuasive performance of his entry “Soldi”.
With just over a month to go until he performs at the grand final, wiwibloggs met him for the first time to speak about his song, his expectations and what we’ll see on Tel Aviv stage.
Mahmood interview – London Eurovision Party
The Italian R&B singer told us that he’s living the fairytale: “Everything is unexpected. I am happy that many people are liking “Soldi”. I hope to do a good job at Eurovision”.
As reported in the past, his entry’s lyrics tell a painful story about living without a father figure. Mahmood specifies that there is more anger than sadness in the song: “It’s an outburst, (…) there is resentment”.
He also revealed that his father contacted him after the victory in Sanremo: “He congratulated me. He’s glad that I succeeded with this song. He wants us to keep in touch because he wants to take me out to eat sometime”.
The songwriter of “Gioventù bruciata” explains that he is not worried to put personal elements and feelings in his songs, whether he talks about his family or a love affair: “The emotional charge is always the same.” He adds: “I am person, I’m an artist, I always put music first. Everyone must focus on this”.
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Questa sera porterò in gara su @rai1official quella che è stata una parte importante di ciò che sono. Gioventù Bruciata per me è molto più di una canzone e alle 21,25 sul quel palco cercheró di dimostrarvelo, sperando sia facile quasi come fare un tuffo nel mar rosso. ? ? ?
As well as with his voice and his song, Mahmood has won over many supporters for his look and the way he expresses himself: “I like to take care of my outfit, my physical appearance, without worrying too much about fashion, mostly to feel at ease with what I wear. It is not important to follow trends”.
To those who think he might have problems in Israel because of his origins, Mahmood responds clearly: “I am Italian, I only have Egyptian roots. (…) I am going to enter a competition which takes place in Israel, I’m not going there to hold my own concert or bring political messages”.
“Soldi” – Mahmood
The city of Tel Aviv − which Mahmood visited last week to shot his Eurovision postcard − left an excellent impression on the singer: “It is an open city, both for the people who live there and for the atmosphere you breathe. It is available to different cultures”.
His performance at Eurovision is just over a month away. As stated by the singer, we will not see the same minimalist staging of Sanremo brought to the Expo Tel Aviv stage: “I’ll add something else. There will be surprises that I don’t want to reveal. I want it to be something original on the stage”.
Mahmood will perform in the grand final on the 18th of May.
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