'Rock and roll never dies': Italy wins Eurovision after 30 years
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On Saturday, Italy won its third victory at the Eurovision Song Competition, held this year at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Italian rock band Måneskin's song Zitti E Buoni won 524 points from public and professional judges. French singer Barbara Pravi's song Voilà received 499 points, and Swiss singer Gjon's Tears Tout l'univers got 432 points; finishing second and third respectively.


File photo of Måneskin.Image: Måneskin.
Out of 39 countries participating this time, 26 countries including hosts Netherlands and the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — competed in the finals. The competition began on May 18. Three of the Big Five, and the hosts finished at the very bottom of the vote ranking. Netherlands got 11, Spain got six, Germany bagged three and the UK received zero points. All four received zero points from the audience.

Dutch singer Duncan Laurence won the 2019 edition of Eurovision in Tel Aviv winning 498 points for his song Arcade. That victory meant Netherlands was to host the competition 2020, which was cancelled because of "escalating spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe". This year, 3500 people were in audience, multiple reports stated. They all were tested negative to be eligible for attending the event, Eurovision stated.

Iceland's Daði Freyr could not perform live in both semi-finals and the final, having tested positive of the virus. A pre-recorded performance of Daði og Gagnamagnið was played, which finished fourth, receiving 378 points, 12 more than Ukrainian singer Go_A's song Shum.

Switzerland finished at top, during the jury voting, receiving 267 points. France finished second during the national jury voting with 248 points. During the jury voting, when France and Switzerland were very close to each other, Pravi said, "I think it is crazy that two French songs are on the top, thank you!"

National juries of both Switzerland and the UK awarded 12 points to France. Pravi uttered "Merci!" ((fr))French language: ‍Thank you!, clapped and blew a kiss towards the Swiss team, upon receiving 12 points from the Swiss jury.

Italy received 318 points from the audience, putting them on top. That sufficed them to win the competition. Upon winning, Måneskin's lead vocalist Damiano David said, "We just want to say to the whole Europe, to the whole world, rock and roll never dies."

As the winner of this year's competition, Italy is to host next year's Eurovision Song Competition. Italy had previously won Eurovision in 1990. Måneskin is the first band to win the competition since 2006, the BBC noted.


Results[edit]



Order

Country

Artist(s)

Song

Total points

Ranking


01

Cyprus

Elena Tsagrinou

El diablo

94

16


02

Albania

Anxhela Peristeri

Karma

57

21


03

Israel

Eden Alene

Set Me Free

93

17


04

Belgium

Hooverphonic

The Wrong Place

74

19


05

Russia

Manizha

Russian Woman

204

9


06

Malta

Destiny

Je me casse

255

7


07

Portugal

The Black Mamba

Love Is on My Side

153

12


08

Serbia

Hurricane

Loco Loco

102

15


09

United Kingdom

James Newman

Embers

0

26


10

Greece

Stefania

Last Dance

170

10


11

Switzerland

Gjon's Tears

Tout l'Univers

432

3


12

Iceland

Daði og Gagnamagnið

10 Years

378

4


13

Spain

Blas Cantó

Voy a quedarme

6

24


14

Moldova

Natalia Gordienko

Sugar

115

13


15

Germany

Jendrik

I Don't Feel Hate

3

25


16

Finland

Blind Channel

Dark Side

301

6


17

Bulgaria

Victoria

Growing Up Is Getting Old

170

11


18

Lithuania

The Roop

Discoteque

220

8


19

Ukraine

Go_A

Shum

364

5


20

France

Barbara Pravi

Voilà

499

2


21

Azerbaijan

Efendi

Mata Hari

65

20


22

Norway

TIX

Fallen Angel

75

18


23

Netherlands

Jeangu Macrooy

Birth of a New Age

11

23


24

Italy

Måneskin

Zitti e buoni

524

1


25

Sweden

Tusse

Voices

109

14


26

San Marino

Senhit and Flo Rida

Adrenalina

50

22







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Sources[edit]
"Eurovision Song Contest: Italy wins and UK gets 0 points" — BBC News Online, May 22, 2021
Eurovision. "Eurovision Song Contest 2021 - Grand Final - Live Stream" — YouTube, May 22, 2021
"Congratulations ITALY: Måneskin win Eurovision Song Contest 2021" — Eurovision, May 22, 2021
"Italy wins 65th Eurovision Song Contest as Europe unites on one stage" — Eurovision, May 22, 2021
Annabel Nugent. "Eurovision: Italy crowned winners after a shocking, emotional live ceremony in Rotterdam" — The Independent, May 22, 2021
"Interview: 2019 Champion Duncan Laurence
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Tags: Rotterdam Ahoy Rotterdam Måneskin Barbara Pravi Voilà (Barbara Pravi song) Gjon's Tears Tout l'univers Duncan Laurence Arcade (song) Daði Freyr Go A Shum (song) Elena Tsagrinou El diablo (Elena Tsagrinou song) Anxhela Peristeri Karma (Anxhela Peristeri song) Eden Alene Set Me Free (Eden Alene song) Hooverphonic The Wrong Place Manizha Russian Woman Destiny Chukunyere Je me casse The Black Mamba (Portuguese band) Love Is on My Side Hurricane (Serbian band) Loco Loco James Newman (musician) Embers (James Newman song) Stefania (singer) Last Dance (Stefania song) Tout l'univers Daði og Gagnamagnið 10 Years (song) Blas Cantó Voy a quedarme Natalia Gordienko Sugar (Natalia Gordienko song) Jendrik Sigwart I Don't Feel Hate Blind Channel Dark Side (Blind Channel song) Victoria Georgieva Growing Up Is Getting Old (Victoria song) The Roop Discoteque (song) Samira Efendi Mata Hari (Samira Efendi song) TIX Fallen Angel (Tix song) Jeangu Macrooy Birth of a New Age Zitti e buoni Tusse Voices (Tusse song) Senhit (singer) Flo Rida Adrenalina (Senhit song) The Independent

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