It has been reported by Eurofestival News that Blanco will not be present for his and Mahmood’s first Eurovision 2022 rehearsal at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. The reason for Blanco’s absence is cited as a scheduling conflict. Blanco is currently on tour and is due to perform in Florence tomorrow evening. Mahmood will complete the rehearsal tomorrow as scheduled.
Who are Mahmood and Blanco?
Mahmood and Blanco won this year’s edition of the Sanremo contest with their song Brividi. This is not Mahmood’s first time representing Italy at Eurovision. In 2019 Mahmood won Sanremo and went on to represent Italy in Tel Aviv. Mahmood went on to finish second at Eurovision 2019 with his song “Soldi”
Blanco is only 19 years old but has already made a huge name for himself in Italy. his first album “blu celeste” charted at Number 1 in the Italian music charts.
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Reigning winners Italy has participated in the contest 46 times since it began in 1956. In addition to 2021, they also won in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’eta” and in 1990 with Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme: 1992”.
Italy took an extended break from the contest from 1994 to 2011 (returning once in 1997). They became a member of the Big Five upon their return and have only missed the top 10 twice since. They finished second twice: in 2011 (with Raphael Gualazzi’s “Madness of Love”) and in 2019 (with Mahmood’s “Soldi”). Italy also notched third place in 2015 with Il Volo’s “Grande Amore”, which won the televote.
Perhaps the most iconic Italian Eurovision entry is Domenico Modugno’s “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” – better known as “Volare” – which placed third in 1958. It was a success in the American charts and won the first ever Grammy award for Song of the Year.
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News Source: Eurofestival News
News Source: Giluia Bersani