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Everything You Need To Know About Eurovision Winner Maneskin

Fionnuala .Jones
Fionnuala .Jones

03:20 24 May 2021


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Italy's first winner since 1990

Eurovision crowned Måneskin as the 65th winner last Saturday.

Italy's representative won the competition thanks to the public vote.

 

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Måneskin represented their country with the song Zitti E Buoni and took first place with 524 points.

France’s Barbara Pravi and her song Voilà came in second place in what was a tense voting process.

Despite their win being marred by controversy (more on that later), their bombastic musical stylings and glam rock outfits won favour across the world.

Here's everything you need to know about Måneskin:

Who are Måneskin?

Måneskin’ are a four piece rock group based in Rome, made up of Damiano David, Victoria De Angelis, Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio.

They are hugely successful in their home country, with a number one single, Torna A Casa, three number two hits, and two chart-topping albums so far.

 

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When was Maneskin formed?

The group formed back in 2015, busking on the streets of Rome.

'Måneskin' is Danish for 'moonlight', in a homage to Victoria's Danish roots.

Their big break came in 2017 when, coming second on the Italian version of The X Factor. They were chosen by musician Manuel Agnelli to be on his team for the competition.

 

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Why are they in trouble at the moment?

The now Eurovision winner has become embroiled in a drug's controversy.

Images from Saturday’s ceremony in Rotterdam showed lead singer Damiano David at one point leaning forward with head bowed while sitting at a table.

It prompted viewers and people on social media to suggest that he was sniffing a line of cocaine.

After images of the scene went viral, the band were forced to deny the allegations at the post-show press conference.

Taking to social media, the band also said: “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.”

Måneskin’s explanation was backed up by the European Broadcasting Union, which organises Eurovision.

The EBU said in a statement, “The band, their management and head of delegation have informed us that no drugs were present in the Green Room and explained that a glass was broken at their table and it was being cleared by the singer.”

The statement added, “The EBU can confirm broken glass was found after an on-site check.”

Yesterday, following a voluntary drug test and a review of CCTV footage, the EBU confirmed no drug use took place in the Eurovision Green Room.

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