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What happened to Maneskin after Eurovision? Drug accusations, global success and big return

By Simon Duke

It's been 12 months since Maneskin won Eurovision and they will be back on the big stage on Saturday night as their home country hosts.

Having trailed behind the likes of Malta, France and Switzerland in the run-up to last year's final, they emerged as the bookies favourite when it mattered most and then soared past their competition in the tele vote to clinch victory with their song Zitti E Buoni. However, the rock act's victory was marred in some controversy as viewers at home said they saw lead singer Damiano David snorting drugs off the table in front of him.

In a press conference after the Eurovision Song Contest final he strongly denied the claims, with Maneskin then taking to Instagram to write: "We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine. We are ready to get (tested), cause we have nothing to hide." Appearing on BBC Breakfast days later, Damiano said he was looking down at broken glass on the floor and definitely not taking drugs and vowed to take a drugs test, which then came back negative.

He told BBC presenters: "I feel really offended, I think that these kind of things are outrageous. We’re young guys with huge passion for the music and this is actually overshadowing our win. We will get drug tested to prove it’s all speculation."

What happened to Maneskin after Eurovision?

Maneskin left the drugs controversy behind them to have success all over Europe and America. I Wanna Be A Slave, just like Zitti E Buoni. did very well on the iTunes charts in many different countries, including the UK, where it reached number 5, after Zitti E Boni reached 17 in their aftermath of their Eurovision victory.

Their cover of Frankie Valli classic Beggin' was huge in America, where they have also appeared on Saturday Night Live, peaking at number 13. As well as chart success across the world, award wins have also come Maneskin's way, with triumphs at the MTV Europe awards and iHeart Radio ceremony. They were also nominated for a number of accolades at the Brits 2022, landing on the shortlist for International Group and International Song of the Year.

They will be back on the Eurovision stage on Saturday night to perform their new single Supermodel, which was released globally on the eve of the contest.

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Dive Deeper:
What are last year's Eurovision winners Måneskin doing now?
Måneskin return to Eurovision to perform their latest single live from Turin, Italy tonight
Who won Eurovision in 2021 and why they had to do a drug test after the final
Måneskin from Italy won in 2021 and the victors were in a bit of hot water straight after claiming the…
Maneskin singer appears to make cheeky dig at last year's false drug accusations during Eurovision final
False accusations against lead singer Damiano David 'overshadowed' their win
Eurovision 2022: Maneskin joke about last year’s ‘cocaine’ controversy
Italian rock band were accused of doing drugs on air at last year’s event
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Eurovision winners Måneskin address cocaine controversy as they make epic return to show
Måneskin returned to the Eurovision Song Contest stage tonight after a triumphant win last year. The group returned with their…
Eurovision champions joke about drug allegations during last year’s final
The lead singer of Maneskin advised Eurovision contestants “don’t get too close to the table”, referring to allegations that he…
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