EUROVISION winners Italy were at the centre of a drug riddle yesterday after their act’s lead singer appeared to snort a substance live on air.
Viewers claimed Damiano David, of rock band Måneskin, was inhaling something off a table while cameras focused on them backstage.
Damiano David from Maneskin will take a drugs test after he was accused of snorting something – which he strongly denies
The clip went viral but the band quickly denied any wrongdoing — and pledged to take a drugs test to prove they were clean.
Damiano, 22, said guitarist Thomas Raggi, 20, had dropped a glass on the floor and he was helping to pick it up. He added: “I don’t use drugs. Please, guys. Don’t say that really, no cocaine.”
The band said on Instagram: “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, because we have nothing to hide.
Damiano said his band mate had broken a glass, which he was looking at
The band released a statement after the eventCredit: Instagram
“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.”
The incident happened shortly before Italy were announced the winners at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena in the Netherlands on Saturday night.
Eurovision said yesterday: “We are aware of the speculation surrounding the video clip of the Italian winners in the green room and are looking into it.
“The band have strongly refuted the allegations of drug use and the singer will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home.
The band celebrated as they won the showCredit: Reuters
“This was requested by them last night but could not be immediately organised.
“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.
“We can confirm broken glass was found after an on-site check.
“We are still looking at footage carefully and will update in due course.”
They were seen downing champagne at the press conferenceCredit: Getty
Måneskin’s song Zitti E Buoni (Shut up and behave) scored 524 points to give Italy their first win since 1990.
James Newman, 35, became the second UK act in the event’s 65 contests to score zero points for his song Embers. The UK came last for a fifth time.
But James’s brother Steve said: “We’re proud of him.”
The group told viewers that rock and roll wasn’t deadCredit: EPA
It is Italy’s third Eurovision winCredit: EPA
France were second with Barbara Prabi’s Voilà scoring 499, beating Swiss act Gjon’s Tears’ 432 points for Tout L’Universe.
More than 8.4million people watched in the UK — up 1.4million from 2019.
Last year’s show was cancelled due to Covid.