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Eurovision winner takes drug check after cocaine hypothesis

The lead singer of the Italian rock band that won the Eurovision Song Contest has asked for a drug test to refute speculation that he smelled cocaine during the show.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said Måneskin singer Damiano David would “do a voluntary drug test when he arrives”.

The band was said to have “emphatically refuted allegations of drug use” that surfaced on social media after David appeared to hunch over a table during the competition.

David insisted he didn’t use drugs when asked at a press conference after the win if he sniffed cocaine during the show.

Vyacheslav Prokofyev via Getty ImagesDamiano David from the Maneskin rock band representing Italy, the winner of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest final, during a press conference at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena. Vyacheslav Prokofyev / TASS (Photo by Vyacheslav Prokofyev TASS via Getty Images)

He explained that he leaned over a table because another member of the band broke a glass at their feet.

In its statement, the EBU said members of the Maneskin band had asked that David be given a drug test to refute the speculation.

The move came as congratulations for the glam rock band were received across Italy.

The four-piece rock band, which started in Rome’s main shopping street, were the bookmakers’ favorite at the Eurovision final and sealed the victory with the highest referendum in the annual competition.

Maneskin, Danish for “Moonlight” and a tribute to the Danish ancestry of bassist Victoria De Angelis, won with a total of 529 points.

France finished second, while Switzerland, which led after the vote of the national juries, came third.

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“Rock’n’Roll never dies, we made history tonight. We love you, ”the band tweeted before heading home from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where this year’s competition was taking place.

Her scratchy performances outside a Geox store in Rome were a far cry from the over-the-top, flame-throwing extravaganza on Saturday night that literally split singer Damiano David’s pants.

David told a news conference earlier this week that it was embarrassing to start on the street as the group had to battle other musicians vying for the same coveted piece of pavement while neighbors complained about the noise.

“They always called the police,” said De Angelis with a laugh.

Maneskin’s win was only Italy’s third win in the competition and the first since Toto Cutugno won the honor in 1990.

The win means that next year Italy will host the competition in which the cities bid for the honor.

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