why did Slimane interrupt his rehearsal just a few hours before the show?

why did Slimane interrupt his rehearsal just a few hours before the show?
why did Slimane interrupt his rehearsal just a few hours before the show?

VIDEO – Saturday afternoon, in a context of high tension in Sweden, the representative of France in the European competition skipped the a cappella part of his piece My love to share strong words.

New twist during theEurovision 2024 . Saturday afternoon, during the dress rehearsal for the show held in Malmö, Sweden, Slimane interrupted his song My love to send a message of peace. The journalists present on site filmed this passage and reported the artist’s words stated in English: “When I was a child I dreamed of music, I dreamed of this dream of being a singer to sing peace […] We must be united by music, yes, but by love and peace“, did he declare.

Will he repeat these words this Saturday evening during the grand final broadcast on France 2? “The Voice” winner had originally planned to sing part of his piece a cappella, rehearsal footage from the day before showed. This performance was also praised by Internet users and Eurofans. This surprise above all seems like an attempt at appeasement after the last controversial sequence. The day before, during a photocall bringing together the various competitors in the competition, the 34-year-old singer refused to answer a question about Israel and abruptly interrupted the interview without saying goodbye to his interlocutor. This attitude was widely commented on on social networks.

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Contacted by Jean-Marc Morandini’s website, Slimane’s manager also reacted and denounced “image manipulation“. “In the video, the first question is missing. Asked about the Israeli song, Slimane says it is a message of peace. Then, the journalist asks him a second question which he does not understand, because his level of English is not very good. He looks for help, but they tell him he has to go», assures the man whose identity is not revealed. “Here, it’s chaos, we must not let people believe that Slimane has taken any position», It is further indicated.

It is a Eurovision under high tension which is taking place in Sweden, enlivened by the participation of the Israeli candidate, in the middle of the war in Gaza. Since Eden Golan’s qualification on Thursday evening, incidents have multiplied. A few hours before the show, the candidate from the Netherlands, Joost Klein, was disqualified from the competition. At a press conference on Thursday, he covered his head with the Dutch flag to show his displeasure at being seated next to the Israeli. The artist who represents Ireland, Bambie Thug, and who does not hide his commitment to the Palestinian cause, missed the rehearsal in costume on Saturday afternoon due to an incident.

In the streets of Malmö, which has the largest community of Palestinian origin in the country, some 2,000 to 3,000 people, according to an initial estimate by the AFP team on site, gathered peacefully to protest against the presence of Israel in the competition. Police reinforcements came from across the Scandinavian country but also from Denmark and Norway to ensure the security of the event, for which nearly 100,000 fans from 90 countries are expected.

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