/ 13 May 2024

Not so united by music

Eden Golan

Eurovision 2024 has crowned Switzerland’s Nemo the winner with their song The Code, but the 68th grand final didn’t come without controversy… That includes an ongoing row over Israel’s entrant Eden Golan being allowed to perform after changing some of the lyrics to her song about Hamas’ 7 October attack and the title from October Rain to Hurricane. Counter to this year’s theme, “united by music”, thousands of Palestinian supporters protested the event, booed her on stage and turned their backs during vote counting. Critics say it’s a double standard because Russia was banned in 2022 over the Ukraine war… If that wasn’t enough, Netherlands contestant Joost Klein was expelled hours before the final after a production assistant claimed he’d “intimidated” her, with the Dutch labelling the move “disproportionate”. For some fun, check out the ‘ABBA-tars’

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