“Rock and roll never dies”: Italy ahead of favorites, ahead of Eurovision 2021 music competition, ahead of France and Switzerland, thanks to the powerful performance of the Meneskin group of rockers.
Eurovision returned to a small audience in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, after it was canceled for the first time in history last year due to the epidemic.
With her “Voila” title, Barbara Pravi did not succeed in ending the 44-year famine on the French side. It fails narrowly in second place, followed by Switzerland.
Dressed in leather and bubbling with energy, the Italians rejoiced in victory over suspense, at the end of a scene full of sophistication and extravagance.
Receiving the trophy, Italian group singer Damiano David said, “We want to tell the whole of Europe and the world that rock and roll will never die.”
Sanitary conditions forced the show to millions of spectators each year, and it was re-launched after it was canceled in 2020.
“We hope the whole incident has brought relief to Europeans a year after the epidemic,” the Italian group told a news conference after the victory.
“We are really grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this huge event. This is really amazing, ”he added.
Due to travel restrictions associated with COVID-19, thousands of fans have traditionally hoisted country flags in front of television cameras, symbolizing the colorful competition.
The pre-screened 3,500 spectators were allowed to attend the semi-finals, final and six costume rehearsals. It represents 20% of the capacity of the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.
The Meneskin group, consisting of a girl and three boys, was born with the century and fed with a bottle of rock-saturated riffs, making a new one with the old one.
This was Italy’s third victory in the competition, and initially the effects of “rock bands” were not widely known to artists.
Meneskin means “moonlight” in Danish, the mother tongue of the band’s bassist, Victoria de Angeles.
Their title in the Eurovision Song Contest, “Ziti e Booni”, won the grand prize of the 71st edition of the San Remo Song Festival in 2021.
Between Noir Desire, Nirvana and Placebo, a band with pop, reggae and funk effects was founded in Rome in 2016 by De Angeles, Damiano David (vocals), Thomas Raggi (guitar) and Ethan Torcio (drums), still young. .
“Our band has translated past music into modernity. There are many groups, but only a few remain. As an aesthetic inspiration, we have Rolling Stones, the Doors in our minds,” Damiano David told Diva e Donna in 2017.
They gained prominence in 2017 by participating in the X Factor show with the new title “Chosen”, which allowed them to sign their first professional contract with Sony. Named EP Double Platinum Disc.
They later released two albums, “Morira da Ray” (2018), “Fear for Anyone” (2019), “Ventanni” (2020), as well as “Il Ballo della Vita” (2018) and “Titro”. Anger volume. I »(2021).
In 2018, the single “Torna a Casa” became five times platinum and recorded nearly 110 million views on YouTube.
Throughout the competition, Eurovision candidates were trapped in a “special bubble” and tested daily.
However, COVID-19 cases were reported among several delegates, including Iceland, who had to stay at the hotel and participate through recorded videos.
The previous edition winner also missed the show. During the final, Dutchman Duncan Lawrence wanted to sing his successful ‘Arcade’ ballad on stage, but lost the positive COVID-19 test.
True to tradition, the 2021 edition also has a share of outstanding characters, artists representing minorities or wonderful songs that want to convey a message to the public.
While the Cypriot song tells the story of a woman in love with the ghost, the feminist title of Tajik origin Maniza’s Russian singer has been abused by conservatives in Russia.