Israel’s prime minister has paid tribute to the nation’s Eurovision performer – as Eire’s contestant continues to criticise organisers and an Israeli broadcaster.

Switzerland gained this yr’s Eurovision Tune Contest in a contest fraught with last-minute adjustments, backstage incidents and boos for the boss.

Israel’s Eden Golan was clapped, cheered, booed and jeered when she took to the stage to carry out her tune Hurricane on the Malmo Enviornment in Sweden.

Regardless of solely scoring 52 factors from jury votes, the 20-year-old completed in fifth place after receiving an viewers rating of 323 factors – together with 12 factors from the UK’s public vote.

Ms Golan advised Sky Information she was “over the moon” with the end result and had ignored all the controversy surrounding her efficiency.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Ms Golan and mentioned she had introduced “honour” to the nation.

He mentioned: “They booed you and we shouted ‘douze factors’.

“I noticed that you just obtained nearly the best variety of votes from the general public and that is an important factor, not from the judges however from the general public, and also you held Israel’s head up excessive in Europe.

“You may have introduced immense delight to the state of Israel and the folks of Israel. Congratulations.”

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Israel’s participation left the occasion struggling to keep up its apolitical stance

Ms Golan responded that she was “proud to have the privilege” of representing Israel.

She added: “We completed the unattainable and it was a terrific privilege.

“I felt our nation’s love and everybody’s assist, and it was unforgettable.”

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Eire’s Bambie Thug performing Doomsday Blue. Pic: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

In the meantime, Bambie Thug has accused the competition’s organisers of not supporting Eire over a row with Israel.

The “ouji pop” star secured a sixth place end with their tune Doomsday Blue in Eire’s first grand ultimate of the music occasion since 2018.

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The performer, who’s non-binary and makes use of they/them pronouns, has been outspoken about their pro-Palestinian views and has accused Israeli broadcaster Kan of a rule break.

They mentioned they’ve been ready to listen to again from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) about what motion can be taken in opposition to Israel – in hope that “subsequent yr they will not be capable to compete”.

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Bambie Thug rounded off their efficiency saying ‘love will all the time triumph hate’

Bambie Thug – who missed a gown rehearsal amid the row – accused the EBU of permitting Eire to be “scapegoats”.

They mentioned: “They waited to the final minute, we nonetheless have not gotten assertion again to us, allowed us to be scapegoats, allowed us to be the spokesperson for standing up for ourselves.

“And yeah, the broadcaster has disobeyed the foundations and I hope subsequent yr they will not be capable to compete due to that.”

Bambie Thug additionally spoke of stress and stress behind the scenes, however mentioned they have been pleased with Switzerland’s non-binary performer Nemo for successful, including: “I simply wish to say we’re what Eurovision is. The EBU just isn’t what the Eurovision is.

“F*** the EBU, I do not even care anymore. F*** them.”

The EBU has been contacted for remark.

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The UK’s Olly Alexander performing Dizzy. Pic: AP/Martin Meissner

The UK’s Olly Alexander has additionally damaged his silence after putting 18th within the competitors together with his tune Dizzy.

Though the Years & Years singer obtained 46 factors from the jury, he was awarded zero factors within the public vote.

On Instagram on Sunday, he shared a publish from the official Eurovision account asserting Switzerland because the winner, including: “Nemo! You probably did it! I am so, so pleased with you.

“It has been such an honour to be on this journey with you. You broke the code!”


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