'Rock and roll never dies': Italy wins Eurovision after 30 years

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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.


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