Eurovision 2021: Italy winner Damiano David denies ‘using drugs’

Damiano David from Italy’s Eurovision Song Contest 2021 winning group Maneskin has slammed claims he was using drugs during the show.

Maneskin won this year’s competition with their entry, Zitti e buoni, scoring a staggering 524 points, far ahead of the UK’s entry with James Newman suffering a devastating defeat with nil points. 

As the final unfolded on Saturday, footage began circulating online showing Maneskin singer Damiano David bending towards the table leading many to speculate that he was using cocaine. 

However, Damiano and his bandmates have vehemently denied he uses drugs and say he was simply picking glass off the table. 

When confronted about the moment in the video at the Eurovision press conference, Damiano stated: ‘Thomas [guitarist Thomas Raggi] broke a glass … I don’t use drugs, please guys, do not say that.

‘Don’t say that really. No cocaine please, do not say that.’ 

The band then posted a statement on their Instagram stories and said: ‘We are really shocked about what some people are saying Damiano doing drugs. 

On the brighter side, Embers swept up the iTunes chart to number six after his performance.

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