ITALY – The journey from Gratosoglio, suburb of Milan, to Sanremo, for a week that is the capital of Italian music, is much longer than it is on road maps. Mahmood walked with his head full of dreams and his feet firmly planted on the ground. The enthusiasm of a boy of twenty-six, but also the awareness of being faced with a possible turning point in life. Mahmood, who replies to the name of Alessandro Mahmoud to the registry office, has done it in the best way, winning, with a beautiful song, the absolute 69th edition of the Sanremo Festival. Creating a small social and musical earthquake.
“I a 100% Italian and I am singing about my childhood. My music is Morocco pop. I don’t believe Ultimo is angry with me personally, it might have been out of the tension and stress of the evening. I would welcome any creative criticism. I don’t know yet about Eurovision, we must have a better understanding better. I said immediately yes on Saturday night because I was so honoured been asked by the director of Sanremo festival. About Sanremo, it should be just about music and not controversy and politics.”
In the meantime Open Beyond morning TV show hostess, Kat Ken (aka Katerina Kenourgiou) drooled herself out on camera, feeling stunned when saw Mahmood performance at Sanremo Festival and video clip. While almost implying she is getting in love with Mahmood (after all Valentine’s Day is close), she was shocked referring to oikotimes.com post regarding Mahmood intentions to re-think his Eurovision participation.
Few moments ago Gian Marco Saolini, member of the journalist jury of Sanremo 2019 hosted a video message on Facebook saying that he cannot sleep since Saturday because he was forced to vote for Mahmood in order to clear his country’s image from any racist comments. Forces from the left parties made him vote for Mahmood. Not sure if this is real news as there are credibility issues for this journalist.
ITALY – Standing applauded at the Ariston Theater, Loredana Bertè, fourth in the Festival di Sanremo 2019, canceled her participation in Domenica In in protest of the results of the event. Last, second, he also canceled his participation.
The results of the Festival di Sanremo 2019 continue to creat great controversy in the Italian press. This afternoon, Loredana Bertè, fourth classified in the contest, canceled her participation in the special program of Domenica In, broadcast by RAI UNO, which will take place at the Artiston Theater.
Luca Dondoni, one of the program’s guests, explained that the singer canceled her participation in the program, in protest of the results of the jury, which put her out of the podium. Festival di Sanremo 2019.
“There was a sign of solidarity from the singers with Loredana and these singers also joined the protest,” said Luca, revealing that Ultimo, the second-ranked at the event, also canceled his participation, after a video of the press room was released, with several journalists effusively celebrating the third and second place of Il Volo and Ultimo, respectively, adding some insults to the artists.
In the meantime Ermal Metta, the 2018 participant in Eurovision Song Contest, and been of Albanian descent, expressed his support to Mahmood saying that music haas no passport.
ITALY – Italian singer Mahmood won the Sanremo Music Festival on Saturday, but his country’s interior minister is clearly not among his fans. Matteo Salvini took to Twitter as the song contest ended to voice his preference for the second-placed finisher Ultimo, and to ask: “The most beautiful Italian song?!?”
Salvini’s ex-girlfriend Elisa Isoardi, however, had a different take on Mahmood’s victory: “Proof that the meeting of different cultures creates beauty,” she wrote on Twitter.
Mahmood, who is of Sardinian-Egyptian heritage and was born and raised in Italy, was forced to answer questions about his identity again just moments after his victory at Sanremo, telling a pressing conference: “I am 100% Italian.”
The 69th annual Sanremo festival saw Ultimo finish second, while Il Volo victors four years ago, placed third.
Mahmood, who sang Soldi, will now represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May.
ITALY – Although Ultimo, runner up of Sanremo festival 2019 didn’t recognise the results and didn’t congratulate the winner, Mahmood won the 2019 edition of the Italian festival and accepted the Eurovision challenge. 2015 Italian entrants Il Vilo, ranks 3rd in last night’s final.
Alessandro Mahmoud, known by the stage name Mahmood, is an Italian singer of Egyptian-Sardinian descent. He had earned a spot at the Sanremo Music Festival by winning the second night of the standalone Sanremo Giovani 2018 competition on 21 December 2018 with the song “Gioventù bruciata”.
He previously competed on the sixth series of the Italian reality television singing competition X Factor.
|Ultimo||"I tuoi particolari"||2nd||2|
|Il Volo||"Musica che resta"||3rd||3|
|Anna Tatangelo||"Le nostre anime di notte"||22nd|
|Negrita||"I ragazzi stanno bene"||20th|
|Nek||"Mi farò trovare pronto"||19th|
|Loredana Berté||"Cosa ti aspetti da me"||4th|
|Francesco Renga||"Aspetto che torni"||15th|
|Ex-Otago||"Sola una canzone"||13th|
|Paola Turci||"L'ultimo ostacolo"||16th|
|The Zen Circus||"L'amore è una dittatura"||17th|
|Patty Pravo ft. Briga||"Un po' come la vita"||21st|
|Arisa||"Mi sento bene"||8th|
|Irama||"La ragazza col cuore di latta"||7th|
|Achille Lauro||"Rolls Royce"||9th|
|Nino D'Angelo & Livio Cori||"Un'altra luce"||24th|
|Federica Carta & Shade||"Senza farlo apposta"||18th|
|Simone Cristicchi||"Abbi cura di me"||5th|
|Enrico Nigiotti||"Nonno Hollywood"||10th|
|Boomdabash||"Per un milione"||11th|
ITALY – The first night of the Sanremo Festival 2019 concluded and the first voting concluded. Detailed results were not presented. Instead there were three tables of those scoring high, mediocre and low in the multi way voting process. In the meantime you can watch the first night performances below.
ITALY – Italian journalists had the chance to hear the 24 songs of the Sanremo 2019 Festival. Claudio Baglioni said he hoped the committee that chose the songs did a good job. He stressed that he would not perform his classical songs in order not to repeat himself. Like last year, Baglioni will interact with the presenters in a comic way.
It seems that the song stood out journalists is that of Daniele Silvestri and Rancore entitled Argentovivo talking about life in prison through the eyes of a sixteen. Manuel Agnelli will accompany them on duel night.
The Achille Lauro Rolls Royce song with references to Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse is a very powerful rock song. Special mention is made of Mahmood and his song with strong lyrics and references to the Muslim religion.
The music pieces of Arisa, Anna Tatangelo, Enrico Nigiotti, Ex-Otago, Motta, Negrita and Ultimo are all very individual and, while Francesco Renga, Irama and Nek are very strong songs. Especially the song of Nek promises to make every spectator stand up from the couch and dance with his rhythm. Finally, Nino D’Angelo and Livio Core will sing us in the Neapolitan.
Instead, the songs of Simone Cristicchi, Patty Pravo and Briga, Paola Turci, Loredana Berte, Il Volo, Ghemon, Federica Carta and Shade and Einar like first hearing not impressed the journalists. Booombadash and the Zen Circus had mixed reviews.
Baglioni revealed some duets that we will see on February 8 at Ariston’s stage.
Nek with Neri Marcorè, Ultimo with Fabrizio Moro, Zen Circus with Brunori Sars, Simone Cristicchi with Ermal Meta, Francesco Renga with Bungaro and ballet of Eleonora Abbagnato, Daniele Silvestri and Rancore with Manuel Agnelli, BoomDaBash with Rocco Hunt, Anna Tatangelo with Syria , Mahmood with Guè Pequeno, Paola Turci with Beppe Fiorello, Loredana Bertè with Irene Grandi, Enrico Nigiotti with Paolo Jannacci
The Saremo 2019 Song Festival will be held from 5 to 9 February.
ITALY – The second semi final of Sanremo Giovani 2018 concluded and Mahmood won the ticket to the Campioni live shows in February. RAI also revealed the rest of the participants for the February edition. With names like Loredana Bertè and Patty Pravo, singers well above the average age of Eurovision entrants, the question always is what will happen if they’d win Sanremo and be offered the chance to go to Eurovision. RAI will offer the winner of the Festival di Sanremo – whoever it is. That winner has the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. However, the winner is allowed to decline the honour to do so. In such cases, RAI will select one of the other entrants. Therefore the complete line up is:
Patty Pravo & Briga – Un po’ come la vita
Daniele Silvestri – Argento vivo
Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone
Federica Carta & Shade – Senza farlo apposta
Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene
Arisa – Mi sento bene
Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce
vPaola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo
Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me
Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura
Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte
Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti di me
Irama – La ragazza con il cuore
Ultimo – I tuoi particolari
Motta – Dov’è Italia
Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto
Il Volo – Musica che resta
Ghemon – Rose Viola
Einar – Song TBD
Mahmood – Song TBD
|Andrea Biagioni||Alba piena||4|
|Giulia Mutti||Almeno tre||5|
|Marte Marasco||Nella mia testa||7|
|Fedrix & Flaw||L'impresa||10|
|Diego Conti||3 gradi||11|
|Symo||Paura di amare||12|
|La Rua||Alla mia età si vola||2|
|Nyvinne||Io ti penso||3|
|Cordio||La nostra vita||4|
|Mescalina||Chiamami amore adesso||6|
|Angelucci||L'uomo che verrà||7|
|La Zero||Nina è brava||8|
|Francesca Miola||Amarsi non serve||9|
|Cannella||Nei miei ricordi||10|
|Le Ore||La mia felpa è come me||11|