The Big Five have arrived in Rotterdam and it’s time for their first run-throughs. Italy’s Måneskin have taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for their first rehearsal of “Zitti E Buoni” ahead of Eurovision 2021. Was their staging a glam rock extravaganza? Let’s see…
Italy’s Måneskin “Zitti E Buoni” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: It’s hard to believe Måneskin are a relatively new name to the Italian music scene, because their performances radiate professionalism. The quartet have got the punk glam aesthetic down to a tee, playing with the concept of gender. Lead singer Damiano is topless, with silver flares on his bottom half and a loose tie wrapped around his neck. To his right is bassist Victoria and to his left is guitarist Thomas, who are both wearing pinstripe suits. Drummer Ethan is at the back of the stage on a raised platform with warm flashing LEDs on each step. As for pyro? Well, the Italian delegation isn’t going for subtle. In the final chorus, a pyro curtain rains down on Måneskin as they finish their song surrounded by pillars of gold. Damiano then collapses to the floor, and his silhouette on the backdrop does the same. It’s gritty and edgy yet polished and classy for an overall very impactful show. Måneskin are ticking all the boxes.
Padraig: Pyro. So much pyro. We’ve got a gigantic pyro curtain, pyro shoots from the floor. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen as much pyro on the Eurovision stage at any one time. But I’m getting ahead of myself, because that all comes at the end. The performance begins behind the LED screen, which opens like a door to reveal Damiano and the rest of the band. The camera than follows the band’s frontman as he brings us to the front of the stage. What we then get is a spectacular glam rock concert. The group are suitably dressed, Damiano’s getup is particularly eyecatching — he’s wearing a pair of silver flares, and not much else. The LED has projections of their silhouettes. As the intensity builds, the stage is flooded with red light and later blue. Then comes the aforementioned pyro. The whole performance ends with a dramatic death drop from the lead singer. As rock performances go at Eurovision, this is among the best.
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Photo: EBU / THOMAS HANSES