The Italian band Maneskin leaped for joy as they triumphed at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands tonight – while Britain’s James Newman finished bottom of the leaderboard with zero points.
The pop-rock group, who won with scored 524 points in the grand final, beamed with excitement as they waved to the crowds and were confirmed as this year’s 2021 winners at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena in the Netherlands tonight.
Gold glitter rained from the ceiling as the group climbed back on stage to lift the trophy and they were invited to perform their winning song Zitti E Buoni in front of excited crowds once more.
The scenes of celebration came after the UK’s Eurovision hopeful James Newman, who donned a stylish striped leather jacket as he sang his song Embers in front of the 3,500 fans at the arena, tonight smiled to the crowds after receiving zero points from the public vote.
The BRIT award singer had been given odds of just 200/1 by Betfair to win the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest.
But the artist did not let the poor odds deter him as he performed his lively track in front of a sea of excited Eurovision fans earlier tonight.
Prior to his performance, host Graham Norton, who is once again anchoring the contest on BBC One, encouraged fans ‘to raise a glass to Sir Terry Wogan, who was and always will be the voice of Eurovision’.
Newman, who is the older brother of pop star John Newman, had been ready to perform the ballad My Last Breath at the 2020 contest before it was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Following the results, Eurovision viewers took to social media to blame Brexit for the UK’s abysmal results, with one fan saying: ‘If this doesn’t convince you what impact Brexit has had, I don’t know what will.’
The song contest kicked off tonight with a performance from Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou who sang her dance song El Diablo in a glamorous dress that featured silver sequins.
The Italian band Maneskin leaped for joy as they triumphed at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands tonight
The group, who won with scored 524 points in the grand final, beamed with excitement as they waved to the crowds and were confirmed as this year’s 2021 winners
The UK’s Eurovision hopeful James Newman, 35, took to the stage at the socially-distanced venue in the Netherlands tonight
The BRIT award winner donned a stylish striped black jacket and trousers as sang his song Embers in front of the live audience
Prior to his performance he waved to the jubilant crowds as he made appearance at the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest tonight
Maneskin from Italy perform their song ‘Zitti E Buoni’ during the grand final at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena
The contest kicked off tonight with a performance from Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou who sang her dance song El Diablo
Jendrik Sigwart from Germany performed his song ‘I Don’t Feel Hate’ during the Grand Final of the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest
Contestant’s Blind Channel of Finland donned black outfits as they took to the stage during the final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Natalia Gordienko from Moldova performs Sugar at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Rotterdam arena
Gjon Muharremaj of Switzerland takes to the stage in front of the live audience durinf the 65th Eurovision Song Contest
Scores of fans sats down to watch the grand final inside the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam in the Netherlands tonight
Italy’s group, Maneskin, who are the favourites among bookmakers, wave to the live audience as they are welcomed on stage
Presenters Jan Smit, Chantal Janzen and Edsilia Rombley during the 65th Eurovision Song Contest tonight
Contestant Stefania Liberakakis of Greece walks on stage and greets the crowds as the final kicks off in Rotterdam
Contestant Eden Alene of Israel performs during the final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Elene Tsagrinou from Cyprus with the song ‘El Diablo’ performs during the Grand Final of the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest
Stefania from Greece performs her song ‘Last Dance’ during the grand final aof the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest
Contestant Blas Canto of Spain performs during the final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam tonight
Crowds applauded the band Go_A lo_from the Ukraine as they say their song Shum during the song contest tonight
Tusse from Sweden take to the stage in front of the live audience in Rotterdam and perform their song Voices
American rapper Flo Rida and Senhit from San Marino perform together in front of thousands of fans at the arena
The results of the Eurovision song contest 2021
Italy – 524
Switzerland – 432
Finaland – 301
Malta – 255
Lithuania – 220
Russia – 204
Greece – 170
Bulgaria – 170
Portugal – 153
Moldova – 115
Sweden – 109
Serbia – 109
Serbia – 102
Israel – 93
Norway – 75
Belgium – 74
Azerbaijan – 65
Albania – 57
San Marino – 50
Netherlands – 11
Spain – 6
Germany – 3
United Kingdom – 0
The performance came after crowds of Eurovision fans waved their flags in the air and beamed with excitement as they flocked to the venue in the Netherlands ahead of the upcoming final and prepared to watch the nations competing for the trophy.
Scores of jubilant fans descended upon the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, in Rotterdam, as they geared up for the highly-anticipated contest.
After more than a week of rehearsals, two semi-finals and 53,000 Covid tests for fans, staff and performers, the Eurovision Song Contest that was cancelled last year because of the pandemic went live tonight in front of 3,500 fans and a global television audience.
This year’s theme is ‘Open Up’, and the Dutch government-backed coronavirus restrictions could be a model for events like Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics as the world slowly emerges from lockdown.
The scenes of celebration come after Eurovision Song Contest bosses banned alcohol from being consumed at the upcoming final in Rotterdam.
Speaking outside the arena, one fan, Saskia Scharree, 51, said: ‘I think it’s the beginning of a new start. When something as big as this happens in Holland, you’re going to join in.’
Meanwhile Finnish fan Oona Sainio, 27, said she and her family had come to soak up the atmosphere despite not having tickets.
She said: ‘We’re big Eurovision fans and we wanted to be close to the action.’
The run-up has been dominated by coronavirus scares, with Iceland’s hotly-tipped entry Dadi og Gagnamagnid ruled out of performing live when a band member tested positive for Covid.
Dutch 2019 winner Duncan Laurence meanwhile is also unable to perform his new song live in tonight’s final after coming down with symptoms of the disease during rehearsals this week.
Now, the favourite among bookmakers is Italy’s Maneskin with their song Zitti e Buoni but their vote could be split by the similarly heavy metal sounds of Finland’s Blind Channel with their song Dark Side.
French chanteuse Barbara Pravi is also hoping to end her country’s 44-year losing streak with her song ‘Voila’.
Speaking outside the area, Milo Mateo, from the Italian band Maneskin, said: ‘If we win, it will be very, very nice, because the next year will be in Italy. That’s very good. Let’s hope. Fingers crossed.’
Ahead of their performance Victoria de Angelis of Italian group Maneskin also said the contest should send ‘a message of hope for the rest of Europe’.
This week, the UK’s Eurovision 2021 hopeful James Newman looked on form as he rehearsed for the second of two semi-final shows for the song contest.
The BRIT award winner, 35, was full of confidence as he belted out his track Embers while working the stage during the first dress rehearsal show at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said of his chances: ‘Brit hopeful James Newman has gone from 125/1 to 200/1 to win the Eurovision Song Contest following some strong semi-final performances, meaning victory for the United Kingdom looks out of reach for another year.’
At the 2019 contest the UK came in last place with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us, continuing a run of poor results, while the Netherlands came top with Duncan Laurence’s Arcade.
Those in charge of the highly-anticipated event in the Netherlands have taken the decision to prohibit drinking at all hotels and venues taking part in this year’s competition.
Jeangu Macrooy from the Netherlands sings Birth of a New Age as he performs during the Grand Final of the Eurovision contest
Andreas Haukeland ‘TIX’ of Norway donned angle wings as he performed at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest
Samira Efendi of Azerbaijan performs with her dancers during the 65th Eurovision Song Contest grand final held at Rotterdam
Destiny Chukunyere from Malta with sings Je Me Casse during tonight’s grand final of the Eurovision contest
Serbia’s Hurricane performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Manizha Dalerovna Sangin, from Russia, sings her song in front of the live audience in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Greece’s Stefania performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam
Anxhela Peristeri from Albania donned a glamours silver dress as she took to the stage and competed with the other nations
The band Hooverphonic from Belgium perform their song The Wrong Place during the grand final tonight
Elena Tsagrinou from Cyprus performs her song El Diablo in front of a live audience in Rotterdam tonight
French singer Barbara Pravi is hoping to end her country’s 44-year losing streak with her song ‘Voila’
Lithuania’s The Roop performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest this year
The Portuguese band The Black Mamba perform their song Love Is On My Side at the arena in the Netherlands tonight
Although they were unable to take to the stage, Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið was put up on a screen for the audience at the arena
Victoria Georgieva from Bulgaria performed the song ‘Growing Up Is Getting Old’ during the Grand Final tonight
Elene Tsagrinou from Cyprus takes to the stage with her backing dancers during the Eurovision final tonight
Presenters Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Nikkie de Jager during the grand final tonight
Fans donned flags across their shoulders as they flocked to the socially-distanced venue in the Netherlands ahead of the upcoming final
Fans prepare to watch the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena tonight
After the results, Eurovision viewers took to social media to claim the UK’s poor results were a direct result of Brexit
According to reports, organisers felt that allowing drinking would risk spreading the disease, and could impact strict social distancing measures that are in place.
A source in Rotterdam told The Sun: ‘The decision to ban alcohol has gone down like a lead balloon. There were already strict social-distancing measures in place. Having a drink was at least one enjoyable part of being out here – but now that’s gone too.
‘Lots of the artists are absolutely furious that this has happened. They don’t believe the virus incident in the Icelandic team had anything to do with alcohol being consumed.’
The decision has reportedly sparked anger among some performers, with the Russian team making a complaint.
Before the decision, contestants and staff could drink alcohol at designated venues and hotels until midnight.
This week, Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið star Daði Freyr admitted that his group, one of the favourites to win the competition, were ‘disappointed’ after being forced to pull out of the competition after a member tested positive for Covid-19.
Speaking on Friday’s episode of Lorraine, the musician, 28, said that they are trying to ‘make the best’ of the situation as they remain in the hotel.
It came after 2019 Eurovision Song Contest winner Duncan Laurence tested positive for coronavirus and will also be unable to perform live at Saturday’s grand final in Rotterdam.
Daði explained their decision not to perform without their sixth member Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson, who tested positive, as it ‘doesn’t really work’.
He said: ‘The song is written for the band as a six member thing and the performance, the song is written for the performance, one member missing doesn’t really work.’
Following their performance, Italy’s Maneskin were flooded with praise by Eurovision viewers on social media. Meanwhile Germany was met with a series of comical responses
A group of fans pose for photo as they arrive to the socially-distanced venue ahead of the highly-anticipated final tonight
The scenes after Eurovision Song Contest bosses reportedly banned alcohol from being consumed at the upcoming final in Rotterdam
Those in charge of the highly-anticipated event in the Netherlands have taken the decision to prohibit drinking at all hotels and venues
Fans wait in queues and have their tickets checked as they arrive to the Eurovision song contest in the Netherlands
A fan poses for a picture as they arrive to the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, in Rotterdam, and gear up for the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest tonight
Fans carry their flags and wear face masks as they arrive to the Rotterdam Ahoy arena and prepare for the final
Crowds of fans wear face masks as they have their tickets check outside the Dutch venue ahead of the final tonight
An artist performs on stage at The Clapham Grand night club in London as thousands of music fans prepare to watch the final
Performers take to the stage at The Clapham Grand as the nation gears up for the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest
This week, the UK’s Eurovision 2021 hopeful James Newman was full of confidence as he belted out his track Embers while working the stage during the first dress rehearsal show at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena