Eurovision-Winning Damiano David Did Not Use Drugs, Broadcaster Says

The vernacular of rock ’n’ roll regularly revolves round medicine, however when the profitable band’s lead singer hunched over a desk in a sniffing movement throughout this yr’s Eurovision Song Contest, the showcase was shaken by hypothesis of cocaine use.

The singer, Damiano David of Maneskin, the Italian glam-rock band that took dwelling the crown on Saturday evening for its music “Zitti E Buoni,” was later requested to elucidate his peculiar conduct in an ungainly information convention trade with a Swedish journalist. He denied any wrongdoing, however the European Broadcasting Union, the present’s broadcaster, stated it might examine the episode on the request of the Italian delegation.

On Monday, the present’s organizers introduced that Mr. David had voluntarily taken a drug check and handed it.

It punctuated a tumultuous few days for the Eurovision Song Contest, the long-running musical spectacle that was presupposed to herald a triumphant return to in-person cultural occasions in Europe after the coronavirus pandemic pressured organizers to cancel final yr’s occasion.

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the European Broadcasting Union stated in a press release. “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.”

About 200 million folks watched this yr’s contest, which was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was broadcast dwell in 39 nations and on YouTube, in keeping with the organizers. It culminated with viewers and nationwide juries voting Maneskin because the winners, a supply of nationwide pleasure in Italy, certainly one of Europe’s hardest-hit nations throughout the pandemic.

But the band’s second of nirvana — including its identify to an inventory of contest winners which have included Celine Dion and Abba — shortly devolved into controversy.

While he was seated with the band’s different members on a sofa offstage in a inexperienced room, Mr. David, 22, the band’s tattooed frontman, briefly bent his face down towards the desk in entrance of him, footage confirmed. Mr. David’s face was obstructed by a bath with bottles of beer and different drinks in it. The band member seated to his proper appeared to nudge him and he shortly sat again up.

The footage swiftly ricocheted throughout the web and prompted an ungainly trade between an unidentified Swedish reporter and Mr. David, who had simply completed dousing his bandmates with Champagne.

“Online, people are suggesting that you were taking cocaine,” the reporter stated. “What was it?”

Mr. David denied the hypothesis, saying that he bent down as a result of one other band member had damaged a glass.

“I don’t use drugs, please, guys,” he stated. “No, please don’t say that. Don’t say that, really. No cocaine. Please, don’t say that.”

A moderator of the information convention shortly tried to chop off the road of questioning.

“Let’s keep the questions about the artists and the music for tonight,” she stated.

The European Broadcasting Union stated in a press release on Sunday that a damaged glass had been discovered after a examine of the location.

Barbara Pravi, the French singer, completed second at Eurovision.

Before the present’s broadcasters introduced that Mr. David had handed a drug check, Clément Beaune, the French minister of state for European affairs, prompt throughout an interview with the tv community BFMTV on Monday that there needs to be sanctions towards Maneskin, together with the band’s doable disqualification, if Mr. David examined optimistic for medicine.

In an Instagram put up on Monday, Ms. Pravi stated that Maneskin’s win was effectively deserved and that the band had been chosen by the viewers. She stated it was their victory and their second.

As the band’s members hoisted the glass microphone trophy that’s given to the winners of Eurovision, Mr. David declared that rock ’n’ roll was right here to remain.

“We just want to say to the whole Europe, to the whole world,” he stated, “rock ’n’ roll never dies.”