Måneskin will represent Italy at Eurovision 2021 with “Zitti e buoni”. The news was confirmed at the Sanremo winner’s press conference on Sunday morning.

Måneskin will represent Italy at the Eurovision 2021 with “Zitti e buoni”

The confirmation was not unexpected. The four piece band had already revealed their intentions during an Instagram live after their win. But the official announcement arrived this morning at the press conference.

Måneskin’s Sanremo win

The 71st edition of the Sanremo Music Festival has come to an end with a twist: rock band Måneskin won the crown and the traditional leoncino — the little golden lion awarded to the sanremese winner.

The quartet launched by X Factor Italy immediately caught the audience’s attention with electrifying performances of their powerful entry “Zitti e buoni”, but they were not on the podium in the provisional ranking before the start of the final, reached instead thanks to the support of the televote.

The overall combined results throughout the week consisted of televoting (25%), the press jury (25%), the orchestra (25%) and the demoscopic poll (25%). All 26 finalists started off with the scores achieved in the four previous evenings behind them when they performed their entries on the night judged by televoting.

After the first round of voting, Ermal MetaFrancesca Michielin & Fedez and Måneskin advanced to the second and last round. Here all the scores were reset to zero and the demoscopic jury (33%), the press room (33%) and the televote (34%) came back into play. In the end, it was Måneskin who emerged triumphant!

Who are Sanremo 2021 winners Måneskin?

Måneskin (Danish for ‘moonshine’) is an Italian rock band from Rome, consisting of lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio. The band rose to fame after ending up second in the eleventh series of the Italian series of X Factor in 2017.

Immediately after the talent show, they skyrocketed in the charts, collecting several platinum records thanks to the first single “Chosen” and the songs included in the debut album “Il ballo della vita”: “Morirò da re”, “L’altra dimensione”, “Le parole lontane” and the super hit #1 in the Italian FIMI Singles Chart and 5x platinum “Torno a casa”.

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Honesty
Honesty
2 months ago

Leading singer is so hot and handsome i’m dead

Iamme
Iamme
2 months ago
Reply to  Honesty

…and you still haven’t seen him poledancing on the heels! 😉

Honesty
Honesty
2 months ago
Reply to  Iamme

wait… what?!

Cbl
Cbl
1 month ago
Reply to  Honesty

He did an Amazing performance in the italian x factor pool dancing in heels. I don’t know of the performance Is still on YouTube. The Song they performed Is call “kiss This”. Check It out and thank me later 😉

Christian Allen
Christian Allen
2 months ago

Why does everyone I support loses or flops? Am I jinxed or just a lame loser? Always on the losing side. ???

No thanks
No thanks
2 months ago

Last time Italy sent some sort of rock was in 2014, but we remember how that went.

Gippa
Gippa
2 months ago
Reply to  No thanks

That wasn’t rock. It was pop with a bit of rockish instrumentation.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
2 months ago

It’s not exactly my kind of music, but I must admit it’s well done and I enjoy this more than Finland. Something different than we’ve come to expect from Italy.

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
2 months ago

I am so happy for them! I have been following them for a while now and… I cannot believe they are really taking part in Eurovision? Their songs are superb, their lyrics too, their aesthetic… I just love everything about them. I hope they can get a great result for Italy, they are super dupper humble and deserve nothing but good things! <3

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

It ‘s not my music. I don ‘t like it.

cipollino
cipollino
2 months ago

Cease.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

I’ve been their fan for a while and they haven’t disappointed me. They were bold enough to not try to fit their music into what’s expected from a Sanremo act and the risk paid off. I personally prefer it to the Finnish entry, but I think both share great energy and memorable hooks. Rock fans should avoid the trap of believing there’s space for just one rock song to do well. If pop fans can support 2, 3 divas at the same time, why can’t the same people support both Italy and Finland? I just hope the conservative juries don’t… Read more »

Michèle
Michèle
2 months ago

Very happy with this and good luck Italy! However, disappointed for Irama who had a great song but hadn’t a chance of winning as he couldn’t perform live due to quarantine restrictions – 5th place was amazing for him and just shows how the quality of the song was appreciated. On a side note, really enjoyed Francesco Gabbani’s appearance as a guest supporting Ornella Vanoni with the song he wrote for her. I’m sure he appreciated being a guest and not a competitor on this occasion!

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I think the only thing that can stop Italy from doing well this year is juries.

Dalth
Dalth
2 months ago

There were five or six songs at San Remo I put in front of Maneskin but glad this won as it’s something different for Italy. Not a winner but comfortably in the top ten, a lot more memorable than most of the songs picked so far.

Last edited 2 months ago by Dalth
Una
Una
2 months ago

I don’t like the song to be honest. But I *love* the genre and the creativity with the staging. Another out-of-the-mold entry. I will rank this pretty high only for that.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

Now the real question is if Italy and Finland can counter each other or if both can achieve a decent position.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
2 months ago

They don’t sound the same at all….

Elosise
Elosise
2 months ago

Finland’s entry is nu metal, the italian entry is rock with hints of funk and rap. I see no reason to compare them

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

Well done, Italy, you know the ESC needs variety and difference brings good results to contestants. I hope Spain can someday follow your example and I’m wishing you the best.

Lourdes
Lourdes
2 months ago

Love it! My new #1

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago

I wanted Francesca & Fedez to win 🙁

Europian
Europian
2 months ago

Personally not my thing but it feels authentic and could do well. Better than some of the more manufactured entires this year. I think though that if Irama had won he would have 100% gained Italy their third win with a song that in time would have been considered a Eurovision great. Oh well. Not to be. But good luck Italy.

MB4691
MB4691
2 months ago

Top!! They deserve to win this year

Laburnum
Laburnum
2 months ago

Well this is my personal winner 🙂

Vytautas
Vytautas
2 months ago

Meh, not my cup of tea, though I think they’ll easily squeeze in TOP15. Not sure why the odds are bringing Italy to 4th place though. Maybe it has something to do with Italian betters manipulating the odds – the more locals bet, the higher chances there are. I mean, speaking realistically, Eurovision is not that famous and watchable by the punk rock electorate, it’s mostly a pop audience that is voting and watching.

Last edited 2 months ago by Vytautas
Ricardo Mancini
Ricardo Mancini
2 months ago
Reply to  Vytautas

Hard Rock Hallelujah ??

yom
yom
2 months ago
Reply to  Vytautas

Considering the vast majority of sites putting them up are run by actual bookmakers. Its far more likely that the bookies have put them 4th because they genuinely believe they should be up there.

Tbh I dont disagree, the casual fans will absolutely latch on to this as they do every italian entry, and it has the class and polish to appeal to the juries which we havent really had from a rock entry since the jury vote came back.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Italy may never choose my winner but they still always choose good stuff. It just always works out with them.

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

As i said before, good choice. Something different than the usual Italian ballads we get. My concern is that they fight for the same audience as Finland and I think Finland will win that fight. But a good song none the less, should do really well. Italy always does..

Geale de Vries
Geale de Vries
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Exactly my thoughts. In this genre (rock) Finland has the better song this year.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I could see both doing well. Same audience or not, both can get wide support

Last edited 2 months ago by Alex
Dekken
Dekken
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I think you’re right about this, the finnish entry is more appealing commercially but there’s also that stereotype that Finland knows this genre better than anything else.

Both can score well, but winners? Maybe not.

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago

If you view anything heavier than basic mainstream skinny woman dance pop as just “noise” or “screaming”, please stop following eurovision. Your contribution is not needed

Alaska
Alaska
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Agreed.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Yes indeed!

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

No need to attack basically more than half of the Eurovision community.

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

well I’d never be THAT straightforward to call half of the community ignorant idiots but thanks for supporting my point anyway ?

yom
yom
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcin

Daily reminder that since 2013 the only female uptempo songs to finish in the top 3 of the jury, televote, or overall score are toy and fuego. And that Fuego after all the hype almost lost in the televote to non mi avete fatto niente.

Impressive Instants
Impressive Instants
2 months ago

My winners so far… By far.

Ariel
Ariel
2 months ago

Watching the livestream I almost fall asleep but Maneskin came to the rescue. Damiano can perform even without an audience! His voice is amazing and the same as in the studio version. Clearly the winner! Thanks Italy for bringing quality every year!

Kung Frederik 90
Kung Frederik 90
2 months ago

Excluding Il Volo (I don’t like them) I’ve always been proud of our choices , every year a different genres.

Honesty
Honesty
2 months ago

Grand Amore is actually one of my favourite ESC songs of all time. Most played at least. And this year’s also awesome!
Yeah, that’s pretty impressive how Italy’s entries changed from R&B to Pop to Rapcore. Some other countries should take notes.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

I don’t love or hate Italy 2021. However, I think it’s a bold entry and I like bold. Actually, if there is a stronger word than like and love, that’s how I feel about bold.

Dani
2 months ago

Wasn’t my favourite but Italy is still my 1st with this, nonetheless.

Last edited 2 months ago by Dani
Juan Czena
Juan Czena
2 months ago

Thank you Italy for giving us the Italian version of Jane’s Addiction that we didn’t know we needed!

John
John
2 months ago

A year like this I can see Italy go as far as winning the televote, by being that far away from Formula A. They will def be remembered by the viewers, to say the least…
Not sure how the juries will judge this though. But another top 10 for Italy seems pretty certain.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

poor Finland, i think Italy will overshadow them, no way 2 rock songs will enter the Top 10.

Italy has a big advantage in televoting and i can see many juries voting for them (top 10)

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

If we have to put metal and rock songs in one group then why do we have say that they cancel each other out or the other just completely steals the other’s votes. Why can’t we just join forces and be happy that the whole contest isn’t just ballads and dance bops?

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

My opinion is that in the eyes of public (not industry professionals) they will be put in the same group and votes will be divided.Finland has the rock-pop song but Italy has a more edgier sound which is completely unique.

Finland has the advantage of the English language but at the same time Italy has a beautiful language and they are always doing well in televoting, plus diaspora.

Another benefit for Italy is the extreme (for some) performance.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Eurovision 2005 had three rock songs in the top 10: Norway, Switzerland and Moldova (if we count Zdob si Zdub as rock).

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Switzerland wasn’t exactly in the same genre of Norway. Moldova wasn’t rock but more like ethnic.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

What I like this year about The Big Five is how diverse they are. Songs of Maneskin, Barbarw, Blas and Jendrik couldn’t be more different. And the good part is… I do like them all. With disappointments in so many national finals, at least I have something to say nice things about.

Bonus point – Victoria is the first female winner of Sanremo since 2014.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

When it comes to musical genres, you are right, but woudln’t it be nice to have something that was specifically aimed at a younger audience? That’s the kind of diversity I’m missing here.

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It depends what you mean by young? Ages 6 to 10 are going to lap up Jendrick’s effort – and I mean that seriously rather than a cheap shot at him – the way it is produced, younger children will really like it – I have already tried it out so have some evidence.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Fair point, I mean the phase in which the population is, statistically speaking, the most musically receptive, so roughly ages 15-30, I’d say. I have no doubt that your anecdotic evidence about Jendrik’s song is accurate. 🙂 Let me just say that he makes no dent in the German charts whatsoever.

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Of course, I was being a little factitious. I understand your point – the “yoof” market is not being catered for. It is a little bit mad when Flo Rida is being jumped on as the most “current” thing out there. But hasn’t it always been thus with ESC and isn’t that a part of the charm? I would love to see artists like Poorstacy or Aitch in the contest, but I just can’t see it happening.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

That’s the thing, it always was the thing that frustrated me the most about Eurovision. And it especially frustrates me every year after Sanremo week: How great to have a contest that holds something for everyone. Now imagine if every country had that in one form or another.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

While individual taste is non necessarily generational, I’d say that Germany pretty much aims at younger audiences, Spain is pretty age-neutral, France is more vintage (but I see a lot of support from younger viewers too) and Italy is an interesting case – old-school instrumental with lyrics primarily aimed at younger generations.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Germany has debuted its entry on “Schlagerchampions” with Florian Silbereisen on MDR (the TV station with the on average oldest audience in Germany) for a reason. If it is aimed at a younger audience, then at grammar school kids, like Kosey suggested. And a classic French chanson is not specifically aimed at a young audience, either. That doesn’t mean it can’t have some young(er) fans, of course, everything can. I’m not sure if we’ll get the numbers for the Italian televote at all, but I very much doubt, that Maneskin got it’s huge televote share from teens and twens. 50+… Read more »

hzalfa
hzalfa
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s obvious that you are not familiar with the Italian music industry (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Maneskin are a big name among the Italian youth and 50+ y/o here tend to go for old school Italian ballads. I can see some 50+ people voting them, but the vast majority of their votes definitely comes from their core audience of teenagers and young adults.

Benny Hill
2 months ago

If my dream ever comes true and the song that I wrote represents any country, hopefully UK, I’ll make sure it premieres on wiwibloggs first. 😛

elle
elle
2 months ago

What a banger. So glad they won

Rottendam
Rottendam
2 months ago

This is great news! Italy never fails to impress!

Måneskin per la vittoria!

Last edited 2 months ago by Rottendam
Benji
Benji
2 months ago

Italy used to send much more charming entries than this one.

Benny Hill
2 months ago

Senhit + Flo Rida. It’s a song that I was waiting for.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Are you referring to the teaser on the ESc YT channel? I think it’s super good, but that’s what I thought about Moldova too. I do love the teaser.

Benny Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Full version is out too. Just not official channels.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

I watched it and love it!

John
John
2 months ago

Rock on babies!

Felix
Felix
2 months ago

WE NEED THE FLO RIDA ARTICLE ASAP WHAT IS HAPPENING??? SAN MARINO ACTUALLY A CONTENDER FOR TOP 5 NO WAY!!!

Mors
Mors
2 months ago
Reply to  Felix

For REAL! 😀

hello Hi
hello Hi
2 months ago
Reply to  Felix

I would love to see San Marino in the final four on screen during Eurovision voting

Kris
Kris
2 months ago

In my view , Finland are doing this genre better. So they should win the jury battle but being Italy Maneskin will probably steal a lot of televotes away from them . It’s not likely Finland will win now.

Pandaman
Pandaman
2 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Well, these songs don’t really belong to the same genre, unless you mean “heavier than mainstream pop”. Also it’s not like juries can’t put them both high in their rankings… I’m not saying this is what’s going to happen, it’s just not impossible.

Gippa
Gippa
2 months ago
Reply to  Kris

They are not the same genre.

ag89
ag89
2 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Having guitars in two songs doesn’t mean this is the same genre.

xoxo
xoxo
2 months ago

Blind Channel, Maneskin and Tornike from Georgia will be perfect friends in Rotterdam. They can make together mash-up of ESC rock songs. I prefer Blind Channel, their song is winning material for me, but Maneskin are great too. They are little bit like Marilyn Manson, it promises unique stage show.

Andre
2 months ago
Reply to  xoxo

Blind Channel, Maneskin and Tornike sounds Great! If only Norway and Sweden would have send Jorn and Lillasyster aswell. What a Dream!

Piet
Piet
2 months ago

So Finland and Italy will have to share the very few votes that hardrock usually receives at Eurovision. The one exception of course was Hardrock Hallelujah, but that performance was fun, the song had a melody and the artists were not too serious about themselves. These two songs on the other hand are just plain noise. I wonder which of the two will end up last.

Last edited 2 months ago by Piet
Pasadena
Pasadena
2 months ago

A great choice! 2 of the Big 5 are in it to win it this year!

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

this is going to be WILD

Alo
Alo
2 months ago

Love them!
And there is a little mistake in the article-it was 50 percent televoting during the first round(that’s why them and fedez&francesca made the top 3)

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

So excited. They are going to be like a blast of fresh air through the contest. I can see them doing very well with their aesthetic and sound.

AndersP
AndersP
2 months ago

This has gone right to the top of my list.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

Yes! I loved their performance

Benny Hill
2 months ago

In other news Victoria just posted a snap from the set of her Eurovision 2021 song. It doesn’t look like it will be Ugly Cry. Seeing what she is wearing, that resembles pyjamas, I assume it might be Imaginary Friend. I’m probably wrong though.

PS. I’m warming up to Maneskin. I hope Irama enters Sanremo next year though.

Coco
Coco
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

This year is cursed. I laugh and cry in the same time.

Fionn
Fionn
2 months ago
Reply to  Coco

this year is a disaster

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Isn’t it almost confirmed that Imaginary friend will be the song? It has the most views out of all the EP songs she released.

Although, i think Ugly Cry was a better choice.

Christian Allen
Christian Allen
2 months ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Irama needs to redeem himself next year. Coronavirus messed up his chances. I’m watching his other performances now. He is a great performer, totally engaging, and his songs are great. “La ragazza con il cuore di latta” is his best lyrics. “La genesi del tuo colore” is a different level of musicality.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago

a great choice