Italian rock band Maneskin have encouraged nervous Eurovision contestants to “smash the stage and the rest will follow”.
he band that triumphed last year with the song Zitti E Buoni became the first group to win the competition since 2006.
Lead singer Damiano David told the PA news agency: “It was super stressful because you have to rehearse the song many, many, many, many times, so you kind of overthink it.
“Every time you’re like, ‘Next time I’ll do better, I made that mistake,’ so you kind of overthink it, and by the end, when you can do the right thing, you’re kind of exhausted, and then you just want to give it your all until it’s over, and then you can relax.”
Maneskin won the top prize last year with 524 points, ahead of the French entry Voila by Barbara Pravi and Gjon’s Tears’ song Tout l’Univers.
The band’s guitarist Thomas Raggi said: “You just have to try to have fun and winning is not the main thing, I think the song should always be the main thing.
“I think it’s not about who really wins, it’s about the song that goes more viral, that reaches more people, that people are more attached to.
“So the only advice we can give is just give it your all, you have three minutes, go there, smash the stage, and then the rest comes.”
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Since winning Eurovision, Maneskin have 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 was hectic but fun at the same time.”
Speaking about the band’s journey from busking the streets of Rome in 2015, bassist Victoria De Angelis said it’s been a “long journey”.
“Of course we didn’t expect that. But at the same time, we knew that we wanted to do this, as in our life, as the main thing.
“So we always tried very hard and even when we were kids and played in the streets, we approached it very professionally and tried as hard as we could.
“So I think it was a journey. Of course everything blew up with Eurovision last year, but to get to this point we’ve been touring for six years, writing a lot of music, so I think we really wanted it and worked for it,” she said .
The band will take the stage at the grand finale 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 added: “When we went to LA we were there as Italians on a trip so everything was amazing for us.
“We’ve seen people pretend to be something they’re not and get 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 in movies, so when we saw it in real life we thought ‘this is real.’
“So it affected us and we talked about it so much because it was so crazy for us and it just ended up being the main theme of the song.”
The Eurovision Song Contest final, hosted by TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika, will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday from 8pm to midnight.
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