Italy’s Eurovision winning singer to take voluntary drug test after viral clip

The singer for Italy's Eurovision Song Contest winning band Måneskin will take a voluntary drug test after speculation arose over a video clip of his behaviour at the competition, organisers said Sunday.

Italy's Eurovision winning singer to take voluntary drug test after viral clip
Månskin singer Damiano David celebrates after winning Eurovision. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
A video clip that appeared to show Damiano David bent over the table as if snorting a line of cocaine went viral on Saturday night. 

This led to David being forced to deny drug use at the press conference after the event. 

“Thomas [guitarist Thomas Raggi] broke a glass … I don’t use drugs, please guys, do not say that. Don’t say that really,” he pleaded. “No cocaine please, do not say that.”

The band later said on their Instagram stories that they were “ready to get tested because we have nothing to hide”.

“We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiano doing drugs. We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine,” they said.

The EBU said evidence at the scene backed up David’s account about the glass smashing.

“The band have strongly refuted the allegations of drug use and the singer in question will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home,” the European Broadcasting Union said in a statement.

“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 statement reads.

“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.”

Member comments

    1. Actually, they DON’T do drugs!
      Damiano took the test and it came back negative.
      It’s the French media wanting to put the dirt on Damiano and the fact that they feel miffed that their singer, Barbara Pravi didn’t win.

  1. Daniela, it was just tongue in cheek and i,m sure your right about those bloody French.
    Its certainly Maneskins year!

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Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.