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.