EUROVISION bosses have said the singer from the winning Italian band will take a drugs test after he was accused of snorting cocaine live on air.
Lead singer of Maneskin, Damiano David, slammed the speculation and insisted he does not take drugs after viewers spotted his suspicious antics last night – but has agreed to do the test.
Damiano David from Maneskin will take a drugs test after he was accused of snorting something – which he strongly denies
A spokesperson for the competition said: “We are aware of the speculation surrounding the video clip of the Italian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Green Room last night.
“The band have strongly refuted the allegations of drug use and the singer in question will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home.
“This was requested by them last night but could not be immediately organized by the EBU.
“The band, their management and head of delegation have informed us that no drugs were present in the Green Room and explained that glass was broken at their table and it was being cleared by the singer.
“The EBU can confirm broken glass was found after an on-site check. We are still looking at footage carefully and will update with further information in due course.”
Damiano said his band mate had broken a glass, which he was looking at
Last night, Damiano denied taking drugs in press conference after their win, saying: “Thomas (guitarist Thomas Raggi) broke a glass … I don’t use drugs, please guys, do not say that.
“Don’t say that really. No cocaine please, do not say that.”
Those watching at home noticed as he appeared to lean over the table as the group celebrated.
The band released a statement after the eventCredit: Instagram
The band celebrated as they won the showCredit: Reuters
One person tweeted: “Was he or was he not snorting #Eurovision”
Another added: “So what is this Italian lead singer doing at #Eurovision? Is he snorting something?”
During the competition, the high-kicking lederhosen and eyeliner-wearing Italians, who were favourites, beat off stiff competition from France and Switzerland with their song “Zitti e Buoni”.
They were seen downing champagne at the press conferenceCredit: Getty
The group told viewers that rock and roll wasn’t deadCredit: EPA
It was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first since 1990.
The Italians lit up the stage with their bare-chested, punk-funk rock which they sang in their native language.
In a nailbiting finish, they lay in fourth place after a vote by national juries that left Switzerland in the lead, before a huge public vote sent them soaring into the lead with 524 points.
It is Italy’s third Eurovision winCredit: EPA
Bassist Victoria De Angelis said their victory “could be a message of hope” to Italy, which was particularly hard-hit by the virus.
“We’re honoured to be bringing it back after 31 years,” she said.
After letting off a bottle of champagne over his bandmates during a press conference, singer David said the win would be good for Italy and Europe.
“We just want to say to the whole Europe, to the whole world, rock and roll never dies,” singer Damiano David shouted as he picked up the trophy.
It capped a night of glitz and glamour in Rotterdam, despite tough pandemic restrictions that limited the live audience to just 3,500 people.
The UK’s hopeful James Newman scored zero points from the jury vote and from the public vote, the only entry to do so poorly.
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