Italy Eurovision 2021 winner strongly refutes claim he snorted drugs during live show
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Italian singer Damiano David has strongly denied claims that he was taking drugs at the Eurovision 2021 live final. It comes following social media speculation after the Måneskin lead singer was seen lowering his head towards the table.
I don’t use drugs, please guys, do not say that
The lead singer of the Italian rock band who romped their way to victory after securing a staggering 524 points had previously competed on the Italian edition of The X Factor.
However, the group faced strong criticism on social media following a clip that saw the lead singer of the rock group lowering his head towards the table behind a bucket of what appears to be beer.
Damiano, 22, was seen sat alongside his bandmates Victoria De Angelis, Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio before he was given a gentle nudge to indicate that the camera was pointing at the group.
Since the footage emerged, social media users have called for Italy to be disqualified.
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During a press conference, a reporter asked Damiano: “There was a sequence during the broadcast when you are seen in the background and seen to be snorting something, and people online are suggesting you are taking cocaine – what was it?
Startled by the question, Damiano replied: “Thomas broke a glass.
“I don’t use drugs, please guys, do not say that.”
He went on to add: “Don’t say that, really. No cocaine please, do not say that,” according to the PA News Agency.
Shortly after the press conference, the band took to their Instagram Stories in front of their 1.6 million followers to dispute the claims.
A statement read: “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 tasted, 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 [sic].”
At the time, social media users called for the group to lose their winning title, with Hits Radio presenter James Barr sharing a clip of the incident alongside the caption: “Surely Italy should be disqualified for this?”
Lorraine Kelly added: “Is this for real?? Or a wind-up?”
Another Twitter user added: “Genuine question: if proven that Maneskin were potentially doing drugs on live broadcast could they end up disqualified from #Eurovision2021?”
While a third penned: “@Eurovision Do you allow candidates who consume drugs directly to win? Nice mentality. Maneskin must be disqualified !!!!! #Eurovision.”
There is, however, no indication that Damiano or Måneskin were involved in any foul play during the alleged incident.
Måneskin were the favourites to win the competition this year with their single Shut Up and Good.
As they took to the stage to receive their award, Måneskin said: “We just want to say to the whole of Europe and the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”
Sadly for the UK, hopeful James Newman received nil points.
Express.co.uk has approached Maneskin for further comment.
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