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Joost Klein is not going to take part within the ultimate of the Eurovision track contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) stated on Saturday, which had suspended him the day earlier than after an incident unrelated to Israel's controversial participation.

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The Dutch singer was disqualified from the Eurovision ultimate for making a “threatening movement” in direction of a camerawoman on Thursday night, Dutch broadcaster Avrotros defined this Saturday. The scene allegedly occurred as he rushed to the dressing rooms after the semi-final. He reportedly indicated “several times that he did not wish to be filmed. This was not respected,” says Avrotros.

“This caused Joost to make a threatening movement towards the camera operator. Joost did not touch the camera operator,” insisted the general public broadcaster in a press launch.

“Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production team following an incident following her performance in Thursday evening's semi-final,” the EBU defined earlier in a press launch. “While the legal proceedings continue, it would not be appropriate for him to continue to participate in the competition,” stated the group, recalling that it applies “a zero tolerance policy with regard to inappropriate behavior.”

READ ALSO Eurovision 2024: the Malmö censors and the “details” of October 7Thursday, throughout the press convention which adopted the semi-final of the competitors which goals to be apolitical, Joost Klein, 26 years previous and with peroxided hair, attracted consideration by expressing his disagreement with the actual fact of being positioned at alongside Israeli consultant Eden Golan. In explicit, he had ostensibly coated his face with the Dutch flag on a number of events.

An unrelated incident with one other artist

His exclusion, nevertheless, has nothing to do along with his perspective in direction of different delegations, the EBU confused. “Contrary to what some media have reported and what certain speculations on social networks suggest, this incident (at the origin of his exclusion) did not involve any other artist or member of the delegation. »

Questioned by AFP, the Swedish police confirmed that they had opened an investigation for “intimidation”. The file was despatched to the general public prosecutor's workplace.

Dutch broadcaster Avrotros deemed the exclusion of the Dutch competitor “disproportionate”. Avrotros stated in an announcement despatched to AFP that he discovered the disqualification “disproportionate” and stated he was “shocked by the decision” of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). “We deeply regret this and will return to it later. »

Dutch public broadcasting system NPO called the decision “very radical”. “This is a disappointment for millions of Eurovision fans in the Netherlands and other European countries,” he stated. “We will thoroughly evaluate the course of events after the Eurovision Song Contest together with Avrotros, the EBU and all other parties involved,” he added.

Officially apolitical, Eurovision has been disrupted this 12 months by the warfare in Gaza.

The younger Israeli singer, Eden Golan, 20, received her ticket to the ultimate on Thursday night with the track “Hurricane”, the preliminary model of which needed to be modified as a result of it was thought-about to allude to the Hamas assault which bloodied Israel on October 7.