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Bambie Thug: “The Israeli delegation’s violations are being investigated by the EBU”

An EBU investigation is underway into alleged violations of the competition rules by the Israeli delegation, according to recent statements by Bambie Thug, who represented Ireland and finished in 6th place.

What charges does the Israeli broadcaster face?

Bambie Thug exposes several unlawful actions by KAN in a formal complaint that they filed to the EBU.

The first concern has to do with the Israeli commentators’ remarks about the Irish entry. During the show, the latter brought up Bambie Thug’s political views, claiming that their feelings about Israel are anything but favourable. The Irish delegation claims that as this influences viewers’ vote, it clearly violates EBU’s regulations.

The investigation also focuses on additional incidents such as the Eden Golan team’s persistent harassment of other delegations. The illegal filming of multiple participants is sone of those incidents. In fact, Bambie Thug, Nemo, and Marina Satti did not appear at the flag parade of the grand final dress rehearsal as a result of one of those events.

Bambie Thug stated in an interview with Ireland AM that more details will be made public after the investigation is over.

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Source: Esc Portugal 

Portugal: RTP requests a meeting with EBU, to clarify issues that occurred in the 2024 Eurovision final!

In order to get clarification on the events surrounding the Portuguese entry in the Eurovision 2024 final, RTP requested a meeting with the EBU.

The RTP officials are adamant about the long delay for the release of the video of Iolanda’s grand final performance, claiming it was caused by the Palestinian symbols she had painted on her nails.

Norway, France, Spain, and Croatia have all signed on to RTP’s request for a meeting with the EBU.

This year Portugal finished on the tenth place in the grand final, with 152 points, mainly due to jury votes.

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Source: RTP

The Netherlands: Joost Klein seems to have admitted his unlawful act!

A new update has emerged regarding the disqualification of the Netherlands’ Joost Klein hours before the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, despite having qualified from Thursday’s second semi-final.

According to the widely circulated Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Dutch representative Joost Klein appears to have confessed to this violent behavior by using his fist against a photographer from this year’s competition production, justifying his act by saying that the entire approach by the photographers was something stressful to him.

A prosecution is expected, with a preliminary trial date reportedly set for June.

The head of the investigation hotline section in Malmö stated that:

“It doesn’t really matter if the person is still in the country, we can pursue that case anyway.”

Source: Aftonbladet

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Ireland: Bambie Thug is angry because of the comments from the Israeli commentators during the semi-final!

Bambie Thug who is representing Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is asking contest organizers to investigate commentary from Israeli television ahead of their appearance in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

Claiming that this comment broke the rules of Eurovision, Bambie Thug is of the opinion that Israel should not participate in the contest. In an interview with RTÉ News they said:

“There’s a lot more anger and a lot more drive in me now”

On Tuesday, a commentator for Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster, warned viewers with children that the performance of Bambie Thug’s Doomsday Blue would be “the scariest” of the night. The commentator, referring to a well-known public square in Jerusalem that was central to the city’s nightlife in the 1990s and synonymous with goth culture, said:

“There will be a lot of spells and black magic and dark clothing, Satanic symbols, and voodoo dolls, like we are at Cats Square in Jerusalem in the mid-90s.”

The commentator said there was “some controversy” in Ireland about the song, referring to a request calling on RTÉ to exclude Doomsday Blue as an Irish entry. He also noted that Bambie Thug liked to “speak negatively about Israel.”

In their interview, Bambie Thug said the commentary, which aired on Israeli public broadcaster Kan, was pointed out to them. They said it will cause increased anger in their performance in tonight’s grand final.

“I’m angry with other teams breaching their rules of the [European Broadcasting Union], and still being allowed in.

“So there’s definitely a war drum sounding in my heart to push the performance even more than I have done before.”

Source: RTÉ

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Eurovision 2024: The Audience Poll results before the Grand Final!

After the end of the Jury Rehearsal for the grand final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, accrediated jurnalists of ESCXTRA.com got outside Malmö Arena and asked the audience regarding their favourite entry.

In total, more than 3,300 votes were counted in the poll with Nemo taking first place. In fact, it was at the top with a small difference from the second place Croatia and Baby Lasagna. The top five is completed with the Netherlands, Ireland and France. Greece was in 11th place, while Cyprus in 19th place.

Of course, the positions of Spain (6th place) and Austria (7th place) are a surprise, while in the last place (26th) was Raiven from Slovenia.

For the record, the Audience Poll, for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023, predicted six of the ten countries that eneded up in the first ten places, but failed to predict the winner.

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The official announcement of the EBU regarding the publication of the Italian televotes!

In an official annoucement a while ago, EBU reported that the publication of the results from the Italian televoting during the broadcast of the second semi-final was in violation of the rules and that those results were incompelte.

“The European Broadcasting Union has investigated this matter with both RAI and its televoting partner and can confirm that the information was published in error. We can also confirm that the information was incomplete.

A valid vote was received from Italy as part of the results of the Semi-Final.

RAI have been informed that this was in breach of the rules of the Contest which state that the voting results may only be communicated after the event. The matter will be discussed further by the Contest’s Reference Group following the Contest.

We havr requested RAI to review their procedures to ensure that all rules and protocols are followed in order to protect the integrity of the voting.”

According to what was broadcast by RAI on the night of the semi-final the results shown were as per below:

12 points – Israel

10 points – The Netherlands

8 points – Albania

7 points – Georgia

6 points – Switzerland

5 points – Armenia

4 points – Greece

3 points – San Marino

2 βαθμοί – Denmark

1 βαθμός – Latvia

Israel was in the first place and by a wide margin, gathering around 40% of the total votes.

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The Netherlands: Joost Klein did not appear for the Dress Rehearsal!

Today, the dress rehearsal of the Grand Final of Eurovision 2024 took place in Malmö Arena, which is scheduled for Saturday 11 May.

In this rehearsal, according to the rules, all the 26 nations that compose the running urder of the grand final take part. However, for unkown reason, the representative of the Netherlans, Joost Klein, show up after Luxembourg, as per the running order.

One EBU representative reported to the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, that they are investigating an incident reported to them and is related with the Duth singer.

Joost Klein appeared however during the flag parade.

According to information of Aftonbladt, the reason tha Joost Klein did not appear for rehearsal is an incedent occured after the second semi-final last night. At the moment the Dutch representative will not carry out any rehearsal until furhter notice.

Source: Aftonbladet

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Greece: “Marina Satti did not intend to offend the Israeli delegation”

Marina Satti’s actions during yesterday’s press conference were generating a lot of attention from the media. Therefore, we asked the Greek delegation for a response. They were quite explicit and made it very apparent to us that Marina Satti never intended to offend Eden Golan or the Israeli delegation in general.

According to what we’ve been told, if you watched the full video instead of merely the part of Eden Golan’s statements, you would see that Marina Satti engaged with the panel of artists and the journalists in the same manner from start to finish of the press conference. Throughout the press conference, Marina Satti yawned, not to disrespect the Israeli representative, whom she wished luck for in the final on Saturday, but rather as a result of the demanding schedule and lengthy rehearsals of the previous few days.

 

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San Marino: Minister of the Government talks about a potential withdrawal from Eurovision!

The Minister of Tourism of San Marino, Federico Pedini Amati, spoke about the country’s possible withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest.

“We could make the choice not to participate in Eurovision anymore ” is the statement from the San Marinese Government Minister. The last time the micronation advanced to the final was in 2021. Last night San Marino failed agained to reacht the final!

Amati added:

“Above all – he underlines – there is something that doesn’t add up to me: for three years in a row we are out of the final. First Achille Lauro, then Piqued Jacks and now Megara. It almost seems that the small states are too penalised . The game cannot be only for large countries”.

The national selction process of San Marino Una Voce per San Marino that commenced in 20220 has been financially supported by the government of San Marino. However the decision to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest belong to the national broadcaster of San Marino, RTV!

Source: San Marino RTV

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Australia: Electric Fields want “Australia Decides” to return!

The revival of the “Australia Decides” by SBS has the support of the Electric Fields who want this platform to be used for the selection of the future representatives of Australia to the Eurovision Song Contest!

Rolling Stone Australia reported that the duo praised the competition in front of the media after the end of the first semi-final on Tuesday 7th of May. They had also participated in the inaugular “Australia Decides” of 2019 finishing 2nd after Kate Miller-Heidke.

SBS has not organized Australia Decides since 2022, instead they used the internal selection of former stars from the show to represent Australia at Eurovision, including Voyager last year and Electric Fields this year.

Keyboardist Michael Ross bekieves that Australia Decides is “very cool” and “like a mini Eurovision”.

“I don’t know why it went away, but that was a wonderful experience and it offered an opportunity for a lot of up and coming artists to get a platform,”

Fielding added that Australia Decides has helped Electric Fields build many relationships with fellow artists and industry figures. Unfortunately, this year’s representatives of Australia failed to bring the biggest country of Oceania to the grand final of Eurovision 2024!

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Source: Aussievision

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