Måneskin, representing Italy, have won the 65th Eurovision song contest, which was held in Rotterdam on Saturday night. Their entry, Zitti e buoni, scored 524 points in the grand final, which was broadcast across Europe and around the globe. According to Google translate, Måneskin is Danish for ‘moonlight’.
Last year’s contest was cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across Europe at the time. Many nations opted to send the same artists in 2021 as would have represented them in 2020, but with new songs.
Måneskin are the first group to win the competition since 2006. On stage after the band’s victory, frontman Damiano David shouted into the microphone: “We just wanted to say to the whole of Europe, to the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”
A limited number of fans were allowed in to Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, with 3,500 required to give proof of a negative Covid test before gaining admission. The show was hosted by four well-known Dutch celebrity faces, including Nikkie de Jager. Known for her YouTube channel NikkieTutorials, she is a UN goodwill ambassador and the first openly transgender person to present the show in its history.