Israel’s Embassy in the Netherlands has issued a formal complaint following a parody on Dutch television that included offensive stereotypes.

The skit aired Saturday evening on a Dutch series starring the comedian Sanne Wallis de Vries. The actress dressed as Netta and changed the lyrics to mock Israeli policies. She performed in front of disturbing footage from the recent protests in Gaza that left dozens of Palestinians dead.

The actress sang: “Look at me, I am such a sweet country/World leaders eat obediently out of my hand. And I put out all fires with a kiss/We are having a party, wanna come? Soon in the al-Aqsa mosque, which will soon be empty anyway.”

“Is your country surrounded by rock throwers? Build walls like Trump himself has wet dreams about/Throw a buk-a-buk, throw a buk rocket/Look how nicely I throw bombs/Yes, again, Israel is winning/Already for 70 years this party has been going on. Look how nice.”

The chicken clucking in the song was replaced with: “with your ka-ching, ka-ching and your ping-a-ping, with your dollars and cents and your funds, with your ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching.”

Speaking to NRC news, Israel’s ambassador Aviv Shir-On expressed his government’s strong objections to the segment.

“Artistically there is nothing wrong with this sketch, but that’s not what it’s all about,” he said. “The content was gross and insulting. The program ridicules Israel and packs anti-Semitic stereotypes as jokes. They also make a joke of all the deaths that have recently fallen in Gaza. That is inappropriate. In Israel we do not make jokes about victims, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian.”

A number of Dutch viewers were as outraged. Israel’s Y Net isolated several Tweets conveying Dutch dismay over the segment. “Is this what my taxes go toward?” one enraged Twitter user asked, while another said “once again anti-Semitism has returned to the mainstream! How sad.”

Israel Hayom has teased an interview, which it will publish on Friday, in which Netta reacts to the controversial parody. 

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Quote: “At least now you know who you talking with”. You either love or hate. There’s nothing in between. No room for discussion. Just your opinion against theirs.

Please don’t let it be like this crew

Josh McClaveinn
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This is disgusting. Dutch double standarts is not funny. Promoting anti Israeli,bias and pro terro agenda just to feel more human while their supporting the ones who act the least human.

HoneywithTea
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Actually if you do some research, you will see that the majority of the residents of those Israeli settlements are French, Russians, Americans… and even families from Dubai…
So I think it is safe to say the whole World doesn’t give a f***

PolishBoy
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LOL LOL LOL

Netta is now in Amsterdam and apparently everyone there is crazy and in love with her.

That parody only helped Netta and Israel one more time to be in all news and Israel apparently loved that because they even issued a formal complaint right away to add a little more polemic and controversy LOL LOL and LOL

I’m sure Eurovision and EBU is also happy because this Eurovision will be the most talked about edition. Anyway……

namel
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Polish boy. Whatever helps you sleep at night, i guess.

Derpy Person
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Sorry Israël but you don’t get to claim anti-Semitism on a parody that tries to increase awareness on the political situation your country is in regarding recent events.

funny girl
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JP’s Embassy in the Netta issues formal complaint over “gross and insulting” japanese parody

Stan
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Funny parody! Good work!

And to all people using ‘antisemitism’ in vain here: check history to see what that actually is

HBau
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Quick note: Sanne was the host, not the performer. She was also on the Dutch version of The Mole, which I can strongly recommend.

Tas
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And she won, haha. I was so sure it was Jochem!

HBau
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I actually thought she was the Mole lol

Erik
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I think this is a very good parody. And it reflects the politics of Israel. I do not understand why Israeli officials in the Netherlands complain about the sketch.

FEMKE
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She’s a hero! Thanks Sanne ?

Storm25
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What is offensive is Israel killing children daily. And they get along with that. But Russia gets booed every year because the occupation of Crimea. Double standard if you ask me.

Rob
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Because they don’t. It’s just arab propoganda that makes you believe that, which is sad..

Karl
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Rob you are absolutely brainwashed. If you call any non-Israeli media “propaganda,” I don’t know what to tell you.

Pollaski
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Dang right Trump dreams about Israels wall. Its a good, effective wall.

Purple Mask
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Sanne Wallis de Vries: Why would you do this? So much for the rest of your career. 🙁

Netta is Queen
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Netanyahu is her country’s leader. If you get called to the highest office in the country, you go. Also, it is obvious Netta does not agree with Netanyahu and Likud’s platform considering she was a high ranking member of the Noar Oved, Israel’s Labor Party youth movement. So visiting your country’s leader is not a validation for ridicule, especially when you disagree with their political stances. Netta did nothing wrong in this scenario and should not be subject to having her song become a mockery full of anti-Semitic references and trashing the country she calls home. This goes way beyond… Read more »
Nitz
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How is it wrong that she met netanyahu as the winner of Eurovision? She’s doing the right thing, she chooses not to mix politics into this and just enjoys her time as the winner as long as it lasts. Doesn’t mean she supports him in any way. All the associations you mentioned are associations that you make yourself. Other people know better then that

Nitz
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The fact you didn’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I’ve seen a few times before that winners and contestants in general, met with their countries leaders. Netta can do whatever she chooses. Stop making more of this than it is

Europe85
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Sad but true!

Rob
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Actually, it all made out of anti-semitic lies. Reminds me of the Natzis, everyone believed it back then, why not believe it now?

Pencils.
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Just because anti-Semitism is a thing doesn’t make critique (even in Satire like here) of a country anti-Semitism by itself.

sevzch
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The funny part is that netta is currently in amsterdam XD

Life is a drag
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Yes, that is amazingly funny… -_-

Hada
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Having an Eurovision focused on music was nice while it lasted. Sigh.

Miss Uncongeniality
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And what about the parody in israel’s television, about Cyprus? that is not a shame? bunch of hypocrites

sevzch
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The israeli embassy complained that in the dutch parody the are connection to jews and money which is racist…. the israeli one is for fun… if you understood hebrew you would know there is a clear diffrence between the two!

sevzch
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They didnt insult cyprus in israeli tv…. it was a little sketch thats all… see the translation of the sketch and youll get it… i think that if it was insulting eleni wouldnt agree to perform with netta in the tel aviv gay pride in june

Passarinho
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I’m appaled not by this humor sketch , but because of what Israel’s communications minister, minister Ayoub Kara has reportedly said recently, and I quote:

“We will invite Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States — Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and also Tunisia to participate in the Eurovision contest. Why not? If they just request it.”

It is shameful, politicians should not have the power to choose who participate in eurovison.
Israel, Eurovision is not your toy!

Rob
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He didn’t really mean it. It was his way of saying, “We have no problem with the arab world, we even call them to come to Israel. It’s just terrorists that are not invited”

Passarinho
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The contest should be apolitical, meaning that governments should not have the power to make decisions of what content is show or who participates in it.
If Israel whants to host a diferent song contest with their neighbours to strengthen their diplomatic ties that’s in their power to do so, but they should not use eurovision for that

Truth Teller
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Hah, someone really gets his jollies by creating controversy both real and fake over The Netherlands.
As it pertains to this parody, on the one I do not like pulling singers and songs who have nothing to do with the dirty politics of they country into such controversy. However, when it comes to the content of this parody, I’m gonna say: Spot on! Luckily, in The Netherlands, there is freedom of speech and freedom to call out things as they are so take your complaints and shove ’em.

Mimi
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Spot on if you believe the lies of terrorists.. didnt you have enough attacks in europe in the past couple of years to understand how they operate?

Kobe
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Pity that cyprus has not won.
Then we would have been spared from all this political misery…

Purple Mask
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Actually, we wouldn’t have been spared from political disputes if ESC were in Cyprus. I’ll leave you all to figure out why.

Love love peace piece
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Love love peace piece

Jokes don’t kill people, guns do.

Cengal
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Bless the internet that helped all of us to see the truth about the holoh.o. ax and the lies of Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg in their fake videos they created.

Doctor Who
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You’re a fool

Rob
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LOL, WHAT.

Love love peace piece
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Love love peace piece

Roofs of glass…oops!
The content is not anti-semit at all, it’s anty Israeli politics.

Pencils.
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Thank You.

beccaboo1212
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Netta’s gonna be so angry when she hears this. 🙁 Also, what if my favorite, “Mall”, was parodied in the foreseeable future? 🙁

Pollaski
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Itd be so easy considering what Mall means in english.

Joe
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We GET IT. You like “Mall.” Me personally, I thought it was well-sung but suffered from sounding like a bad modern Bon Jovi song. But if that floats your boat, man, have fun.

My favorite was “O jardim” and you don’t see me mentioning it every single post I make, do you?

sean
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I am sorry for whoever is insulted, but everything said in that sketch is 100% true. When is this hypocrisy gonna end???

sevzch
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so when she says that there is clear connection between jews and money its a 100% true?

stommie
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Nowhere in the text is such a thing said.

Benjy
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The so called “parody” is more than gross and insulting. It is adding fuel to a fire and has nothing to do with reconciliation. It is using anti-jewish stereotypes and is questioning the existance of Israel by refereing to its 70 years existance. Israel is the land of diversity and stable wealth, this accomplishments are causing a lot of envy in muslim and leftwing worldviews as their cultural methods couldn’t do such good. Although I wasn’t a fan of Nettas Song I am now happier than before, that Eurovision will take place in Jerusalem next year.

Doctor Who
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Diversity? In Israel?

Princess cara
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Have you been in this world in the last 70 years? Of course there is diversity in Israel. We came from all over the world to this country, you can find here every culture, food and people.

Mark
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It’s a fact that the illegal settlements are earning people millions of dollars each year. The Trump family are just a few of these benefactors.

Giedre
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“Gross and insulting” welp, they may know these words and their meaning, I mean … 🙂

Cengal
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The Netherlands is one of the most FREE countries in the world. Is free about lgbtq, is free about any other topic. Can you handle it?

Luuk
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That’s a total lie! I am Dutch myself and this country has just a fake democracy. Many people here get subjected to all kinds of abuse on daily basis but no one takes any measures, same as in Belgium.

Nieke
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Agreed. The Dutch treatment of immigrants, refugees, foreigners, and certain religious communities, is shameful! When Syrian refugees arrived here, the police was very harsh towards them until some civilians stood up against injustice! This country is great only if you are Dutch, but if you aren’t, it is a nightmare! That’s NOT democracy!

Magpie
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What’s happening over in the Netherlands? First the questionable staging, now this?

Cengal
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Freedom happened.

LILIA
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This is an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic parody, anti-Semitic because of accusations of Jews as money lovers, a veteran stereotype invented by the Nazis. But most of the Dutch do not agree with this racist parody and the TV channel even apologized. Netta was invited to Amsterdam for a cover and a performance, so it means that the parody does not reflect the majority of the Dutch public.

Efraim
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The ‘greedy Jewish’ stereotype is waaaaaaaaaay older than Nazism. Mind you, Judas Iscariot stole from the common purse of Jesus’ group and betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver.

Sasha
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Hmmm… I saw the money bit in reference to all the money Israel gets from the US annually. But I see your point about the greediness.

Mark
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Israel’s illegal settlements are earning millions of dollars for people, including the Trump family.

Cengal
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The jews economical succeess was because they are a mafia, and holo hoax is just a hoax. Is not 1999 anymore, now people know things.

Hilariously Brisbane
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Cengal – You are despicable! And EurovisionFan – Cengal and I have such different views, how can you think we are the same person?

EurovisionFan
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So how come you have the exact same location? 🙂

Cengal
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@EurovisionFan
Is not possible to have the same location, i’m not these people, believe it or not.

MoltonS
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@EurovisionFan tell William to block him
And give his physical location here :)))) not the VPN he uses

Cengal
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@MoltonS
EurovisionFan knows nothing about me, because i’m right when i say i’m not all these other users.

Cengal
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@EurovisionFan_You are bluffing. I’m not the same person with the others named by you.

RobbieJames4UK
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OMG , this guy must be crazy
With a miserable life and sad person

Hilariously Brisbane
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Peace and love!

Cengal
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What bank in western world is not run by jews?

Hilariously Brisbane
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Sham on you!

Cengal
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Say what you want, but this video doesn’t make fun of the dead people, but the ones who killed them. Check the lyrics again. Is 1st person, Israel saying ‘I’m a sweet country’.

Mark
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I don’t speak Dutch; however I support anyone’s freedom to criticize government’s policies.

The Unproud European
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This contest has officially become unwatchable due to intense hatred especially towards certain countries in it. I salute the withdrawn and the never-participating ones, because when hatred becomes the norm, savageness flourishes!

KorianZ Bins
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Poor guy, really needs a girlfriend or boyfriend 😉

EurovisionFan
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Hahahahaha
As soon as possible

Daniel
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“The Unproud European” criticized all countries acting mean towards Israel and others, and congratulated the non-participating ones that would have been equally maltreated in this contest. You two obviously did not understand the comment above.

Nitz
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Mark, you’re wrong and saying things that are based on lies. israel isn’t hating on anyone. we’re surrounded by enemies and have to defend ourselves, that’s all we do. we don’t discriminate based on race, we have no reason to. there are people who are a direct threat to us and these are the ones we “discriminate”, no one else. i bet you’ve never even set foot in israel, so don’t act like mr know it all. right now, you’re the one who is spreading hate

Carl
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A while ago Israel did a parody on other contestants and now they are outraged when a country does a parody on them. Are only Israel allowed to have a sense of humor?

Roy Moreno
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We didn’t mock Mikolas, Rasmussen or Eleni, let alone call them murderers and use stereotypes like money and Jews…
Don’t be so naive
I’m always up for comedy, but that was crossing the line

Mark
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It’s called humanitarianism. We care for everyone.

Mark
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The problem is if you ever criticize the Israeli Government’s policies then you are called anti-semetic. This is why Ethno-States don’t work.

ThatPersonWhoHasHumor
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ThatPersonWhoHasHumor

Eh no:
The actress Sanne Wallis De Vries, the host, didn’t dress up as Netta. It was someone else called Martine Sandifort.

There weren’t a lot of negative reactions from Dutch people. Only some were disgusted but don’t say that all the Dutch people were disgusted!

Also, you shouldn’t take this whole show seriously, it’s made for these kinds of things!

So better luck next time, but don’t try to send fake news all over the world! xD

EurovisionFan
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This guy is posting multiple times under different accounts

Your location is the same mate

Rapunzel_1992
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Haha well done EurovisionFan. You can’t block him?

Danny
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Lola
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Let’s hope they don’t find the portuguese parodies, they did 2. One innocent and the other one not so innocent but very funny to me.

Hosh
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Lol there was also a polemic with the Portugueses because the UK didn’t appreciate their parody.

I see Portugueses like parodies 🙂

Frisian esc
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Im dutch and literally nobody thinks this parody was funny over here. And i mean literally nobody.

ProudDUTCHY
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I really don’t get why people blame the Dutch citizens for this? Yes, it’s totally rude and very unneccesary but please guys use your brains 1 person made this not the whole country.

Cengal
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Is never one single person that goes on tv and says ‘I want to sing, but I won’t tell you what’. The Netherlands might be booed, but so what, you should fight for freedom of speech.

Sasha
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Anti-Israel, yes…. I don’t see any anti-semitism though. In any case, the parody could have been done with more class.

Roy Moreno
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The use of Jews loving money and having so much of it is basically the anti-semitism here.
But yea, mostly anti-Israel
And as said above, it was crossing the line, laughing about people’s deaths.

Pineapples and Bananas
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Pineapples and Bananas

I wonder how many countries will participate in 2019, and if Netherlands will want to be there.

EurovisionFan
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For the first time some countries started the selection already. And all countries will participate, including maybe 2 new countries.

The hype is real this year and apparently everyone is wanting to go to Jerusalem in 2019.

Israeli KAN promised the biggest show ever produced. Lets see

2019 edition will be broadcasted in 2 American channels.

Joe
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Where are you getting that from?

Pineapples and Bananas
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Pineapples and Bananas

It was a simple and innocent question. This parody is against the country, and probably Netherlands does’ t care to be liked by the audience next year. Also Netherlands never participated in Tel Aviv pre party.

LeMale
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and do you know if they chose Teddy stadium or Pais arena?

Mark
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That’s a lie

Thevoice
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I know Germany, Sweden, Serbia… started the selection already
Are there any other countries?

Isn’t it too early?

Mark
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Just because you have a selection doesn’t mean you have to go.

Frisian esc
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Haha the Netherlands will be there 100%

Filipe
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The Netherlands already confirmed. And two famous composers are already writing songs and looking for singers.

Gnarly
Guest

Lies! The Netherlands has not confirmed yet.

Carl
Guest

I heard from a dutch that the most of the dutch people dont like Eurovosion and want Netherlands to quit. Is that true? I hope not. In Sweden we will never quit but we understand that sometimes you have bad placings like we in 2005, 2007-2010 but then it got better 🙂

KorianZ Bins
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@Carl

You spread lies
And you don’t even read Wiwibloggs, otherwise you would know that “In the Netherlands 3 million people tuned in to watch the grand final”

http://wiwibloggs.com/2018/05/24/eurovision-2018-viewing-figures-climb-to-186-million-as-spain-posts-biggest-year-on-year-gain/223405/

Denis
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It also says that it lost 1 million Viewers so either Dutch people didn’t care for the song or they didn’t care about the contest.

Mark
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Or the rival networks had more enticing programs

KorianZ Bins
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@Gnarly

Check KAN EBU