Eurovision's craziest controversies
Winning Italian band Måneskin denies cocaine use at Grand Final
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The buzz around 2019's Eurovision Song Contest was about Iceland waving Palestinian flags during the live broadcast filmed in the host city of Tel Aviv. Then 2020, though ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, saw Hungary pull out of the competition citing no official reason (though it was widely suspected that it was due to the country's far-right government and media viewing Eurovision as 'too LGBT-friendly'). And 2021's scandal has arrived just in time.
Italian glam rock band Måneskin, who won the top prize for their song 'Zitti e buoni,' have become embroiled in a very glam rock controversy after images from the Grand Final ceremony seemed to suggest drug use to some viewers. More specifically, one viral photo shows lead singer Damiano David leaning forward with his head bowed at a table, prompting viewers to suggest that he was sniffing a line of cocaine.
In a post-ceremony press conference, the band vehemently denied the allegations and explained that David was inspecting broken glass on the floor, which was later confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union. Still, the rumors persisted, and David offered to take a drug test to clear things up.
The band also posted a statement which read: “We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiano doing drugs. We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine. We are ready to get tested, cause we got nothing to hide," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It's sad that their huge success is tied to this debasing scandal, but controversy is a well-documented part of Eurovision's history. Intrigued? Then click on to to read about the most delicious drama at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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