Italy Eurovision winners return house to cheers, a drug check

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ROME (AP) — The Italian glam rock band that received the Eurovision Track Contest returned house Sunday to the adulation of followers, congratulations from the federal government and a lot hypothesis that the lead singer had snorted cocaine through the present that he vowed to take a drug check.

“We need to shut down the rumors,” Maneskin lead singer Damiano David advised reporters at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport because the band arrived house after their victory in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Rumors unfold on social media after David was seen bending over a desk through the Saturday night time reside tv broadcast. Requested at a post-victory information convention whether or not he’d snorted cocaine, David stated 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 beneath the desk in query, however introduced David had supplied to take the check, which is scheduled for Monday.

In Italy, the drug declare did not mar the reward that poured in Sunday from the Italian institution for the victory of the moderately anti-establishment Maneskin, a glam rock band that acquired its begin busking on Rome’s principal buying drag.

Their win gave Italy a sorely wanted increase after a dreadful 12 months as one of many international locations worst hit by the coronavirus and can convey subsequent 12 months’s competitors again to the place the place European tune contests started.

The band was the bookmakers’ favourite going into the Eurovision finale and sealed the win early Sunday with the very best well-liked vote within the enormously entertaining, and extremely kitsch, annual tune pageant.

“We’re out of our minds!” Florence’s Uffizi Galleries tweeted, echoing Maneskin’s successful tune lyrics, together with a picture of a Caravaggio Medusa and the hashtag #Uffizirock.

Maneskin, 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’s wonderful. It’s wonderful,“ band members stated as they acquired off the aircraft and had been met by a gaggle of reporters exterior baggage declare.

De Angelis stated the band was shocked on the claims of drug use, which had been echoing significantly loudly in runner-up France, the place mainstream media prominently reported the suspicions and the nation’s international minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was even requested about them on a information present Sunday.

Le Drian stayed clear on the controversy, saying: “If there’s a have to do assessments, they’ll do assessments.”

De Angelis stated the band needs to place the controversy behind them as a result of drug use goes in opposition to their ethos and message.

“We’re completely in opposition to cocaine and using medication and we’d have by no means finished it after all, so we’re shocked that many individuals imagine this,” she stated.

The band acquired its begin acting on Through del Corso, the primary industrial 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 night time that actually cut up David’s pants.

David advised a information convention this week that beginning out on the road was embarrassing, because the group needed to take care of different musicians vying for a similar prized piece of sidewalk whereas neighbors complained in regards to the noise.

“They had been all the time calling the police,” De Angelis stated, laughing.

Maneskin’s win was solely Italy’s third victory within the contest and the primary since Toto Cutugno took the consideration in 1990. The victory means Italy will host subsequent 12 months’s competitors, with cities bidding for the consideration.

Launched in 1956 to foster unity after World Warfare II, Eurovision advanced through the years from a bland ballad-fest to a campy, feel-good extravaganza. It has grown from seven international locations to incorporate greater than 40, together with non-European nations corresponding to Israel and far-away Australia.

Legend has it that Eurovision acquired its inspiration from Italy’s Sanremo Music Competition, 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.

Maybe finest recognized for having launched the likes of Andrea Boccelli and one in every of Italy’s most well-known songs “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” — popularly referred to as “Volare” — the Sanremo pageant normally picks Italy’s official choice for the Eurovision contest.

Maneskin received Sanremo this 12 months with the identical tune, “Zitti e Buoni” (“Quiet and good”) that it carried out Saturday night time in Rotterdam.

De Angelis stated 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 predict possibly any more extra bands may have the prospect to play what they need and never be influenced by the radios or what the primary style is in Italy,” she stated. “They will really feel themselves and play rock music too.”

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AP reporter John Leicester contributed to this report from Paris.

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