For the sixth year we hand out the Eurostory Best Lyrics Award – the award for the best song lyrics of the Eurovision year. Previous awards were won by Ukraine (2016), France (2017, 2018) and Italy (2019, 2021). This year six entries are nominated. They are revealed one by one, and Saskia Halfmouw gives us a unique visual interpretation of each song.

The fifth nominee for the Eurostory Best Lyrics Award 2022 is: Italy.

Country: Italy
Title: Brividi
Artist: Mahmood & BLANCO
Lyricists: Alessandro Mahmoud & Riccardo Fabbriconi

Jury report
With Brividi Mahmood and BLANCO have created a truly universal tale. Regardless of one’s gender or sexuality, we’ve all had the experience that our high expectations of a love started to crack and crumble. The first line sparkles: ‘I dreamt of flying on a diamond bicycle with you.’ This metaphor is so new and at the same time so striking that it hovers in the air throughout the song. And just as the diamond bicycle represents happiness, so the first words of the refrain ‘nudo con brividi’ – naked with shivers – paint a brilliant picture of that feeling you get when you feel that something is wrong. The makers continue to deliver one fantastic image after the other throughout the song, and even manage to hide an important plot twist at the very end – ‘uno fra tanti’ – one of many.

Fragment from Brividi (translated from Italian to English):

‘I dreamt of flying with you
On a diamond bike
You told me you‘ve changed,
I no longer see the light in your eyes
What‘s your fear?
A deep sea where you can‘t touch
Even if sex isn‘t
The escape route from the bottom
Come on, don‘t run away from here
Don‘t leave me like this

Naked with chills
Sometimes I don‘t know how to express myself
And I‘d like to love you, but I‘m always wrong
And I‘d like to steal a pearl sky for you
And I would pay to leave,
I would also accept a lie
And I‘d like to love you,
but I‘m always wrong
And I get chills, chills, chills.’

The complete lyrics for this song (both in Italian and English) can be found here.

How is the winner determined?
Like in previous years the winner of the Eurostory Best Lyrics Award will be partially determined by online voters, and mainly determined by an international professional jury consisting of writers, poets, journalists, editors, songwriters, translators and former Eurovision participants. When all nominees are revealed the poll for online voting will open. The winner will be announced during Eurovision week in May. Keep following our website for the latest news!