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Alessandro Mahmoud, known professionally as Mahmood (born 12 September 1992), is an Italian singer.

Mahmood came to prominence on the sixth season of Italy's X Factor in 2012, originally not making the cut for Simona Ventura's Boys category, but later earning a spot in the live shows as a wildcard contestant. He ultimately finished sixth.

In 2018, he competed in the inaugural Sanremo Giovani competition, an offshoot of the Sanremo Music Festival formerly known as their Newcomer category, and emerged as one of two winners alongside fellow competitor Einar. His victory guaranteed him a spot in the main show a few months later, which he also went on to win.

Because of his success at Sanremo, Mahmood went on to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with his winning entry "Soldi", ultimately placing as runner-up.

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Discography:

  • Gioventù bruciata note  (2019)

Selected filmography:


Mahmood's work provides examples of:

  • But Not Too Foreign: Half-Egyptian on his father's side.
  • Dark Horse Victory: At Sanremo, winning against fan-favourite Ultimo. While Mahmood only got 14% of the public votes (in contrast to Ultimo's 48%), his song "Soldi" won thanks to Sanremo's juries. Subverted at Eurovision, where he was one of the favourites and ended up second, as expected in the betting odds, and got more points from the public than the juries.
  • Disappeared Dad: The subject of "Soldi". It's autobiographical.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: He sings a couple of lines in Arabic in the bridge of "Soldi", representing what his dad would tell him when he was a little kid.
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  • Homoerotic Subtext: The video for "Barrio" shows a couple of long-lost (male) friends reuniting, set to an unambiguous love song.
  • Love Hurts: "Asia Occidente" and "Barrio".
  • Money Song: "Soldi" literally translates to "money" in English, and the song is tangentially about being overly concerned with it.
  • One of Us: A proud Pokémon fan, he sports a Rayquaza t-shirt in full view on the cover of Gioventù bruciata.
  • Punny Name: His stage name is a combination of his surname and the phrase "My mood".
  • Shout-Out: Gioventù bruciata is also the Italian title of Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: "Barrio", his first post-Eurovision single, has the narrator pining for a childhood friend who has moved after a nasty argument, but still really loves her deep down and wishes he could express his feelings for her.

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