Eurovision 2021: Malta to sabotage rival Italy’s chances of winning?
Eurovision: Naga and Charlie look ahead to contest
When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Italy are represented at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest by Måneskin, a critically band featuring vocalist Damiano, bassist Victoria, guitarist Thomas and Ethan on drums. The band are the favourites to win the competition this year with their single Shut Up and Good. However, Malta, who are also fancied to take the victory could sabotage Italy’s win with their voting.
Since 2000, Malta has awards Italy an average of 10.5 points for their entry.
However since 2000, Italy has only awarded Malta an average of 1.6 points.
With both Italy and Malta set to go head-to-head for first place, could Malta change their voting tactics to ensure they are victorious?
According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, Italy’s odds of winning are chalked at 9/4 while Malta has slipped to 5/1.
With the former frontrunners Malta no longer the favourite they could decide to award higher points to a country other than Italy.
This could allow Malta to take over the number one spot with singer Destiny and her single Je Me Casse.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The Italians are the ones to beat in Rotterdam as far as the odds concerned, with France posing the most likely threat.”
Meanwhile, France, who have odds of 10/3, also usually award the Italians high points.
Since 2000, France have awarded Italy an average of 6.2 points for their performances.
Again, if France are in with a chance of triumphing over Italy, they could choose to give higher points to other countries.
As the Grand Finale gets closer, it’s anyone’s guess who will win the competition.
Speaking ahead of the final live show, Italian entry Måneskin said of their time in Rotterdam: “The best part of the whole event is having the possibility of playing in front of 3,000 people, we were missing that a lot.
“The last time we played live was two years ago, in London! We’re used to playing arenas in Italy.”
Detailing their influences, they told The Independent: “We take inspiration from all the huge bands through history, from Led Zeppelin to Arctic Monkeys, but also the newer stuff, like Idles, we love them, Slaves, Royal Blood.”
The band added they don’t feel any pressure despite the attention they have received following their rehearsals.
“We’re focusing on doing our best in the final,” they said.
Måneskin added they are hoping if they win they’ll get the chance to travel more.
“If we win, hopefully we’ll get attention from all these other countries across TV and radio,” they continued.
“We’d have to travel a lot, and we want to play live again as soon as possible.”
Eurovision Song Contest airs Saturday 22 May on BBC One at 8pm.
Source: Read Full Article