Mahmood

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019: ITALY – ‘Soldi’ by Mahmood

Eurovision 2019 – Italy

by Christopher Smith

The Italian song is called ‘Soldi and is performed by Mahmood.

ARTIST

Alessandro Mahmoud, better known by his stage name Mahmood, is an Italian singer-songwriter. Mahmood first came to prominence after competing in season six of the Italian version of The X Factor. In 2019, he won the Sanremo Music Festival with the song “Soldi”, and will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. He had earned a spot at the Sanremo Music Festival by winning the second night of the standalone Sanremo Giovani 2018 competition on 21st December 2018 with the song “Gioventù Bruciata”.

In 2012, Mahmood auditioned for the sixth season of the Italian version of The X Factor. He became part of the boys category mentored by Simona Ventura. He was originally eliminated at Judges Houses, then returned as a wildcard, before eventually being eliminated in the third episode. After this experience, he worked in a bar and attended a music school, studying piano, solfeggio and music theory, where he also started writing songs. In 2013, he released his debut single “Fallin’ Rain”.

In December 2018, Mahmood was one of 24 acts selected to compete in Sanremo Giovani, a televised competition aimed at selecting two newcomers as contestants of the 69th Sanremo Music Festival. Mahmood was placed first in the second episode of the show, with his entry “Gioventù Bruciata”, also receiving the Critics’ Award among acts performing in the second final. “Soldi” was later announced as his entry for the Sanremo Music Festival 2019.

VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE:

OPINIONS

Steve

When I first heard it I was unsure. It has grown on me for sure and I love the way the song progresses. As always I love the fact they always sing in their own language!

Chris

The song is an R&B mid-tempo number which stops and starts consistently. The song is sung with passion and feeling but doesn’t really go anywhere and lacks any spectacle or magic.

PREDICTIONS

Steve

Top 5 finish for sure!

Chris

I personally do not think this will do well at all, so bottom five prediction for me unfortunately.

LYRICS

“In periferia fa molto caldo
Mamma stai tranquilla sto arrivando
Te la prenderai per un bugiardo
Ti sembrava amore ma era altro
Beve champagne sotto Ramadan
Alla TV danno Jackie Chan
Fuma narghilè mi chiede come va

Mi chiede come va, come va, come va
Sai già come va, come va, come va
Penso più veloce per capire se domani tu mi fregherai
Non ho tempo per chiarire perché solo ora so cosa sei
È difficile stare al mondo quando perdi l’orgoglio
Lasci casa in un giorno

Tu dimmi se
Pensavi solo ai soldi, soldi
Come se avessi avuto soldi, soldi
Dimmi se ti manco o te ne fotti, fotti
Mi chiedevi come va, come va, come va
Adesso come va, come va, come va

Ciò che devi dire non l’hai detto
Tradire è una pallottola nel petto
Prendi tutta la tua carità
Menti a casa ma lo sai che lo sa
Su una sedia lei mi chiederà

Mi chiede come va, come va, come va
Sai già come va, come va, come va
Penso più veloce per capire se domani tu mi fregherai
Non ho tempo per chiarire perché solo ora so cosa sei

È difficile stare al mondo
Quando perdi l’orgoglio
Ho capito in un secondo che tu da me
Volevi solo soldi
Come se avessi avuto soldi, soldi
Prima mi parlavi fino a tardi, tardi
Mi chiedevi come va, come va, come va
Adesso come va, come va, come va

Waladi waladi habibi ta3ala hina
Mi dicevi giocando giocando con aria fiera
Waladi waladi habibi sembrava vera
La voglia, la voglia di tornare come prima

Io da te non ho voluto soldi
È difficile stare al mondo
Quando perdi l’orgoglio
Lasci casa in un giorno

Tu dimmi se
Volevi solo soldi, soldi
Come se avessi avuto soldi, soldi
Lasci la città ma nessuno lo sa
Ieri eri qua ora dove sei, papà
Mi chiedi come va, come va, come va
Sai già come va, come va, come va”

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