Meet Italy’s Eurovision 2021 act Maneskin who sang Zitti E Buoni

Maneskin delivered the goods for Italy and were crowned champions of Eurovision 2021.

Italy's Maneskin celebrate on stage with the trophy after winning the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, at the Ahoy convention centre in Rotterdam, on May 22, 2021. (Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

This year’s Eurovision results are in, and Italy’s Måneskin have been crowned the winner of everybody’s favourite international song contest.

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Lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio’s rock anthem Zitti E Buoni and fierce leather outfits earned them a total of 524 points, beating France and Switzerland to the top spot.

The rock band became bookies’ favourites after their daring performance, even if their song had to be slightly altered for featuring “unacceptable language”. We have included both versions of the lyrics below, if you want to take a peek.

After the results were confirmed, the Eurovision winners took to the stage once again to perform their song – the uncensored version this time – and Damiano David shared a kiss with band members Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio.

Want to know more about this year’s deserving Eurovision winners? Read on.

Who represented Italy at Eurovision 2021?

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The Italian version of The X Factor is what caused the nation to take notice of Måneskin and they made it all the way to the final, just missing out on the top spot by finishing second.

It was a strong start to their musical career and their debut single made it to number two on the Italian FIMI Singles Chart.

They also released their own documentary film, This Is Måneskin, to coincide with the launch of their first album.

What is Italy’s Eurovision 2021 song called?

Måneskin performed the song ‘Zitti e buoni’ in the contest, which translates, roughly, into English as “shut up and be quiet”, in case you were wondering.

The track was written by band members Damiano David, Ethan Torchio, Thomas Raggi and Victoria De Angelis.

Want to listen to it again after tonight’s performance?

Italy’s Eurovision-winning song lyrics

OK, now that you’re obsessed with the winning song, here are the lyrics so you can sing along. These include the altered Eurovision words:

Loro non sanno di che parlo
Voi siete sporchi fra’ di fango
Giallo di siga’ fra le dita
Io con la siga’ camminandoScusami ma ci credo tanto
Che posso fare questo salto
Anche se la strada è in salita
Per questo ora mi sto allenandoE buonasera signore e signori
Fuori gli attori
Vi conviene toccarvi i coglioni
(Eurovision version:
Vi conviene non fare più errori)

Vi conviene stare zitti e buoniQui la gente è strana tipo spacciatori
Troppe notti stavo chiuso fuori
Mo’ li prendo a calci ‘sti portoni
Sguardo in alto tipo scalatori

Quindi scusa mamma se sto sempre fuori, ma
Sono fuori di testa ma diverso da loro
E tu sei fuori di testa ma diversa da loro
Siamo fuori di testa ma diversi da loro
Siamo fuori di testa ma diversi da loro

Io
Ho scritto pagine e pagine
Ho visto sale poi lacrime
Questi uomini in macchina
Non scalare le rapide

Scritto sopra una lapide
In casa mia non c’è Dio
Ma se trovi il senso del tempo
Risalirai dal tuo oblio

E non c’è vento che fermi
La naturale potenza
Dal punto giusto di vista
Del vento senti l’ebrezza

Con ali in cera alla schiena
Ricercherò quell’altezza
Se vuoi fermarmi ritenta
Prova a tagliarmi la testa

Perché
Sono fuori di testa ma diverso da loro
E tu sei fuori di testa ma diversa da loro
Siamo fuori di testa ma diversi da loro
Siamo fuori di testa ma diversi da loro

Parla la gente purtroppo
Parla non sa di che cosa parla
Tu portami dove sto a galla
Che qui mi manca l’aria

Parla la gente purtroppo
Parla non sa di che cosa parla
Tu portami dove sto a galla
Che qui mi manca l’aria

Parla la gente purtroppo
Parla non sa di che cazzo parla
(Eurovision version: Non sa di che cosa parla)
Tu portami dove sto a galla
Che qui mi manca l’aria

Ma sono fuori di testa ma diverso da loro
E tu sei fuori di testa ma diversa da loro
Siamo fuori di testa ma diversi da loro
Siamo fuori di testa ma diversi da loro
Noi siamo diversi da loro

And if you want the lyrics in English, here you go:

They don’t know what I’m talking about
You’re dirty, bros, full of mud
Cig stains between your fingers
Me with a cig walking, I’m sorry but I really believe
That I can make this jump
Even if the road is uphill
That’s why I’m training now

And good evening ladies and gentlemen
Get the actors out
You’d better touch your nuts
(Eurovision version: You better not make any more mistakes)
You better shut up and be quiet

People here are strange like drug dealers
I’ve been locked out too many nights
Now I’m gonna kick the doorways
Lookin’ up like a climber

So excuse me, mom, for staying out all the time
I’m crazy but different from them
And you’re out of your mind but different from them
We’re out of our minds but different from them
We’re out of our minds but different from them

Me
I’ve written pages and pages
I’ve seen salt then tears
These men in the car
Don’t climb the rapids

Written on a tombstone
In my house there is no God
But if you find the sense of time
You will rise from your oblivion

And no wind can stop
The natural power
From the right point of view
Of the wind you feel the thrill

With wax wings on your back
I’ll seek out that height
If you want to stop me try again
Try cutting off my head

Because
I’m out of my mind but different from them
And you’re out of your mind but different from them
We’re out of our minds but different from them
We’re out of our minds but different from them

People talk unfortunately
They talk, they don’t know what they’re talking about
Take me where I’m floating
I’m short of air here

People are talking unfortunately
They talk, they don’t know what they are talking about
Take me where I am floating
I’m short of air here

People are talking unfortunately
They talk, they don’t know what the f**k they’re talking about
(Eurovision version: They don’t know what they’re talking about)
Take me where I’m floating
I’m short of air here

But I’m out of my mind but different from them
And you’re out of your mind but different from them
We’re out of our minds but different from them
We’re out of our minds but different from them
We’re different from them

Where did Italy come in 2019’s Eurovision?

Italy did very well in 2019 and their point score of 472 points was quite remarkable – even more remarkable is that it was not enough points to win as the Netherlands scored a massive 498.

But they did finish in second place which they would have been delighted about, but it must surely make them think they have a shot of doing one better in 2021. We don’t have long to find out if they manage it.

When was Eurovision 2021?

The Eurovision Song Contest grand final took place on Saturday 22nd May 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

BBC One broadcast live coverage of the event, while Graham Norton commentated.

Ken Bruce provided commentary on BBC Radio 2.

Why was Eurovision 2020 cancelled?

Shine a Light and Eurovision Come Together was all we had from the weird and wonderful world of Eurovision in 2020.

The two shows, which put the spotlight on classic acts from the past, were replacements for the real deal as COVID took the contest, and most of the world, down for the year. Happily, we were back in business for 2021.

Buy the DVD and watch Eurovision 2018 here and Eurovision 2019 here and relive contests gone by!

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The Eurovision Song contest 2021 will air on the BBC this May. Check out the full list of Eurovision winners here. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.