The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Italy, who have chosen Mahmood & BLANCO with “Brividi”.
Did the song give us shivers? Read on to find out!
Mahmood & BLANCO – “Brividi” (Italy Eurovision 2022)
Review: Mahmood & BLANCO – “Brividi”
Tom: The hosts are going big and attempting to win it again. My word they could do it! “Brividi” is such a beautiful song. I love the chemistry between the pair and their voices complement each other wonderfully. The harmonies are on point – I feel their raw emotion – and I understand what they are saying without even knowing the language. Live, it’s even stronger, and as long as they don’t mess around with the staging, Italy could be finding another venue to host next year. Simply stunning.
Sebastian: Mahmood has returned to Eurovision to conquer again! Collaborating with one of the biggest young artists of 2021 in BLANCO is the perfect move and it has has produced a heartfelt ballad that fuses their distinctive styles effortlessly. Whether you understand Italian or not, the emotion Mahmood and BLANCO convey to each other on stage and through the song transcends language. This is arresting from beginning to end, and truly left me with shivers.
William: Let’s face it: Everything sounds better in Italian. Mahmood & BLANCO glide through “Brividi” without any obvious effort, keeping the range of raw emotions — from anger and pain to longing and regret — somehow feeling polished. The bridge, which pairs BLANCO’s staccato exertions with Mahmood’s more languid tones, is among the most powerful musical moments of the contest. The ambiguity of sexuality, connection and intention doesn’t limit the potential audience. Instead it makes this a truly universal love story that gives everyone an access point.
Angus: Mahmood & BLANCO are a class act. “Brividi” oozes quality and it is easy to see how it did so well at Sanremo. At Eurovision though, the restraint the song has been constructed with feels like a limiting factor. The revamp has elevated its chances to be sure, and as a host entry this feels like the most competitive offering in a decade, but it feels like its missing a certain sparkle.
Robyn: There’s a simple perfection to “Brividi”. The song has been crafted to play to the strengths of both Mahmood and BLANCO, vocally letting each stand out in his own way and also drawing them together for those shiver-inducing moments in the chorus. It echoes the theme of the lyrics, two people struggling with their relationship. The pair proved in Sanremo that they can serve magnificence live. No matter what the grand final result is, with Mahmood and BLANCO performing in front of a home crowd, it’s sure to be magical.
Italy Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five 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 4 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.69/10
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