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UK’s Eurovision entry Olly Alexander breaks silence after Netherlands singer disqualified

Reactions to the most chaotic Eurovision in history are pouring in after Switzerland act Nemo was crowned as this year’s winner.

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest was held in Malmö, Sweden, with scores arriving from the 25 countries that performed in the final, and in the wake of behind-the-scenes chaos.

Despite winning the contest, Nemo has not held back in their assessment of the organisers after it was revealed audience members were not permitted to bring non-binary flags into the arena.

Meanwhile, Irish delegate Bambie Thug has tearfully accused organisers of “not supporting them” over a row with an Israeli broadcaster.

Throughout the event, Pro-Palestine demonstrations took place outside the arena, with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg removed by police.

Israel’s delegate Eden Golan performed early in the contest, with the BBC’s Graham Norton remarking on the boos heard by the crowd.

The UK’s entry Olly Alexander received a rather low score for his song “Dizzy”, after Ireland’s Bambie Thug dazzled with “Doomsday Blues”, following speculation that they could pull out of the final after missing the dress rehearsal.

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The 5 most bizarre moments from Eurovision 2024

From an almost-naked performance from Finland, a bizarre clip of a group of underwhelmed Brighton residents and a repetitive ‘Gilmore Girls’ gag, we break down the most bizarre moments.

The 5 most bizarre moments from Eurovision 2024

From an almost-naked performance from Finland, a bizarre clip of a group of underwhelmed Brighton residents and a repetitive ‘Gilmore Girls’ gag, we break down the most bizarre moments

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 22:30

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Eurovision winner breaks trophy

Eurovision Song Contest winner Nemo Mettler appeared to break their trophy following victory in Malmo on Saturday (11 May).

Ironically, the incident occurred seconds after UK commentator Graham Norton warned, “Don’t break the trophy”.

Nemo triumphantly shook the trophy in their left hand for the audience, before placing it on the floor.

As the focus returned to Nemo, the broadcast camera caught a broken stem left behind.

Switzerland Eurovision winner Nemo smashes trophy during victory celebrations

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 21:30

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Bambie Thug criticises Eurovision organisers

Bambie Thug has accused Eurovision organisers of “not supporting”them over a row with Israel.

The singer, who secured a sixth place finish in Ireland’s first grand final of the music event since 2018, accused the Israeli broadcaster, Kan, of a rule break and said they have been waiting to hear back from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) about what action would be taken.

Bambie Thug cries as they claim Eurovision bosses ‘not supportive’ in Israel row

Bambie Thug has accused Eurovision organisers of “not supporting them” over a row with Israel. The “ouji pop” star, who secured a sixth place finish in Ireland’s first grand final of the music event since 2018, accused the Israeli broadcaster, Kan, of a rule break and said they have been waiting to hear back from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) about what action would be taken. Bambie, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, told journalists in the press centre on Saturday (11 May): “Kan the broadcaster incited violence against me twice, three times. We brought it up to the EBU. They said they follow up. “They waited to the last minute, we still haven’t gotten statement back to us, allowed us to be scapegoats, allowed us to be the spokesperson for standing up for ourselves. “And yeah, the broadcaster has disobeyed the rules and I hope next year they won’t be able to compete because of that.” The Independent has contacted both Kan and the EBU for comment following Bambie’s claims.

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 20:30

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Our verdict on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2024 unfolded under the darkest shadow in its history, withe the atmopsher backstage said to have been on a knife-edge.

Yet, despite gaping fractures in its façade of international musical unity, the show went on – and you can find music editor Roisin O’Connor’s verdict on the contest below.

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 19:30

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Eurovision winner addresses non-binary flag controversy

Switzerland act Nemo was crowned this year’s Eurovision winner after what has been the most controversial contest in its history.

In a press conference after the event, Nemo was asked about organisers making audience members throw away the non-binary flag before entering the arena.

“That is unbelievable. I had to smuggle my flag in because Eurovision said no, but I did it anyway, so I hope some people did that too. But, I mean, come on, this is clearly a double standard. I broke the trophy. The trophy can be fixed – maybe Eurovision needs fixing a little bit too every now and then.”

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 18:30

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Eurovision viewing figures plummet

Those who planned to boycott this year’s Eurovision clearly made good of their promise, with overnight ratings revealing a substantial drop from 2023’s figures, which was the most-watched Eurovision since viewing records began.

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 17:30

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Olly Alexander’s father is surprised by the response to son’s performance

Olly Alexander’s father has expressed surprise over his son receiving zero points in the Eurovision public vote.

David Thornton described his son’s participation as a “fantastic learning experience”, calling it “one more step to wherever he’s going”.

However, he said he thought people would “connect” more with Alexander’s performance of the song “Dizzy”, which he said he “enjoyed”.

“To me, it’s a real surprise the public didn’t sort of connect with that song, though the juries gave it a really good score,” Thornton said.

Alexander finished in 18th place out of 25.

Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s reaction as UK receives null points from public vote

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 16:30

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Why was Joost Klein disqualified from Eurovision?

Netherlands has shed more light on the “incident” that led to Eurovision’s disqualification of Dutch delegate Joost Klein.

Klein was barred from being able to perform at the event hours before it was scheduled to take place as police investigated a complaint of inappropriate behaviour made by a female member of the production crew.

AVROTROS, who organises Netherlands’ entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, was unimpressed by the “disproportionate” decision.

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 14:30

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‘Peace, love’ and politics: The statements and outbursts on politically-charged Eurovision Song Contest

Find out how different acts addressed one of the most controversial Eurovision contests in recent history.

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 14:00

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UK’s Olly Alexander receives mixed reaction to Eurovision performance

Olly Alexander received a mixed reaction to his racy Eurovision Song Contest performance.

The British singer, 33, performed his song “Dizzy” alongside a group of backing dancers – his first release under his own name.

The Brit was supported in the UK by narrator Graham Norton, who described the performance as “terrific”, but admitted that he did not know how well it would do because “it is so different to everything else in the contest tonight.”

Jacob Stolworthy12 May 2024 13:15

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