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  • Writer's pictureLiv Webster

The Netherlands are out of Eurovision 2024

Just 30 minutes before the kick off of the Grand Final jury show yesterday, the EBU announced that due to an ongoing discussions about an incident involving Joost Klein, The Netherlands will not be allowed to perform during the show.

They've updated media today with this statement confirming that The Netherlands will not be competing in the Eurovision 2024 Grand Final:

"The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not be competing in the Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

"Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production crew after an incident following his performance in Thursday night’s Semi Final. While the legal process takes its course, it would not be appropriate for him to continue in the Contest.

We would like to make it clear that, contrary to some media reports and social media speculation, this incident did not involve any other performer or delegation member.

We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behaviour at our event and are committed to providing a safe and secure working environment for all staff at the Contest. In light of this, Joost Klein’s behaviour towards a team member is deemed in breach of Contest rules.

The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will now proceed with 25 participating songs."

The Dutch broadcaster has said:

"We find the disqualification disproportionate and we are shocked by the decision. We deeply regret this."

The updated with another statement later stating:

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The Dutch broadcaster has published a statement about what happened. If their statement is true, the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.

“An incident occurred after last Thursday's performance.

Against clearly made agreements, Joost was filmed when he had just gotten off stage and had to rush to the greenroom. At that moment, Joost repeatedly indicated that he did not want to be filmed. This wasn't respected.

This led to a threatening movement from Joost towards the camera. Joost did not touch the camera woman. This incident was reported, followed by an investigation by the EBU and police.

Yesterday and today we consulted extensively with the

EBU and proposed several solutions. Nevertheless, the EBU has still decided to…

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