#37 – Italy
“Zitti E Buoni”
Songwriters: Damiano David, Ethan Torchio, Thomas Raggi, Victoria De Angelis
The Kirkham Report welcomes you to my coverage of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest! From April 3 to the end of May, I’ll be here with all the latest ESC news and info, and of course, through May 11, that means I’m also bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. It was announced March 2 that ESC will take place under Scenario B of the four possible scenarios announced several months ago, with an eye on the recent uptick in Coronavirus cases in the EU, and could be switched to Scenarios C or D if needed.
There are 39 countries participating this year, down from 41 in 2019 – Bulgaria and Ukraine will return to the contest after taking 2019 off, while Armenia, Montenegro, and Hungary have elected to sit out this time around, and Belarus was disqualified from this year’s contest because of rules violations on their song entry.
In at #37 this year is the official entry from Italy, “Zitti e buoni” by Maneskin. It is performed in Italian. As Italy is a member of the “Big 5”, they have an automatic “bye” to the Grand Final on May 22. As is customary for the nation, the song won the most recent Sanremo Music Festival, and thus became the country’s ESC entry. The song’s title translates to “Shut Up And Be Quiet” in English, and had to have several small rewrites due to lyrics issues to avoid rules violations before it was able to officially qualify for ESC. It is a song about standing up and being counted by being unique, and embracing that quality no matter what society thinks.
Maneskin rose to fame in 2017, finishing second on X Factor Italy. Made up of members Damiano David, Ethan Torchio, Thomas Raggi, and Victoria De Angelis, they have been rocking the Italian music charts since, with their debut album and two singles both going to #1 in their native country.
What I’m thinking about this song….this is one of those songs that I don’t personally care for, but that I think could do very well with both the judges and the ESC fandom. They have a rabid following for this song, and it should propel them fairly well when it comes to the finals, which they have a locked spot in due to Italy’s “Big 5” status. For me, the song itself is pretty good, and the lyrics when translated are very relatable – I’m a bit of a unique person myself, though I wouldn’t go into the outer realms of being too weird, heh heh, but I don’t care for the overall presentation, and the music video is a bit blinding with it’s flashing strobes in one section. I think the band is super talented, and I can see why they’ve become a favorite in their native land. I think we’re likely to see a top 20 finish overall, and a possible top ten finish if the fan support doesn’t evaporate. But for me, it’s not quite my cup of tea.
Italy was a EuroVision founder from the first contest in 1956, but they have withdrawn from time to time over the years, leaving the contest for a long stretch from 1998 to 2010. They have won the contest twice, with “Non ho l’eta” by Gigliola Cinquetti in 1964 and with “Insieme: 1992” by Toto Cutugno in 1990. Three of their non-winners have also gone on to become EuroVision classics over the years: “Nel blu dipinto id blu (Volare)” by Dominco Modugno, 1958, third place (and also likely the most covered EuroVision song in history, with dozens of versions in dozens of languages); “Madness Of Love” by Raphael Gulazzi, 2011, runner-up; and most recently “Occidentali’s Karma” by Francesco Gabbini, 2017, sixth place.
Here’s the official music video for “Zitti e buoni” – check it out…
In case you missed it, here’s the video from the cancelled 2020 contest, Diadato’s “Fai Rumore” as well…it shows the complete diversity from year to year in the contest selections…
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