Eurovision: an “incident” involving the Dutch competitor deprives him of rehearsal

Eurovision: an “incident” involving the Dutch competitor deprives him of rehearsal
Eurovision: an “incident” involving the Dutch competitor deprives him of rehearsal

Joost Klein, the representative of the Netherlands, will not repeat his song on Friday evening Europapaduring the important general on the eve of the Eurovision final, the organization referring to an “incident”.

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“The investigation into an alleged incident involving Klein is not yet complete,” the Dutch public broadcasting association (AVROTROS) said.

“This means that Joost is not authorized to rehearse this evening,” after having already not participated in a first rehearsal in the afternoon, we told AVROTOS, indicating that they are in “permanent talks” with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) which oversees the competition.

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The professional juries from the 37 participating countries will therefore evaluate a previous performance by the Dutchman.

“We are currently investigating an incident reported to us regarding the Dutch artist. He will not repeat until further notice,” the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which oversees the competition, said in the afternoon, without giving further details on the nature of the incident. “This is not never happened in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest,” according to the correspondent of the Dutch public media NOS in Malmö in Sweden, where the final is to be held on Saturday.

The 68e edition of Eurovision, a song competition which aims to be apolitical, is marked by controversies around the participation of Israel, qualified for the final, against the backdrop of the war in Gaza.

In Malmö, some 12,000 people demonstrated on Thursday against Israel’s entry into the competition.

During the first rehearsal on Friday, Joost Klein paraded with the other competition participants, but then did not go on stage when his turn came.

At the end of the semi-final on Thursday evening, the 26-year-old expressed his disagreement with being placed next to Israeli representative Eden Golan, notably covering his face with the Dutch flag on several occasions.

With his Klein blue suit with large shoulder pads and his peroxided hair, he interprets Europapaanthem to Europe and unity.

According to public television SVT, the “incident” mentioned by the EBU was a confrontation between Joost Klein and a photographer.

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