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Israel: Eden Golan performs October Rain for the first time

In a rally that took place in the center of Tel Aviv and is organized by the relatives and victims of those kidnapped by Hamas, with a request for their return, Eden Golan was present and in front of a crowd of people she performed for the first time the original version of the song with which she represented Israel in Eurovision 2024. Read more

Breaking News: Alessandra withdrew from being the Norwegian spokesperson!

Alessandra Mele was scheduled to hand out points on behalf of Norway during tonight’s final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Now, however, Dagbladet has confirmed that she is withdrawing from that task.

Channel host Ingvild Helljesen takes over the task.

Source: Dagbladet

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Eurovision 2024: EBU in crisis meeting! | Joost Klein stopped from rehearsing this afternoon!

As you read in one of our previous articles, one of the big favorites, Dutch Joost Klein, didn’t show up at the rehearsal for the Eurovision final earlier today.

Svergies Radio’s Carolina Norén, reported from within the press centre that the EBU is currently in a crisis meeting investigating an incident they say occurred yesterday.

She mentioned that she could actually see towards the Dutch box where Joost Klein is supposed to be and the Dutch delegation is waiting for a decision.

She also asked the Israeli delegation briefly, if they had reported anything but they denied anything like that. It was at yesterday’s press conference that it was noticed that Joost Klein had the Dutch flag on him.

Last night, when the Israeli participant Eden Golan received a critical question regarding security concerns on this year’s contest, and the moderators interrupted and said she wouldn’t need to respond, Joost then asked, why not? But this is unclear that the Dutch favourite was stopped from performing earlier for that reason.

According to information to SVT, a physical confrontation has occurred between the artist and a photographer.

So we have to wait for an official statement from the EBU and hope that things clear up a bit. Joost Klein is still in the arena, the Netherlands delegation is sitting and waiting for a decision.

Source: Sveriges Radio/SVT

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Eurovision 2024: SVT will reportedly not censor sound from the audience in the arena tonight!

Eden Golan faced boos from the audience during a rehearsal, as you have read in one of our previous articles, the Israeli broadcaster Kan filed a formal complaint with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) ahead of tonight’s broadcast.

During rehearsals, where the arena audience was limited, there was both imposed applause and a sound carpet added to the broadcast in the press center. This sound carpet created the illusion of a large audience in the arena, even though it wasn’t the case.

Eden Golan, Photo: Andreas Papagiannakis

Eden Golan, Photo: Andreas Papagiannakis

In previous years, Russian artists in the Eurovision contest experienced loud protests and boos during their performances. In 2015, the Austrian TV channel that produced Eurovision in Vienna chose to censor the boos by adding fake shouts during the broadcast.

Aftonbladet‘s Tobbe Ek reached out to SVT’s executive producer, Ebba Adielsson, with a detailed question and she clarified the situation:

As with any major TV production with an audience, we work with broadcast audio to level the playing field for the TV audience. It is only to get as balanced a soundscape as possible for the viewers, we do not censor sound from the audience in the arena. It’s the same principle for all competing entries, including opening and intermediate acts.

Let’s see what will happen at tonight’s Second Semi Final which is already on-air!

Source: Schlagerbloggen/Tobbe Ek/Aftonbladet

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Israel: Extreme security measures for transportation of Eden Golan to Malmo Arena

Τoday the second semi final of Eurovision 2024 is happening! 16 countries will compete for 10 tickets for the grand final. Among these entries is Israel with Eden Golan. Eden Golan performed performed yesterday her song “Hurricane” at the dress rehearsal, with some people in the crowd booed the Israeli singer.

According to Swedish media, over a hundred Swedish policemen are transporting the Israeli singer Eden Golan to Malmo Arena in a very long convoy of police cars. A police helicopter is flying above the convoy Eden is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest tonight in a city infamous for its antisemitism.

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Israel: Eden Golan in her first interview before the Second Semi-Final!

Just before the beginning of the second Semi-Final of today, Israel’s representative Eden Golan gave us an exclusive interview, as she only interviewd in Israeli media.

Eden is very happy and ready for her performance today, after two amazing rehearsals. Of course, she waits Greek people to vote for her and support her!

Watch in the following video the interview of Eden:

Israel will perform in place 14 today in the Second Semi-Final with the song “Hurricane”, having great chances of qualifying.

We wanna thank KAN, Eden’s manager and our colleagues from Euromix for the interview.

Will you think Israel can qualify in the Grand Final?

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Israel: “We will not be silenced” | Kan statement after the Evening Preview show of Eurovision 2024!

Eden Golan performed her song “Hurricane” at the dress rehearsal for the second Eurovision semifinal earlier today, while some in the crowd booed the Israeli singer.

In response, the Kan public broadcaster issues a statement saying:

“Eden stood on the stage during the dress rehearsal with pride and gave an incredible performance. They did not silence her and they will not silence us. See you tomorrow.”

In a statement, Golan says “I am proud to represent my country, particularly this year. I am receiving support and love and I am determined to give my best performance tomorrow in the semifinal and nothing will deter me from that goal!

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Israel: Eden Golan’s appearance at the jury rehearsal of the semi-final was met with disapproval and applause!

The appearance of Eden Golan on behalf of Israel in the jury rehearsal of the second semi-final, which is currently taking place at the Malmö Arena, was marked by disapproval, but also by applause!

Eden Golan performed her entry “Hurricane” for the first time in front of the audience! Some in the stands strongly disapproved of Israel’s participation, chanting Free Palestine. The police present inside the Malmö Arena immediately intervened and restrained these people. But apart from disapproval there was also a lot of applause for Eden and her flawless appearance.

It is worth noting that at noon at the journalists’ rehearsal, despite the fact that there was relatively little applause, there were no disapprovals from any accredited journalist.

In the recap afterwards, there was no shot of Eden Golan in the green room. She probably left for security reasons.

 

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Israel: What percentage of Europeans believe that the country should not participate at Eurovision 2024?

Truth be told, there is a great number of Europeans who firmly believe that Israel should not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, mainly because of their geographical position.

However, the situation in Gaza remains fraught and this has made a plethora of people call for Israel’s excusion from this year’s Contest.

Eurotrack recently conducted a survey asking respondents if Israel should be allowed to participate at Eurovision this year. The exctracted result showcased that many stand by Israel’s exclusion for geographical reasons and not political. What is also interesting is that, among those who intend to watch the show, the percentage of the viewers who claim that Israel should not participate, is significantly smaller compared to the general population.

In each of the seven countries that were taken into account for the survey, 40-59% support that Israel should be banned from entering the Contest, whereas 23-37% claim the opposite.

Despite this, as it was abovementioned, the viewers who are going to watch the show this year present a higher possibility of considering Israel’s participation and being more amenable towards it. Especially the majority of German viewers believe in Israel remaining as a participating country.

Why do Europeans want to see Israel banned from Eurovision?

Of course, Israel is at the center of current affairs with the conflict in Gaza still in progress, and this matter stands as the principal factor for many people across Europe to wish upon the country’s exclusion from the Contest. Is that what motivates the public opinion though?

Yes, to a certain extent. When the respondents of Eurotrack’s survey were asked the reason behind their stance to ban Israel from Eurovision, somewhat between 38% and 65% in each country base their answers on the Middle East conflict. Among those who truly are planning to watch the Contest and think that Israel must be excluded, this argument is supported by 47-69%.

Despite this data, it is still common for people to believe that Israel should not be a part of Eurovision because of where it i geographically located.

In reality, according to the survey, the percentage of people who want Israel to be excluded solely because of the tense in Gaza is around 21-36% and when it comes to Eurovision viewers, 12-20%.

With great polarisation around the matter, we shall see how these percentages will be translated on Israel’s votes in the Contest, especially the televote.

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Source: yougov

 

 

Israel: Eden Golan honoured the Holocaust Memorial Day in Malmö!

Even though 36 out of the 37 participants of this year’s Eurovision, were present in the Turquoise Carpet, namely the opening ceremony of the contest, Eden Golan, the Israeli representative took part in a ceremony about the Holocaust Memorial Day, alongside the Jewish community in Malmö.

Eden Golan lighted a candle in the memory of the 6.ooo.ooo Jews that lost their lives in World War II in the hands of the Nazis, while wearing a yellow ribbon, representing the return of those abducted by Hamas, in October 2023.

“Today, on the eve of Holocaust Day, we will light a candle in thw  memory of the six million members of our people who were murdered. Indeed, in this year, which is perhaps the most emotionally charged we have ever known regarding Israel’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, it is important to remember the victims of the Holocaust and the essence of the founding of the state, to remember the need to protect our people and to fight anti-Semitism at all costs.”

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