Rock band Maneskin wins NPR Eurovision Song Contest for Italy: NPR

Rock band Maneskin wins NPR Eurovision Song Contest for Italy: NPR

Maniskin will play Italian “Ziti e Boni” in the Eurovision Song Contest final at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Saturday.

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Maniskin will play Italian “Ziti e Boni” in the Eurovision Song Contest final at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Saturday.

Peter Dejong / AP

Rotterdam, Netherlands (AP) – Move over sequins, disco rhythms, and powerful poems. An Italian rock band of four won the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of Sunday.

The music festival was canceled last year due to the global pandemic, but the event at Ahoyplein in Rotterdam with its testing regime and strict hygiene protocols was seen as a step towards COVID-19’s return to live entertainment.

Maneskin’s victory was Italy’s third victory in this hugely popular competition and the first since Toto Cotonou won the title in 1990.

Italy’s favored bookmakers followed Switzerland, France and Malta after national juries cast their votes, but they were pressured to win the vote of the crowd.

A crowd of 3,500 fans, all of whom tested positive for the Coronavirus, witnessed the finalists performing live.

Maneskin is a Dane from Moonlight, a tribute to country guitarist Victoria. The team won, with a total of 529 points, over second-placed France. Switzerland, which came after the national jury vote, placed third.

British singer James Newman’s song, “Embers”, failed to arouse any love, scored no point and finally finished off, just as the UK did in the previous Eurovision Song Contest a few years ago.

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