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Eurovision 2022: Maneskin joke about last year’s ‘cocaine’ controversy

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Maneskin has returned to Eurovision with lead singer Damiano David joking about last year’s ‘cocaine’ controversy.

The Italian rock band was the winner of last year’s song contest with their performance of “Zitti E Buoni” at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.

The group returned to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night (May 14) to sing their new track ‘Supermodel’ before voting began.

After their performance, host Alessandro Cattelan – an Italian TV personality – asked the band if they had any advice for the contestants awaiting the results.

Lead singer David joked in response, “Have fun and don’t get too close to the table.”

The comment was in reference to last year’s Eurovision Song Contest controversy after viewers saw what appeared to be the musician taking drugs on air.

In part of the live broadcast of the event, David was seen leaning forward while seated at a table, leading viewers to suggest he was sniffing cocaine.

At a press conference after the ceremony, he staunchly denied using drugs, stating, “Thomas broke a glass … I don’t do drugs.”

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The band again denied the rumors in a statement shared to Instagram, claiming that David was not using drugs but was actually picking up glass from the floor after it was dropped by bandmate Thomas Raggi.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Maneskin did not use drugs during the grand finals. The band also voluntarily performed a drug test, which returned a negative result.

David’s wit was laughed at by the audience as well as Graham Norton, who comments on the BBC’s coverage of the event.

You can follow the live updates from the event here.

Find out all the information on how to watch the grand finale and when it starts here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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