On Saturday morning, Joost Klein was disqualified from Eurovision 2024 following an incident with a member of staff at the event. Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS have now issued a statement that gives detail on the exact event that occurred.

“An incident occurred after last Thursday’s performance. Against clearly made agreements, Joost was filmed when he had just gotten off stage and had to rush to the greenroom. At that moment, Joost repeatedly indicated that he did not want to be filmed. This wasn’t respected. This led to a threatening movement from Joost towards the camera. Joost did not touch the camera woman. This incident was reported, followed by an investigation by the EBU and police.

“Yesterday and today we consulted extensively with the EBU and proposed several solutions. Nevertheless, the EBU has still decided to disqualify Joost Klein. AVROTROS finds the penalty very heavy and disproportionate. We stand for good manners — let there be no misunderstanding about that — but in our view, an exclusion order is not proportional to this incident.

“We are very disappointed and upset for the millions of fans who were so excited for tonight. What Joost brought to the Netherlands and Europe shouldn’t have ended this way.”

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Paul
Paul
7 days ago

Aftonbladet reports that Joost Klein has admitted the deed in questioning. The case is scheduled to be closed in June. – He said that he was very stressed by all the photographers, and asked them to stop filming. Joost believes that some photographers got way to close. He became angry and raised his arm with a fist and lunged at a photographer, according to the source. However, he didn’t hit the photographer. On the way from the incident, Joost Klein is also said, according to people who were present behind the scene, to have expressed himself very remorsefully and to… Read more »

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
7 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Fun story, but Aftonbladet is a nasty tabloid. They only have 1 source, and the golden rule in journalism is ‘one source, is no source’. They were also the ones inside the hotel (the one where all the delegations stay) on Friday, following him to the elevator. I wonder if that’s permitted…

Fatima
Fatima
7 days ago

We know for sure is that a female employee felt so threatened, she reported the incident to the police. It must have been more than bad “manners”, for which neither Klein or AVROTROS have apologised.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
7 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

The “threat” is still subjective here, regardless of how Swedish tabloids spin the story. We can’t confirm if this was truly threatening until after the footage has been released. Avrotros had an agreement (made during the rehearsals) with the EBU/SVT to not be filmed. Backstage is a safe space for the participants, and this violation of privacy should now be investigated. The reason they violated his privacy is clear as day: MONEY. Guess what she was filming for? TikTok, a Eurovision sponsor. Joost is the most popular participant this year, so if they didn’t have footage of him, TikTok would’ve… Read more »

Lisa
Lisa
5 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Where did you get that from, that they haven’t apologised? AVROTROS had actually said in it’s statement that they proposed to record a public apology by Joost, and a meeting in person with the camera women to apologize, but that both were refused, as were other solutions that they proposed.

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
8 days ago

So if he comes out to be overall innocent and what AVROTROS says is true (which it most likely is), then 1. They owe Joost and the Netherlands a very public apology 2. If Joost so chooses, he should be allowed to return to Eurovision to perform whenever he feels ready, whether that is as a contestant with a new song in a later year, or performing Europapa as a future interval act 3. Next time Netherlands completes they should get to automatic qualify that year And if they can’t do that to fix their mistakes, …Netherlands should pull out… Read more »

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
8 days ago

4. EBU should either refund the Netherlands’ 2024 participation fees or fully sponsor the 2025 fees.
5. EBU should spend media budget on Joost’ semi final performance video, to make up for all the views that could have been.
6. Next year, Martin Osterdahl must wear the blue bird suit during his “good to go” ritual.

poe-tay-toe chips
poe-tay-toe chips
8 days ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

6.5 OR Martin can just…go. For good.

Seddik
Seddik
7 days ago

Martin Österdahl’s resignation is inevitable. And I can totally see The Netherlands’ Sietse Bakker becoming his successor. Bakker’s name has already been floating around as potential future executive supervisor of ESC after a very succesfull edition in Rotterdam in 2021, where he was the executive producer. That would be a fitting part of the compensation for the Netherlands.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
8 days ago

Noticed Angelina was wearing different outfit in the final than in the semi. Isn’t that against the rules?

Yana Valladares
Yana Valladares
8 days ago

AVROTROS seems irrelevant to the EBU compared to KAN. Wow…

Andreas
Andreas
8 days ago

This is just one more regular example of how Eurovision organizers know how to remove an unwanted competitor from the contest…

Seddik
Seddik
7 days ago
Reply to  Andreas

A dangerous precedent has indeed been set. Not only can the EBU get rid of an unwanted participant, but countries also now have been given a way to eliminate a competitor.

Mikael
Mikael
8 days ago

Do you think we will see a lot of countries leaving the contest this year.? Many threatened to do so this year, but in the end nobody did.

Mikael
Mikael
8 days ago
Reply to  Mikael

I mean “next year” of course

Seddik
Seddik
7 days ago
Reply to  Mikael

Well, in just the last five years Romania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Hungary have pulled out of Eurovision. They’ll think twice before returning now that it’s such a sh**show. And of course Russia and Belarus were suspended. Now there is a real chance The Netherlands is going to quit, it’s not a good signal to the rest if a six time winner, that’s been present since the first edition does that. There may be countries that were already having doubts that have now been pushed over the edge by all this. Less participating countries means maybe having to go… Read more »

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
8 days ago

The Dutch commentator gave some more insight last night on his way to the venue. (1) last week during rehearsals, he was also recorded by this same person when he left the stage. He then also indicated that he did not wished to be recorded. This was also again communicated by the Dutch delegation. (2) Europapa ends with a 20 second ode to his deceased parents. Joost is a very special artist and relives his pain during this bit of the song. When he exits the stage, he is in a very vulnerable state of mind. Therefore the request to… Read more »

Seddik
Seddik
7 days ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

(5) Dutch broadcaster Avrotros made several alternative suggestions instead of disqualification, including a public apology by Joost, but the EBU was not open to them. The alleged victim refused to speak to Joost or even anyone from Avrotros.

Boo
Boo
8 days ago

It is amazing how the EBU was able to piss off everyone from multiple side, well done EBU.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
8 days ago

EBU /SVT did exactly what the Dutch would have done in that situation. So, it is deserved

Vrisk2
Vrisk2
8 days ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

No, they wokld have listened to both parties and try to find a satisfying solution for both persons with the least damage to the rule of law. It’s called: ‘polderen’ and is a typjcal Dutch way of handling things.
So no, you’re wrong.

Barry
Barry
8 days ago
Reply to  Vrisk2

It seems in Sweden you are guilty until proven innocent.

Barry
Barry
8 days ago

Best part of this show was the cringe acting of Martin O with his self inflicting mess.

Were was his statement of the disqualification? It seems the organization declared one of his oldest and loyal members for death.

Why took the camera a closeup shot of Petra? Even the name ‘NETHERLANDS’ was clearly not allowed to be shown on tv.

It seems they easily criminalize a country before proven guilt or finding a mutual solution.

Thanks for killing a man’s dream and the enthousiasm of a whole country.

Dida
Dida
8 days ago

He considered himself a VIP or something? Why not be filmed right after his performance? So sick and tired of these Diva attitudes for some artists. EBU made the right decision to expell him!

Rich
Rich
8 days ago
Reply to  Dida

Shame on you

Lisa
Lisa
6 days ago
Reply to  Dida

The real question that should be asked is: why are these artists invaded in their safe space, which back stage should be, for the sake of TikTok content. Artists are under no obligation to show what’s going on behind the performance on stage. This social media thing is taking over our society and goes way way to far.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
9 days ago

Time for the Netherlands to withdraw entirely, and for other countries to grow a set of b411s and withdraw from this 5h1tshow also. The EBU disqualify a country from the ESC for being threatening to a camera person, but they cant disqualify a country for their g3n0c1da1 actions that goes against the ESC’s very own motto and reasoning for this platforms existence in the first place. The more countries that withdraw, the less money there is for the EBU and the less power they have. Leave the 5h1t5how for the countries that need to manipulate the format in the hope… Read more »

Cameron Dreher
Cameron Dreher
9 days ago

If this is all that happend in that incident then i find this to be only unfair and a massive overreaction but respectless to the millions of fans, to the country of the netherlands and Joost, who’s career could be ruined over this. But if he said something really offensive i understand why he got disqualified and would completely support the ebu, which by current informations i wouldnt and dont. None the less I would wait for more info to draw conclusions and make up my mind. I would like to point out that with only the points from the… Read more »

Emkay
Emkay
9 days ago

As much as I love Eurovision, if I were The Netherlands I wouldnot return to ESC.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
8 days ago
Reply to  Emkay

I hope they return with Joost and haunt the EBU next year.

Seddik
Seddik
9 days ago

Sentiment in The Netherlands right now is we should pull out of Eurovision. At least for 2025, maybe indefinitely. Eurovision is bleeding. Loosing another participating country, a very loyal one too. It’s a shame that it had come to this.

Based
Based
9 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

You guys have my full support. Enough is enough!

Yana Valladares
Yana Valladares
8 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

I would be really sad to lose The Netherlands to preserve Israel, but I completely understand and support that decision.

Scotty
Scotty
5 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

Exactly why Isreal has to go it’s the only option for the EBU to save the contest.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
9 days ago

Look up Keren Peles (from the Israeli delegation) instagram stories. She cheering on Joost’s disqualification, and throws major shade to Marina Sati and Bambie Thug. And Israel ging their 12 jury points to Luxembourg?! They are utterly disgusting this year.

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
9 days ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

They’re just foul manipulative people who love nothing more than to look like victims whilst bringing things in to disrepute and cause chaos. The EBU are their lapdog, and they use their power as sponsors to manipulate their way through the competition to ensure that they at least get a great result so it “shows the world” that somehow people are uniting with them.

Mr.Abbott
Mr.Abbott
9 days ago

Watching the show, the only thing I thought about was the hard work and enthusiasm of everyone who performed on the stage during those 3 minutes. It is a memory they will carry with them for the rest of his life. It saddens me that Joost couldn’t have performed in this final. However, it seems that Avrotos supports him so I hope that one year he can come back and enjoy the show. I wish luck and success to Joost and I hope that he will soon forget about this nightmare and everything will be resolved.

Matrix
Matrix
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

He will not come back. No Netherlands next year at Eurovision.

Based
Based
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

The fought so hard against all the stress! Big props to them!

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago

Israel fake audio used to avoid too much booing

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago

Dutch broadcaster says EBU will use recordings from family show if segments become too anti-Israel with booing

Barry
Barry
8 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

Fortunately they couldn’t do that with the Dutch votes announcement by Martin O.

Ally
Ally
9 days ago

France stops rehearsal and makes a political statement. The person who was going to give points for Norway is taking a step back, as a political statement. The person who was going to give points for Finland takes a step back, probably as a political statement and/or support for Joost. Israel’s delegation has been harassing all week. Spain, Ireland, Greece indicate that they are being harassed by the Israeli delegation. Nothing happens. Ireland files a complaint against KAN, nothing happens. …but a threatening move from Joost is DQ _O- They have made themselves immortally ridiculous. United by Music, divided by… Read more »

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 days ago
Reply to  Ally

France made political statement? What the Guy said was very unspecific. There was nothing political about his speech.
Spain didn’t say anything, It was just one gay from a Eurovision blog Who was provoking…
The truth here is that some people here claimed that the audience was going to riot because Joost DQ and they were going to be singing Europapa all the time and It never happened. Be real, people in the venue have already forgotten about Joost.

Tony
Tony
8 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Exactly.

Matrix
Matrix
9 days ago
Reply to  Ally

United by Music, divided by EBU, well said!

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
9 days ago

Spanish television is showing the protests outside the Arena rn. This is so sad to see, this was supposed to be a party.

mandy
mandy
9 days ago
Reply to  Fabrizio

Portuguese tv also showing the dissapointment of the Dutch fans.

Robert
Robert
9 days ago

10 minutes to the show and the stands are only 60-70% full. Dutch protest?

Robert
Robert
9 days ago
Reply to  Robert

The boos already started.

Barry
Barry
9 days ago

Divided by Music, what a mess this year is.

Kosey
Kosey
9 days ago

WIWIBLOGGS BREAKING NEWS
25 May

The Swedish prosecutor decides that no further action will be taken against Joost Klein due to a lack of evidence.

Ern
Ern
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Consistent with the journalists defending Joost. They stated that no evidence was presented of an assault. The EBU looks bad right now.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

The damage is done. EBU and Israel proud of themselves

Doris
Doris
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

Israel has nothing to do with this. It can on contrary mislead the televote since they will perform #5 and you have to vote 06 for Israel. I am even thinking more since obviously EBU doesn’t want Israel to win because the running order tells it all. They have taken the opportunity to disqualify NL. I believe it’s not a coincidence that the country that was supposed to sing just before Israel is now DQ. And EBU choose to keep the running order before DQ for the televote number. It will not be an issue for songs below 10 because… Read more »

mio
mio
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

If this true, it seem he should be able to participate. Very upsetting.

Devito
Devito
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Well. I’m glad of the outcome and a fact the EBU won’t forget this night for sure. Joostice is best served cold in the arena, so I expect AVROTROS to get millions of cash along with respect from Europeans out of this situation. #banisrael

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
9 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Bruh, why do you hate Israel so much? What has Israel done to Lithuania?
I don’t hate Lithuania despite the pos Klaudija Šeinbaumas, sorry, Claudia Sheinbaum having origins there

Seddik
Seddik
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Very likely that is what’s going to happen. They’ve got nothing on him but the statement of Camera Karen herself. But his dream has already been broken and his name is tainted.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago

Dutch broadcaster says he didn’t even say anything. Just a gesture was made, then a complaint was filed and that was the end of Joost.

Disgusting from the EBU.

Innocent until proven guilty! Not with the EBU!

Alaska
Alaska
9 days ago

Loreen is not handing the trophy to Eden in case Israel wins.
QUEEN! <3

Dean
Dean
9 days ago
Reply to  Alaska

United by hate

Paul
Paul
9 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Against the EBU and the g3nocidal state? Yes

Efthymios
Efthymios
9 days ago
Reply to  Dean

*United against EVIL.

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
9 days ago
Reply to  Dean

United by love. We know where the hate comes from. From the river to the …

Alaska
Alaska
9 days ago
Reply to  Dean

United by ethics.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
9 days ago
Reply to  Dean

Hallelulia Sing a song!! Lets spread love and unity.

Karma is a b!tch and you reap what you plant.

Hu Hu Hu hurricane
Hu Hu Hu hurricane
9 days ago

I have a solution, ask mangoTV to lend the rights of Mari Kraivery’s performance in Ride the wind and project in 5th place as a Russian guest. If this is gonna be a mess let’s make it an spectacular mess.
Jokes aside, I recommend the performance for anyone who wants something to see on those 3 minutes. It’s lipped but I think is a nice performance to see. The angles, quality, sound and colors are close to eurovision(maybe even better in terms of video quality)
Pd: yes, mangoTV is the network who used to broadcast eurovision in china.
youtu.be/3QI-gKBn5Aw

Aziz
Aziz
9 days ago

Breaking news!
The odds from juries is inactive temporarily!

Jonny
Jonny
9 days ago
Reply to  Aziz

What does that mean?

Ellen
Ellen
9 days ago

All those people defending Palestine that were saying that it was because of Israel look very dumb now. And they’re awful little liars too. The guy went against a Swedish camerawoman. I can’t believe they’re spreading misinformation online for the case of Palestine and now they look like hateful liars. They’re not helping any cause actually. They just cause drama and messiness. Wasn’t that difficult to wait for an official statement instead of taking the advantage of this and campaigning against the Israeli delegation? Unbelievable.

Robert
Robert
9 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

What that camerawoman did to Joost is what vile Israeli delegation did to Ireland, Greece and Switzerland. You. Are. Not. Welcome.

Denis
Denis
9 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

There has been evidence about Israeli delegation making the arena unsafe for artists and journalists. That woman was one of them, she did not even work for SVT..
EBU needs to be aware

Ellen
Ellen
9 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Show me the proof. If you believe I’m gonna a nobody out of nowhere.

Ellen
Ellen
9 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

*believe. All the contestants sung now. Joost must feel very dumb to have acted the way he did

Camellia
Camellia
9 days ago

Guys, new update!
Turns out it was Karen Peles (the songwriter for Israel) who filled a complaint against Joost Klein. And then some people still say Israel is innocent? If they didn’t participate, nothing of this would have happened. Worst Eurovision of all times. I feel so sorry for Joost as well. Nevertheless, his parents will be proud of him?

anna
anna
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

I have this lie in a better form for you- one of Eden’s dancers was dressed like Joost and the whole incident wasn’t Joost at all! How’s that?

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
9 days ago
Reply to  anna

Thats a really dumb joke proving of such a bad taste,

Jonny
Jonny
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

Nice, victim blaming ?

Bastian
Bastian
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

If this is true and not just trolling its so so bad. Source please?

Samo
Samo
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

Nice try but the Dutch commentator explicitly said the incident was not related to the Israeli delegation. So either he’s lying or you are. I’d bet my money on the latter.

Camellia
Camellia
9 days ago
Reply to  Samo

Bet your money on whatever you want, the info is all around twitter. Go find it yourself, I personally don’t care about what you personally believe in

Axel
Axel
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

So maybe it’s not the same incident but Keren Peles posted a video to provoke Joost on her socials –

Keren Peles, who co-wrote Golan’s song, Hurricane, posted a video on her own social media accounts. The video zooms past a dancer’s shoulder to capture a close up of Klein. At the bottom of the camera frame, the text states, “The Dutch representative does not like us, and asked that we not take his picture. I respected his wish, and took a photo of our lovely dancer.”

Source: https://nltimes.nl/2024/05/10/eurovision-suspends-joost-klein-physical-altercation-photographer-report

Ern
Ern
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

A journalists defending Joost claims that no physical evidence was presented of an assault. Not sure if this is verified. But if true, this does not help the EBU’s image.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
9 days ago
Reply to  Camellia

This is not true

anna
anna
9 days ago

But no!! We need to find a way to blame Israel for this!! It can’t be!

jercle
jercle
9 days ago

Right-wing UK nut job Tommy Robinson has spoken out in the support of Eden and her song tonight, and has encouraged his followers to vote for her.

If Tommy Robinson is on your side, then you must be a pretty awful individual.

Darren
Darren
9 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Tommy Robinson was always a vile individual.

anna
anna
9 days ago
Reply to  jercle

You’re cheering for Iran I don’t think you are on a good side either

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
9 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Yeah extreme right supporting Jews nowadays … how ironic history can become

Doris
Doris
9 days ago
Reply to  DJdjdj

And gay community supporting islmists is beyond me.

jercle
jercle
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Why can’t some people understand this? It’s called empathy.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
9 days ago
Reply to  jercle

It’s not empathy, it’s chickens for KFC

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Youre twisting words just the way the sly Isr4elis tend to do. The gays are only against the g3nocidal regimes of the Isr4hellis. And it isn’t just the gays…its anyone with a conscience and an ounce of sense.

Robert
Robert
9 days ago

Concensus inside and outside of the arena is: we don’t car if our country wins or someone else as long it’s not you know who. Finally united.

Devito
Devito
9 days ago
Reply to  Robert

The slogan worked after all. 🙂

Robert
Robert
9 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Well instead of united by music maybe united by anti-zionism.

Devito
Devito
9 days ago
Reply to  Robert

You know it doesn’t work when Russians are saying the same thing while being criticizes over the support of invasion into Ukraine. I$rahell is no different and I think the “chosen” people brought the bad image of themselves for years to come.

Bastian
Bastian
9 days ago

Apparently Loreen refuses to give the trophy to Eden if Israel would win tonight. They’ve made a agreement that she will leave the trophy on a piedestal and then leave the stage before Israel enters.

Johnny
Johnny
9 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Let’s hope she doesn’t have to do that. I have faith we will avoid that scenario somehow

Darren
Darren
9 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

I’m waiting for her to make a statement (no pun intended) regarding the situation.

She has always been pro-peace but her silence has been noticeable this week.

Denis
Denis
9 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Agreement with who?

Bastian
Bastian
9 days ago
Reply to  Denis

SVT/EBU producers. (Source: Aftonbladet)

Ellen
Ellen
9 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Stop spreading misinformation. Where are the sources?

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
9 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Maybe Aiko is to be given the stage to sing her PedestaL AGAIN!!

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
9 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Loreen didn’t deserve to win last year, so this is just the cherry on top of her petty and rigged victory

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago

Not sure what Israel hoped to achieve by participating this year. But seems to me they have achieved exactly the opposite.

Robert
Robert
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

They achieved what they intended. Those are the best victim actors in the world. Mark my word that Eden will shed a “tear” after her performance so that in combination with boos she gets pitty votes. Nation built on pitty.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
9 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Im not watching this Hunger Games freakshow 2nite!!

Jonny
Jonny
9 days ago

Guys, how do you know, Israel’s delegation acts inappropriate to other delegations?

Darren
Darren
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonny

Video evidence all over X of the delegation members antagonising other delegates.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonny

Videos, even wiwi shared one, and other country delegations have come out and said they have been unpleasant interactions with Israeli delegation harassing and bullying and trolling them.

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

The Israeli reporter asked the same questions as the Swedish female reporter who followed Joost to the elevator.

Ricardo
Ricardo
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonny

RTP, the Portuguese broadcaster, issued a statement saying that the Portuguese delegation had witnessed cases of harassment by the Israeli delegation towards other delegations.

mandy
mandy
9 days ago

As a female im all about empowerment and safe working conditions etc but i do have to wonder if this would have gone so far if it had been a male camera person. I cant help thinking the EBU issued the strongest possible punishment to try and show they are politically correct and all about equality.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
9 days ago
Reply to  mandy

The gender of the camera person just given how this sounds seems like it should not even be relevant

Jonny
Jonny
9 days ago

Yes, it is relevant, cis head.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
9 days ago
Reply to  mandy

We’ll see what that incident soon enough, but my festive mood for esc has been ruined finally me liking a entry of ours this happens

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
9 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Its just a song contest. Enjoy the good performances tonight.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
9 days ago

JUST IN: Käärijä is dropping out as spokesperson in support of Joost.

jercle
jercle
9 days ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

Good for him. I hope more follow.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
9 days ago
Reply to  MaggieMayhem

Goatrijä doing what’s right.

Teddy
Teddy
9 days ago

Israel shouldn’t be here and neither should anyone who displays ANY form of threatening behaviour. Very hypocritical to be upholding him as a martyr of a g**ocidal state considering he continued to perform in and glorify Russia (one of the most dictatorial states on the planet) and in his music post-invasion. Just because he agrees with your political opinion doesn’t make him a good person.

Amaia
Amaia
9 days ago
Reply to  Teddy

Joost has never glorified Russia. He has a song with the Russian Village Boys, who are also against Putin

Teddy
Teddy
9 days ago
Reply to  Amaia

So singing, and this is a quote, “I love Russia” and “I love Russian women, I want russian babies” after they just invaded their neighbour and then following that up with a concert in the same city whose residents were out committing war crimes against Ukraine isn’t glorification of said state? Really? He was literally in Russia after they committed mass executions of civilians in Ukraine, but that’s somehow fine because he decided to sing a song with one anti Putin artist BEFORE they left Russia BEFORE they came out against Putin and AFTER the war started? See how that… Read more »

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Teddy

He got grilled about this song and the song has got nothing to do with glorifying Russia and he never made any statements supporting Putin or Russia’s war.

He is pro peace.

Unlike the Arab k1llers.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
9 days ago
Reply to  Teddy

Not all russians are bad people though

Robert
Robert
9 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Same as not all the jews are bad people. Let’s not forget that too.

Eurofan23
Eurofan23
9 days ago

Just one question: are all countries going to perform?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
9 days ago
Reply to  Eurofan23

Who cares anymore, eurovision season is already over for me again

Thanks Israël and cowardly EBU

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
9 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I hope eden wins. Its the end of the ESC.

jercle
jercle
9 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I’m the same, I just want it to be over. It’s looking more and more likely I won’t even tune in. I might dig out an old contest on YouTube. I’ve also recently got my hands on an RTÉ staff magazine showing behind the scenes at the 1981 contest. Might give that a proper read.

Doris
Doris
9 days ago

And Trump said he didn’t slept with Stormy Daniels. Can we here the camera woman statement please ?

Patrick
Patrick
9 days ago

That’s one version of the story.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago

Tonight will be the end of Eurovision as we know it.

EBU chose money (sponsor) and a non-European country over the European participants.

They chose money over happiness and safety.

Nobody in that arena is happy, enjoying or feeling safe and this is all thanks to the selfishness of the EBU and Israel.

Really disappointing and quite honestly disgusting behaviour from EBU and the Israeli delegation.

Patrick
Patrick
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

It has nothing to do with Israel. Stop being such a sheep

Paul
Paul
9 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

It has everything to do with that cancerous sh!t state

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

How about you stop being a sheep and see the unhappiness of many contestants, because they are being intimidated, bullied by Israeli delegation and feeling unsafe.

Visitors in that arena are reporting en masse that the festive atmosphere is completely gone.

Thanks to EBU and Israel.

Xyz
Xyz
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

What is their delegation doing exactly? I’ve read many such comments like yours but nothing really substantial.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

Money lovers ruin everything tbh

Safety in tel aviv next year is non-existent so artists better think twice, what is more important, your life or your career

Escpower
Escpower
9 days ago

So this is how you deal with your most loyal countries around EBU. The Netherlands did not reach the final for 8 years. But every year the Netherlands was there again. When Eurovision was at its lowest point in terms of popularity, the Netherlands came up with a Pre party to let the artists shine. And since then, Eurovision in concert has become a household name, which has only increased the festival’s popularity. The Netherlands was there to organize a fantastic festival after the biggest crisis Europe has had since the Second World War. And even today, after the avrotros… Read more »

Barry
Barry
9 days ago
Reply to  Escpower

Amen!

Darren
Darren
9 days ago
Reply to  Escpower

You’re so right Escpower!
It’s disgraceful and you have every right to be angry.

EBU will suffer the consequences of this. Don’t worry. This will linger like a bad smell for months after tonight and the only way for them to move forward will be to reform.

Europapavision

Camilla
Camilla
9 days ago
Reply to  Escpower

<3

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
9 days ago
Reply to  Escpower

AMEN

Mr.Abbott
Mr.Abbott
9 days ago

I don’t know how are laws in Sweden, but in my country a violent verbal reaction against a woman is considered gender violence. Be careful with what you are pretending to minimize.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

You need your head checked. Joost was being intimidated and if you care for EQUALITY than he should also be protected from harassment and bullying by this female employee and the entire Israeli delegation.

Israeli delegation is making all non-binairy and contestents who speak out against them UNSAFE. But we don’t hear a word from you about this.

I wonder why. Hypocrite.

Dean
Dean
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

You’re making things up. Israel has nothing to do with this incident. This is 100% on him.

Mr.Abbott
Mr.Abbott
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

If we were debating I think we would have understood better. Maybe my comment was too short to express what I wanted to say. When the police is involved I suposed it is because of something like that, but I’m not accusing.
I’m sad for him, I wish him the best and I expect everything will get resolved. I hope to see him in the next years taking part in the contest.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

The staff member violated an agreement with the Netherlands and chose to ignore the warning cues by Joost. I don’t blame her, and Joost should also not be blamed. EBU or the Swedish broadcaster is fully responsible for the actions of their employees.

Camilla
Camilla
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

And it rightfully should be, but there was an agreement to shelter a person with an invisible disability which was also violated, and if the camera woman wasn’t informed about this someone messed up. The penalty is disproportional.

Mr.Abbott
Mr.Abbott
9 days ago
Reply to  Camilla

I agree, it was very disproportional.

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

Clearly the woman was incompetent and can’t do her job. She should be fired

Mr.Abbott
Mr.Abbott
9 days ago
Reply to  Mr.Abbott

I didn’t expect my comment to be so controversial. I was totally unaware of Joost’s circumstances, which I have now learned from reading comments, and which provide more context to his reaction. I simply wanted to understand and provide an explanation for such a drastic decision by the EBU. It is a very polarized year and we are all very sensitive. I hope everyone enjoys tonight.

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
9 days ago

Guys, don’t bring Amber Heard into this. She was the clear victim of abuse and Johnny Depp did a smear campaign against her, let’s not forget that. It has been proven that he hit her and SAd her. So dont use her as an example to discredit allegations made by women. Thank you.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

There was literally a recording of Amber Heard bullying and mocking Johnny Depp. Abusing him.

There are photos of Johnny Depp with physical wounds caused by Amber Heard.

You are simply lying and supporting abuse of victims.

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
9 days ago
Reply to  Epicurean

He abused her. He literally shoved her a bottle down there and there are Recordings of him hitting her, so dont call me a liar.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

You are a liar.

Camilla
Camilla
9 days ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

Thank you!

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
9 days ago
Reply to  Anna Banana

But her dog stepped on a bee!

zach
zach
9 days ago

i hope the jury spokespeople excoriate the EBU tonight, at least a couple

Kim
Kim
9 days ago
Reply to  zach

Go Nikki!

Kosey
Kosey
9 days ago

I have an 8 year old family member whose favourite act is Joost. How do I explain why he’s not there tonight?

Jonny
Jonny
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Tell this member that he was disqualified and we don’t know the reason yet.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonny

We know the reason.

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

easy solution, play it for her/him/them instead of Eden’s … if that’s really comfort “your 8 y.o family member”.

Kosey
Kosey
9 days ago
Reply to  XOOOOD

It’s funny you should say that, I am exactly going to play the Netherlands anyway. I’m still going to play Israel as well but it is just unbelievably mean to exclude Joost from the final.

Emily
Emily
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

Ahhh, sorry Kosey 🙁 I wouldn’t know what to say myself.

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
9 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

I have the same situation; it’s my 7 years old godchild first eurovision and this was her favourite song for weeks. We told her this afternoon he got sick and couldn’t sing

Doris
Doris
9 days ago

Minor incident or not with the camera woman, his behavior during the qualifiers press conference was enough for a DQ. So should have been for Greece too.

Camellia
Camellia
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

womp womp
I guess your an Israel supporter judging from your comment

Robert
Robert
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Yawning is a no no but kil**ng babies is ok. You are pat*etic.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

HHahhahahahhahaha, you are delusional. What behavior? Standing up for Pstine lives?

jojo
jojo
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Says she wasn’t even touched, and of course there is no video of him hitting anyone, so it was all a lie from the Israeli delegation.

Epicurean
Epicurean
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

You’re a pathetic murd3r sympathiser.

DJdjdj
DJdjdj
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Why are you not banned ???

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
7 days ago
Reply to  Doris

Joost is a violent assh*le!