‘Shut up and good’, but with bated breath and thoughts in Rotterdam. They are the Italian fans of Maneskin who, paraphrasing the title of the song with which the Roman band triumphed at the Sanremo Festival, thus approach the highly anticipated final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, scheduled for Saturday 22 May at 20:40, in which the group represents Italy, as the winner of Sanremo. The evening of the final will be broadcast in Italy on Rai 1 with the commentary by Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio. The final is held in Rotterdam, as per regulation, because Holland is the home country of the latest Eurovision winner: the Dutch city should have already hosted the event last year, but due to the pandemic the event is was canceled and then replaced at the special evening ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light’ which was broadcast on the evening of May 16, the day on which the final evening was scheduled to air, and which saw an evocative performance by Diodato from ‘ Arena of Verona. This year the return to the show, after the Dutch government agreed to allow it to take place in presence with an audience capacity reduced by 80% compared to the usual. After the two semi-finals broadcast exclusively by Rai4, the first to take place took place yesterday and the second one that will be broadcast tomorrow, Thursday 20 May, there is great anticipation for the final on Saturday, which will be broadcast on Rai 1. This year’s edition includes 39 songs representing as many competing nations : the two semifinals will decide the 20 finalists who will perform on Saturday evening while Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Spain are already qualified for the final. Yesterday evening, Ireland, Australia , Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia were eliminated. As for Australia in particular, this is the first time the country has failed to reach the final since joining the competition in 2015. The band from Iceland, on the other hand, was forced to retire. from the race after one of the members of the group tested positive at Covid, but the song will still remain in competition.The second semifinal, that of tomorrow Thursday 20 May, will be opened by the competitor from San Marino, Senhit, who will present the song ‘Adrenalina ‘for which she will be joined by US rapper Flo Rida. Rumors chase each other on the favorites of the event. The eighteen-year-old singer from Malta who won Eurovision in 2015, this year at the top of the forecasts with her song ‘Me casse’, is certainly on pole among the most popular. ‘Silent and good’ by our Maneskin is an energetic song, where hard rock is put by Damiano & Co. at the service of a generational anthem that has all the credentials to seduce the Northern European public and obtain a place of honor. The hope of the fans (many messages of support on social networks) is that the Maneskin will win and bring the event to Italy in 2022.
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