Eurovision: Dutchman Joost Klein excluded from the competition

Eurovision: Dutchman Joost Klein excluded from the competition
Eurovision: Dutchman Joost Klein excluded from the competition

Joost Klein will not participate in the final of the Eurovision song contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said on Saturday, which had suspended the Dutch representative the day before after an incident unrelated to Israel’s controversial participation .

“Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production team following an incident that occurred after her performance during Thursday evening’s semi-final,” the EBU explained in a statement. .

“While the legal proceedings continue, it would not be appropriate for him to continue to participate in the competition,” said the organization, recalling that it applies “a zero-tolerance policy with regard to inappropriate behavior.”

Thursday, during the press conference which followed the semi-final of the competition which aims to be apolitical, Joost Klein, 26 years old and with peroxided hair, attracted attention by expressing his disagreement with the fact of being placed at alongside Israeli representative Eden Golan. In particular, he had ostensibly covered his face with the Dutch flag on several occasions.

Joost Klein notably ostentatiously covered his face with the Dutch flag on several occasions. – via REUTERS.

His exclusion, however, has nothing to do with his attitude towards other delegations, the EBU stressed. “Contrary to what some media have reported and what certain speculations on social networks suggest, this incident (at the origin of his exclusion) did not involve any other artist or member of the delegation.”

Questioned by AFP, the Swedish police confirmed that they had opened an investigation for “intimidation”. The file was sent to the public prosecutor’s office.

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Officially apolitical, Eurovision has been disrupted this year by the war in Gaza. The young Israeli singer Eden Golan, 20, won her ticket to the final on Thursday evening with the song Hurricanethe initial version of which had to be modified because it was considered to allude to the Hamas attack which bloodied Israel on October 7.

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