What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?
Italy: Mahmood – The runner up!
For every winner there has to be a runner up. The runner up in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was Mahmood who sang “Soldi” (“Money”) for Italy. He wasn’t far away from the winner though, winning 472 points from the jury and the televote, just 26 short of the winner, Duncan Laurence. So where has Mahmood come from and what happens next for him?
Well, Alessandro Mahmoud was born in Milan in 1992. In 2012 he auditioned for the Italian version of The X Factor, where he was eliminated only later to return as a ‘wildcard’ before leaving at the end of the third episode. Mahmood released his debut single “Fallin’ Rain” the following year, although this did nothing. Three years later he was back when he appeared in the newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival with a new track “Dimentica”. In 2017 he released “Pesos” ans in 2018 “Uramaki” which finally landed him a chart placing in his home country.
Prior to the announcement that he would represent Italy at this year’s Eurovision Song Contect, Mahmood released his debut album “Gioventù bruciata” (“Wasted Youth”) which has now topped the Italian album chart and been certified Gold for sales of over 40,000 copies there. The title track was released as a single and made No.40 in Italy late last year. “Soldi” is in fact the fifth single to be lifted from the album and, unsurprisingly, has now topped the Italian singles chart selling over 150,000 copies to date (3 x Platinum certified)!
Mahmood co-wrote the song with fellow Milano DJ and producer Charlie Charles, and Dario “Dardust” Faini. Mahmood lists his favourite artists as Travis Scott, Beyoncé, Jazmine Sullivan and Spanish singer Rosalía. With both “Soldi” and “Gioventù bruciata” topping the charts, interest in Mahmood is at fever pitch and he is taking to the road this Summer across Italy with many dates already sold out. After a number of false starts, the future now looks far brighter for this talented singer and songwriter and who knows, global fame will soon follow as well!