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ITALY's Eurovision winner brought up his 'drugs scandal' live on air with a cheeky warning to this year's singers.

Lead singer of Maneskin, Damiano David, was accused of snorting cocaine in the green room during the 2021 contest.

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Last year's winners Maneskin performed on Eurovision tonightCredit: BBC
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Lead singer Damiano David was accused of snorting something - which he strongly denied

He strongly denied ever taking drugs - instead saying he had leaned over to pick up smashed glass.

Tonight he made a return to the Eurovision stage a year after winning to perform new music.

Asked if he had any advice for the latest contenders, Damiano said: "Have fun and don't get close to the table guys, don't do it."

Voiceover Graham Norton laughed at the gag and said: "If you don't know what he's talking about, Google it."

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Damiano was forced to deny taking cocaine live on TV after appearing to do a snorting action. 

He slammed speculation and insisted he does not take drugs after viewers spotted his suspicious antics. 

Speaking in a press conference after their win, he said:  “Thomas (guitarist Thomas Raggi) broke a glass ... I don't use drugs, please guys, do not say that.

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“Don't say that really. No cocaine please, do not say that.”

Those watching at home noticed as he appeared to lean over the table as the group celebrated.

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During the competition, the high-kicking lederhosen and eyeliner-wearing Italians, who were favourites, beat off stiff competition from France and Switzerland with their song "Zitti e Buoni".

And tonight the band laughed off the controversy as they returned to Turin ahead of tonight's result.

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Damiano said his band mate had broken a glass, which he was looking at
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The band released a statement after the eventCredit: Instagram
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