Italy wins ‘memorable’ Eurovision, praise for Dutch organisers

Counting the votes. Photo: Sander Koning ANP Pool

Some 5.4 million folks in the Netherlands tuned in for the last of the Eurovision Track Festival in Rotterdam on Saturday evening, which was won by Italian rock favourite Måneskin with Zitti e buoni.

Last year’s occasion was cancelled because of to coronavirus, but this calendar year officials made a decision it could go ahead at the Ahoy concert venue in entrance of 3,500 fans, all of whom had to display a detrimental coronavirus check to show up at.

‘Everyone is decked out in flags and costumes with loads of glitter,’ lover Deuss instructed broadcaster NOS in advance of the commence. ‘The atmosphere is pleased and optimistic. People today experience they are the lucky ones.’

The Dutch papers have been total of praise for the organisers – who experienced introduced back former winners to complete on Rotterdam rooftops as portion of the exhibit.

The music competition was ‘the to start with large international cultural function to which guests experienced been physically permitted since the begin of the pandemic,’ the Volkskrant pointed out, right before going on to describe the staging as ‘memorable’.

The NRC praised the ‘oiled’ overall performance of the four Dutch presenters. ‘It was warmer and extra witty than other festivals,’ the paper mentioned. The Telegraaf said the Netherlands can be ‘proud’ of the party.

Producer Sietse Bakker mentioned that he was ‘relieved that we have been in a position to keep approximately everyone healthy’.

There were no big coronavirus outbreaks and of the 24,400 checks carried out on performers and crew, just 16 had been beneficial. Nevertheless, the Icelandic entry was strike by the virus, as was the 2019 Dutch winner Duncan Lawrence, who was not able to hand about the trophy to this year’s winners.

Victory

In full Italy was provided 524 points: 206 by the jury, 318 by the television viewers. France was 2nd with a full of 499 points and Switzerland was 3rd with 432 details. The Greek entry, done by Dutch Greek teenager Stefania, ended in tenth area in a tie with Bulgaria.

The Dutch entry, Beginning of a New Age, by Jeangu Macrooy finished in 23 put out of 26, right after acquiring no details in the general public vote and 11 from the skilled juries. Britain arrived base of the rating with no votes from any of the juries.

‘Of training course it is disappointing not to close effectively, but it was an experience and I am so satisfied,’ stated Macrooy, whose Surinamese roots ended up a crucial element of the effectiveness. ‘This was a genuine aspiration occur genuine.’

Drugs

Meanwhile, the Eurovision organisers say they are seeking into strategies that the Italian singer Damiano David could have taken cocaine in the course of the show right after tv footage confirmed him ducking his head to the table for a pair of seconds.

The band issued a statement on Instagram Stories denying the allegations and indicating they were being all set to be examined.

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