Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, with its song “Ziti e Peione”.
Damiano David, the lead singer of the competition-winning band Manskin, shouted that “rock and roll never dies” when the four-member band received their award, which is a glass microphone.
Last night was another disappointing night for the UK, as James Newman’s song “Embers” did not get any points.
This is the fifth time the UK has come last, and the second time it has not scored any of the points.
The first time was in 2003 when the group “Gemini” sang the song “Cry Baby”.
Newman showed courage, smiling and cheering at the bad news.
Commentator Graham Norton said in his reaction to the contest result: “I try to give a positive picture of what happened but I feel great sympathy for James. There are a lot of people who were disappointed here in this theater tonight, but they are thrilled to be participating in Eurovision.”
Newman also received great support from fans such as Matt Lucas, who said, “We love you, James Newman,” and from BBC “Breakfast” anchor Dan Walker, who praised him for “underestimating what happened,” and from Michelle Viseg, “Robles Drag Race” star, who said, “I am sending this tweet only to James Newman and to James. You were amazing.”
But some people don’t think Newman’s performance was good enough, as the Fenille Frontier Twitter account said his vocals could have been better.
In contrast to Newman’s absence of points, it was a madness for Manskin, which was the favorite to win even though their rock song was not the usual type in Eurovision competitions.
It is the first team to win the competition since 2006, which is Italy’s first victory since its last victory in the competition in 1990.
Manskin band member Victoria De Angelis said after the show that their victory was a major boost for their country, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic.
“This is a message of hope after this harsh year that we have gone through,” she said.
“This award shows that this concert is not a silly party. This is a concert,” said co-band David.
The French singer Barbara Braffy ranked second with her song “Voala”, while the Swiss singer Jean Terrez ranked third with his song “Tut Universe”.
The final stage of the competition witnessed great tension, with many countries obtaining few votes from the audience and with the change of the songs that occupy the center stage constantly.
Switzerland and France led at some point in the night’s vote, and the same thing happened with Finland and Iceland.
As for Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, they did not get any points from the public, but they did get some points from the jury, which left the United Kingdom at the bottom of the list.
The German singer Jendrik ranked second to last, while the singer Sanhit from San Marino only achieved the 22nd place, despite the fact that she appeared in her song with the famous rapper “Flo Rida”.
Iceland, whose band was unable to perform on air after a member of the band tested positive for COVID-19, finished fourth.
Contestants from 26 countries appeared at the Ahoy Theater in Rotterdam.
The competition was canceled last year due to the spread of the Corona epidemic, which also had an impact on this year’s competition.
An audience of 3,500 people chanted greetings for the participants during the performance, which served as an official experimental ceremony in light of the spread of Covid-19.
Nicky de Jagger, known around the world as “Nikki Tutorials”, co-hosted the Saturday night party.
The Dutch internet star, known for providing makeup and beauty advice on her social media channels, is the first transgender presenter in the contest.
It is noteworthy that the United Kingdom won the Eurovision competition last time in 1997 and won the annual singing competition five times since its launch in 1956.