Sanremo winner picked by radical chic

Nothing agst Alessandro Mahmood says anti-migrant League leader

(ANSA) - Rome, February 11 - A "radical chic" jury picked Italo-Egyptian Sanremo song contest winner Alessandro Mahmood, Interior Minister and anti-migrant League party leader Matteo Salvini said Monday.
    He said Italian journalists Beppe Severgnini and Serena Dandini, Italo-American celebrity chef Joe Bastianich, Turkish-Italian film director Ferzan Ozpetek, and Italian actress Claudia Pandolfi, were not music critics who would have had the necessary competence to judge a song contest, but a "radical chic club".
    Salvini said he had phoned Mahmood to congratulate him, and had "nothing against him".
    "I phoned Alessandro, I'm happy for him," said Salvini.
    Salvini said his pick for overall winner would have been Italian singer Ultimo, who won in the Newcomers category.


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