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Following the disqualification of The Netherlands from the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 — and on the day of the Grand Final — the Dutch artist Joost Klein maintained a period of silence. We only heard publicly from his lawyer, who re-iterated that Joost denied any wrongdoing at Eurovision. But last weekend our man came roaring back to life last weekend when he performed at the Freshtival Weekend in Enschede.

 

Joost Klein at Freshtival Weekend in Enschede

While the legal proceedings following Eurovision are still ongoing, Joost Klein has made his first public appearance following the Eurovision incident at the Freshtival Weekend in Enschede, the Netherlands. The artist performed a series of fan favorite songs, including his Eurovision entry, “Europapa.”

P-Magazine stated that the show had been in the works since last October, well before the Eurovision incident. There were 9,000 fans at the concert, and the organizers were forced to implement new security measures since they were poised to exceed the venue’s maximum capacity. Eric Van Oosterbaan, the festival organizer, confessed that after closing the area they used drones to ensure that the security situation was under control. It was just SO crowded!

P-Magazine added that during the concert Joost Klein made no comment about what happened at Eurovision. However, he did acknowledge the elephant in the room — and thanked the crowd for their overwhelming support.

I know everyone expects me to say something (about the incident), but everything is love. I love you. What a mentality here. I feel the love in the air. We need a little more love. 

Both fans and organizers praised his appearance, noting that he didn’t allow outside events to influence his on-stage performance. He felt emboldened and empowered. 

My name is small (*Klein in Dutch means small) but I’m standing tall.

Eric Van Oosterbaan was pleased with the artist’s performance and the popularity he brought to his festival, telling NPO Radio 1:

How he evokes so much emotion with just a few words. The people at the front had tears in their eyes. Above all, I am very proud that we were able to do this in such a good way.  He came in in a darkened bus. He had his own dressing room. I only saw him when he was on his way to the stage. So he was completely shielded. Joost Klein has become a world artist. How long that will last is always the question, but at the moment he is one of the greatest artists in Europe. In any case, the most talked about artist in Europe.

NPO Radio 1 also gathered some impressions from fans attending the concert. One of them stated:

The fact that he can give such a performance after what happened is just powerful, I have the feeling that he was moved because everyone was shouting so much. I think he felt embraced again, after all the drama. Joost as we know him is back.

Joost ended the concert with a remix of ABBA’s famous hit “The Winner Takes It All.”

 

Joost Klein’s Instagram update

During the concert, Joost decided to make a return to Instagram as well. He posted a text story that said “Love always wins” followed by a blue heart emoji (the color that defined him and his song during the Eurovision period due to his “Europapa” outfit). The post was made during the show, and while he made it, he said to the audience:

I thought I want to be earlier than the news, so here we are, this is breaking news, I’m about to post something on my Instagram story. 

 

While fans were delighted to see his return, some started to wonder about the meaning of his post. On the one hand, some fans believe that the post came as a way for him to express appreciation towards the support he received from both old and new fans after the Eurovision incident. On the other hand, others wonder if the post is somehow a hint about the outcome of the ongoing process.

New security measures for his following concerts 

Belgium is one of the next countries that Joost Klein will visit. According to The Brussels Times, organizers are already preparing to implement new security measures due to the huge number of people expected in the audience. He will perform on June 29th in Genk, at the Genk on Stage Festival. This is Joost Klein’s first performance in Limburg and in Belgium, and what’s more, the festival has a free entrance policy. The festival will expand its site to accommodate an additional 4,000 people, allowing for a total of approximately 11,000 people for the main stage. Additional emergency exits will also be implemented. Mathies Wouters, the festival organizer, said:

We have been aware of his popularity for a long time and his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest will only provide a boost. The security services will also operate at maximum capacity so it remains safe and pleasant for everyone on the site. For the biggest fans, I still recommend arriving on time because it is going to be very crowded.

More performances are scheduled for Belgium this year at Moenfeest (6 July), Rock Zottegem (12 July), Het Groot Verlof (26 July), Suikerrock (2 August), Lokerse Feesten (11 August) and Rijvers Festival (18 August ).

“Europapa” goes viral worldwide

The Eurovision disqualification did not affect the song’s popularity in Europe, as Joost’s Eurovision entry is reaching new heights by the day. It has been listened to more than 83 million times on Spotify, and in 10 European countries, the song is in the top 5 of the most played songs on Spotify this week. And the song has started to go viral worldwide. In the United States and Canada, ‘Europapa’ was at number 4 in the ‘viral top 50’ last Friday, and the song also seems to be immensely popular in Australia (ranked 2nd), Japan, and Argentina (ranked 3rd), as well as in South Africa (ranked 8th). Additionally, more than 100,000 videos have appeared on TikTok using “Europapa” as background music.

 

Are you happy about Joost Klein’s return? Are you feeling the “Europapa” hype too? Let us know in the comments bellow.

 

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Sal
Sal
18 days ago

I’m so sick of these ‘artists’ like Joost and Bambie always banging on about ‘love!!!!’ but then behaving absolutely despicably towards Eden because of the country she comes from….

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Sal

I agree entirely. Bambie made a fool of herself going on about love but every third word out of her mouth was “f—“. Joost needs a good slap. His behaviour at the press conference was absolutely despicable. Like a child throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get his way.

LawnaDellPlay
LawnaDellPlay
20 days ago

Ever so irksome

Seddik
Seddik
21 days ago

Saw a vid of Joost where he was telling the story of him volunteering as a waiter at Eurovision 2014. Never knew that. He even still had the uniform. He really was a Eurovision super fan. It is so sad what EBU did to him 🙁

Fatima
Fatima
12 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

But not surprising Seddik. If you give it out, you get it back

Anya
Anya
22 days ago

They had to book him to a bigger scene twice in Norway, now. I can’t even remember if we ever listened to a Dutch-singing performer before. Hm. Anybody who knows what he is singing about us in that song, Scandinavian Boy? He means Swedish, right?

Seddik
Seddik
21 days ago
Reply to  Anya

I have no idea why, but one of Joost’s nicknames is Scandinavian Boy. Don’t know which Scandinavian country he is referring to. Funnily enough the video for the song of the same name was shot in Germany.

Anya
Anya
21 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

Aha! It is in Germany! He is walking around with this cap with a Danish flag, but the landscape is definitely not in Denmark. Some Norwegians can talk almost obsessively about the lack of mountains in Denmark.
They probably just call him Scandinavian, because he looks like how we are expected to look. It explains a lot to me if he is singing about himself.

Jonny
Jonny
22 days ago

Where was his love for Golan?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
22 days ago

finally a article which isn’t about the trailer trash swiss bloke in the pink flamingo outfit

can we also do a poll regarding favourite celine dion song? eurovision’s biggest international breakthrough product honestly

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Play nice. 🙂

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

why? i don’t recognize this years winner, i’ll pretend israel has won and for security reasons it has to be hosted in neutral ground, switzerland

last swiss winner remains Queen Celine for me

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Can I suggest this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DqP-Xdj3jk

At least the Celine Dion costume makes an appearance. 🙂

Anya
Anya
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

lol. Nemo is actually pretty voice-savvy.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
21 days ago
Reply to  Anya

i call Nemo a he/him, the whole they/them pronouns just give me a headache sorry

i do have respect for the LGBTQ community though, i was not against Conchita (i like drag queens tbh) one of my fave celebrities in my country is trans btw, Loiza Lamers (first trans top model winner)

i call Bambie Thug by she/her too, without the character she is a pretty girl, and with the character she is a cool horror vibe act like Kiss, Lordi

Anya
Anya
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I try to remember the individual pronouns, because it often matters a lot to them, and because it can be hard for them to know if you don’t do it bc. it’s difficult or if it is to demonstrate disrespect. You can see some who are aggressive and picks the unwanted pronouns just to be hurtful. Nemo and Bambie Thug gets a lot of hate right now, so it wold be nice to try to give some leverage, be easier on them.

Ellen
Ellen
22 days ago

Women ab*ser out. Great. We won’t stand this hypocrite. Love always wins but it’s ok to be violent towards a woman. Karma got you, your dreams were crushed.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

Were they really crushed?

Barry
Barry
22 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

You seem to know what exactly happend, please tell us.

Cos
Cos
22 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

What about men right for a change. Did it ever occur to you women too abused men as well and nobody mention about this kind of this subject because women are protected by women right. If a man make a report that his been abused by a woman no one would have believe him, everyone thinks that insanely untrue. Who’s hypocrite in this subject.
Joost dream is shooting sky high and yours is drowning into a black hole

Amy Kelly
Amy Kelly
21 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

He never touched her so give that argument a rest!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
21 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

either verbal or physical abuse is a no go, same goes for damaging expensive camera equipment

EBU acted accordingly, but they also should’ve dq’d Israel, for members of their delegation harassing other countries delegations during rehearsals, filming without consent to provoke a reaction most likely since they were aware the EBU has been protecting them and they used that to their advantage

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
16 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Yes to all of this.
Not DQ Evil Golan and her nasty gang is gonna remain a big stain on the contest/EBU.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
21 days ago
Reply to  Ellen

Who did he abuse? When?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
22 days ago

For those of you commenting that the EBU has remained silent on the Joost Klein disqualification lately, EBU Reference Group Chair Bakel Walden was quite firm about this with Swiss newspaper 20 minuten after the contest. Bakel said: “…we would have loved to have avoided an additional crisis. The committees in which elected ESC participants sit discussed the process intensively. The decision was correct: there was unacceptable behaviour towards a production employee. If there are over 1,000 people in a production who want to work safely, then not only must there be clear rules of conduct, but above all they… Read more »

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Agree. The problem with that declaration is the “…implemented consistently” bit. Two words that turn that entire statement into a pile of crap.

Anya
Anya
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Thank you. That was informative. I’m thinking the case here is that during a more normal year, there will generally be less nerves so people will calm each other instead of making conflicts escalate. I’m pretty sure there’s been outbursts backstage before, but with a normal atmosphere, individuals will figure things out easier between them. If you think of it, a person who films musicians for a living have more to gain from reaching out here and cutting a deal, than filing a complaint. So usually, the EBU just won’t have to make those kinds of decisions. This looks pretty… Read more »

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Anya

A sane position.

Cos
Cos
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Without a clear evidence and avoiding this drama , the EBU should have let Joost performed in the grand finale and deal with the incident later. I think that’s more likely fair.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
22 days ago

i hope we just withdraw and stay away from this freakshow corrupt contest on long term

Kosovo want to debut, well lol they don’t know what hell they are going into lmao but do i care if they like esc or not, nope, i hope they dislike it after one edition to withdraw for good again

Sun
Sun
22 days ago

Joos europe is at your side. Another victim of the Zionist machine.

Raul
Raul
22 days ago
Reply to  Sun

Again the same argument. Please . The facts was he was aggressive to a SWEDISH WOMAN

Jonny
Jonny
22 days ago
Reply to  Sun

What proof do you have that Israel is responsible for Klein’s DQ?

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Sun

What is stupid thing to say. And please speak for yourself. You do not need to speak on behalf of all of Europe…

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
22 days ago

Meanwhile, ESC viewing and engagement figures are out. Those non-participating ROTW viewers’ casting votes were apparently mostly from: USA, Canada, Romania, Mexico, UAE, Türkiye, South Africa, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Online engagement seems to be where it’s all happening. YouTube had 42 million unique viewers across 231 countries across the week. TikTok is driving the Youth demographic as well. There is definitely a future to be aiming for there. As for traditional broadcast viewership, this was better-than-expected in the countries with larger populations. France went up significantly. Italy, Spain and Germany all did quite well. The decline in the UK… Read more »

Jo.
Jo.
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

on YT the grand final was geoblocked some countries tho, i had to use a vpn.

Anya
Anya
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Don’t worry about Norway. The Norwegian population were serious about boycotting. Maybe Iceland, too.

Kim
Kim
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

UK was obviously going to drop following a home contest but 7m viewership on a Saturday night is a massive amount and BBC will be happy with that figure.

Dennis Kinghorn
Dennis Kinghorn
22 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The UK hosted it last year which is why they got less viewers this year

Sally
Sally
22 days ago

What is taking so long in getting some kind of official statement on the matter from the Police or Prosecutor’s Office? They said their investigation was complete just a few days after the contest. And why is EBU still not communicating with the public?

Cos
Cos
22 days ago
Reply to  Sally

Is seems like the EBU made a big mistake by disqualified Joost without a clear evidence. That’s why they kept silence thinking we will get over it .

Marlinken
Marlinken
22 days ago

Iconique and legend. If Netherlands want to walk into a win next year, all they have to do is find Joost a good dance song.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
22 days ago
Reply to  Marlinken

no we don’t (hopefully)

hopefully many more countries will show some bravery and withdraw either to make a statement against this fake ”music” contest, get it cancelled for good

imagine letting a freakshow like Nemo win DISGUSTING, and israel 2nd in the televote disgusting

Amy Kelly
Amy Kelly
21 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Nemo had a creative song,incredible and difficult stage show, totally deserving of the win. And they’re a lovely person yet you call them a freak show. Seems you’re the problem here.

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Wow! You’re a really angry person! No wonder you to call yourself “anonymous”. If I was that angry, I wouldn’t want anyone to know who I was either…

Seddik
Seddik
21 days ago
Reply to  Marlinken

I’d love for Joost to get his revenge at ESC 2025. But I don’t see him going through the whole process again. He hinted at being done with al the obligations even before the DQ. Also I don’t think EBU will let him compete again even if he wanted to, they’re completely ignoring his existence right now.

I think chances of Netherlands participating next year are really slim. They absolutely feel wronged by EBU.

ana
ana
22 days ago

That just shows how easy people normalize horrible and violent behaviors of famous men. Chris Brown is still famous after beating up multiple women. Joost is being treated like a hero after threatening a woman with violence. You guys have absolutely 0 morals. Just admit it.

Tino
Tino
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

I’m not supporting him, it’s actually the first time I comment on this subject, but you have to admit EBU gave zero information on what really happened. If Dutch broadcasters and other countries’ HoD say that EBU’s decision was inappropriate, then I’m thinking maybe Joost Klein didn’t do something as terrible as EBU wants us to believe.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

I have zero morals!

There, I admitted it.

Barry
Barry
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

Innocent until proven guilty? How do you know it was ‘horrible and violent behavior’? The Swedish police said there was no physical touch. It’s more about the disproportionate disqualification without any decent explanation.

anna
anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Barry

You all blamed the Israeli delegation for this incident until the information came out and revealed that literally no one from the Israeli delegation was involved in any possible way. Innocent until proven guilty unless you’re a Jew? That’s your logic right? How very fresh. Straight from 1938

Barry
Barry
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

How can I make this about me?

Anya
Anya
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

If this guy was phrone to violence backstage, we would have known. The Netherlands would have known it for years already, they have zero incidents to report.
All there is is some mumbling, one time, from some authority without a visible story, about “illegal threats”, a “threathening gesture” one time, by some who led people on to think worse for a while. This isn’t even helping the staffer.

Like you said, with Chris Brown, everybody knows. Repeatedly. Multiple times. Patterns are how we know.

Rich
Rich
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

This is actually a very nasty statement. Ever heard about power hungry organizations and their leaders that put innocents in prison without trial? Would you also like to compare Osterdahl and his board to North Korea? It’s mind boggling how Ana dares to make these statements and comparisons. Or are you the one that harassed him backstage and dropped your iphone when he had enough of this borderline behavior? Better wait for the outcomes before making foul comparisons.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

You’re are rushing to judge him, because he’s a man and the alleged victim a woman. That can also be seen as a form of sexism. Would you be reacting this way if it was a man? Nobody is saying that he shouldn’t be punished if found guilty. But, until now, from what is known, it doesn’t seem to be something serious. The police said that it was nothing physical. What is proven, is that the EBU failed miserably in its obligation of protecting the artists, Joost, Bambie, Marina, Nemo and others. In my opinion they even failed to protect… Read more »

anna
anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

You were all rushing to blame the Israelis for this so Im not the one who’s rushing. Why was it ok to blame the Israeli delegation before any information came out? Why is it normalized to blame the Jews for everything but Joost is innocent until proven otherwise? What’s up with the double standards?

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

Ana, criticism of the presence of the Israeli delegation began months and weeks before the ESC. Therefore, your accusation that we are rushing to criticize the Israeli delegation is meaningless. This opposition is even more reinforced after the recent decisions of the ICC and the ICJ. Countries in this situation should not have a place in this competition. And the problem of dual criteria was much more harmful for other countries and delegations. And given the opacity of the EBU throughout this process, you cannot be surprised that many people link MoroccanOil’s sponsorship to the type of decisions that were… Read more »

anna
anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

You literally blamed the delegation for an incident that had nothing to do with them. The Joost incident had nothing to do with the Israeli delegation and you still blamed them. It has nothing to do with the war in Gaz@. As if Israel not participating in the contest would somehow, in any possible way, affect the war. So I ask you again. What was the point blaming the Israelis for the Joost incident?

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

Where did you see me write that Joost’s disqualification is directly due to Israel? But there are videos, reports from journalists and fan media showing the inappropriate behavior of members of the Israeli delegation towards other delegations. Where are the repercussions of this behavior? The behavior of the Israeli government in recent months is reason enough to prevent the country from participating. The EBU’s duality of criteria in analyzing inappropriate behavior is unfair when they write things like: “If there are over 1,000 people in a production who want to work safely, then not only must there be clear rules… Read more »

Rrjym
Rrjym
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

You’re absolutely ridiculous, basically stating:

– Joost physically harassed someone
– because they were a woman
– and people here blame jews for it

Shame on you. Hater.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Rrjym

Shame on you, because you don’t know how to read.
People here a talking about two diferent things:

  • Joost incident
  • Israel participation and delegation misbehavior.

What’s the connection? Duality of criteria.

When we point out this hypocrisy, for lack of better arguments, accusations of hatred and anti-Semitism immediately follow.

ete sech
ete sech
22 days ago

Happy to see Joost killing it after such an unpleasant experience at Eurovision!
Wish him all the best and I’ll be looking forward to his coming bangers!

Kauri
Kauri
22 days ago

This guy bullied the young Israeli singer in a unbearable and unaccaeptable way during the press conference in Malmö (which had absolutely nothing to do with criticism of Israeli politics), after possibly attacking a Swedish photographer backstage a short time before. But he actually still talks about love and peace. And his fans blindly believe him. So hypocritical.

Cos
Cos
22 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

What do you mean by bullied , it a free speech he made ( why not,) if I were him I would have done the same , I would like an answer , am I safe to be there due to the protests and demonstrations going on out there in Malmo.

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Cos

If any other artists felt unsafe in Malmö because of Israel’s attendance, they were perfectly free to depart Malmö of their own accord.

Joost’s behaviour at the press conference was insolent and disgraceful. I think he did a disservice to his country acting like a spoiled child who didn’t get his way. He needed a good slap but he got disqualified instead. I am quite comfortable with that.

Paul
Paul
22 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

Always the victim

Anya
Anya
22 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

You are taliking about when he said “why not”, right?

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

Do you know who doesn’t speak about peace? The Israelis. Go read some statements of their government from the last months. You’ll find lots of references to words that I cannot write here, otherwise my comment would not be approved. They even make veiled allusions to g3noc1de using words like “Amalek.” Google its meaning. Therefore, I don’t think that asking the question “Why not?” to be bullying. It is a way of questioning the actions of a criminal government and countering a propaganda campaign that was attempted to take advantage of the ESC. And the decisions of the ICC and… Read more »

anna
anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

And Eden Golan is a member of the Israeli government? What position does she occupy in there? Minister of defense? Minister of finance? Please tell. Also if you care to check the Israeli side you should definitely check what the very peaceful Palestinians had to say about Israel and co existence. Why only checking one side of the coin. Check the other and come back with an answer

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

Anna, KAN is a public broadcaster. It’s being used as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Israeli government. Their reporters are signing bombs with messages like “To G@z@ with love”. Are you ok, with that, seriously!?

They don’t really care about Eden, she was a tool. It’s a pattern propagandists use: a beautiful young and innocent girl. Russia used the same tactic with Polina Gagarina and “A Million Voices”. They know that sending a male artist under these political conditions does not cause the same perception of innocence.

anna
anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

Now my dear explain to me the “propaganda” aspect of the song. The 7th of October massacre happened. It’s well documented by the terrorists, you are invited to watch the many very disturbing footages from it, it’s ob the internet. So singing about it is not exactly a propoganda, Ukraine and other countries sing about war in the recent years and you’re all fine with it (Croatia and Czech Republic 2023 for example). The Israeli song was then completely re written to avoid any trace of Political messaging but yet, you still claim that it’s propaganda. So explain to me… Read more »

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

The song was so propagandistic that even the invertebrates at the EBU refused it more than once. I saw the images of what happened on October 7th and I strongly condemn the actions of H@m@s. And I also condemn the actions of the Israeli government, which initially deserved all my sympathy and support, but which in the meantime decided to embark on actions of collective punishment, war crimes and possibly g3noc1de. And you? Aren’t you going to comment on the behavior of KAN “professionals” in the reports I mentioned? Do you support their behavior? Are you also among the apologists… Read more »

Darren
Darren
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

There’s no point Ricardo, certain people here just play dumb when the issue of g3n0c1de comes up.
They’ll never listen to you, even if they know you’re right.

Raul
Raul
22 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

From Portugal here . So nothing to do with Israel . And I agree . He had an unprofessional behaviour. Period . People don’t like to see it . Ok . It’s democracy . But you are wrong . He was expelled from
Eurovision because of is beahaviour against a Swedish woman . If it was about Israel Portugal Greece and Ireland would be on the same boat . So who agree that he was right in fact agree with gratuit violence

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Raul

If the Swedish courts find him guilty and the type of assault warrants it, I have no problem with the disqualification. But what if the courts come to the conclusion that it was a nothing burger? Wouldn’t it have been more prudent for the EBU to disqualify him later? After all, we also cannot simply ignore AVROTROS’ allegations that there was an agreement that he should not be approached immediately after the performance and that the employee in question did not respect this. And what is the role of the EBU in this? Have they informed their employees of this… Read more »

Darren
Darren
22 days ago
Reply to  Raul

Says Raul who openly supports violence against Palestinians “because they don’t like gays but Israel does”

That’s the logic we are working with here…

ffs
Make it make sense, or don’t bother saying anything at all.

Amy Kelly
Amy Kelly
21 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

He said the words “why not?”. (And not even to Eden Golan). How is that bullying?

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Amy Kelly

It was a stupid question asked to Eden and it was not up to Joost to ask why she was told she did not have to answer.

Kira
Kira
12 days ago
Reply to  Adam

Why it was stupid question? I think journalist asked good question and people were interest to hear Eden’s answer. It was press conference anyway.

Kosey
Kosey
22 days ago

I have been watching the semi-final performance a few times and the EBU definitely missed a massive opportunity with Joost. His performance would have absolutely blown up in the final

Im so fab
Im so fab
23 days ago

That explains why he lost…

Jonny
Jonny
23 days ago

I hope he regrets his actions against the woman backstage in Malmö.

Alex
Alex
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonny

I hope she regrets not respecting his boundaries.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I hope that they both have learned a valuable lesson.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

^^^^ THIS ^^^^

Raul
Raul
22 days ago
Reply to  Alex

So . Get violence …. If we as a
Mental
Problem and don’t want jornalists around him he shouldn’t went to one tha biggest television events ….. he got publicity with all of this . I do believe that this was racional….. he is a very clever man …..

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Raul

I don’t know if is true, but I read somewhere that Joost is neurodivergent.(I don’t know if that is true, can someone confirm that?). Are you saying that we should not allow him to participate?

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Alex

If an A-list celebrity had a face lift and said they did not want to be filmed when they were leaving hospital, do you think their boundaries would be respected? It is one thing to request that boundaries be respected. What is legally permissible is a completely different story!

Anya
Anya
23 days ago

It’s not hard to understand why the Netherlands loves this guy!

Shino
Shino
23 days ago

Well deserved! I wish him a fantastic Carreer! And he is in Canada now with bbno$!

Mikael
Mikael
23 days ago

It is nice that in some countries ESC can actually atract artists who are popular at least in their own country. In my country (Denmark) our ESC performers for more than 20 years have almost exclusively been artists that no one had ever heard of before.(or after) (Except perhaps Basim and Fyr & Flamme).

Eyal
Eyal
23 days ago
Reply to  Mikael

Either established artists refuse to take part, or DR wants to encourage new artists.

Seddik
Seddik
21 days ago
Reply to  Mikael

Joost was popular with Gen Z and young Millennials before the ESC, but not very well-known outside that demographic.

I think the only Dutch entries of the last like two decades that had a number one hit in their own country before they went to Eurovision were Anouk (2013) and Ilse DeLange of The Common Linnets (2014).

Cassette
Cassette
23 days ago

Joost’s message is to the vengeful Israeli’s who had it out for him. Love does always win and triumph’s over Israeli hate.

anna
anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Cassette

All the Israeli delegation faced from most of the delegations is pure hate. Joist himself almost attacked a woman that had nothing to do with Israel. You can talk the empty “love love peace peace” talk but it’s worthless. The actions of this year’s delegations spoke for themselves. Blatant racism and antisemitism on display.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

For the umpteenth time: being against the criminal actions of the Israeli government is not being anti-Semitic. You are emptying the true meaning of the word. If KAN was truly concerned about Eden, they would not have subjected her to this entire situation. They shoudl have stayed away for a year or two, until the situation was resolved. Instead, they wanted to embark on a shameless marketing operation.

Kauri
Kauri
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

Even if you keep repeating it, it doesn’t make your argument any more correct. What happend to Eden in Malmö (also at the hands of Joost) was clearly ant-Semitic. Any attempt to relativize or excude this is fatal in my opinion.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

What happened to Eden in Malmo, was a form of exploitation. By her government and its public broadcaster. Everyone involved knew what was going to happen with the public in the arena and everyone took advantage in the way that was most convenient for them. And proof that it has nothing to do with anti-Semitism is that Russia’s competitors faced the same situation in 2014 and 2015, when their country invaded Crimea and Donbass.

Adam
Adam
15 days ago
Reply to  Kauri

I am completely neutral in the situation but being anti-Israeli is completely different to being anti-Semitic.

Sometimes, I do think a lot of Israelis love to be the victim claiming they are victimized for their religion. They are more being vilified for the actions of their federal government.

ana
ana
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

Bullying a 20yo singer and her team in a musical competition as if she is the chief of the IDF or the prime minister IS RACIST. Attacking random Jewish people abroad just because they are from Israel IS ANTISEMITIC. Not to mention that it’s also extremely stupid and pointless. What did you think? That treating the Israeli delegation like cr*p will bring somehow the end of the G#za war? Or is it just letting steam out on unrelated people because they are Jews?

Cos
Cos
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

The bottom line is… if Israel is smart enough they would have withdrawn this year. None of this antisemitisc problems would not happened but they insisted, so they have to accept all the consequences what it takes . Don’t complain and say no more, it is what it is

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

Israel has an arrogant sense of exceptionalism, which gives them the feeling that they should be immune to criticism. And your accusation of racism is very funny, because being an ethno-religious state, Israel has been harshly accused of racism by several NGOs in recent decades. Please, educate yourself a little about this topic. KAN is Israel’s public broadcaster and as such represents the country and the government. Furthermore, KAN is an active participant in propaganda efforts and hateful rhetoric against the Palestinian population. There are even videos of KAN reporters signing bombs that were used to bomb G@z@. Do you… Read more »

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  ana

Pay close attention to your words. While I use “Israel” and “Government of Israel”, because I know that in addition to Jews, there are a significant portion of Arab citizens in that country, you systematically use the word “Jew”. This is somewhat revealing.

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
23 days ago

Joost has also being added tomorrow as the opening act at the 3day outdoor music festival of Pinkpop in the Netherlands.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
22 days ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

Bambie is coming your way (and hitting a lot of Europe) late summer. Hope all is well.

https://www.kerrang.com/bambie-thug-announces-uk-and-europe-headline-tour

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago

The witch has been crowned.

“UK & Europe Tour”

I always hate when promoters put it like that. The United Kingdom is IN Europe. It irks me. It makes as much sense as saying “Sweden and Europe” tour, or “Italy and Europe” tour.

Sorry, I had to get that out. Naturally I do not blame Bambie, who can do no wrong.

Barry
Barry
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

As some national politicians often say: I’m going to Europe while they mean Brussels.

Marlinken
Marlinken
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

In Venice, I wanted to send a gift to a friend in England. The man in the post office said “you can’t, they’re not in Europe”. I stood there having an argument with the total stranger about how whatever political stuff is going on, it doesn’t physically move an entire country to a different continent (are Switzerland and Norway not in Europe?!). They have a king, a state church and nationalised health for heavens sake; how much more European can they get!

Seddik
Seddik
21 days ago
Reply to  Marlinken

The UK thinks its special 😛 It’s like that famous newspaper headline: “Fog in the Channel – Continent cut off”

Anya
Anya
22 days ago

They must be a great live experience. Do they bring the same dancer?

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
22 days ago
Reply to  Anya

They’re best frienda so I’d imagine so – they usually have two dancers – previous festivals, albeit any dance would have to work from the audience perspective (lower than the artist usually) as opposed to the TV/stadium audience at ESC so it’ll likely be different. So glad they’ve got some traction from ESC… Kills me to see talented people not succeed – listening to the new Taylor Swift album and it’s so whiney – guess money doesn’t make you happy 🙂 Give Bambie some money Swift!!!

Anya
Anya
22 days ago

I love Bambie Thug! They are not what I expect from Eurovision, but that just makes it more amusing. I like how they stood up for themselves, too!

Seddik
Seddik
21 days ago
Reply to  FizzPunk

Seven Eurovision acts at Pinkpop festival this year!

Day 1
• S10
• Måneskin

Day 2
• Joost Klein
• Douwe Bob
• Anouk

Day 3
• Ilse DeLange (Common Linnets)
• Loreen

Bonus: Davina Michelle, who had an impressive interval act at ESC 2021.