Netherlands is disqualified from Eurovision

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Netherlands is disqualified from Eurovision

The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not participate in this year's controversial Eurovision edition, as the EBU has officially reported.

The EBU affirms that the disqualification comes from a complaint filed by a female member of the contest's production team, who talks about an incident that occurred after the artist's performance in Thursday's semifinal. Given that this is an ongoing legal process in which the Swedish police are involved, the organization has decided that “it would not be appropriate for it to continue in the contest.”

The official letter also alludes to the controversy with Israel that has marked this edition, making it clear that, regardless of what some media have published and speculation on networks, “this incident has not involved any other contestant or member of the delegation.” ». According to the Reuters agency, the complainant alleged threats from the Dutch artist.

“We maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding inappropriate behavior at our event and are committed to providing a safe workspace for our staff,” the statement continued. In this way, this year's Eurovision final will have 25 participants.

On the other hand, public television in the Netherlands, AVROTROS, has responded to what happened, describing the EBU's decision as “disproportionate” and admitting that they are “shocked” by the ruling.

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