Italian heavy-metal band Måneskin has won the Eurovision crown with their song “Zitti e buoni.”
Italy, the bookies’ favorite going into the show, won with 524 points, while French chanteuse Barbara Pravi came in second with 499 points. Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears was in third place with 432 points. Meanwhile, the COVID-stricken Iceland, a fan favorite that was hyped up thanks to Netflix’s Iceland-centric “The Story of Fire Saga,” came in fourth with 378 points.
“We just want to say to the whole of Europe, to the whole world, rock and roll never dies!” screamed Måneskin frontman Damiano David on stage following the band’s win.
Hailing from Rome, the glam-rock group is comprised of singer David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio. The band, who wore matching laminated red leather outfits to the final, won Italy’s prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in March. Their win — which marks the third historical victory for the country, which last won in 1990 — means the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest will be heading to Italy.
This year’s Eurovision was cut-throat, with public voting extremely measured in their selections in the final stage of the competition. The U.K. received an embarrassing zero points from the international juries as well as the public, coming in dead last, while other countries such as Spain and Germany also receive zero points from the public.
The 65th edition of the competition returned after two years, set in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where the Ahoy arena — used as a hospital for COVID-19 patients just a year ago — was transformed into the world’s biggest music competition. It was an extraordinary feat for a country that is still combating the most recent wave of the pandemic, with strict protocols in place across the nation.
This year’s competition, considered one of the best productions in Eurovision history, enjoyed more global interest than ever thanks to Netflix’s 2020 Eurovision movie, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as Icelandic Eurovision hopefuls, which opened up the mad world of the musical spectacle to uninitiated Netflix users around the globe.
So popular was the film that Icelandic actor Hannes Óli Ágústsson, who famously demands that Fire Saga play only “Jaja Ding Dong” in the movie, delivered Iceland’s jury results in the final stages of the competition. “I would personally like you to play ‘Jaja Ding Dong,'” requested a deadpan Ágústsson on air.
The contest — which convenes musical acts from European countries and a handful of other nations as they vie for the prestigious Eurovision crown — was broadcast for U.S. audiences via NBCUniversal-backed Peacock.
The grand final featured 26 performances. Favorites going into the event included France’s Pravi and Italy’s Måneskin, but acts from Ukraine, Malta, Lithuania and Finland (this year’s other heavy metal act) also wowed audiences across Europe.
Italy’s Måneskin definitely aren’t a one-hit wonder. And if you need proof of that just look to the UK’s Official Chart. Two weeks on from their Eurovision win, the group have two songs in the Top 40. “Zitti E Buoni” — which debuted at #17 last week — is sticking around in spot #25. It sits just behind another Måneskin track. “I Wanna Be Your Slave” — an English-language offering from the four-piece — has climbed from #83 last week to #24 this week.
Their album track “I Wanna Be Your Slave” continues its climb on the UK charts, having entered at No.83 last week. While the English-language track has not been officially released as a single, it’s proving popular with Måneskin fans old and new.
The song is told from the perspective of someone who has it bad for the object of their affection. The lyrics playfully recount their obsession and how they’re willing to enslave themselves if that’s what it takes to win over that special someone.
“I wanna make you hungry, then I wanna feed ya,” Damiano sings. “I wanna paint your face like you’re my Mona Lisa, I wanna be a champion, I wanna be a loser, I’ll even be a clown ’cause I just wanna amuse ya.”
During Eurovision itself, the band kindly sent us a video performance of both “I Wanna Be Your Slave” and “Zitti E Buoni” for the Wiwi Jam — our online concert that aired on May 20. Filmed at Acquapendente studio, where they recorded their album, it demonstrated their power to captivate and intrigue, even when performing in a simple setting.
Rips from that performance have subsequently been shared millions of times on TikTok, helping to get the song in front of fans both old and new. Our Wiwi Jam video has now been viewed more than 14 million times.
Eurovision Song Contest winners Måneskin have entered the top 10 of the UK singles chart for the first time.
The Italian glam-rockers climbed to number seven on Friday with their track I Wanna Be Your Slave.
They won last month's contest with the song Zitti e Buoni, and the follow-up has now become the biggest hit by a Eurovision-winning act for nine years.
US pop singer Olivia Rodrigo's single Good 4 U remained in the top spot for the fourth week in a row.
The 18-year-old's guitar-driven track "appears to be ushering in a wave of rock-inspired hits", according to the Official Charts Company.
Rock never dies "It has long been anticipated that rock would one day return to the Official Singles Chart, but few would have expected it to be pioneered by an ex-Disney Channel actress and a Eurovision winning act," chart boss Martin Talbot said in a statement.
"But that's what appears to be happening, thanks to Olivia Rodrigo and Italian Eurovision winners Måneskin."
When they collected their Eurovision trophy in Rotterdam, Måneskin frontman Damiano David declared: "Rock and roll never dies."