ROME (AP) — The Italian glam rock band that received the Eurovision Song Contest returned dwelling Sunday to the adulation of followers, congratulations from the federal government and a lot hypothesis that the lead singer had snorted cocaine throughout the present that he vowed to take a drug check.
“We want to shut down the rumors,” Måneskin lead singer Damiano David informed reporters at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport because the band arrived dwelling after their victory in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Rumors unfold on social media after David was seen bending over a desk throughout the Saturday evening dwell tv broadcast. Asked at a post-victory information convention whether or not he’d snorted cocaine, David mentioned he doesn’t use medication and that he’d bent over as a result of one other band member had damaged a glass at their toes.
Eurovision confirmed that damaged glass was discovered below the desk in query, however introduced David had provided to take the check, which is scheduled for Monday.
In Italy, the drug declare didn’t mar the reward that poured in Sunday from the Italian institution for the victory of the somewhat anti-establishment Måneskin, a band that received its begin busking on Rome’s major buying drag.
Their win gave Italy a sorely wanted increase after a dreadful 12 months as one of many nations worst hit by the coronavirus and can convey subsequent 12 months’s competitors again to the place the place European track contests started.
The band was the bookmakers’ favourite going into the Eurovision finale and sealed the win early Sunday with the best common vote within the enormously entertaining, and extremely kitsch, annual track pageant.
“We are out of our minds!” Florence’s Uffizi Galleries tweeted, echoing Måneskin’s profitable track lyrics, together with a picture of a Caravaggio Medusa and the hashtag #Uffizirock.
Måneskin, Danish for “moonlight” and a tribute to bass participant Victoria De Angelis’ Danish ancestry, received with a complete of 529 factors. France was second whereas Switzerland, which led after nationwide juries had voted, completed third.
“It is amazing. It is amazing,“ band members said as they got off the plane and were met by a gaggle of reporters outside baggage claim.
De Angelis said the band was shocked at the claims of drug use, which were echoing particularly loudly in runner-up France, where mainstream media prominently reported the suspicions and the country’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was even asked about them on a news show Sunday.
Le Drian stayed clear on the controversy, saying: “If there is a need to do tests, they’ll do tests.”
De Angelis mentioned the band needs to place the controversy behind them as a result of drug use goes in opposition to their ethos and message.
“We are totally against cocaine and the use of drugs and we would have never done it of course, so we are shocked that many people believe this,” she mentioned.
The band received its begin acting on Via del Corso, the principle business thoroughfare in downtown Rome. Their scrappy performances in entrance of a Geox shoe retailer had been a far cry from the over-the-top, flame-throwing extravaganza Saturday evening that actually cut up David’s pants.
David informed a information convention this week that beginning out on the road was embarrassing, because the group needed to deal with different musicians vying for a similar prized piece of sidewalk whereas neighbors complained concerning the noise.
“They were always calling the police,” De Angelis mentioned, laughing.
Måneskin’s win was solely Italy’s third victory within the contest and the primary since Toto Cutugno took the glory in 1990. The victory means Italy will host subsequent 12 months’s competitors, with cities bidding for the glory.
Launched in 1956 to foster unity after World War II, Eurovision advanced through the years from a bland ballad-fest to a campy, feel-good extravaganza. It has grown from seven nations to incorporate greater than 40, together with non-European nations resembling Israel and far-away Australia.
Legend has it that Eurovision received its inspiration from Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival, which started in 1951 as a post-war effort to spice up Italian tradition and the financial system of the Ligurian coastal metropolis that has housed it ever since.
Perhaps finest recognized for having launched the likes of Andrea Boccelli and considered one of Italy’s most well-known songs “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” — popularly often known as “Volare” — the Sanremo pageant often picks Italy’s official choice for the Eurovision contest.
Måneskin received Sanremo this 12 months with the identical track, “Zitti e Buoni” (“Quiet and good”) that it carried out Saturday evening in Rotterdam.
De Angelis mentioned she hoped that their victory would ship a message to future Italian contestants that ballads aren’t the one style that may win contests.
“We think maybe from now on more bands will have the chance to play what they want and not be influenced by the radios or what the main genre is in Italy,” she mentioned. “They can feel themselves and play rock music too.”
— AP reporter John Leicester contributed to this report from Le Pecq, France.