Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Last year Jere Pöyhönen, better known as Käärijä, took Europe by storm and quickly became the fan favourite of the contest in Liverpool. Along with his bright green bolero and some very memorable backup dancers, he won the public vote in a huge landslide with the song “Cha Cha Cha” and finished runner-up to Loreen.

He reprised his legendary track at the Second Semi-Final of this year’s contest in Sweden and was scheduled to be the spokesperson for the Finnish Jury at the final. Unfortunately Käärijä has since dropped out.

Posting on his Instagram Story, Käärijä said he is not giving out the votes tonight as “it doesn’t feel right”.

Here is the post in full.

He’s the second Eurovision 2023 act to do so. Earlier today, Norway’s Alessandra posted an Instagram video explaining that she feels the slogan “united by music” rings hollow because of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.



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Ari
Ari
8 days ago

Spokespersons take themselves way too seriously and always steal time. Get rid them.

Fatima
Fatima
8 days ago
Reply to  Ari

I agree Ari, when they were off screen things were much quicker and there was still the magic of linking up with another country. Now they all want to give a little speech before giving out one number. Plus the delay which was so evident last night. We’d cut an hour from the show without them being on screen.

Patrick
Patrick
8 days ago

But no problem to share the same stage on the same night with Israel when he performed! Hypocrisy at its best!

Anna
Anna
7 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

It wasn’t because of Israel, it was because of Joost. The two of them became friends during Kaarija’s european tour last year.

Seddik
Seddik
9 days ago

Dutch commentator when the audience booed Österdahl giving the Dutch results: “Eat your heart out, Martin Österdahl. With your incompetent bunch”.

Don’t think relations between Netherlands and EBU will be repaired very soon. Chances are quite big we won’t see a Dutch entry in 2025.

Azuro
Azuro
8 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

What did the dutch commentator say when they read out the televotes at the end and Netherlands gave 12 to Israel?

Maria
Maria
8 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

because of some right wing politicians who were begging to vote for Israel and I’m ashamed of it.

Andi
Andi
8 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

Why was this downvoted so much? It’s a simple question. And I would like to know that either.

Merlaie
Merlaie
8 days ago
Reply to  Azuro

He said nothing about that what I can remember .

Samo
Samo
8 days ago
Reply to  Merlaie

He wouldn’t have known at that stage.

Maria
Maria
8 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

I hope we won’t participate for a couple of years, the DQ of Joost would never have happened when Moroccan Oil was a Dutch company.

Ari
Ari
8 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

Love that comment! He deserves that.

Erik
Erik
9 days ago

Käärijä had no problem performing in the semis. I wonder what the difference is now? Inspired by the events today?

Camilla
Camilla
9 days ago
Reply to  Erik

Probably because of the events occurring after semi finals…

Marco
Marco
9 days ago
Reply to  Erik

Yes because of Joost

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
9 days ago
Reply to  Erik

He’s friends with Joost, the news of him getting disqualified for no actual reason mustn’t have suited him

Maria
Maria
8 days ago
Reply to  Erik

The DQ of his friend Joost

Seddik
Seddik
7 days ago
Reply to  Erik

After the disqualification of Joost he posted an Instagram story of broken heart emoji on a blue background.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 days ago

There is no article covering the grand final live. Probably will only be published after the winner is announced.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 days ago

I am watching the show and It seems people dont give half a crap about any of this. I really think the Eurovision on internet and the real event are two different things.
The audience on the venue IS behaving like usually, shouting, jumping and moving flags… Having fun.

Milan
Milan
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Well, they paid for it…

Andy
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

They might care. The EBU’s propaganda -lile anti-booing and selective production HEAVILY limit what is seen and heard from within the arena. The vast majority of people are very not in favour of terrorists states.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 days ago
Reply to  Andy

It doesnt show. In Spain the commentators had to say that she was booed and clapped 50/50 but we didn’t Heard anything odd.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Oh, they did care, just listen to the crowd whenever Martin Osterdahl is on screen.

Tommy
Tommy
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

I honestly think most viewers don’t even vote; it’s really only internet fans that vote.

Maria
Maria
8 days ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

That’s why they boo-ed very loud during the performance of Israel, and went crazy when Joost was announced, ( not visible live but on You Tube)

Milan
Milan
9 days ago

We can expect havoc from spokespersons this year.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
9 days ago
Reply to  Milan

But the public won’t know or care. It IS so pointless.

Marco
Marco
9 days ago

Joost iš buddy of Kaarija

LUO
LUO
9 days ago

Loreen also said she will refise to hand the trophy to Israel if they win.

Marco
Marco
9 days ago
Reply to  LUO

She is frim Morocco so no big surprisw

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
9 days ago
Reply to  LUO

That’s the cherry on top for her petty win

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
9 days ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

Well they never won thank God. Loreen didn’t have to stoop so low thankfully.

JdB
JdB
9 days ago

Nikkie from NL, and probably the whole team witdraws as well. No spokesperson at all from nL

svaat
svaat
9 days ago

The Dutch also decided to withdraw from the result announcements

Barry
Barry
9 days ago
Reply to  svaat

The only right decision. I hope the EBU has to face this moment themselves.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 days ago
Reply to  svaat

So will the Dutch results be nullified or will they just be presented by Martin O?

Barry
Barry
9 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I wonder if Martin O has the guts.

Maria
Maria
9 days ago
Reply to  Barry

Maybe when the result is low, when its high they never will

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
9 days ago
Reply to  svaat

Hopefully we’ll see more countries withdraw before next year’s competition. The EBU need to be shown that without these countries and without the support of the general populous, they have nothing. Fingers crossed the UK pull out too.

Fatima
Fatima
8 days ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

I would enjoy the show more with fewer countries. So yes, let them pull out. And let’s a have a final of 15 songs. Twenty-six is far too many for one show.