Italian metal band Maneskin, winners of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, is under investigation after their off-stage antics went viral during the grand final.
Footage shared widely on social media depicts the band drinking and celebrating at their table during the event, with lead singer Damiano David's head briefly bent over the table. It's been suggested that the singer may have been taking drugs, although David shut down any speculation at a press conference late on Saturday, following the group's victory.
"(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," the flamboyant frontman told reporters.
On Sunday, the European Broadcasting Union, organizers of Eurovision, released a statement addressing the incident. "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," said organizers.
The EBU said the band has "strongly refuted" the allegations of drug use and that David will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home. The band requested a test on Saturday night but it "could not be immediately organized by the EBU," said organizers.
"The band, their management and head of delegation have informed us that no drugs were present in the Green Room and explained that a 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."
Move over sequins, disco beats and power ballads. A four-piece band of Italian rockers won the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of Sunday.
The music festival was cancelled last year amid the global pandemic but the event in Rotterdam's Ahoy arena with its regime of testing and strict hygiene protocols was seen as a step toward a post-COVID-19 return to live entertainment.
Maneskin's win was only Italy's third victory in the immensely popular contest and the first since Toto Cutugno took the honor in 1990.
Later Sunday, Eurovision organizers said Maneskin's lead singer has asked to take a drug test to refute speculation that he sniffed cocaine during the show.
A statement Sunday from the European Broadcasting Union said Maneskin lead singer Damiano David "will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home."
It said the band "strongly refuted the allegations of drug use" that bubbled up on social media after David appeared to bend over a table during the contest. Italy, the bookmakers' favorite, trailed Switzerland, France and Malta after the national juries delivered their votes but were propelled to victory by votes from the viewing public.
The lead singer of Eurovision winners Måneskin did not take drugs during the grand final, an inquiry by organisers has concluded.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said Damiano David, frontman of the Italian rock group, had returned a negative result in a drugs test since the event on Saturday.
The band, who won with the song Zitti E Buoni, had “strongly refuted the allegations of drug use” that emerged on social media after David appeared to bend over a table in the contest’s green room while on camera.
A statement from the EBU said that following the allegations, as requested by the Italian delegation, it had conducted “a thorough review of the facts”, which included checking all available footage.
“A drug test was also voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU. No drug use took place in the green room and we consider the matter closed.”
The EBU added that it was “alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band”.
Italy’s Måneskin have come out on top in what was one of the most hotly contested Eurovision Song Contests ever.
Switzerland won the jury vote in which Italy came fourth, but the 4-piece Italian rock band won the public vote by a landslide, scoring a total of 529 points and leaving Switzerland in 3rd place behind France.
Måneskin is a critically acclaimed band featuring vocalist Damiano, bassist Victoria, guitarist Thomas and Ethan on drums. They took their band name from the Danish word for ‘moonlight’, as a tribute to their bassist Victoria’s home country.
Since their win at Eurovision 2021, Italian rock group Måneskin have been climbing the Spotify charts and burning up YouTube with their song “Zitti E Buoni”. And now the iconic four-piece are following in the footsteps of former Eurovision winners by cracking the UK charts. The group have entered the official UK charts at #17 — a huge achievement for a song that doesn’t feature a single word of English.
Måneskin enter the UK charts at #17 Speaking to Scott Mills on the Official Chart show, the group’s bass player Victoria De Angelis said the past week has been mad. “It’s been, like, so insane,” she said. “We’ve done so many things and it’s crazy to see how many people are supporting us and the fact that we’re entering the charts in other countries.”
They were particularly taken aback when their idols — Franz Ferdinand and Royal Blood — texted congratulations.
Scott pointed out that the Italian band join an elite group of artists who have had foreign-language songs break the charts. They include Psy (“Gangnam Style”), Daddy Yankee (“Gasolina”) and Luis Fonsi (“Despacito”). They’re also the first rock band to sing in a foreign language to crack the UK charts since Germany’s Rammstein.