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.

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Elsa
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Elsa

So far the only thing I am enjoying are the postcards. Male hosts are both annoying with their easy jokes. And we still have to see Netta ‘singing’ one more time…

Nightingale
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Nightingale

Please, join the petition! Not only for Portugal and Hungary but for all countries that suffered from injustice last night and to prevent more problems tomorrow and Saturday. Some people were unable to vote for their favorite countries. In some contries, a lot of people got the message “error” while calling to vote for their favorites. Their votes didn’t count!!
https://www.change.org/p/eurovision-recount-eurovision-2019-first-semifinal

Elsa
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Elsa

Portugal wore PS colours with Arabic archs exploding in red. Do you think Israelis and EBU are stupid and blind? Forget it. Portugal is out of the competition but forever in our hearts

La Signora
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La Signora

Eurovision is a game. You are to serious, take it easy

Anna
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Anna

Portugal didn’t qualify just because people didn’t like it. Iceland qualified.

Matt
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Matt

Anyone know what happened with the last few minutes of the BBC Four feed?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It went down for a few minutes. Three UK tabloids have reported about it, but so far no-one knows precisely why or how it happened. Some Twitter fans were furious at the BBC over it. One suggested that Channel 4 take over the broadcasting next year. Let’s see if Scott and Rylan mention it during the Semi Final 2 commentary. 🙂

Marty Mc CU
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Marty Mc CU

Yes it was great show yesterday , more to come I hope. The postcards were original and great, interval acts and presenters all are pretty good . loved the presentations. In particular I really like the mash up of previous Eurovision clips into one remix. Loved that, and the postcards creating Aba Na Bi remix . Overall KAN are putting a good show on which they should be proud of. Just hope their govt doesn’t intervene with a tad too much hidden propaganda . It spoils things which we don’t need.

Jonas
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Jonas

Can you cite one example of the government intervening with “hidden propaganda”? You’re worrying about something that isn’t real. Is there even such a thing as “hidden propaganda”? It seems like an oxymoron.

Jossph
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Jossph

If San Marino qualified then even my cat can! Come one – he was off key for all the first chorus at least! Are tele-voters deaf?!!

stevan
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stevan

he deserved it ngl

La Signora
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La Signora

I secretly want San Marino to win, one of my biggest guilty pleasures. VALENTINA’S BACKYARD 2020

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Such things happen when kan wants to be in charge of everything and even being mentioned on the live show, something that hasn’t happened the last decade

Charles II
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Charles II

Not everyone can be as noble as you. If they had produced such an a successful complicated event, then it’s only right they get mentioned for that.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

That was just the first semi final, the success of an event is considered after its end.

Miguel
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Miguel

Exitoso? Tu que fumas?

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Sponsored by MyHeritage

No fuma nada, solo dice la verdad

Ana Mae
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Ana Mae

it was just streaming, no inrterfeance in actual broadcast

UweB
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UweB

Yes also with this really crazy results this year I thought that this has to do with some irregular things.
Hungary, Poland, Belgium,Portugal should be in the final – others who cant sing at all not. I m happy for San Marino but the guy can simply not sing – same with this screaming performance from Island.

Otherwise a great show. Cant understand all the complaint about the camera work. It was very fine.
Dana International was the highlight for me.

Davve
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Davve

Did u hear the belgian guy sing? Ig your own statement is true then he shouldnt qualify this year.

Efraim
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Efraim

I’m quite surprised Hungary missed the cut, but not so much about Belgium. Eliot’s live vocals were really disappointing.

Una
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Una

Eliot could not sing. And he said he’s still in school. The broadcaster made a wrong decision with their selection of artist. What’s more important? Eurovision or school. In my view, the whole Belgian thing ended in promoting a young, inexperienced artist on public money. And that of another returning composer who just *had* to go to Eurovision again.

Say please
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Say please

Plenty of succesfull Eurovision artists were going to school while participating. The age limit is set at 16, not at a college degree.

Marty Mc CU
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Marty Mc CU

I think Belgium had the right song choice . The song was just too big for Eliot. A stronger more mature performer would have given them successful qualification to the final. He did his best but it was obvious it was too big for him .

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Were they the BDS fools?

Charles II
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Charles II

Either BDS fools or some other disruptive people. Bottom line – Boycotting and disrupting could never win the day.

help
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help

Hmmmmm, is it Russia? Is it Hatari? Is it my granny? I expected more of their cyber security

Jubi
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Some countries were under attack too….Portugal, Poland, Belgium…

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

wait at what point did stuff start happening? I watched the livestream and didn’t notice anything strange…

Krzysztof Pilarek
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Krzysztof Pilarek

same here, I was watching the live stream from start to finish and didn’t notice anything. the full live stream is also available on YouTube – they didn’t replace it with a new uploaded video like they had to do after the stage invasion last year.

Andd
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Andd

I think the target was the KAN stream not the one in YouTube.

Kacper
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Kacper

Well we’ve got a problem when we were watching ESC on TVs our beloved Artur Orzech was constantly disconnected so yea ? maybe it was only for TV audience who knows

Alex
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Alex

Glad it didn’t affect the live broadcasting! I fear that something will happen in the final but i know that Israeli security is tight…

About Madonna: wtf they havent signed a contract yet?? is it because she hasn’t made up her mind?

Michael
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Michael

Supposedly she’s now asking for even more money and is making demands about which songs she sings.

UweB
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UweB

It s not Madonna herself who is responsible tor the organisation.
BTW she s not tailoring her costumes herself.

I think there were security reasons as well. Madonna and her kids were threatened several times when she wanted to perform in Israel which she did. As she loves the Country and likes the mystic way of the religion – Kabbala.

Alex
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Alex

She will be fine with extra security, i am not sure this is the problem.

The money could be the problem. and her crazy demands

Noah
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Noah

I hope we don’t see MARUV 2.0

Mememe
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Mememe

Of course something would happen. It is Israel we are talking about!

Fatima
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Fatima

This could happen:
1) Something might disrupt one or two of the entries in the grand final
2) They’ll go again at the end
3) Madonna will be stood down to make time for 2)

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

Have you watched the press conference of the semi final 1 qualifiers?

I think that something is coming due to Hatari’s answers…
I have a feeling that Iceland somehow will not take part in Grand Final…

Amanda McGoulash
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Amanda McGoulash

What did they say? No Iceland, no point.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Indeed, that was most mysterious from Iceland at the press conference. When asked what they would change for Saturday’s performance, Klemens looked down and disheartened; he then said stuttering that he didn’t think he could answer that question, because it would be too controversial??! Something’s going on there.

Amanda McGoulash
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Amanda McGoulash

Quite honestly he needs to focus on getting the vocals right rather than engaging in any stupid stunts. Both he and Matthías seemed strangely nervous tonight: timing issues from Matthías and some quite dreadful caterwauling from Klemens.

EstherESC
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EstherESC

Hatari used that answer in multiple occasions to answer multiple questions. I don’t think it really means something, I guess it’s just part of the image they are portraying.

SummerESC
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SummerESC

I didn’t like this arrogant behavior

Eyal
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Eyal

They are making the people around them very uncomfortable. That’s the main thing about the Press Conference I figured out. When the presenter turned to him he did those clicks. Like, what are we supposed to do with those clicks? Click back at you? You could see on the faces of the other singers they were tired of Hatari’s behavior and felt awkward and tense.

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

That’s true, even always-happy Serhat seemed somewhat annoyed by it when they were doing the draw

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Have you guys noticed that after Iceland finished their performance, the camera immediately moved away from them and in 2 seconds to the Estonian postcard?
It’s like the producers or something were afraid Hatari would do something on stage so they didn’t want to show it
Any other act got a few seconds to thank the audience
If they want to do something controversial on stage, I’d like it to be politics-free and not something which may disqualify them

Envit
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Envit

By Aftonbladet (Swedish news website), EBU caught them for a chitchat and told them that they reached the limit enough for EBU since they still continued with the politic provocations inside the host country (You watched their press conference after their rehearsals, right?).
Source: https://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/melodifestivalen/a/Jo7b84/beskedet-fran-ebu-gransen-ar-nadd (And don’t forget to use ‘translate’ if you don’t know Swedish)

La Signora
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La Signora

It’s only a strategy to make people talk about them

Simon
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Simon

Was BBC the only country to lose connection at the end of the show? During the recap of the qualifiers transmission cut out during Belarus, so we didn’t see the last 8 finalists recap or end of the show.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Indeed Simon, this appears to have only affected the BBC in some regions. There is an article by the Express about it, here: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1127238/Eurovision-2019-semi-final-technical-difficulties-cut-off-results-odds-BBC-video

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Omg, british people must have been shookth when they heard about who qualified after they were gone.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Haha, no. I think it is more likely that the feed only had a limited amount of digital time allocated to it. As some have already noted, it blacked out on the exact second when the programme was meant to finish – that suggests that it was either a basic input error or a problem with satellite time.
But if a cable was pulled, who would do that? A Conan fan? 😛

uwu vision
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uwu vision

Oh my god, me and my mum thought something terrible had happened until the message appeared saying it was just a resolvable, technical problem. Bloody heart attack, it gave me.

jjjoij
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jjjoij

is it because israel is pretty bad with palestina? that what they say

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Very sad about the cyber-attack, but it was also very predictable, and it appears to have been handled. Deep breath.

Eurofan
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Eurofan

The terrorists show again their ugly faces. It’s so ugly to attack the accessibility channels.
It’s good that the problem was fixed fast. The best answer to terror is the Eurovision fest that unified people from with music and love.

Linzi
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Linzi

What is happening guys no live stream no live reaction from you guys nothing ,why the silence ???

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

They’re at the qualifiers press conference most likely.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Angus, Suzanne and others are currently sitting in the live qualifier’s press conference. Once that has finished, there might be a discussion later.

Angus
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Angus

Hi! Apologies but wifi failed in the press centre during broadcast so we couldn’t stream – hopefully this will be resolved before Thursday!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Angus. x