Israel qualifies for Eurovision grand final in shocking semi final

Eden Golan representing Israel with the song
Israel has moved onto the grand final of Eurovision 2024, amid controversy and protests (Picture: Jessica Gow/TT/Shutterstock)

The finalists for the 2024

Israel has moved onto the grand final of Eurovision 2024, amid controversy and protests (Picture: Jessica Gow/TT/Shutterstock)

The finalists for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest were announced following the second semi finals.

Contestants hailing from sixteen different countries battled to reach the grand final in Malmo, Sweden, on May 11, but only ten made it through to the grand final.

The finalists are: Latvia, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Armenia, Greece, Estonia, Switzerland, Georgia, and – controversially – Israel.

Stand out performances included Switzerland’s Nemo, who many social media users predicted will win the entire competition, and Greece, who was also a fan favourite among viewers.

But the most resounding sentiment online was outrage at Israel being allowed to compete in Eurovision amid the country’s continued attacks on Palestinians in Gaza.

Greece was among the lucky ten to move onto the grand finale (Picture: AP)

The war against Hamas has killed more than 35,000 people in Palestine, and injured a further 77,000 in Gaza, according to figures obtained by Al Jazeera.

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I’m actually so shocked and disappointed about Israel getting through..disgusting #Eurovision2024

— ☔️ (@mniliathain) May 9, 2024

it’s so insane that you’ll hardly hear the booing on TV, it’s wrong that the ebu is able to spin a narrative of support for israel that isn’t real #eurovision #eurovision2024

— steveaea 🍉|🇮🇹🇺🇦🇳🇱 (@sentimentai__s) May 8, 2024

Israel on final? Seriously? #Eurovision2024 #ESCITA #eurovision

— 🔥🔥 (@emiamih) May 9, 2024

Many fans took to social media to speculate that the contest intentionally censored boos and chants of ‘Free Palestine’ during Israel’s performance, after the country’s contestants were nearly drowned out by booing at the Jury Show on May 8. Eurovision has denied these accusations.

Pro-Palestine protests have clogged the streets of Malmo since the competition began, adding a decidedly political backdrop to this year’s contest.

The final will take place amid continued backlash on May 11, with a total of 26 countries competing.

The UK, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy are known as The Big Five and automatically get to compete in the final, as they contribute the most money to the competition. Sweden will also automatically move on thanks to their 2023 win.

Switzerland’s Nemo was among fan favourites at the second semi …read more

Source:: Metro


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