Rome band brings Eurovision back where song contests began

ROME – Italy woke up Sunday to information that a glam rock band who obtained their start busking on Rome’s main searching drag had gained the Eurovision Music Contest and was bringing subsequent year’s levels of competition again to the place where Europe’s track contests started.

From the premier’s office on down, congratulations poured in Sunday from the Italian institution for the relatively anti-institution group Maneskin. The band was the bookmakers’ beloved going into the Eurovision finale and sealed the gain early Sunday with the greatest popular vote in the enormously entertaining, and amazingly kitsch, once-a-year music pageant.

“We are out of our minds!” Florence’s Uffizi Galleries tweeted together with an impression of a Caravaggio Medusa and the hashtag #Uffizirock.

Maneskin, Danish for “moonlight” and a tribute to bass participant Victoria De Angelis’ Danish ancestry, won with a complete of 529 details. France was next whilst Switzerland, which led immediately after countrywide juries had voted, concluded third.


“Rock’n’roll hardly ever dies, tonight we built history. We love u,” the band tweeted in advance of heading again dwelling from Rotterdam, Netherlands, where by this year’s contest was held.

The band got its begin carrying out on By way of del Corso, the key industrial thoroughfare in downtown Rome. Their scrappy performances in front of a Geox store were being a far cry from the around-the-top, flame-throwing extravaganza Saturday evening that pretty much break up guide singer Damiano David’s pants.

David informed a news meeting this 7 days that setting up out on the street was embarrassing, given that the group experienced to contend with other musicians vying for the identical prized piece of sidewalk while neighbors complained about the sound.

“They were being usually calling the law enforcement,” De Angelis reported, laughing.

Maneskin’s earn was only Italy’s 3rd victory in the contest and the first considering that Toto Cutugno took the honor in 1990. The victory usually means Italy will host subsequent year’s levels of competition, with towns bidding for the honor.


Introduced in 1956 to foster unity following Entire world War II, Eurovision progressed more than the years from a bland ballad-fest to a campy, come to feel-excellent extravaganza. It has grown from seven nations around the world to include extra than 40, which include non-European nations this sort of as Israel and significantly-absent Australia.

Legend has it that Eurovision obtained its inspiration from Italy’s Sanremo Songs Festival, which began in 1951 as a publish-Environment War II hard work to enhance Italian culture and the financial state of the Ligurian coastal town that has housed it ever considering the fact that.

Possibly ideal recognized for obtaining introduced the likes of Andrea Boccelli and just one of Italy’s most well-known songs “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” — commonly known as “Volare” — the Sanremo competition normally picks Italy’s official assortment for the Eurovision contest.

Maneskin gained Sanremo this year with the same tune, “Zitti e Buoni” (“Quiet and good”) that it done Saturday evening in Rotterdam.

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