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Controversy Surrounds Dutch Contestant in Eurovision Song Contest


Dutch Contestant Kicked Out of Eurovision Hours Before Tension-Plagued Song Contest Final

Malmo, Sweden (AP) — The Netherlands’ contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest was dramatically expelled from the competition hours before Saturday’s final over a backstage incident that is being investigated by police.

The organizer of the European Broadcasting Union said Swedish police were investigating “a complaint made by a female member of the production crew” and it would not be appropriate for the Dutch contestant to participate while the legal process was underway.

Investigation and Disqualification


The Dutch contestant, Klein, had failed to perform at two dress rehearsals on Friday, and the contest organizer said it was investigating an “incident.” Though rumors had been flying that the incident was connected to Israel’s delegation, organizers clarified that it “did not involve any other performer or delegation member.”

Dutch broadcaster Avrotos, one of the many public broadcasters that collectively fund and broadcast the contest, expressed shock at the decision and found the disqualification disproportionate. In a statement, Avrotos said, “We deeply regret this and will come back to this later.”

A Divisive Event


Though the contest’s motto is “United by Music,” this year’s event has proven exceptionally divisive. From controversies surrounding political tensions to backstage incidents, the Eurovision Song Contest has been marred by various challenges.

Despite the setback, the show must go on, and the remaining contestants are preparing for the tension-plagued final in Malmo, Sweden. Fans and viewers around the world eagerly await the performances and the announcement of this year’s winner.

As the investigation into the backstage incident continues, the Eurovision Song Contest organizers are working to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. The competition aims to celebrate the diversity and talent of European music, and it is crucial that all contestants feel supported and protected.


The disqualification of the Dutch contestant has added another layer of controversy to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. As the investigation unfolds, it is important to remember the spirit of unity and celebration that the contest represents. Despite the challenges faced, the show will continue, and the remaining contestants will have the opportunity to shine on the stage. Let us hope that the focus can shift back to the music and the talent, reminding us all of the power of music to bring people together.

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