Een ongekende beslissing: Nederland is gediskwalificeerd voor het Eurovisie Songfestival 2024.

De European Broadcasting Union stelt in een persbericht van zaterdag 11 mei, tegen half één:
‘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.’

De Nederlandse omroep, AVROTROS, reageerde in een social-mediapost als volgt:
‘We have taken note of the disqualification by the EBU. AVROTROS finds the disqualification disproportionate and is shocked by the decision. We deeply regret this and will come back to this later.’

Eurovisiecommentator Cornald Maas schreef op X:
‘Disproportionate and disgraceful decision EBU. Long live the future of Eurovision – not. With this EBU-HQ anything can happen in the future’,
‘En nog iets: incident Joost heeft helemaal niets met Israël of Israëlische delegatie te maken. Incident stelt nauwelijks iets voor. Daarover later meer. Het is oa de ‘hel’ voor verbinder Joost Klein & zijn team.’


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