As usual, security always remains a major concern for Eurovision organisers. After two years of security breaches at the grand final of the contest in the past two years, KAN and the EBU are investing extra resources to ensure that the same does not happen this year.
They have, however, been tested by a security breach during the second semi-final on Thursday. Swedish publication Aftonbladet reports that two men entered the heavily restricted area of the press centre, situated next to the stadium where contestants perform.
The men broke through a two-meter-high chained fence, entering the press centre through an unattended exit. The pair filmed the press centre, before being questioned by staff and removed from the building.
Since the incident, staff on ground have ensured that it will be “impossible” to enter the area. Anyone currently entering the ground are having their bags checked and scanned, while everyone is required to pass through a metal detector. Staff are not taking any risks, and aren’t here to play games.
The security breach follows a cyber attack on KAN during the first semi-final. The broadcaster suffered a cyber attack during online streaming, with anti-Israeli messages appearing and disrupting the live feed of the show from Tel Aviv. The primary broadcast through television was unaffected.
KAN and the EBU would be hoping that it will not be third-time lucky for security breachers. Last year, a stage invader made it to the stage and wrestled the microphone from UK contestant SuRie. In 2017, streaker Vitalii Sediuk did much the same, bearing his behind on stage while Jamala was performing as an interval act.
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