There something special about a man in a gorilla suit. Rowan Atkinson’s Gerald stole our hearts with his excellent Not The Nine o’Clock News interview and a drumming gorilla captured our imaginations in a Cadbury ad.
Italy’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is the hot favourite to take the title, thanks in no small part to its very own smooth man in a simian suit.
But who is the dancing gorilla? And what on earth is he doing on the Eurovision stage?
Who is the man dancing in a gorilla suit in Italy’s Eurovision entry?
The ape with the awesome moves has been unmasked as an Italian professional dancer and choreographer named Filippo Ranaldi. He’s a Hip-Hop dance champion with his N.ough company, and has also worked on The X Factor Italy.
For those who don’t speak Italian, he says you sway your arms from side to side for 8 beats. On the fourth beat you raise your right leg, and on the eighth beat you raise your right leg. Happy dancing!