WATCH: Crowd erupts into boos after Israel's performance at Eurovision 2024 - moments before going wild for Spain's 'Zorra' anthem

by 24britishtvMay 12, 2024, midnight 25
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THIS is the moment the crowd erupted into boos at the end of Israel’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Footage shared online shows the crowd’s frosty reception after Eden Golan finished singing her song Hurricane.

Despite the boos, the song is tipped to be one of the favourites this evening.

According to an analysis by Eurovision World, Israel has a 22% chance of winning – behind Croatia, which has a more than 40% chance.

Moments after Israel’s performance, Spain sent the stadium in Malmo, Sweden into a frenzy.

Nebulossa blew the roof off following her performance of fan favourite ‘Zorra’.

The atmosphere in the run up to the final was said to be ‘tense’ due to the controversial inclusion of Israel, as it faces accusations of human rights absues over its military campaign in Gaza.

READ MORE: When and where can I watch Eurovision in Spain?

It came after the Netherlands’ entrant Joost Klein was disqualified over an ‘incident’ involving a female member of production.

The said ‘incident’ involving Klein is being kept under wraps, but according to reports, the Swedish police are investigating.

A member of the production team is said to have filed a complaint after the artist’s performance in the semi-final on Thursday.

“While the legal process continues, it would not be appropriate for them to continue in the competition,” the EBU added in a statement.

The organisation insisted the decision was unrelated to rumours of a fight between the Dutch interpreter and the Israeli team.

“We would like to make it clear that, contrary to some media reports and social media speculation, no other artists or members of any other delegation were involved in this incident,” it said.

Meanwhile, the delegation of the Netherlands said the decision adopted by the EBU was “disproportionate.” The statement also warned that “they will return to this matter later.”

It came after a group of protesters in neighbouring Finland stormed the facilities of the Finnish public television network Yle, demanding that the final be boycotted due to Israel’s involvement.

Activists sat on the floor and unfurled banners reading ‘Boycott Eurovision’ and to ‘stop the genocide.’

Protesters argue that Israel is using the event to improve its image and have urged Yle to defend its values by withdrawing from the event.

There were also fears of another drop out today after it emerged Ireland’s entry had not performed during the dress rehearsal.

The artist, Bambie Thug, explained via Instagram: “Dear Coven, There was a situation while we were waiting to go to stage for the flag parade rehearsal which I felt needed urgent attention from the EBU – the EBU have taken this matter seriously and we have been in a discussion about what action needs to be taken.

“This means I have missed my dress rehearsal – I am really sorry to the fans that have come to see me… I hope to see you on the stage tonight!”

The EBU said it was looking into the matter.

It comes as Israel has emerged as a favourite in the contest, despite having received boos and jeers during their semi-final performance.

Eurovision World, which creates betting odds using data from Europe’s biggest bookmakers, says the country has a 22% chance of victory.

It is only beaten by Croatia’s Baby Lasagna, which has a 41% chance.

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