Rome: Eurovision Tune Contest organisers acknowledged Monday that the lead singer of Italian glam rock band Maneskin examined harmful for drug advise, inserting to an stop hypothesis that had tarnished the band’s victory.
“We think about the matter closed,” the European Brodcasting Union, which produces the annual kitsch-crammed monitor pageant, acknowledged in an announcement.
EBU acknowledged it received right here to the conclusion after it reviewed the overall available pictures of the TV broadcast Saturday night and noticed the harmful outcomes of Maneskin singer Damiano David’s voluntarily drug take a look at.
Rumors had swirled on social media — and have been raised at a Eurovision recordsdata conference — that David had snorted cocaine when he was once thought of leaning awkwardly over a desk all of the draw in the course of the reside TV broadcast. David with out prolong rejected the declare, asserting he by no means makes advise of drugs and that he was once leaning over on memoir of his guitarist had broken a glass.
The claims came upon a selected echo in mainstream French media. France, which was once a number one contender for the Eurovision victory, received right here in second advise after the fashionable votes have been tallied.
“We’re timid that unsuitable hypothesis main to fake recordsdata has overshadowed the spirit and the tip results of the match and unfairly affected the band,” the EBU assertion acknowledged.
Maneskin’s purchase gave Italy a sorely wished increase after a dreadful twelve months as one among the worldwide areas worst hit by the coronavirus and can negate subsequent twelve months’s rivals aid to the advise the place European monitor contests started.