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Eurovision reigning champion encourages finalists to ‘break the stage’

Italian rock band Menskin has encouraged nervous Eurovision contestants to “break the stage and the rest follow”.

The band, which won the previous year with the song Zitti e Buoni, was the first group to win the contest since 2006.

Lead singer Damiano David told PA news agency: “It was very stressful because you get to rehearse the song many, many times, many times, so you think about it.

“Every time, you say, ‘Next time I’ll do it better, I made this mistake’, so you get over it and eventually, when you do the real work, you get tired, and then you just Want to give your all until it’s over and then you can relax.”

Menskin took the top prize last year with 524 points, ahead of the French entry Voila by Barbara Pravi and the song Tout l’universe from Gajon’s Tears.

The band’s guitarist Thomas Raggi said: “You just have to try to have fun and win is not the main thing, I think the song should always be the main thing.

“I think it doesn’t matter who actually wins, but the song that is more viral reaches more people, which makes people more connected.

“So the only advice we can give is give everything, you have three minutes, go there, break the stage, and then the rest follow.”


Menskin performed during the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards (Ian West/PA)

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Since his Eurovision win, Menaskin has collaborated with American singer Iggy Pop, opened for the Rolling Stones and performed at the Coachella festival.

“It’s been like a crazy year, because we’ve done a lot of things and new things for ourselves,” David said.

“It’s been busy, but fun at the same time.”

Speaking about the band’s journey from bus driving the streets of Rome in 2015, bassist Victoria De Angelis said it has been a “long journey”.

“Of course, we did not expect anything like this to happen. But at the same time we knew that we wanted to do this, as if the main thing in our life.

“So we always put in a lot of effort and even when we were kids and playing on the streets, we took it very professionally and put in whatever effort we had.

“So I think it’s been a journey. Of course everything went awry with Eurovision last year, but to get to that point, it’s been six years where we’ve been writing a lot of music, so I guess That’s what we really wanted and worked for it,” she said.

The band would take the stage at the Grand Finals in Turin, Italy, to perform their new single Supermodel, which was inspired by a trip to Los Angeles and the idea of ​​celebrity and status.

David said: “When we went to LA, we went there as Italians on a trip, so everything was wonderful for us.

“We saw people pretending to be something they’re not at all, getting sucked into their character to the point where you can’t talk about anything other than money and Instagram.

“We thought it was something you only see on movies, so when we saw it in real life we ​​were like ‘This is real.

“So it affected us and we talked about it several times because it was so crazy for us and it became the main theme of the song.”

The Eurovision Song Contest finals, hosted by TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika, airs on BBC One from 8 pm to midnight on Saturdays.

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