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”

“Soldi” reviews

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.

Score: 10/10

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.

Score: 8.5/10

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.

Score: 8/10

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.

Score: 10/10

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.

Score: 8/10

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.

Score: 8.5/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Angus: 10/10

Anthony: 8.5/10

Antony: 7/10

Barnabas: 8.5/10

Bernardo: 9.5/10

Calvin: 9/10

Chris: 6/10

Deban: 9/10

Essi: 9/10

Florian: 9/10

Izhar: 9.5/10

Jack: 10/10

Jonathan: 9/10

Josh: 8.5/10

Julian: 8/10

Lucy: 9.5/10

Luis: 9/10

Lukas: 9.5/10

Mikhail: 7.5/10

Oliver: 8.5/10

Renske: 9/10

Sebastian: 8/10

Tobias: 9/10

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

What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!

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Charli Cheer Up

By far Italy’s best and modern entry at ESC. Fingers crossed they finally win!

Serena G.
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Serena G.

The best song in the competition. Only apparently just a catchy song, is incredibly sophisticated in structure, it’s heart and brain together, tinged with bit of anger yet joyous. It takes more than one listen to get all the subtleties&charms. A daring artist and great performer, the chance for Eurovision to give the audience a true star.

Fabio romano
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Fabio romano

On February 5 I listened for the first time this song and I immediately said that he would win Sanremo.. Now I hope that a dream will come true, but then we’ll talk about it on May 19..I will tell you if it is realized ?

Kirby
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Kirby

Soldi is the perfect winning ESC entry! The verses start telling you a story that takes you to that bridge with the piano section. This part specially creates an expectation that bursts in the chorus with that indispensable “clap-clap” -an element that is not cheesy at all but has been carefully placed at the right moment. The whole Soldi is a journey, an experience. It’s not a dated song at all! It’s full of atmosphere and it involves elements of the prestigious Italian song and present music, with urban touches. The verses in Arabic add a special moment: it’s the… Read more »

Nicola S
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Nicola S

This is my no. 1 this year out of all 41 songs. I love ‘Soldi’ so much. it grips you and moves you right from the first listen. The clap is infectious and something that you will remember. This is potentially the best entry Italy has ever sent to ESC. This is one of 3 songs I get winners vibes from and hope that it does amazingly well on Saturday (Sunday for me). My score is 10/10. Good luck Italy from Australia.

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Purple Mask

This song immediately stood out to me at San Remo for being totally different-sounding and edgy, yet it took the jury a while to warm up to it. Once they did, the public was controversially overruled, and sorry to Italy, but thank goodness Rai decided to go with Mahmood and “Soldi”. This is memorable, artistic, technically challenging and emotional, all at the same time. It would be ironic if a song that “doesn’t really sound Italian” were to win the ESC for Italy. That’s a wonderful irony that I can definitely live with. My only concern is that the audience… Read more »

Clara
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Clara

Like you, I’m worried the public, in particular the persons who will listen to Soldi for the first time the 18th of may, might not understand the song and its deepness; for Italy it would have been better to perform Soldi during two nights, not just in the Final…
About sanremo’s jury, instead, the President of the jury after the end of Sanremo said they loved and voted Soldi as the best song of the Festival since the first night.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Clara: Thanks. 🙂
Very good to know.

Clara
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Clara

You’re welcome ! And since the third night of sanremo Soldi was the song most played by the radios… mahmood said in this moment he noticed something was happening. At the beginning of the Festival, being almost unknown and with a song that it’s the contrary of Sanremo festival and italian song tradition, he said he could arrive even last … but he decided to dare and to go to sanremo with Soldi and not with other more traditional song

Eurovision fan since 2014
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Eurovision fan since 2014

Every single year I adore Italian entries and this year is no exception! The song is well crafted, with catchy and haunting melody, easy to sing and play with (soldi *clap,clap*), in addition to that Mahmood is really a charming and charismatic guy with emotional baggage from the past that he delivers on stage in a great style. I wish him all the best, go and snatch the trophy! 🙂

Nomiraqui
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Nomiraqui

I want Mahmood to win so bad. He deserves it.

Jo.
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Jo.

All these comments make me very happy about our entry. Thanks a lot folks!!!

Bob
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Bob

10/10. I hope this will be the year the juries finally realize it’s cool to love Italian music.

Startaglia
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Startaglia

I’m still afraid that The Netherlands will win though because so many people seem to like it and it seems to have an appeal which I can partly get, but not to the same extent as others. I think Soldi deserves to win because it is super original, magnificently sung and it is in Italian. To me, countries that have the courage to send songs in their own language should be rewarded in one way or another

Baloonbleu
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Baloonbleu

I am Italian, but honestly this year there are a lot of good songs. I wouldn’t get mad if Slovenia, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland win over Italy (actually I will be very happy for them), even though I hope for Mahmood.
We shouldn’t be so drastic: it’s a competition, nothing more.

Rimig
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Rimig

Then… what do we do with the UK and Ireland? Reward them or punish them?
Also, let’s be honest. Italian, French, Spanish, Portugese… are nice languages that allow making songs that are pleasant to listen to, but other languages (Finnish, Dutch…) have some quite uncomfortable sounds in it and are much harder to listen to. A song just has to be a good song, no matter in which language it is written

startaglia7254
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startaglia7254

I think someone suggested a while ago that some spots be reserved for English songs (5 for example in each semi-final) The first 5 English songs would go to the final and then the other spots would be reserved for non-English entries. I don’t think it’ll ever happen, but to me Eurovision should not be the Badlywrittenkindofenglishsong contest.

Rimig
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Rimig

I’m sorry but I have to fully disagree. That system would not make any sense. There have been wonderful entries in English and pure trash songs in other languages and viceversa.

startaglia
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startaglia

You have the right to disagree and I respect the fact that you have a different opinion. To me, however, sending songs in English without adding a local twist (be it instrumental, or with the content of the lyrics) kind of defeats the purpose of Eurovision. I think an example of this could be the song Sister this year which was meant to be taken as a Swiss entry first and ended up being performed by Germany. This just goes to show how interchangeable those songs can be and what has become a very sad reality in Eurovision. So many… Read more »

ESC LOU
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ESC LOU

I was so happy when Mahmood won Sanremo as it was my favourite by farrrr! Love Soldi and I don’t have anything bad to say about it I mean it’s amazing and one of the best Italian entries of all time in my opinion! 9.5/10

Tom Ripley
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Tom Ripley

Winner.

allex
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allex

Now This is What I Call ART, MAGNIFICENT, BRILLIANT, GORGEOUS AND MUSIC

Mari
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Mari

It’s simmply amazing, song, music video, I have just one word for this- art.

Elsa
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Elsa

No they won’t. Lyrics are very poor.

Clara
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Clara

Are you the sister of nicky91 ?

Geo
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Geo

As usual…. Italy, along Sweden = Overrated. Soldi will be a flop at the juries, just like last year. It’s too modern, and rap/sung tracks don’t work for the juries. Just wait and see…

allex
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allex

Crack is that what you’re on, you’re on crack

Elsa
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Elsa

Italy was very good last year. Good song, good lyrics and impecable interpretation by two tremendous singers. Thankfully ppl at home understood that. This year Mahmood’s song is one of the weakest entries I have known from Italy with the most annoying chorus ever. Musically: 4/10, performance-wise we’ll see how it goes, but if he does the same as in Sanremo… Well… Expectations must be kept low

Clara
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Clara

You are so annoyed by this weak song that you continue writing comments and comments about Soldi… if you don’t like it, well you already said that, it is sufficient one comment, it is not necessary to stay here distributing your so deep music knowledge to us poor ignorants… go comment positively your favourites please, it’ll be better…
Ps do you have a sister or brother called Nicky 91? Because it seems you have a mission in life

Elsa
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Elsa

I see your comments everywhere too, honey, so what is your problem? Did I write to you? So allow me to express my opinion. Feel free to express yours.

Clara
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Clara

The difference is that my comments are in support of the song I like, not against another I don’t like.
Find comments by me against some songs… you won’t find. You can express your opinions, of course, but the way you do , talking bad again and again, is not normal for me. I hope you are not an “hater” but I don’t like that kind of attitude. By the way, what is your favourite song ?

Elsa
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Elsa

i am not talking bad again and again. You are obsessed with me I don’t know why. Please this song is not consensual and it is great that is not consensual! I find it very weak and expressed my opinion – if you cannot handle it, that is your problem.

Fabio romano
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Fabio romano

I’m sorry to say but it is very clear that you music you do not understand anything

Kirby
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Kirby

What if he reenacts the video on stage, to some extent; telling a story and walking from one edge of the stage to the other? He could start sitting in that couch with some mom and dad’s item traces, then stand up and sing to a young couple (his parents in the past), then reenact the tattoo scene, then walk by a woman in a veil holding her son; and finally get into the vintage car backseat (How would you get a car fit into the stage?, it’s Eurovision, baby! We already had huge hamster wheels and massive screen-dresses) …and… Read more »

Bob
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Bob

I appreciate the idea, but this is a song contest, not a musical performance 😉

Kirby
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Kirby

Well, let me tell you that -as a true ESC fan- each entry needs to provide a full package. …and we the fans perfectly know that this grants you “some more” votes.

Joseph
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Joseph

Highest Wiwi Jury scores ever
1. Euphoria (9.25)
2. Occidentali’s Karma (8.96)
3. Soldi (8.8)
Italy are BRINGING IT

Max
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Max

We know what happened to Occidentalis Karma. It is auch a shame that Italy is always underrated by the juries

Whisker
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Whisker

If only Italy had better staging. I was shocked by the performance and just can’t watch it again. I.don’t.understand.what.happened. It was perfect in San Remo. It was not the juries fault imo, they watched the same show as the rest of us.

Bob
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Bob

The staging was really unfortunate but it still deserved to win in 2017, it was the best song by far together with Azerbaijan.

Whisker
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Whisker

It was my favorite to win. I didn’t like any of the top 5 that year.

Helene
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Helene

I don’t think the people gave occidentalis karma more points than the juries either. To win in eurovision the whole package has to work or it has to be a very weak year. For Occidentalis karma both the performance he delivered on stage and the staging did not work. He looked really scared and lost on the stage. To win Mahmoud have to give a fantastic and credible performance, have a staging that fits the song as well as a really god song. If he delivers these three magics he will win.

Helene
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Helene

The first year Italy came back it was the juries – not the people voting that made them reach second place. Each year is different.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Indeed, good point. I think Italy has yet to find the perfect formula that pleases both the jury and the public. Hopefully this year would be it, but the competition is very fierce and the fact that Italy sings always in Italian (which I applaud) is always a handicap, unfortunately…

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Not only the jury. Occidentali Karma came only 6th in the televote…

Helene
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Helene

loiseau when you consumer they hype the televote was not that great.

Peters
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Peters

That means nothing.

Michèle
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Michèle

Occidentali’s Karma did finish a very respectable 6th but would have finished higher if the staging had been similar to Sanremo and concentrated on Francesco – it was just too ‘busy’. The staging of Francesca Michielin’s song the previous year was just bizarre and cost her several placings. Italy 2016 and 2017 still remain my favourites of both years – no disrespect to Salvador who was a disserved winner on the night. Looking forward to some new music from Francesco very soon!

Nna
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Nna

This entry has it all for winning – song, singer, lyrics, controversy, charisma, all is here! Let’s hope for equally impactful staging and live performance in May!

Whisker
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Whisker

I agree with you 100%

Helene
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Helene

Well two important things needs to be proved to say that – a stellar performance ( some seams lost on Eurovision stage) and a really good staging. However good luck! Italy has a good chance. We will see how Mahmoud delivers!

Kosey
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Kosey

This is an excellent entry, my personal second place. It starts with a bang, Mahmoud brings so much sass, and it has several memorable hooks whether you understand the language or not. It feels fresh and modern and unlike anything else in the competition. My only concern is that I first heard this when watching the video, which is intoxicating and vibrant, immediately drawing you in. Will this capture people within 3 minutes on a stage in Tel Aviv? Only time will tell. But Mahmoud, and Italy, you can be very proud indeed.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

For me this song has the full package. The melodic strtucture is wonderfully catchy without sounding banal and full of subtleties and hooks. His voice, although maybe not the best one this year, suits the song perfectly paying hommage to the italian heritage but giving it a modern and contemporay twist. I am in love with the dry infectuous beat that makes this song so modern, street credible and so catchy at the same time. And the lyrical content is great because it tells a good story, which is personal and heartfelt. Even if one does not speak the language,… Read more »

Eurovision fan since 2014
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Eurovision fan since 2014

I was soo looking for such comment, I just had it on the tip of my tongue 😀

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Cheers!

Nicky91
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Nicky91

THE WINNER!!!!!

eros ramazzotti i still have in the verses for mahmood’s voice, the chorus has something cheesy with the clapping, and stands out by far from the rest of field this year

10.5/10

Elsa
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Elsa

Stands out in cheesiness yes definitely

Whisker
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Whisker

Ricotta! Mozzarella! Parmigiano Reggiano! Gorgonzola! Mascarpone! Thank you Italy for the cheeses and for Mahmood.

La Signora
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La Signora

Hey boy please stop, I’m on a diet!

Whisker
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Whisker

I HAD to respond.

Let's do this !
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Let's do this !

Let’s go for the cheesy italian self satisfasction, as each years, they get an high note here then their arrogance and obsession is becoming uncontrollable and a little bit ridiculous as each years…..in May they will cry as each years, their too much pretentiousness make them loose each time. About the song Soldi is too repetitive too personal, this clap clap is childish, this is rnb or hip hop let me laugh….the performer is so cold, no sympathic very full of his person (topic of his song) even in interviews….let’s be realistic, Italy doesn’t care so much of esc ,… Read more »

cent
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cent

arrogance and obsession? We are not English or French!
You want to understand that Italians don’t care about Eurovision!
it is you who make a state business!

Andrea
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Andrea

I’m Italian and I totally take excepetion to that offensive statement you made about English and French people.

As for the original comment, pretentious people are usually the ones who only watch the Grand Final without being aware of Eurovision mechanics (there are many of them). Generally though, real Italian eurofans are calm and don’t take anything for granted, especially after Gabbani’s curse in 2017.

Giuseppe
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Giuseppe

12 points from Albania. (As always! ??)

Andrea
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Andrea

Thank you! Well you can have my 12 points too, since Albania is currently my favourite song this year.

Clara
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Clara

Cent, I don’t know what English think about Soldi, but French people like so much Soldi !

Baloonbleu
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Baloonbleu

Quoting you: “let’s go for the cheesy italian self satisfasction, as each years, they get an high note here then their arrogance”. Well:
2011: 2nd
2012: 9th
2013: 7th
2015: 3rd (one of the best results in the televote ever)
2017: 6th
2018: 5th
So Italy, since the return, has been top ten 6 times out 8 (two top 3). Hence, the problem is not the “italian arrogance”, but your hate, which has nothing to do with songs: it has other roots, apparently.

Kirby
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Kirby

I respect your opinion, but I don’t agree.

allex
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allex

Idiot

Whisker
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Whisker

Italia is the LEAST arrogant country in Eurovision considering the overall high quality of their music over decades and decades.

Raoul
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Raoul

If this wins I will be extremely happy. Currently my #1.

Tim
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If you say something about Italy, they take it away. Italy must have pay a LOOOT of money to EBU, and wiwiblogg

Effe
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Effe

Italy has created this contest back in the 50s…

cent
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cent

@Tim Italy has paid eu for decades (ebu third contributor) without ever participating!
You think how interesting we can be

Hmm
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Hmm

My favourite this year after Malta, from Malta :)… so yeh, my 12 points go to Italy (subject to rehearsals and live performance)

Serena
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Serena

Malta’s is my favorite pop song of the year. Michela sounds and look so fresh! much better than the already-seen-Cyprus entry in my opinion. Wish it to get the votes it deserves. But italy is just my favorite 🙂

Freckled Guy
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Freckled Guy

Could win love the song
Love the vibe, the chorus, voice and language
Do not like the two claps in the chorus
And my concern is that’s the song has too many chances in it (like Ariana Grande’s “No tears left to cry”) witch gives it a little bit of a an overproduced feeling.
But somehow he keeps it organic.
Well deserved if it wins nevertheless

Una
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Una

I’d be happy for Italy to win and I love the two claps.

Elsa
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Elsa

2 claps are cheap

Rom
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I love this song so much and it speaks to me on a personal level due to my personal family history. I wish him and “Soldi” the best. http://www.impossiblybizarre.com

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

In the 7 years that I have been watching Eurovision (since 2013), Italy has NEVER sent a trainwreck! The problem for them is the way they stage the performances. Too often they never use their excellent videos as a benchmark for what to put on stage.

They should go full theater with this one, the way Hungary 2014 and 2017 did theirs. Put a story on stage, to go with the lyrics.

As of now, Mahmood is my #1. I’ve got Duncan at #2. This could be a battle-royale if they stage it right.

nej
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nej

I love how the jury kept their votes low, just to make sure Netherlands will be higher…
It is just so obvious.

RandomEuroFan
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RandomEuroFan

If they wanted to do that, wouldn’t they rate Soldi a 0 every time.

Someone
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Someone

They gotta be a bit discreet 😉

BowDownHaters
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BowDownHaters

This score just made Soldi the third highest Wiwi score ever, and The Netherland’s score hasn’t been posted yet… Stop hating just to hate.

Henry
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Henry

Great song, Great artist! I am from the Netherlands but i wouldn’t mind if Italy wins this year….10/10

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

k girl then we good. PERIOOOODT

Sabrina
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Sabrina

As usual, Italy serving quality with special attention to the lyrics. Its message about how money and abandonment affect families can be relatable to many, with or without a similar cultural background to Mahmood. The current and radiofriendly beat is accompanied by symphonic elements, which explains how something so urban blended so well with an orchestra in Sanremo. The hook is catchy and it’s almost irresistible not to clap along. The arab flavor from its bridge is endearing. Mahmood’s voice is distinctive, his delivery is firm but not aggressive. “Soldi” would be a great winner. 9.5/10

Jo.
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Jo.

Best Italian entry since the return, and perhaps ever.
9.5/10

Tibor
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Tibor

On the first, endless night of Sanremo, “Soldi” was the last song to be performed and I almost went to bed before this was on. I’m glad, I persevered. Mahmood is absolutely spectacular: A stylish, cool performer, with a modern song, top notch lyrical content, competently performed, an intriguing backing track with haunting sound effects, a driving rhythm, a very memorable and special vocal tone (that might not be to everyone’s liking, but something that stands out is always an asset) – it’s the full package and the only big 5 entry this year that I’m looking forward to and… Read more »

Effe
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Effe

Wow that celine dion right there is a big big statement. Mahmood is my winner but I guess let’s not over exaggerate this whole thing.

Tibor
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Tibor

I’m not. 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Amen to that. I’ll be over the moon if Mahmood or Conan win. I would also be very happy with Duncan and Zala & Casper. They’re my solid top 4 this year.

Tibor
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Tibor

I’d also be okay with Tulia or Kate or Katerine – the list of worthy winners is long this year.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

They all landed in my top 10 too. Jonida, Michela and the award-winning BDSM anti-capitalist group the filter doesn’t like complete the list. Honestly, I can make a case for any of the 10 to win, at least before the rehearsals. Though my top 4 is closer to my heart.

Tibor
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Tibor

I have my reservations towards Jonida, as you know. Musically, I’d be okay with it, though. My top 10 is complete with Srbuk, Eliot and Carousel. But I don’t think any of these winning is realistic …

Anita
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Anita

“Komm zu mir, komm zu mir…” Bang

Let’s have Italy, Iceland, Portugal, Australia, or Greece instead as a winner.

Or: Slovenia, Poland, Albania- and since I love musical theatre: Russia.

Since everybody is rooting for The Netherlands it is not needed from me – it is a very good song, but because it is such a big hype around this entry and because I remember I was not touched by first listening like so many – I don’t really mind Duncan winning, although he would be a good winner.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

What about Portugal and the Netherlands? Would they piss you off, Bean? Or do you just prefer those you mentioned?

Tibor
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Tibor

In a year like this, I guess I’d be rather unhappy with Russia, Cyprus or Switzerland, though …

startaglia7254
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startaglia7254

Especially Russia for me, I just don’t think their song deserves to win.

Kris
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Kris

The song is good. The singer is likable . His live vocals have gotten better after Sanremo’s performance which was not very good. The Sanremo staging wouldn’t work on ESC. I don’t like the verses of the song though and seems that this is the part where Alessandro is the most off vocally. For some reason I’ve not clicked with the song as much as most fans have. A 7/10.
Unfortunately I don’t see this being a huge jury favorite again. He has too much of a smoker’s voice.

Had this been a semifinalist it would have made it through.

Elsa
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Elsa

Subscribe fully.

Darren
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Darren

Italy is very quickly becoming one of my favorite Eurovision nations since they’re long awaited return to Eurovision. They have given us Marco Mengioni, Nina Zilli, Francesco Gabbani and now they have given us Mahmood. Please please please people vote for Italy. They really deserve it. I love “soldi” so much since the very first time. It is one of only 3 countries that I want to win this year (Netherlands and Portugal being the other two). ‘Soldi’ is a catchy, contemporary rap while being typically Italian. Everything a modern Italian Eurovision entry should have. Also Mahmood is my boyfriend….he… Read more »

Elsa
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Elsa

I did vote for Italy in 2017 and 2018. Not this year. Mahmood is not at the same level as the previous contestants in my opinion. He is good, but not good enough, especially this year where we have other superior artists/musicians.

Clara
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Clara

If you don’t like the song or the voice of Mahmood, no problem, the first is Alessandro (mahmood) who says tastes are tastes and even more with a song so unique and particular like Soldi is.
But talking about superior artists/musicians… listen to the songs of the album “Gioventù bruciata”, he is great, maybe not your style or sound, but he’s really a great artist, a pure talent.
He also wrote beautiful song for other singers.
Listen to these
https://youtu.be/-w5pbp3d-yQ
Live asia occidente – Mahmood
https://youtu.be/I0GbfjV8hdc
Il nilo nel naviglio mahmood live radio2

Bob
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Bob

I also voted for Italy in 2017 and 2018, but I think Mahmood is also a deserving winner, his song is different than what we are used to from Italy, but it’s still a great song and if you are into music, you can appreciate that 🙂

Clara
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Clara

Darren you’re sweet… I can’t remember, it’s you that wrote in another comment your dream is to travel around Italy with Mahmood and living with him your best life ? ? where are you from ?

Darren
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Darren

Haha yes Clara, that was me :)))

I’m from Ireland 😀

Clara
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Clara

So come to Milan… give you a chance 🙂

Darren
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Darren

I love Milan <3 I was there last October. Beautiful city

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

Mahmood is my hubby. I’m 3 months pregnant with his baby

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

I am with you Darren. Italy is my favorite nation in ESC…

Ratmik
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Ratmik

it would be great if Italy win this year. Soldi is one of the best songs of the last time at Eurovision, and at same time it sounds like a big hit. Lot of times Italy deserved to win, but always missed it

Elsa
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Elsa

Hahaha of all time hahaha

olvrfin
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olvrfin

No jokes, this is my favourite Eurovision song EVER. 12 points from Finland.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I have nothing more to say apart from 10/10 BABY!!!! Amazing song….Just outstanding. This could win.

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

BISH PERIOOOOODT

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Girl, you should expand your vocabulary….

Clara
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Clara

Yes, if mahmood wins with Soldi, his victory will be absolutely deserved! The best song in the competition,
score:10/10
Original, deep, emotional, catchy, unique, this song is a masterpiece, as other mahmood songs are
Mahmood is very gifted, a real talent…

Héctor
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Héctor

Current and emotional, the raspy voice and the beat really grabs you. Mahmood has the song, the voice, the look and the story; everything. If Italy stages it cleverly we have top 1-5 material. I wouldn’t mind to have Italy winning this year tbh. The only negative aspect I need to point out is that it feels longer that it actually is. I wonder if people would be able to understand the message. That will be a key point to grab those televotes. I’ve made some minor changes in my top 10 to better reflect my opinion at the moment… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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can all these ppl in the comments saying the live performance isn’t good please elaborate ? y’all still foxilized on the concept that if u don’t serve big overdramatic vocals then u can’t sing or ?

BeepBoop
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BeepBoop

Honestly, this^. Go watch his performance on Amici or even the London pre-party one. And if you still say his performance is bad/he can’t sing, then get yourself a new pair of ears, because you need them. Bye

Kris
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Kris

Even in London , a lot of missed notes in the verses , he sung the prechorus and chorus awesomely though

Clara
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Clara

In london or in sanremo he didn’mess any note: listen to the exhibitions, read the comments of people who were there; a lot of eurovision fan channels considered Soldi the best performance in London so I don’t know what you are saying…

Kris
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Kris

He missed a lot of notes in his Sanremo performance and his voice has a smoker’s tonality , that’s what I mean when I say his vocals aren’t the best

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I can get why some people don’t like his voice (I love it) but he was very consistent during Sanremo. In the first evening he was especially impressive, raising the energy in the room even if he was the last performer of an endless night.

Tibor
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Tibor

Seconded. I never heard a bum note on any night in Sanremo. I don’t know where that myth comes from.

Kris
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Kris

I had heard the studio version first , then the Sanremo performance which was completely off compared to the studio version. Hearing the live first would have had a different impression maybe ……

You should compare the Sanremo and LEP performances and see the difference clearly

Tibor
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Tibor

That’s not how this works. A live version will rarely sound exactly like the studio cut, that doesn’t mean it’s off. Unfortunately, we cannot compare them anymore, since the Sanremo performances have been taken down after Sanremo.

Kris
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Kris

They should sound similar though

Oh , ohk , the thing it it was markedly off as if he had a lot of phlegm in his throat types! Lol

Tibor
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Tibor

Apparently we haven’t heard the same live performances. 😉

Clara
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Clara

No Tibor and Chris, this is the video of the final nigh of sanremo.. he did’n t miss one single note, he sings very well
https://corrieredellumbria.corr.it/video/media/649158/festival-di-sanremo-ascolta-soldi-la-canzone-con-cui-ha-vinto-mahmood.html
Esibiz mahmood s sanremo

Tibor
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Tibor

That’s what I said. 🙂

Clara
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Clara

I know Tibor…. 🙂 the “no” was the response to your comment were it is written “all the performances were taken down”, because I found some time ago this video and I saved it… but then they put my comment in anther place 🙂
As all can see watching the video, mahmood sings perfectly.
By the way, I don’t know why there is still the video with mahmood singing Gioventù bruciata at sanremo newcomers while the videos of sanremo big were taken down by rai…

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

10/10 and the song speaks for itself

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Oh man, Italy. I don’t even know where to start. This entry works on so many levels – crazy catchy hit, personal story, visual feast, fascinating fusion of Italian, Arabic, urban, rap and R&B influences. It just doesn’t match any categories, it’s a category of its own – a work of an excellent, mature artist bringing something never seen before at Eurovision to this year’s edition. And, boy that *clap* *clap* moment with the whole arena joining him is gonna be iconic! 9/10

lost and found
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lost and found

Italy deserves to win this year more than in any other year since they came back. Europe, PLEASE, let him do well

This is the most modern, unique and breathtaking song this year. Bravo, Italia, 10/10!

Nvm
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Nvm

I think the main problem here is that it’s not in English, like it or not. Possible top 5, but not the winner.

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

You talking like we never had non-english winners

Nvm
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Nvm

Are you putting Soldi and Amar Pelos Dois on the same level? Lol? You didn’t need to know Portuguese to feel the song in your heart, Sobral was an exception

Elsa
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Elsa

Of course you do, because your level of music knowledge and taste is of a 12-year old. Amar pelos dois is superior regardless the difference of style. If you cannot see it, leave wiwibloggs chat and go listen to some good music.

Clara
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Clara

Dear Elsa not a 12 years old but Mauro Pagani, one of the most important and appreciated Italian musician, (he worked with fabrizio de andré for example), a composer, producer and multi instrumentist, called Soldi “una piccola meraviglia”, “un piccolo miracolo”.
Look the bio of Pagani if you want, I think his level of music knowledge is higher than yours… and accept the opinions different to yours please
https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauro_Pagani

Oops
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Oops

Did he compare both songs though? Cause I can give a lot of musicians who loved Salvador Sobral’s entry! Even italian for that matter…

Clara
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Clara

Oops, I like so much Salvador Sobral song, and also Soldi ! And also Telemoveis (is my second favourite song in Esc this year) ! But Elsa, being a little offensive, said just a 12 y. o. can appreciate Soldi more than salvador sobral’ s song… it’s not like that, and for this reason I wrote Pagani called Soldi a little miracle!

Elsa
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Elsa

Miss rotten vanilla’s argument: “try to get laid”. My advice to you: “try to study music instead of coming here pretending you have a say about music”….

lola
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lola

Italy further solidifies itself as the fan-bubble wank of the year, like “Mercy” last year.

Yens
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Yens

Very good song and with the Netherlands my nummer 1.

Only the live performance is not so good, i think.

cent
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cent

what a bore with this holland!
It’s plasticized like Swedish songs, there’s a big difference between Dutch and Italian songs.
the Dutch song was made to deliberately win the Eurovision, Italians don’t care about the Eurovision.
Plastic against nature!

Effe
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Effe

preach

Baloonbleu
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Baloonbleu

Never thought that Soldi was the Veil of Maya, interesting