Eurovision: Joost Klein misses Dutch rehearsal after 'incident'

by 24britishtvMay 10, 2024, 7 p.m. 22
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The Dutch Eurovision entrant did not take part in Friday's rehearsals for the song contest's final because of "an incident", organisers have said.

Joost Klein's props were being set up on stage inside the Malmö Arena when a production manager indicated they should be removed.

The European Broadcasting Union [EBU] said: "We are currently investigating an incident that was reported to us involving the Dutch artist. He will not be rehearsing until further notice.

"We have no further comment at this time and will update in due course."

No details about the nature of the incident have been revealed.

There was some confusion inside the arena during rehearsals as Klein’s song Europapa was skipped without explanation and Israel’s entrant Eden Golan, who was next in the running order, took his place.

The last-minute change suggests the "incident" was recent – maybe even taking place as the two acts waited backstage.

The BBC has contacted the EBU for further explanation.

As rehearsals continued, organisers included Klein’s song in the voting montage, using footage from an earlier rehearsal. That suggests they think he will participate in Friday night's jury final.

The televised public final will take place on Saturday.

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