Eurovision 2021 Winners Måneskin Address Cocaine Controversy In Return To Show
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Previous Eurovision Song Contest winners Måneskin addressed their cocaine controversy as they took to the stage during last night's (Saturday,14 May) competition. Watch here:
The Italian band won the 2021 competition with their song 'Zitti E Buoni', but the victory was marred by allegations that lead singer Damiano David may have dabbled in a bit of performance enhancement.
Footage appeared to show the rocker snorting cocaine as he hunched over the table in front of him.
Eurovision subsequently investigated the allegations and he was exonerated after passing a drugs test.
The band returned to perform at Turin's PalaOlimpico last night, and when asked if he had any advice for this year's competitors, David was to the point.
"Have fun, and don't get close to the table guys," he joked.
One year later, still rocking it (kinda) ❤️🩹 Aaaaand about to play our new single SUPERMODEL live for the first time on this iconic stage, see y’all in a bit! 🌟 #Eurovision pic.twitter.com/s6KOjjMxdr— MåneskinOfficial (@thisismaneskin) May 14, 2022
It's solid advice, as people were absolutely convinced he'd been partaking in some powder at last year's competition - despite the band's adamant denial.
In a statement, the group said: "We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiano doing drugs.
"We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine.
"We are ready to get tested, 'cause we have nothing to hide.
"We are here to play our music and are so happy about our Eurovision win and we wanna thank everyone for supporting us.
"Rock n roll never dies. We love you."
The band were true to their word too, and David subsequently passed a drugs test.
Watch here to be reminded why people were so sure he had taken coke:
In a statement, Eurovision said: "Following allegations of drug use in the Green Room of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday 22 May, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as requested by the Italian delegation, has conducted a thorough review of the facts, including 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.
"We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band.
"We wish to congratulate Måneskin once again and wish them huge success."
This time around, Ukraine came out on top, with the rest of Europe rallying around the nation in the wake of Russia's invasion. Meanwhile the UK claimed second - the country's best result since 1998.
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