When Mahmood won Sanremo festival, several Italian politicians raised questions. Not because of his qualities as a musician, but because of his part-Egyptian background. Mahmood is not hurt by it anymore.
“It was not a difficult moment for me. But of course I don’t like this stuff. I hear negative comments when they are constructive. However, when they don’t make any sense, like in this case, I just ignore them.”
Mahmood speaks about politics & controversy at Eurovision press conference:
Before the contest, ESCDaily already paid attention to Sanremo festival. We stated that the Italian jury was right to send “Soldi” to Eurovision, and that it fits the ideals that Italy wants to bring to Eurovision.