Italy narrowly defeated its rivals to win the “Eurovision” musical competition, which was held in the Netherlands on Saturday (22), with a victory in the biggest stage on the continent.
The competition was the largest live event in Western Europe since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and 3,500 fans attended the arena in Rotterdam without the need for social distancing or masks.
With the song “Zitti e Buoni”, Italian rock band Måneskin beat the candidates from France (Barbara Pravi) and Switzerland (Gjon’s Tears), and now the Mediterranean country is ready to host next year’s competition. This is Italy’s third victory in the competition and the first since 1990.
The night was disappointing for the UK, which finished last for the second consecutive tournament and still reached the dreaded ‘zero point’. Germany joins Germany, with just three points, at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Eurovision last year was the first to be canceled, but Rotterdam is back as host and most of the artists who were scheduled to perform in 2020 are back in the competition.
But the effects of the epidemic are still being felt in the event. Members of the Icelandic group, Daði og Gagnamagni, did not attend the title nominees and one of the most famous in the competition, due to a positive Covid-19 test within the band. They ended up fourth.