Måneskin Zitti e buoni Italy Eurovision 2021

Måneskin will represent Italy at Eurovision 2021 with their song “Zitti e buoni“.

The rock band from Rome earned the right to fly the Italian flag in Rotterdam after their surprise win at the annual Festival di Sanremo. Now, they’re heading to The Netherlands, with hopes of bringing Italy its first song contest victory since 1990.

We’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Måneskin. Let’s do this!

Italy at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Måneskin

1. They met at school

Victoria De Angelis (bass) and Thomas “Er Cobra” Raggi (guitar) have known each other since they both attended the same middle school. Although they knew of each other’s passion for music, they only became close in August 2015, while attending the J.F. Kennedy Scientific High School in Rome. It was then that they decided to start the band. They were later joined by singer Damiano David and drummer Ethan Torchio. The latter was recruited through a Facebook ad.

2. They’re Italian but their name is Danish

The four members chose to call themselves Måneskin by accident. As Victoria revealed, the band was looking for a name to enter a local music contest for emerging bands. “But we didn’t know what to call ourselves”. Then, the idea: since Victoria is half Danish, the research focused on a word of that language. And when the bassist pronounced “Måneskin” everyone fell in love with the sound and iconicity of it. So, much so, they undertook a trip to the Nordic country a few months later. In Danish, the word means ‘moonlight’. It brought good fortune. The band went on to win first prize at the contest. It was the beginning of a bright career.

 

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3. Their singer shares his birthday with two rock icons

Måneskin’s 22-year-old singer Damiano David was born on January 8, 1999. Exactly 64 years earlier, on January 8, 1935, one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century was born: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. A few years later, on January 8, 1947, it was the turn of The Thin White Duke David Bowie, another leading and influential figure in the music industry and one of the greatest artists of all time. Curiously enough, all three share the same date of birth with another figure, known for much more unflattering reasons: Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, born on January 8, 1984.

 

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4. They started their career as buskers in Rome

Måneskin honed their craft in the heart of Rome, their city of origin. The hours of rehearsals in the studio were flanked by live performances for passers-by. You could hear them on the streets of the city’s historic centre, including the famous Via del Corso and the Colli Portuensi district.

5. They found fame on X Factor Italia

The general public got to know Måneskin during the eleventh season of X Factor Italia in 2017. On the talent show, they were coached by Manuel Agnelli, leader of the alternative rock band Afterhours. They were considered the favourites to win from their first audition onward. They eventually came second, behind pop tenor Lorenzo Licitra. But some of their performances on stage went viral, such as when they covered “Kiss This” by The Struts while Damiano was pole dancing wearing a pair of stiletto-heeled boots.

6. They share the same manager as two former Eurovision artists

Måneskin are undoubtedly a super talented bunch. But much of their success is also down to Marta Donà, their manager. She is recognized for her professionalism and ability to build credible careers for her artists, which are appreciated by the public and critics alike. Marta helms LaTarma Management, a team of women that deals with the promotion and consulting activities of artists and personalities related to the world of music and entertainment. She began her career in the field of management working alongside Marco Mengoni, her flagship artist. A few years later she began collaborating with Francesca Michielin. She seems to know the recipe for success!

 

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7. They’re inspired by Harry Styles

Interviewed by online magazine The Upcoming at the time of their London gig on 22 February 2019, Måneskin revealed the artists which have shaped their style. The four musicians admitted to having very different tastes, ranging from Bruno Mars to the Red Hot Chili Peppers via the Arctic Monkeys. But there is one name in particular on which they agree, the former One Direction singer Harry Styles. It is no coincidence that Måneskin have covered two songs of the singer: “Kiwi” and “Carolina“.

8. They spent a month touring Europe

In February 2019, Måneskin embarked on their first international tour with eleven dates in several European countries. They stopped in Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, Paris in France, Zurich, Bern and Lugano in Switzerland, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich in Germany, Brussels in Belgium and London in the United Kingdom. The experience was chronicled in a half-hour documentary on the band’s YouTube channel. In a moment of leisure between dates, they can be seen working on a beat for a new song. Damiano jokes with guitarist Thomas Raggi telling him: “Come on Thom, you’re going to win Sanremo”. Two years later, they won the coveted Sanremese golden lion.

9. They often mention the name Marlena in their songs

Måneskin mention the name Marlena on five tracks from their first studio album Il ballo della vita: “Torna a casa”, “Morirò da re”, “L’altra dimensione”, “Le parole lontane” and “Niente da dire”. Måneskin explained who Marlena was during a concert held in late 2018. She is not a physical person, but the personification of the message they want to launch with their music. She’s an ideal of freedom, life and creativity. She’s nothing more than an imaginary figure that encompasses all four members of the group and even the fans and listeners themselves. No secret love of the frontman or other band members, then. Marlena is everyone and no one at the same time. This remains a fundamental concept for Måneskin and, more generally, for the existence of us all.

10. They are among Italy’s most successful artists of recent years

In less than four years, Måneskin have already surpassed the milestone of one million copies between albums and singles. They’ve collected seventeen platinum records and six gold records in Italy. They have two number one albums (2018’s Il ballo della vita and 2021’s Teatro d’ira – Vol: 1), one number one single (“Torna a casa”) and three number two singles (“Chosen”, “Morirò da re” and “Zitti e buoni”).

Could Måneskin take the Eurovision trophy to Italy? What do you think of “Zitti e buoni”? Let us know in the comments.

Read more Eurovision 2021 artist facts here.

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Nichola Vaughan
Nichola Vaughan
3 days ago

I haven’t been this excited about a Eurovision song for years. I don’t care where it places in the Contest … it’s my song of the year for 2021 already. In any language and any country.. this is an incredible song.

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
1 month ago

Zitti e buoni was somewhat controversial winner. I just love this song and cannot really remember the other songs from San Remo. Much of the other Måneskin songs are actually quite traditional Italian popular songs, not as rock.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

How is it that Zitti e buoni wasn’t number one in the Italian singles chart but songs that didn’t win like Musica leggerissima (4th place) and Chiamami per nome (2nd place) managed to reach the peak?

Nonetheless, I wish Maneskin win ESC this year (at least they aren’t Swedes masquerading as Malteses) and if they don’t do, I hope they and Blind Guardian can open the path for a rock winner in the future.

Last edited 1 month ago by Iván el Conquistador
lanuitduchasseur
lanuitduchasseur
1 month ago

There were actually many better songs at Sanremo this year, so that’s why

Luciann RO
Luciann RO
1 month ago

My winners! Pure rock, that’s what it need’s this Eurovision! 😀

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

“But some of their performances on stage went viral, such as when they covered “Kiss This” by The Struts while Damiano was pole dancing wearing a pair of stiletto-heeled boots.”

Please never change, Damiano.

lanuitduchasseur
lanuitduchasseur
1 month ago

I get a huge rhcp vibe from Zitti e buoni, both the song and the video, especially when “Parla, la gente purtroppo parla…” starts

raylee
raylee
1 month ago

Victoria is so coooooool

Steven
Steven
1 month ago

Damiano is 22 years old? Oh, wow. I thought he was much older than that

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

There’s nothing phoney or plastic about these guys.

Vicky
Vicky
1 month ago

Let me introduce you to my winners of 2021.

Anhel
Anhel
1 month ago

Go Måneskin! I’ve become a huge fan ever since I heard “Zitti e buoni”. I would be sooo happy if they win, but i know it’s not very likely. I hope they do well!

Tul
Tul
1 month ago

It’s a bit pretentious when certain people only show love for their own country, and then on other acts they come and say it’s “crap“.

stommie
stommie
1 month ago

Cornrows? Really?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I love a man with good pole dancing skills. Well, an attractive man. Although I suppose watching Kim Jong-un attempt to climb up and down a pole would be fun, too.

John
John
1 month ago

Not just pole dancing but pole dancing in high heels and nipple tape. Kudos!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Very talented indeed!

canada_piano
canada_piano
1 month ago

omg why are some people saying im suddenly “their fan?” because of one thing that i said? i think this is kinda uncalled for…

Ffs
Ffs
1 month ago

Love them and I hope they win.

Ende
Ende
1 month ago

Fact #11 they are hot, sexy, talented and friendly !!!
I want them to win do much!

Ende
Ende
1 month ago

If quality rock means copypaste of Linkin Park….

Una
Una
1 month ago

I like the song and I *salute* Italy for crowning them winners of Sanremo. They are pretty high in my ranking for originality and bravery.

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

Dark side is not a rock song
You could’ve have at least checked that before making any hate statement

Mirko
Mirko
1 month ago

As italian i’m so happy that they reppresent us this year; they really can show that italian music industry is not only full of ballads. Quoting RuPaul they have: charisma, uniquiness, nerve and a lot of talent, and that makes me so thrilled for their perfomance in Rotterdam. Could they win? They have some chances, but Italy has hardly reached an agreement between jury and televoting these years, so…

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirko

Worry not, Italy can win the contest. Should they be a surprise winner this year, I would be happy. If not this year, maybe soon. The only question from me is: does Italy want to win and host the contest?

Mirko
Mirko
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

It’s a good question!
Concerning recent years success of Italy, i guess that a lot thinks have changed inside our national television.
Has Rai the potential it needs to build an amazing show? Of course, but they have to understand deeply how much Sanremo and Eurovision are different – and not manage it as a copy/paste of the first one.
On top of that we need so bad to redeem ourselves from 1991’s contest – that was a nightmare – so please: let us win! 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by Mirko
Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirko

RAI does have the technical and artistic potential to make a great Eurovision show for sure. The contest is waaay too big so I don’t think there is a change for a downscale of Eurovision. Not a major one to say the least. Organizing and hosting Eurovision must be a precious gift so most likely they would do it with pride.
I do recall some discussions on Italy 1991. Time have changed – like I said – Italy could make a great contest so please keep your hope alive.

acp
acp
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirko

What happened in 1991?

Milanolich
Milanolich
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirko

I feel we’re going to see an Italy 2018 again, a lot of points with the televote but not much love from the juries

sucof
sucof
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirko

Rai is the second largest public TV in Europe, the question is, would other states in Europe be able to organize a show like the Sanremo festival? 5 live nights of 5 hours each full of guests and entertainment? With a spectacular scenography, national and international guests, and dream dresses?

finnished
finnished
1 month ago

Will there be a Wiwi jury this year at all?

Ende
Ende
1 month ago
Reply to  finnished

oh come on .. this is like the 3567th time that someone asked it on an article… stay tuned and it will come

Baloonbleu
Baloonbleu
1 month ago

Normie who doesn’t know the difference between Glam Rock and Nu Metal

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
1 month ago

Wow they look so different in that x factor video with the colorful clothing and minimal makeup

Una
Una
1 month ago

Oh … David Bowie. Still grieving that huge loss.

Helena G.
Helena G.
1 month ago

Love them so much! My douze points for this year!