Loud glam rock from Italy takes Eurovision by storm
Italian entry glam rock band Maneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s most popular live music event taking place in the Netherlands after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The noisy “Zitti E Buoni” of the Italian beat the favorites of the professional jury, Switzerland and France, winning the public vote which counts for half of the points.
Victoria de Angelis de Maneskin told a press conference that the victory was a big boost for Italy, one of the European countries most affected by COVID-19.
“It is a message of hope after this difficult year that we have been through,” she said.
Maneskin’s rock song is different from the kitsch pop that Eurovision is known for, but their singer said their popularity shows that the competition is also about musical quality.
“This award shows that this is not (a) cheesy event. It is a musical event,” Damiano David told reporters.
Italy was the favorite with bookmakers and fans before the contest. Eurovision blogger William Lee Adams said his song “punch in your face” seemed the perfect anthem for European fans who were stranded.
“After this last year of being trapped at home, I think a lot of people want that feeling of being at a party and that’s what they give,” he said.
A limited audience of 3,500 attended the Rotterdam concert hall to watch the performances after undergoing rigorous testing for COVID-19.
Due to travel restrictions, most of the fans in attendance were Dutch and they missed the generally international feel of the festival.
“What I don’t really like is that there aren’t any international people here. Because it’s really the time in the year that you meet all of your international friends,” he told Reuters Dutch fan Patrick, who did not give his last name. outside the room.
Despite precautions, several COVID-19 infections were reported during rehearsals and semi-finals.
Icelandic entry Dadi og Gagnamagnid could not perform live during the final, after a member of the group tested positive for COVID-19. 2019 winner Duncan Laurence also tested positive. For both performances, the organization used pre-recorded backup versions of the songs.
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The Netherlands is hosting the 65th edition of the competition, which attracts a TV audience of around 200 million, after Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence won the 2019 competition in Tel Aviv with the song “Arcade”.
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