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Maneskin was one of the favorites to reach the top, and they did! 

Italy will host Eurovision ’22, after Maneskin with “Zitti E Buoni” won in Rotterdam! The committee may not have liked them, but the voting public certainly did. The Maneskin (meaning “moonlight” in Danish)  with “Zitti E Buoni” rocked till you dropped at the stage of Rotterdam Ahoy and climbed to first place, leaving behind other favorites such as Switzerland, France, and Malta. Every year people bet on who will win in an online casino, and sometimes, the betting preferences influence the voters, the committees, and even the singers.

Image: Maneskin website

Maneskin’s dynamic track, which states that you should not comment on the lives of others but mind your own business, impressed people from the first moment and especially after their appearance in the final, earned even more points in the hearts of Eurovision fans. Some people may find them odd, but they changed their minds in the middle of the song.

Thus, the 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in Italy, a country that was in great need of a bit of joy after the relentless blow of the coronavirus. They were very close the last time with the song “Soldi” that was even at the top of the Spotify streams, so they felt that they deserved it after 33 years. The judges’ voting was considered “conservative” since they voted for more quality songs and not the ones that won the audience, which showed his love for Italy, Lithuania, and Ukraine.

The judges gave 267 points for Switzerland, 248 for France, 208 for Malta, and 206 for Italy. Regarding the audience, things were obvious, since most of the points (318) went to Italy, so they were crowned the champions! Ukraine, France, and Finland followed in the preferences.

However, what made sense was the fact that the United Kingdom was left (again) with 0 points, something that led the famous singer James Newman to an outburst (with a beer in hand), having the support of those on stage. However, since he added humor, the whole stadium clapped. We will never understand why the UK and BBC, who spend all this money and run Europe’s music industry, often takes zero points.

To be precise, four countries got 0 from the public vote.

0 points: United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
3 points: Belgium
13 points: San Marino
20 points: Israel
27 points: Portugal
30 points: Bulgaria
33 points: Azerbaijan
35 points: Albania
47 points: Malta
54 points: Cyprus
60 points: Norway
62 points: Moldova
63 points: Sweden
79 points: Greece
82 points: Serbia
100 points: Russia
165 points: Lithuania
165 points: Switzerland
180 points: Iceland
218 points: Finland
251 points: France
267 points: Ukraine
318 points  Italy

Due to the Covid-19 on the stage of the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Iceland’s participation with Daði og Gagnamagnið and the song “10 Years” didn’t appear live, as some of the band members tested positive for the virus. Thus, their appearance was recorded, as was the appearance of the winner of Eurovision 2019, Måns Zelmerlöw, who also tested positive for COVID.

We also had the opportunity to enjoy other successful Eurovision singers as part of “Rock The Roof.” We enjoyed Elena Paparizou with the song “Our Number One,” and Lordi who had won in 2006. In addition, the world-famous DJ Afrojack was also on stage. At the same time, the Dutch winner of 2019, Duncan Lawrence, appeared via video, as he is positive for the coronavirus and could not attend the event that he brought to his country.

How much money does it cost?

The EBU gives the organizers about 5-6 million euros (which is the registration fee from the participating countries). The rest of the budget is covered by the host television company, the advertising partners, and the host country’s state. And of course, there is no limit in this regard, although according to the instructions of the EBU it is good to range between 10-20 million euros.

The biggest sums, almost ten times the other participants, are paid by the “Big Five,” i.e., Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, which advance directly to the final.

Damages from last year’s cancellation

This year’s event had some peculiarities, in terms of cost, as the Netherlands was forced to postpone last year’s competition due to a pandemic and is called to host it this year, having already recorded several losses.

Dutch television NPO has budgeted a budget of 26.25 million euros. For its part, the Municipality of Rotterdam, which actively participates in the event, is expected to be charged with an additional 6.7 million euros. Despite the efforts made, it was not compensated for last year’s losses. In addition, there was no provision for insurance to cover the cancellation of the tender.

The overproduction of Tel Aviv

The Israeli public broadcaster KAN had decided to receive a state loan of 16.5 million euros to secure its financial budget for Eurovision 2019.

Under the agreement, KAN will repay its loan for the next 15 years, while the total cost amounted to 28.5 million euros.

According to the official data announced by the EBU, the Eurovision final, which was broadcast from Tel Aviv on May 18, 2019, was watched by even for a minute 180 million viewers. Furthermore, an additional 40 million unique users watched it live streaming on the official YouTube channel.

The most “expensive” Eurovision

The total cost of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen amounted to 45 million euros. This makes the Copenhagen competition the second most expensive in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. In fact, the final cost was three times higher than initially planned.

The most expensive competition in the history of Eurovision was the one in Azerbaijan, which spent 60 million euros in 2012. In addition, they spent another 100 million euros to fund their new venue in Baku.

Eurovision budgets

Eurovision 2018 Lisbon: 23 million euros

Eurovision 2017 Kyiv: 30 million euros

Eurovision 2016 Stockholm: 14 million euros

Eurovision 2015 Vienna: 35 million euros

Eurovision 2014 Copenhagen: 45 million euros

Eurovision 2013 Malmö: 15 million euros

Eurovision 2012 Baku: 60 million euros

Eurovision 2009 Moscow: 33 million euros

Eurovision 2007 Helsinki: 18 million euros