Michel Imhof from Turin (I)
When the final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Turin (I) on Saturday evening, they have home advantage: Mahmood (29) and Blanco (19) fight for the second Italian victory in a row with the song “Brividi”. With their song, they not only landed at number 1 in the Swiss hit parade, but also won the legendary San Remo Festival and thus qualified for the ESC.
For Mahmood it is already the second victory in San Remo after 2019. “It was a big risk to take part again,” he says in an interview with Blick. “But sometimes you have to dare something in life. I’ve thought about it carefully.” They actually wanted to release the song in January, but then the two were offered a place at the Italian music festival. “So I thought about it for two days and decided to return.”
«Brividi» during the performance
Her appearance kept the promise in the title, there was “Brividi”, i.e. a goosebump moment: the men sang the love song to each other. “I want to love you, but I’m always wrong,” reads a line from the text. In the video clip, Mahmood can be seen in a romantic relationship with a man, Blanco with a woman. “It felt natural to sing the song on stage with Blanco,” says Mahmood. The two did not want to make a political statement. “We didn’t have a political message in mind. But it felt right to sing the song like that.”
Since their victory, they have also been considered one of the favorites at the Eurovision Song Contest. That is irrelevant for him – even after he took part in the ESC in 2019. “I don’t want to see the ESC as a competition,” says Mahmood. The most important thing for him is to put on a good performance. “It’s a unique opportunity to present your own work.” He does not deny that the ESC is ultimately a competition.
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I have no idea why Italian music is so popular
Mahmood’s contribution from 2019, “Soldi”, is one of the most streamed ESC songs of all time, Måneskin started a world career at ESC. Mahmood cannot explain why Italian music is so well received around the world. “I have no idea. But I’m eternally grateful for that.”