Eurovision 2021: Italian winners Maneskin deny taking cocaine all the way through track contest


Eurovision winners Maneskin have strongly denied claims that singer Damiano David was once the usage of medicine all the way through the display – and he has volunteered to be examined on his go back to Italy.

The Italian rock band gained this 12 months’s pageant with their track Zitti e Buoni, getting a mammoth 524 issues.

All the way through the general on Saturday, pictures began circulating on-line appearing David bending down at a desk, resulting in hypothesis that he was once the usage of cocaine.

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Italy’s Maneskin wins Eurovision

David and his bandmates have strongly denied the allegations, announcing that he was once choosing up damaged glass from the desk.

When puzzled all the way through the Eurovision press convention, David stated: “Thomas broke a tumbler, I do not use medicine please guys, don’t say that.”

And the band addressed the allegations on their Instagram account, announcing: “We’re truly stunned about what some persons are announcing about Damiano doing medicine.

“We truly are in opposition to medicine and we by no means used cocaine. We’re able to get examined, ‘reason now we have not anything to cover.

“We’re right here to play our song and we’re satisfied about our Eurovision win and we wanna thank everybody for supporting us.”

Maneskin from Italy celebrate with the trophy after winning the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest at Ahoy arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Maneskin celebrates with the trophy after profitable the Eurovision Tune Contest at Ahoy Enviornment in Rotterdam

“Rock ‘n Roll by no means dies. We adore you,” they added.

The Eu Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organises the development, stated it was once “conscious about the idea surrounding the video clip”.

“The band have strongly refuted the allegations of drug use and the singer in query will take a voluntary drug take a look at after arriving house,” the EBU stated in a remark.

“This was once asked through them closing night time however may now not be instantly organised through the EBU.

“The band, their control and head of delegation have knowledgeable us that no medicine had been provide within the Inexperienced Room and defined {that a} glass was once damaged at their desk and it was once being cleared through the singer.

“The EBU can verify damaged glass was once discovered after an on-site take a look at. We’re nonetheless taking a look on the pictures in moderation and can replace with additional knowledge sooner or later.”

James Newman from the United Kingdom reacts after receiving zero points during voting at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest at Ahoy arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Representing the United Kingdom, James Newman gained nil issues and completed lifeless closing

After closing 12 months’s contest was once cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this 12 months’s match in Rotterdam was once a scaled-down affair with 3,500 fanatics observing on on the Ahoy Enviornment.

Maneskin took the crown, beating France and Switzerland who completed 2d and 3rd respectively.

Congratulations poured in for the glam rock band from throughout Italy, with Florence’s Uffizi Galleries tweeting an image of : “We’re out of our minds!”

The band were given their damage appearing at the well-known By means of del Corso in Rome.

They instructed a information convention ahead of the display that beginning out in the street was once embarrassing for the reason that team needed to cope with different musicians vying for a similar prized piece of pavement whilst neighbours complained in regards to the noise.

“They had been at all times calling the police,” bassist Victoria De Angelis stated.

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This was once handiest Italy’s 3rd Eurovision victory and the primary since Toto Cutugno in 1990.

Their win signifies that Italy will host subsequent 12 months’s match, with towns bidding for the position.

James Newman, representing the United Kingdom, carried out his monitor Embers however completed closing with 0 issues.


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