Joost Klein disqualified from Eurovision 2024

Joost Klein, the artist for The Netherlands, has been disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. EBU made this decision as the Swedish authorities investigate a complaint made against Joost Klein.

The song “Europapa” has been disqualified and will not be performed tonight. The back-up tape will also not be shown. Netherlands will give their jury points, but other countries cannot give any points to the Netherlands.

The EBU issued the following statement:

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.

AVROTROS reacts: “Disproportionate decision”

‘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.’

While commentator Cornald Maas said the following: ‘Disproportionate and disgraceful decision EBU. Long live the future of Eurovision – not. With this EBU-HQ anything can happen in the future’.

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