- Title: This is the moment London Eurovision fans hear Italy wins
- Date: 23rd May 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 22, 2021) (REUTERS) EUROVISION FANS HEARING ITALY HAS WON EUROVISION SONG CONTEST FANS CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROVISION FAN, JAMES, SAYING: "Unexpected. Unexpected. But we were given the Italian flag on our table so yay Italy." FAN CELEBRATING (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROVISION FAN, LUKE, SAYING: "I voted for them. I love them. They're so cool. I'm so proud of them. I'm going to Italy next year. I'm going to Italy next year." FINNISH FAN GIVING THUMBS DOWN / ANOTHER FAN WITH THUMBS DOWN (SOUNDBITE) (English) SWISS FAN, TOMMY, SAYING: "Disappointed. I'm Swiss. I thought Switzerland would win. But I'm very proud of them. They came second." FANS WITH FLAGS, FAN BEING GIVEN BRITISH FLAG AND THROWING IT AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROVISION FAN SUPPORTING BRITAIN, JADE COLBURN, 27, SAYING: "I feel bad for (UK Eurovision entry) James (Newman). He's worked so hard. He's trying to change our reputation but it just feels like, what shall we do? What's our next step?" FANS BOOING WHEN 0 POINTS FOR UK ANNOUNCED FANS BOOING, FAN WAVING UNION FLAG
- Embargoed: 6th June 2021 00:47
- Keywords: Eurovision Eurovision song context Italy
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe,Music
- Reuters ID: LVA001EE1N5G9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING IN SHOT 7
Eurovision fans in London were happy for Italy but disappointed for Britain when the Eurovision song contest results were announced on Saturday (May 22).
Italy's entry, glam rock band Maneskin, won the Eurovision song contest, as the world's most popular live music event returned with fans casting votes from home due to the pandemic.
"They're so cool. I'm so proud of them," Italy fan Luke told Reuters, pointing at the Italian flag painted on his face.
Clad in the colours of their adopted favourite countries, dozens of fans who had pre-booked tables descended on the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to celebrate music and finally be reunited in person.
Ninety guests were welcomed to watch the event at the pub, which since 2015 has been listed as a historic building because of its significance to the LGBTQ+ community. Organisers Eurofest said the tickets sold out in four minutes.
But for Eurovision fan Jade Colburn, it was a bittersweet night as the UK were left with 0 points.
"It just feels like, what shall we do? What's our next step?" she said.
(Production: Tara Oakes, Marissa Davison)
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