The Eurovision 2021 final took the beloved song contest to a whole other level. We’re used to the awkward moments, the bizarre performances and the fun campness of it all, but what we didn’t expect was the abundance of genuinely great tunes – and how hard it would be to crown only one of them the winner.
In the end, it was Italy‘s Måneskin who claimed the glass trophy, smashing the public vote and ending at the top of the scoreboard. Unsurprising, not just because Zitti E Buoni turned out to be the glam rock anthem we didn’t know we needed, but because their revealing leather outfits rocked as much as the track.
Fan favourites Iceland managed to come in fourth, despite Daði & Gagnamagnið not being able to perform live due to a member of the band testing positive for coronavirus.
With last year’s competition being cancelled, it was obvious most of the acts had taken the year to fine-tune their entries. Sadly but perhaps unsurprisingly giving the calibre of the night’s performances, the UK’s James Newman didn’t end up lighting up the scoreboard with Embers, which scored zero points from both the jury and the public vote.
Even Germany, whose song was compared to Marmite “if everybody hated Marmite” by Graham Norton, did better. Though not by much, as they finished with three points.
Want to know the final scores? Read on for the final scoreboard with every country’s points.
- Italy, Måneskin – Zitti E Buoni – 524 points
- France, Barbara Pravi – Voilà – 499 points
- Switzerland, Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’Univers – 432 points
- Iceland, Daði Freyr og Gagnamagnið – 10 Years – 378 points
- Ukraine, Go_A – Shum – 361 points
- Finland, Blind Channel – Dark Side – 301 points
- Malta, Destiny – Je Me Casse – 255 points
- Lithuania, The Roop – Discoteque – 220 points
- Russia, Manizha – Russian Woman – 204 points
- Greece, Stefania – Last Dance – 170 points
- Bulgaria, Victoria – Growing Up is Getting Old – 170 points
- Portugal, The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side – 153 points
- Moldova, Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR – 115 points
- Sweden, Tusse – Voices – 109 points
- Serbia, Hurricane – Loco Loco – 102 points
- Cyprus, Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo – 94 points
- Israel, Eden Alene – Set Me Free – 93 points
- Norway, TIX – Fallen Angel – 75 points
- Belgium, Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place – 74 points
- Azerbaijan, Efendi – Mata Hari – 65 points
- Albania, Anxhela Peristeri – Karma – 57 points
- San Marino, Senhit – Adrenalina – 50 points
- The Netherlands, Jeangu Macrooy – Birth of a New Age – 11 points
- Spain, Blas Cantó – Voy A Querdarme – six points
- Germany, Jendrik – I Don’t Feel Hate – three points
- United Kingdom, James Newman – Embers – zero points
And so the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be held in Italy after Måneskin’s incredible win.
We may have had to wait two years for this Eurovision due to last year’s planned event falling victim to the pandemic but it was certainly a joy to have it back on our screens. Here’s hoping it’s only one year until the next one.