The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Italy where Sanremo winner Mahmood has “Soldi”. Were we clapping along with him? Read on to find out!
Mahmood with “Soldi”
Pablo: Dude. Italy is coming with fire, cuz this is one of the top tracks of this year, fact. There is this grit and trap-inspired style to Mahmood’s singing that makes the song arresting. Even with this being the most urban and youth-oriented Italy has gotten in the contest, it still possesses that Italian high-end mouthfeel that makes “Soldi” cross all boundaries. The clapping in the chorus is going to be the stadium moment of the year, and the Arabic lines makes it feel personal to both Mahmood and at the same time, daring for Italy. They are gunning for the crown, and they could just get it.
Antranig: Mahmood possesses an instantaneous likability and that immediacy bodes well for “Soldi” at Eurovision. The opening bars capture your attention before Mahmood even starts singing. The “come va” hook, paired with a strong beat, is insanely catchy, even for a non-Italian speaker. Add in the clap sections in the chorus and this is so memorable. Mahmood is undoubtedly capable of another magnificent result for Italy.
Kristin: It took some time for “Soldi” to get under my skin. At first it was hardly a bleep on my radar, but after some more listening sessions, I suddenly found myself in the kitchen, chanting the chorus from the top of my lungs, whilst baking a huge dose of Biscotti which I intend to send Mahmood. Italy might just win this year, for “Soldi” is immensely catching, the clapping is perfect for doing a little flash mob on the dance floor at Euroclub, and Mahmood himself is simply mesmerising. Italy has a slam dunk again! Grazie mille.
Robyn: It’s “Soldi” and everything is good. Mahmood deftly mixes R&B and hip hop styles, with hints of Italian magic. The audience-friendly clap-along is a brilliant hook, but there a hidden delights, like when the soaring strings of the pre-chorus come crashing down into the darker chorus. Best of all, “Soldi” is personal. Mahmood has put himself into the song, far removed from a cynically written “Eurovision song”. If Italy can get the staging right (and they don’t always manage this) Soldi could be a very strong contender for Italy’s first Eurovision win in almost 30 years.
Ron: This is probably one of the most modern songs this year. With great beats and a catchy chorus (and clap-clap) it’s not a surprise it became one of this year’s favourites. The first time I heard it was at the national final performance in Sanremo. Back then I didn’t really feel the song that much and I must say there is a gap between the studio version and the live performance. It’s not that Mahmood is a bad singer, but live the power of this song is getting a bit lost. Yet, it is one of the big hits of Eurovision 2019, no doubt.
William: Musically, linguistically, emotionally — there is nothing else like this at Eurovision. Mahmood takes us on a proper journey. There’s heartache and sorrow and a bit of anger. But there’s also a strange sense of joy and the sense of a young man on the move. Classical but contemporary, structured yet structureless, this is a unique song with a very big heart. It deserves to do well.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.8/10
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