Eurovision 2021 Reviews – Italy

Since their return to the contest in 2011, Italy has proven to be a fierce competitor at the contest. A Eurovision win is imminent for the nation, who have sent many of their biggest stars over the years. Could they win this year with the rock group, Måneskin and their song Zitti e Buoni? 

Anita (Eurovision Union) 

Song and Vocals

Sanremo featured one of the best line-ups we’ve seen in a while, and no matter who won, Italy was bound to be a strong competitor at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It was sad not to see Diodato compete again, but nonetheless, Italy is putting their best foot forward. Potentially, a winning foot? 

I remember seeing Måneskin on X Factor a few years ago, and the group really grabbed the attention of the nation due to their unique style of performance. The band members are still young, but they already have what it takes to be rockstars. Zitti e Buoni gives the group the perfect opportunity to show Europe their talent. The guitars at the start catch your attention, and then listeners are introduced to Damiano’s unique, edgy vocals. The verses do a good job at setting up for the choruses which are punchy and catchy. Nothing beats that bridge though. It’s such a powerful moment that will come across so well on the Eurovision stage, and it will surely keep viewers glued to the screen. 

Live vocals are no issue here. We saw the group perform live at Sanremo, and the group as a whole always gives it their all. This isn’t like a classic ballad, where every note needs to be pitch perfect. This is an edgy rock song, where a bit of rawness doesn’t seem out of place. 

Performance and Act

This is the part I am most excited about. Having watched their X Factor performances from a few years ago, the group really knows how to perform. I really hope for some over the top staging from Italy this year, giving the group the best chance of creating a spectacular performance. I genuinely cannot wait to see this live. 

Conclusions 

I really can’t rule this out yet. Maybe there’s a bit of Italian bias in me, but this is a great song, it’s memorable, and it will be well performed. With the right staging, why couldn’t this win? Remember also historically there has been strong support for Italy with the televote, and this has jury appeal as well due to being a genuinely good song. 

Rating 

10/10

Dennis (ESCDaily)

Song and Vocals

Italy always sends something different to Eurovision and that’s why I love them at Eurovision. This year they sent the group Måneskin, performing an Italian glam rock song. The song is the strongest rock song of the year, and even cut down to 3 minutes it’s still powerful with a part focusing on the talented female guitar player in the band. 

Performance and Act

Måneskin has four very gifted live performers, just what you need at Eurovision. Their history at X-Factor taught the band how to present yourself with only 3 minutes time already, and they benefit from that greatly. They could easily copy their Sanremo performances and do equally well in Rotterdam. 

Conclusions

Måneskin got a clear victory in March at Sanremo. It probably won’t get that far at Eurovision as well, but another top-10 finish for Italy seems to be a certainty. I have huge respect for the way this nation is approaching Eurovision in recent years and hope they will get a well deserved win soon, within the upcoming years. 

Rating

10/10

Additional Scores from Eurovision Union and ESCDaily editors: 

Steef:: 8/10

Joshua: 10/10

Selim: 6/10

Heath: 9.5/10

Kaitlin: 9/10

Average Score:  8.9/10

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