Eurovision 2021: Where Are They Now?



Maneskin band members, Ethan Torchio, Victoria de Angelis, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi, after they won the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

Kat Klinefelter, Staff Writer

As nominations for the 2022 Eurovision song contest start to come out, many people have stopped paying attention to the acts as soon as they stepped off the stage. This is quite common for artists who participate in talent competitions such as The Voice or American Idol

 Eurovision is a song contest held in Europe that showcases one solo artist or group from a European country. While some Americans may not be familiar with the contest itself, many have heard of previous winners such as ABBA, which won in 1974 for their song “Waterloo”. 

Though many artists have lost the global exposure they achieved through Eurovision, a select few are still very successful and continue to grow.

Since winning third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, Swiss singer Gjon’s Tears has released a new single and music video in English called “Silhouette”. The song that won him third place, “Tout l’univers,” was sung in French, as were many of  his previous songs. Gjon’s sound and writing style is similar to 2019 Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence. “Silhouette” has been the artist’s only new release. However, he did document on his Instagram account his time at a songwriting camp in Edinburgh, Scotland. ,

Barbara Pravi, the second place winner from France, has been quite busy since her time on Eurovision. Since then the 28-year-old has released an album called On n’enferme pas les oiseaux and an EP titled Les prières. The album features her Eurovision song, “Viola,” and other French songs. Her music is considered to be a type of pop that is lyrically driven. 

Along with releasing new music, Pravi has also release three music videos for her songs “Le jour se lève,”  “Voilà, le jour se lève sur l’homme et l’oiseau,” and “Salute”. She has also created a short documentary titled Revelations. 

Out of the top artists from the Eurovision Song Contest, the 2021 winners seem to be the busiest. The Italian rock band Måneskin has spent the past year creating new music and becoming an American favorite. 

Starting in Rome, the band began to rise in popularity by playing on the streets and eventually receiving second place on X Factor Italia in 2017, when all four members were still in high school. The group went on to win the Sanremo song contest, which is the last barrier before Eurovision. Throughout the years, Eurovision has continually chosen pop songs over rock songs, which made Måneskin’s win at the Eurovision song contest even more surprising. 

Since their win at Eurovision, the musicians have released their third album, Teatro d’ira- Vol. I and a single, “Mamma Mia”. Their songs “Beggin’,” which was originally sung by The Four Seasons, and “I Wanna Be Your Slave” took off on TikTok, gaining 9.9 million and 514.2 thousand videos, respectively. While “Beggin’” and “I Wanna Be Your Slave” are much more popular than their Eurovision song, “Zitti e Buoni”, the song has still remained extremely popular, gaining almost 300 million streams on Spotify. The band itself has almost 25 million monthly listeners on the streaming platform. 

Along with their new songs, Måneskin has also released music videos to their songs “Mamma Mia” and “I Wanna Be Your Slave.” The band has also performed on popular American shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They even opened for The Rolling Stones in late 2021. 

Like many musicians who have been planning to return to the live stage, the Italian band currently has postponed their tour that was supposed to begin at the start of February. The band recently competed for a second time in the Sanremo song competition. In 2021, the group won the competition that placed them as the Italian representatives for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. However, they were not as successful the second time and were the runner-ups in this year’s Sanremo competition. 

Many of these artists have shown that they are so much more than their time on Eurovision. They have also shown that they have much more to tell the world than what they showed Europe during those days last May.