The twenty-fourth act to feature in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Måneskin from Italy.
Måneskin is a rock band from Rome, consisting of members Damiano David (lead vocals), Victoria De Angelis (bass), Thomas Raggi (guitar), and Ethan Torchio (drums). The group formed in 2016, while the members were in high school. When coming up with the name of the band, Victoria, who is half Danish, was asked to say some Danish words to see what they could come up with. And so they went with Måneskin, which means “moonshine”.
The band rose to fame after their debut single “Chosen” charted at number 2 on the Italian FIMI Singles Chart, and was later performed as covers during the X Factor live shows in 2017. They continued to release several singles, many of which had peak chart positions of 1st or 2nd place, and also released an album that reached number 1 in Italy and 26 in Switzerland.
This year, Måneskin competed in the Sanremo Music Festival against 25 other participants in the Campioni category. With their song “Zitti e buoni”, they reached the super final, and ultimately won the contest with an average score of 40.7% of the votes from the jury and public combined.
Italy, as a member of the Big Five, is directly qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 on May 22. They will be voting in the first semi-final on May 18 alongside Germany and the Netherlands.
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Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 1990. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on seven occasions.