Almost one month ago, he picked up a second-place finish for Italy at Eurovision 2019. Now “Soldi” singer Mahmood is making the most of his success, with a performance on the Swedish summer show Sommarkrysset.
The show is broadcast live from Stockholm’s iconic Gröna Lund amusement park and features weekly shows with Melodifestivalen and Eurovision stars, as well as popular Swedish acts.
Mahmood made an appearance in this week’s episode with a performance of his Eurovision song “Soldi”. The Swedish audience thoroughly enjoyed the Italian Eurovision star, singing — and clapping — along with his song.
The performance appears to have been choreographed by Eurovision regular Sacha Jean-Baptiste. It didn’t have the elaborately choreographed staging she is known for at Eurovision, but Mahmood made the most of the Sommarkrysset stage and worked his camera angles.
And if this Instagram photo is anything to go by, after the show Sacha, Mahmood and friends went out to celebrate. Whatever they’re serving, we want some.
Show host Gry Forssell also had a brief chat with Mahmood on the Swedish tradition of fika. And if you want to know why it is funny to quiz an Italian about fika, ask your cool Italian friend.
The Italian translation for Mahmood was provided by Swedish influencer Nicole Falciani, who may be best known to Eurovision fans as the fiancée of Eric Saade.
The show also included a performance from Swedish Eurovision 2010 star Anna Bergendahl. She performed her Melfest 2019 and OGAE Second Chance entry “Ashes to Ashes”.
She gave a visually simple performance, but showed off her rich vocals. The audience reaction showed that despite Anna’s Eurovision non-qualification almost a decade ago, there’s still a lot of love for her.
Sommarkrysset continues over the summer, with weekly shows running until early August. Upcoming episodes will include performances from Swedish Eurovision stars Måns Zelmerlöw, Charlotte Perrelli and Benjamin Ingrosso, as well as Norwegian breakout stars KEiiNO.