The Netherlands’ entry has been disqualified from the grand last of the Eurovision music contest as a consequence of an incident involving a feminine member of the manufacturing crew, the competitors’s organisers have introduced.

The Dutch singer and rapper Joost Klein, 26, had certified for the competition’s major occasion however was absent from Friday’s costume rehearsals.

It’s the first time in Eurovision’s 68-year historical past {that a} contestant has been disqualified after the beginning of the five-day occasion.

“Swedish police have investigated a grievance made by a feminine member of the manufacturing crew after an incident following his [Klein’s] efficiency in Thursday evening’s semi-final,” Eurovision’s organisers stated in an announcement.

“Whereas the authorized course of takes its course, it will not be acceptable for him to proceed within the contest. We preserve a zero-tolerance coverage in direction of inappropriate behaviour at our occasion and are dedicated to offering a secure and safe setting.”

The organisers stated the incident didn’t contain every other performers or delegation members.

The Dutch broadcaster Avrotros stated the choice was “disproportionate”.

“We’ve got taken be aware of the disqualification by the EBU [European Broadcasting Union],” the radio and TV broadcaster stated in a submit on X. “Avrotros finds the disqualification disproportionate and is shocked by the choice. We deeply remorse this and can come again to it later.”

Friction between Klein and Israel’s delegation at a press convention on Thursday evening had fuelled hypothesis that the incident that led to his absence was of a political nature.

When Klein, who was as a consequence of carry out simply earlier than Israel’s contestant, Eden Golan, on Saturday evening, was requested if his entry Europapa might reside as much as the competitors’s motto, “United by music”, he stated: “I believe that’s a very good query for the EBU.”

In March, the affiliation of broadcasters dominated that Israel was allowed to compete so long as it modified the lyrics to its entry, then referred to as October Rain, concerning the trauma of the Hamas bloodbath on 7 October.

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The EBU has defended its choice by saying Eurovision is “a non-political music occasion” and “not a contest between governments”.

When one other journalist requested Golan if she had thought-about whether or not her presence on the contest is likely to be endangering the opposite acts and the attending followers, the host intervened to say she didn’t should reply the query if she didn’t need to. Klein, who sat subsequent to her, interjected with: “Why not?”

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Europapa, a pop hymn to European free motion wrapped right into a story of parental loss, had obtained robust applause on the semi-final and was seen as one of many frontrunners to win Eurovision’s 68th version.

In 1974, France withdrew its entry after President Georges Pompidou died within the week of the competition, but it surely did so earlier than the singer Dani had appeared on stage.


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