5 Things to Know About Mneskin, the Italian Band Making Their ‘SNL’ Debut


Maneskin will perform on Will Forte’s ‘SNL’ show on January 22; discover more about the Italian band here.

In recent months, Mneskin has gotten a lot of attention in the rock world! Despite the fact that the band is from Italy, its breakthrough singles «I Wanna Be Your Slave» and «Zitti e Buoni» have become American favorites.

Find out more about the trio, which will make their much-awaited debut on Saturday Night Live on January 22nd, presented by Will Forte.

They were crowned X Factor winners

The quintet, which consists of Ethan Torchio, Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David, and Thomas Raggi, was discovered after competing on the Italian edition of The X Factor. In 2016, while studying high school in Rome, the quartet met together for the first time. They entered The X Factor Italy’s 11th season in 2017 after multiple efforts in music competitions, including the local music competition Pulse. After Lorenzo Licitra, Mneskin came in second.

Maneskin performs.

Their nationality is Danish

Despite the fact that the band is Italian, the name Mneskin is Danish. The name is translated as «moonlight» in English. When Ethan, Victoria, Damiano, and Thomas were registering for the local music competition Pulse, they had to choose a name.

Victoria is half-Danish, and she assisted in the creation of the name when the group believed a Danish word may work.

Maneskin on stage on ‘Idol’ In Sweden in Oct. 2021.

They’ve appeared on other American shows as well

SNL will undoubtedly be a watershed moment for Ethan, Victoria, Damiano, and Thomas, but it won’t be their first rodeo. After the popularity of their tracks «I Wanna Be Your Slave» and «Zitti e Buoni,» Mneskin performed on big shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Maneskin’s Victoria De Angelis, Damiano David, Thomas Raggi from Måneskin, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, performing at Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 20, 2021.

They’ve received a lot of praise

Mneskin acquired the opportunity to fly the Italian flag in Rotterdam, where they will represent Italy at Eurovision 2021, after winning the annual Festival di Sanremo. Representatives from many European countries compete in the renowned international songwriting competition. The last time Italy won Eurovision was in 1990.

They have a unique fashion sense

Mneskin is known for its unique, ’70s-inspired apparel, which is influenced by David Bowie and Iggy Pop. They frequently perform in platform heels, metallic jumpsuits, and heavy black liner, similar to what patrons of the legendary nightclub Studio 54 wore during its heyday.

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