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Archive photo from the final in 2022. Martin Österdahl in the middle. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

Of NTB | 12.05.2024 00:23:57

Culture and entertainment: – Massive booing in the hall, said NRK’s ​​commentator Marte Stokstad.

– Here there is someone who needs to express their opinion about the choices the EBU has made this year, she continued.

Also when he handed out the jury points for the Netherlands, which is banned from participating in this year’s competition, he was met with a pipe concert.

The background is an episode that happened on Thursday. The police are investigating a confrontation between the Netherlands’ contribution Joost Klein and a photographer who works in TV production.

The Dutch broadcaster Avotros denies that there was a physical confrontation, and claims that Klein only made a threatening gesture in front of the camera.

The EBU has also received a lot of criticism for allowing Israel to participate at the same time as the country is waging war in Gaza. Israel’s controversial contribution was met by mixed, clearly audible reactions in the hall.

The final has otherwise proceeded without the major protests.

The run-up to Saturday’s final has been marred by controversy, with the European Broadcasting Union EBU and the Dutch delegation at loggerheads. On Saturday morning, the Broadcasting Union announced that Dutch Joost Klein was banned from the final.

– Swedish police have investigated a complaint from a female member of the production about an incident following his performance in the semi-final on Thursday. While the investigation is ongoing, it will not be right for him to continue in the competition, the Eurovision organizer wrote in a press release on Saturday morning.

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