Today is the sixth day of rehearsals in Turin and the first rehearsals of the BIG 5 countries are going to be held today!
Next up on stage for their first rehearsal is Italy and Mahmood & BLANCO with the song “Brividi“.
Who are Mahmood & BLANCO?
As with reigning Contest champs Måneskin, Mahmood shot to fame on The X Factor Italia. The Milanese musician released a succession of singles thereafter, and has also put out two full-length albums. The artist’s biggest hit to date has been Soldi, which finished second at Eurovision in 2019 and became the most-streamed Eurovision song of all time on Spotify.
BLANCO is a singer/rapper from Brescia with big aspirations. His 2021 single, Mi Fai Impazzire, spent 8 weeks at the top of the Italian charts, and was followed by the release of debut album, Blu Celeste, which also shot to number one.
Sadly BLANCO will not attend today’s rehearsals, as he’s arriving in Turin later in the week. The grand piano is back, and orchestral arrangement in this song absolutely soars in this arena, with Mahmood and BLANCO (not yet though) lit by every spotlight available. Mahmood’s in a long black leather coat and white wraparound sunglasses.
The changes of pace and the harmonies of this song make it feel like a real goosebumps moment, and Mahmood’s vocal is effortless and on point. It’s not really a pyro kind of song, to be fair. But lots of atmospheric smoke instead, which adds up to Mahmood’s sunglass vibes. Either way, it’s a performance each host nation would be very happy with.
Below you can watch a small clip from the Italian first rehearsal on TikTok:
@eurovision Goosebumps here in Turin as @Mahmood returns to the #Eurovision stage! 🇮🇹 #Eurovision2022 #EurovisionTikTok ♬ original sound – Eurovision
The second Italian rehearsal will be held on the 7th of May, when we will know how things will appear on screen for the Italian entry.
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