Italy is crowned winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

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Photo credit: EBU / THOMAS HANSES
Photo credit: EBU / THOMAS HANSES

Italy has been crowned the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Rock band Måneskin won with 524 points with their song 'Zitti E Buoni'.

They beat France and Switzerland – who took second and third place respectively – to take the crown tonight after the jury and public vote were combined.

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Speaking after their win, Måneskin said: "We just want to say to the whole Europe, the whole world – rock and roll never dies!" before performing their song for the second time of the night.

Photo credit: Vyacheslav Prokofyev - Getty Images
Photo credit: Vyacheslav Prokofyev - Getty Images

The UK's streak of bad luck continued tonight as James Newman landed last with nul points on the scoreboard with his song 'Embers'.

Amongst the early frontrunners for this year's competition were Iceland's Daði og Gagnamagnið and Malta's Destiny who were both supposed to perform at last year's cancelled edition.

Switzerland's Gjon's Tears and France's Barbara Pravi had become fan favourites during this week's semi-finals and were all tanked high by the bookies.

Photo credit: EBU / THOMAS HANSES
Photo credit: EBU / THOMAS HANSES

The 65th edition of the contest saw 26 acts compete for the title and the right to host next year's edition of the festival.

The ceremony started off with a new segment where all the countries paraded onto the stage before kicking off with their performances. Like previous editions, some guest stars performed alongside the competing acts, with Afrojack, Glennis Grace and Wulf coming together for the final act, 'Music Binds Us'.

Last year's winner Duncan Laurence was also supposed to perform on stage in tonight's show but only appeared in pre-recorded clips instead after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 aired on BBC One and streamed on YouTube.

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