We're Blown Away By this Entry in Sanremo's Young Artist Category

Alessandro Mahmoud, who was a contestant on the 2012 edition of Italy's X Factor, will present his entrancing song "Dimentica" in the Young Artist (Giovani) category at this year's Festival di Sanremo.

Haunting and mesmerizing, the lyrics of "Dimentica" speak about the life of this Milano-born singer, who we think has an extremely, extremely good chance of winning his category. Take a listen...what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Laura Pausini Will Be a Guest at Sanremo

Laura Pausini will be a guest star on the first night of the Italian music festival Sanremo (February 9).

Pausini is scheduled to sing two songs: "La Solitudine" and the title track from her newly released album Simili.

As a guest this week on Italy's Radio Festival, the only web radio station dedicated to the Sanremo music festival, Pausini spoke about the importance of Sanremo, stating: "It's the most important music festival in the world." We don't disagree.