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Eurovision: Italy wins while UK’s James Newman gets nil points

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Italy has won the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with their song Zittie e Buoni.

Måneskin singer Damiano David shouted “Rock and roll never dies” as the four-piece group collected their glass microphone trophy.

It was another disappointing night for the UK, with James Newman’s Embers scoring nil points.

It is the fifth time the UK has come last, and the second time it has received nil points.

The first time was in 2003 when Jemini sang Cry Baby.

Newman put on a brave face, smiling and cheering as the bad news was delivered.

Commentator Graham Norton reacted by saying: “I’m trying to put a positive spin on it but I feel so sorry for James. A lot of disappointed people in that arena tonight, but thrilled to be a part of Eurovision.”

He also had plenty of support from fans such as Matt Lucas, who said “we love you James Newman”, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, who praised him “laughing it off” and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage., who said: “I am sending this tweet to James Newman and James only. You were INCREDIBLE.”

But some people did not think Newman’s performance was good enough, with Twitter account the Vinyl Frontier saying his singing could have been better.

I love all the conspiracy theorists. It would help them if we sent a decent song over for a change. James Newman was clearly a lovely fella, universally liked and a bit of a geezer. But he couldn’t sing the verses of his own song, wot he wrote. That could have been me. Or you.

— The Vinyl Frontier (@vinyljeff) May 22, 2021

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In contrast to the lack of points for Newman, it was delirium for Måneskin, who had been firm favourites despite their rock number not being typical Eurovision fare.

They are the first group to win the competition since 2006, and Italy last won in 1990.

France’s Barbara Previ came second with Voilà, while Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears came third with his ballad Tout l’Universe.

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image captionFrance’s Barbara Previ was beaten by Italy

Iceland – who weren’t able to perform live after one of the band tested positive for Covid-19 – came fourth.

Last year’s contest was axed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also had an impact on this year’s event.

Representatives from 26 nations took to the stage at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena.

Why did Italy win?

Steve Holden, BBC Newsbeat

Italy were the favourites for a reason.

They brought swagger, confidence and star quality to the Eurovision stage.

As they said to me in the lead-up, they didn’t try to fit into a Eurovision box and just played on stage as if it was just another gig.

They struck the perfect combination: a powerhouse song with perfect staging. The song – Zitti e buoni – builds and builds to a pyrotechnic crescendo and they got a landslide result from the public vote. Job done.

An audience of 3,500 people cheered them on during the show, which was an official Covid trial event.

Saturday’s show was co-hosted on stage by Nikkie de Jager, better known around the world as NikkieTutorials.

Known for giving make-up and beauty advice on her social media channels, the Dutch internet star was the contest’s first transgender host.

The United Kingdom last won Eurovision in 1997 and has won the annual singing contest five times since it began in 1956.

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