Maneskin Controversy: Rock ‘n’ roll made a triumphant return in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, with Italy’s Mneskin taking the top prize with their song “Zitti e buoni,” however the glam rock throwbacks were compelled to deny indulging in traditional rock ‘n’ roll excess during the live television broadcast.
The uproar arose as televised footage from Saturday’s event in Rotterdam showed Mneskin singer Damiano David leaning forward with his head down while sitting at a table, causing viewers and social media users to speculate that he was snorting cocaine.
The picture, as well as rumors about alleged drug use – Maneskin Controversy
Maneskin Controversy: The Image, as well as suspicions about the alleged drug usage, quickly went viral. The band was even asked about the claims by a Swedish journalist during a post-ceremony press conference, which they fiercely rejected. David said that he was scanning the floor for shattered glass.
Despite the band’s emphatic denials, suspicion continued, prompting them to issue a statement on social media. “What some people are claiming about Damiano using drugs has truly startled us.” We are firmly opposed to narcotics and have never taken cocaine. We are prepared to be tried since we have nothing to conceal.”
The European Broadcasting Union
Maneskin Controversy: The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes Eurovision, supported Mneskin’s statement. “The band, their management, and the head of the delegation have notified us that no drugs were present in the Green Room and indicated that a glass was shattered at their table and the vocalist was removing it,” the EBU said in a statement. “The EBU can confirm shattered glass was recovered during an on-site examination,” the statement said.
Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest with 529 points. France came in second, while Switzerland came in third after national juries voted. It marks Italy’s third victory in the song contest. The victory ensures that Italy will host the competition the following year. Elsewhere, the United Kingdom’s submission, “Embers” by James Newman, ended with “nul points,” confirming the country’s position as Europe’s uncomfortable relation.
Despite Britain’s rich musical heritage and the enduring popularity of British acts in Europe, Brexit politics, trade disagreements, and the abrasive nature of English nationalism have made the country the perennial whipping boy of Eurovision, with countries across the continent relishing a fleeting opportunity to get one over on perfidious Albion.
Who is Måneskin singer?
Damiano David is an Italian singer who was born on January 8, 1999. He is the lead singer of the Italian rock band Mneskin, which won the Sanremo Music Festival 2021 and then the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Zitti e buoni” to represent Italy.
How did Måneskin get famous?
In the beginning, they sang in the streets. In 2017, they came in second place on the eleventh season of the Italian talent show X Factor. When the four of them won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for Italy with the song “Zitti e buoni,” they became known around the world.