After Måneskin’s lead singer Damiano David hit back at allegations of drug use in the Eurovision Green Room, the EBU has now confirmed that he will take a voluntary drug test. The EBU also notes that the Italian delegation have “strongly refuted” the allegations of drug use.
The EBU issued a short statement today on the matter. They wrote:
“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 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.”
The rumour had started on social media, where a clip was published showing Damiano bending over, with his head near Italy’s Green Room table.
On closer look, it is clear that Damiano’s hands were held at his sides, clenched in fists — an unlikely pose for someone about to snort drugs, but understandable for a competing artist physically reacting to the tension of the Eurovision grand final points reveal.
As well, it seems almost incomprehensible to think that someone would visibly use drugs in the middle of a televised event, surrounded by television cameras and watched by millions of viewers.
Damiano responds to press conference question
At the Eurovision winner’s press conference on Saturday night, Swedish journalist Tobbe Ek of Aftonbladet newspaper questioned Damiano about the situation. The frontman explained what had been happening during the scene captured in the Green Room:
He said, “[Måneskin guitarist] Thomas broke a glass. I don’t use drugs, please guys. Please don’t say that.” His comments were met with applause, and he went on to add, “Please don’t say that. But really, no cocaine. Don’t say that.”
The group also posted on their Instagram stories, again refuting the claim and emphasising their anti-drugs stance:
“We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiamo 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 we are so happy about our Eurovision win and we wanna thank everyone for supporting us. Rock’n Roll never dies. We love you.”
Måneskin are now returning home, taking the crystal microphone back to Italy.
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