Eurovision competitor misses rehearsal due to ‘situation’ which required ‘urgent attention’

Eurovision competitor misses rehearsal due to ‘situation’ which required ‘urgent attention’
Eurovision competitor misses rehearsal due to ‘situation’ which required ‘urgent attention’

Ireland’s Eurovision Song Contest entry Bambie Thug said they missed their dress rehearsal following a “situation” which required “urgent attention” from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). On their Instagram story, they wrote: “Dear Coven, There was a situation while we were waiting to go to stage for the flag parade rehearsal which I felt needed urgent attention from the EBU – the EBU have taken this matter seriously and we have been in a discussion about what action needs to be taken.

“This means I have missed my dress rehearsal – I am really sorry to the fans who have come to see me. I hope to see you on the stage tonight.”

The latest controversy follows the disqualification of Dutch entrant Joost Klein for alleged ‘inappropriate behavior. A statement from the European Broadcasting Union said: “The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not be competing in the Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production crew after an incident following his performance in Thursday night’s Semi Final. While the legal process takes its course, it would not be appropriate for him to continue in the Contest.

“We would like to make it clear that, contrary to some media reports and social media speculation, this incident did not involve any other performer or delegation member. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior at our event and are committed to providing a safe and secure working environment for all staff at the Contest. In light of this, Joost Klein’s behavior towards a team member is deemed in breach of Contest rules.

“The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will now proceed with 25 participating songs.”

Dutch broadcaster Avrotros has said that it finds Joost Klein’s disqualification from the Eurovision Song Contest over allegations of inappropriate behavior to a member of staff at the contest “disproportionate”. In a statement on X, formerly Twitter, the Netherlands’ delegation’s official Songfestival page said: “We have taken note of the disqualification by the EBU. @AVROTROS finds the disqualification disproportionate and is shocked by the decision.

“We deeply regret this and will come back to this later.” Meanwhile, Bambie has been given an outside chance to win as the underdog has been regularly trending on social media with the hashtag “crown the witch”, a reference to their outspoken use of magical practices and the incoming song Doomsday Blue, which has lines about “hexes”.

They have been critical of Israel competing in the contest and called for a ceasefire in the Middle East. Bambie also told reporters that they “cried” with their team following the news that Israel was in the final.

On Saturday’s last day of Eurovision there also expected to be a tribute to Abba as it is the 50-year anniversary of the Swedish group winning with their hit song Waterloo as well as a performance by 2023 Liverpool winner Loreen, who represented Sweden.

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