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Who is Italy's Eurovision entry Mahmood and BLANCO?

MAHMOOD and BLANCO won the 72nd Festival di Sanremo with their song Brividi.

The pair will now represent Italy on the Eurovision Song Contest on home soil in Turin.

Who is Italy's Eurovision entry Mahmood and BLANCO?

Riccardo Fabbriconi, known professionally as Blanco, is a 19-year-old Italian singer, rapper and songwriter from Calvagese Della Riviera.

While Alessandro Mahmoud, better known as Mahmood, is a 29-year-old Italian singer-songwriter from Milan.

In 2012, Mahmood rose to prominence after competing in the Italian version of The X Factor, which he made it to the third episode before he was eliminated.

The following year, he released his debut single Fallin' Rain.

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Since 2016, he has participated in the Sanremo Festival, eventually winning the competition in 2019.

This will be Mahmood’s second Eurovision appearance having already represented Italy with his song Soldi in 2019, finishing second in Tel Aviv.

As for Blanco, in June 2020, he released on SoundCloud his EP Quarantine Paranoid.

The song managed to get him noticed and signed by Universal and Island Records.

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He subsequently released his debut single Belladonna, shortly followed by his second single Notti in Bianco.

The song became a massive hit in the summer of 2021, peaking at number two on FIMI's singles chart.

What song are Mahmood and BLANCO singing at Eurovision 2022?

Mahmood makes his return to the competition alongside Blanco with their song Brividi for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

The pair won at the Sanremo contest and became Italy's entry for this year's competition.

The song recorded over 3.3 million streams in 24 hours, becoming the most-streamed song in a single day on Spotify in Italy.

It also reached number 15 on the Billboard Global 200 chart dated in February 2022 and debuted at number one on FIMI's singles.

While many may believe the song is a classic romantic ballad, Mahmood explained that it is more about the expression of emotion rather than love.

Speaking about the song ahead of their performance, the 29-year-old told Eurovision: "It’s two different generations, with the same fears about exposing your feelings to someone that you love.

"It’s a normal thing to be vulnerable and to be masculine. It has to be a more common, natural thing now to just spread love."

He continued: "The power of the song is freedom, and I think that Brividi doesn’t speak about exactly what kind of love we’re dealing with, but more about losing the fear to face someone you love and expose your emotions."

How many times has Italy won Eurovision Song Contest?

Italy has won the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions.

In 1964, Gigliola Cinquetti stormed the scoreboard in Copenhagen with her song Non Ho L'età (I'm not old enough).

She received nearly three times as many votes as the runner-up.

At just 16-years-old, Cinquetti became the youngest winner of the contest at the time.

The song became an international success and spent 17 weeks in the UK Singles Chart before ending the year as the 88th best-selling single in the U.K. 

In 1990, Toto Cutugno won the Contest with the European unity anthem Insieme: 1992 (Together: 1992).

Subsequently taking us to Rome the following year where both Italian winners, Toto and Gigliola, took on presenting duties.

The latest win for Italy was in 2021 with the rock band Måneskin and their song Zitti e buoni (Shut Up And Be Quiet).

Since winning, the band has gone on to perform at the American Music Awards, MTV EMAs and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

When is Eurovision 2022 and how to watch it?

Eurovision 2022 kicked off with two semi-finals on May 10 and May 12.

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is on Saturday, May, 14.

The show is presented by Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mika in Turin, Italy.

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Eurovision will be broadcasted live on BBC One from 8.00 pm until midnight, with Graham Norton on hand to provide his usual commentary.

You can catch all the action live online through BBC iPlayer, where you will also be able to catch up on the semi-finals.

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