For many Eurovision fans it is one of the greatest nights of the year.
But for Israeli Eurovision broadcaster KAN the live broadcast of Semi-Final 1 almost turned into a disaster.
That’s because the broadcaster suffered a cyber attack during streaming of the Semi-Final online.
Anti-Israeli messages appeared, disrupting the live feed of the show from Tel Aviv.
KAN had introduced the online stream to make the show more accessible.
Speaking to Ynet, the broadcaster confirms the cyber attack was “quickly” corrected.
As the attack was focused on the online broadcast, the primary broadcast through television was unaffected.
Madonna in Israel for Eurovision
In happier news for KAN, Madonna has tonight landed in Tel Aviv ahead of her slated performance at the grand final.
The Jerusalem Post reports the “Hung Up” hitmaker landed on billionaire Sylvan Adams’ private jet.
If the EBU is to be believed her performance may be in doubt. That’s because they are yet to have signed a contract with the performer. Without the contract she won’t be able to perform on stage.
Contract or no contract, it appears Madonna is in Israel at least.
The contest will continue with the live broadcast of Semi-Final 2 on Thursday night from the Expo Tel Aviv.
Tonight the first ten qualifiers for the Grand Final were revealed.
They are: Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia.
They join the six automatic qualifiers: Israel, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.