Transfer over sequins, disco beats and energy ballads. A four-piece band of Italian rockers received the Eurovision Music Contest within the early hours of Sunday.
The music competition was cancelled final yr amid the worldwide pandemic however the occasion in Rotterdam’s Ahoy enviornment with its regime of testing and strict hygiene protocols was seen as a step towards a post-COVID-19 return to dwell leisure.
Maneskin’s win was solely Italy’s third victory within the immensely standard contest and the primary since Toto Cutugno took the dignity in 1990. Italy, the bookmakers’ favourite, trailed Switzerland, France and Malta after the nationwide juries delivered their votes however have been propelled to victory by votes from the viewing public.
A crowd of three,500 followers, who all examined unfavorable for the coronavirus, watched the finalists carry out dwell.
Maneskin is Danish for moonlight, a tribute to the house nation of bassist Victoria. The band received with a complete of 529 factors from second-placed France. Switzerland, which led after nationwide juries had voted, completed third.
United Kingdom singer James Newman’s track, “Embers,” did not ignite any love in any respect and didn’t rating a single level, ending final, simply because the U.Okay. did on the earlier Eurovision two years in the past.
U.S. rapper Flo Rida didn’t handle to translate his star energy into factors for tiny San Marino’s entry that was sung by Senhit. They completed with simply 50 factors.
For lovers of kitsch, German singer Jendrik performed a glowing ukulele and danced with a lady wearing an enormous hand costume optimistically exhibiting the victory signal. He completed near final.
Lithuanian band The Roop danced in brilliant yellow costumes in a tongue-in-cheek homage to Nineteen Eighties synth pop. Pravi’s track. “Voilà,” was a restrained ballad, however there was nonetheless loads of the over-the-top spectacle that has turn into Eurovision’s trademark.
Norwegian singer Andreas Haukeland, whose stage identify TIX is a reference to rising up with Tourette syndrome, sang “Fallen Angel” in a pair of big white wings whereas chained to 4 prancing devils.
On the different finish of the spectrum — Finland’s hard-rocking Blind Channel performed their track “Darkish Facet” amid bursts of pyrotechnics and Ukraine’s Go_A carried out surrounded by skeletal white timber.
Forward of the present, crowds gathered outdoors the sector within the Dutch metropolis of Rotterdam. Drag queens mingled with households as a person in a gold swimsuit waited to get into the venue.
The favored Icelandic band Dadi og Gagnamagnid, identified for its kitsch dance strikes and inexperienced leisurewear costumes, couldn’t carry out dwell as a result of one member examined constructive for the virus earlier within the week. As a substitute, viewers noticed a recording of one of many band’s gown rehearsals.
“The purpose was to go and really expertise the way it was to compete in Eurovision, and that’s simply actually not taking place,” lead singer Dadi Freyr stated from isolation in Rotterdam.
Whereas the leisure world has modified within the pandemic, the Eurovision last formulation acquainted to its worldwide legion of followers has not. The occasion was hosted as standard by the final winner, the Netherlands, besides that it received in 2019.
Milo Mateo and Carlo Sossa, sporting matching sequin-covered hats and draped in Italian flags, got here from Italy for the present and have been hoping for a Maneskin victory since that will convey subsequent yr’s contest to Italy.
“If we win, it will likely be very, very good, as a result of the following yr will likely be in Italy. That’s excellent. Let’s hope. Fingers crossed,” Mateo stated as he waited to get into the sector.