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Irish singer Bambie Thug’s row with Eurovision intensifies after pro-Palestinian star accuses his bosses of ‘not supporting them’ after Israeli TV branded their semi-final performance ‘satanic’

Bambie Thug has criticized Eurovision Song Contest organizers, saying they do not support them after Israeli television branded their semi-final performance “satanic”.

The ‘ouji pop’ star claimed a sixth place in the musical event’s first Irish grand final since 2018, one place behind Israeli Eden Golan, whose entry sparked the anger of pro-Palestinian protesters amid the war in Gaza.

Bambie, who has been outspoken about her pro-Palestinian views, accused Israeli broadcaster Kan of breaking the rules and said she was awaiting a response from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on what measures would be taken.

On Tuesday, a Kan commenter warned viewers that Bambie’s rendition of their song, Doomsday Blue, would be “the scariest” of the evening, involving “lots of spells, dark magic and dark clothing, satanic symbols and voodoo dolls. .

He added that Bambie liked to “talk negatively about Israel,” before adding, “But we can talk about that later.” Prepare your curses.

Bambie, who describes herself as a “queer witch,” told reporters at the press center that Kan “incited violence against me two, three times” and that their team had spoken to the EBU about it, but that The organizer still had not responded.

Irish singer Bambie Thug’s row with Eurovision intensifies after pro-Palestinian star accuses his bosses of ‘not supporting them’ after Israeli TV branded their semi-final performance ‘satanic’

Bambie Thug from Ireland performs the song Doomsday Blue during the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Malmö, Sweden

Bambie, who has been outspoken about his pro-Palestinian views, accused Israeli TV channel Kan of breaking the rules.

Bambie, who has been outspoken about his pro-Palestinian views, accused Israeli TV channel Kan of breaking the rules.

“(The EBU) waited until the last minute, we still haven’t received a statement, allowed us to be scapegoated, allowed us to be the spokesperson for our defence,” Bambie said.

The dramatic development comes after Bambie botched their dress rehearsal, claiming a “situation” required “urgent attention” from the EBU, but giving no further details.

Bambie went on to say at the press conference: “Behind the scenes you don’t know the amount of pressure and the amount of work we put in to make a difference and I’m very proud that Nemo won.”

“I just want to say we are what Eurovision, the EBU is not what Eurovision, the EBU is what does this, f*** them, the EBU, I don’t care form.”

“I’m so proud of all of us in the top 10 who fought for this shit behind the scenes.” Because it’s been so hard and I’m so proud of us.

They also called it “stressful” and said that what makes the competition is that “the community behind it, the love and power and support of all of us is what makes the change.”

They added of Kan: “The broadcaster disobeyed the rules and I hope next year they won’t be able to compete because of that.”

The EBU said in a statement regarding Kan’s comment: “We spoke to KAN, the Israeli television channel, about this and reiterated the importance for all commentators to respect all artists participating in the competition and to Comply with the rules and regulations of the event.’

In what has been called the most chaotic contest in Eurovision history, winners Marina Satti of Greece and Nemo of Switzerland missed the parade of flags.

Satti sparked anger on Friday after pretending to fall asleep while Israeli Eden Golan spoke at a press conference.

Last night, she was reportedly part of a group including representatives from Greece, Ireland and Switzerland who disagreed with Itay Bezaleli, Golan’s stylist, over the shoot.

Although she scored 323 points from the public with her song Hurricane, Golan failed to convince the juries, scoring only 52 points from the professional judges.

Although she scored 323 points from the public with her song Hurricane, Golan failed to convince the juries, scoring only 52 points from the professional judges.

Greece's entry sparked anger on Friday after it pretended to fall asleep while Israel's Eden Golan spoke at a news conference.

Greece's entry sparked anger on Friday after it pretended to fall asleep while Israel's Eden Golan spoke at a news conference.

Greece’s entry sparked anger on Friday after it pretended to fall asleep while Israel’s Eden Golan spoke at a news conference.

Greek singer Marina Satti represents Greece with the song

Greek singer Marina Satti representing Greece with the song “ZARI” poses at the start of the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest

“The Greek shouted to me: ‘Don’t film!’ “and freaked me out,” Bezaleli said in a now-deleted social media post, according to Ynet. “Even though I wasn’t the only one filming, she singled me out.”

Following the incident, Bezaleli was kicked out of the arena, the Israeli news site reports. He then returned to the event.

The Israeli Broadcasting Company reported that at the request of the organizers, “the Israeli delegation was moved to another room within the delegation area.”

Israeli representatives reportedly said the move was intended to distance their team from the Irish delegation, although they did not explain why.

Switzerland scored 591 points - 365 from the jury and 226 from the public, ahead of Croatia, Ukraine, France, Israel and Ireland.

Switzerland scored 591 points – 365 from the jury and 226 from the public, ahead of Croatia, Ukraine, France, Israel and Ireland.

Nemo speaks after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with 591 points

Ireland received the top 12 points from the Australian jury vote, as well as a 10 from the British public out of a total of 136 from the overall public vote, but ultimately failed to catch the eventual winner, the Swiss Nemo.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris congratulated Bambie on her “breathtaking performance and tour de force at Eurovision 2024”.

“They played with passion, stopped us in our tracks and made us proud. The applause that erupted in the stadium at the end of Ireland’s performance speaks for itself,” he said in a statement.

“Congratulations to Switzerland on this victory and well done to Sweden for hosting another milestone event. Thanks to our closest musical ally in Europe – Australia – for our only twelve points!

“It’s Bambie Thug’s night as far as we’re concerned.

“Well done Bambie. »

Earlier, TV presenter Graham Norton, commentating on the BBC’s coverage, said the singer, who performed with their song Doomsday Blue, was “tipped to do extremely well”.

He said: “I’m not a parent, but I could warn you that younger people, I mean seriously, might find this next show a little scary.”

He added: “Bambie Thug, such a great performer and Ireland have done a really good job producing this year and it should be extremely good.”

Irish fans feared their act would not make it on stage after pulling out of flag parade rehearsal.

Bambie explained his reasons on Instagram yesterday: “Dear Coven, There was a situation while we were waiting to go on stage for Parade of Flags rehearsal that I felt needed urgent attention from of the EBU. The EBU took this issue seriously and we participated in a discussion on the measures to be taken.

“This means I missed my dress rehearsal – I’m really sorry to the fans who came to see me.

“I hope to see you on stage tonight.”

Irish entry, Bambie Thug, appears to be complying with an order to remove the word

Irish entry, Bambie Thug, appears to be complying with an order to remove the word “ceasefire” from his face in Ogham script – it instead appears to read “crown the witch”, his campaign slogan for Eurovision.

The Irish artists then performed on Saturday evening and appeared on stage with the words “crown the witch”, in medieval Ogham script, on their bodies.

The singer, who uses they/them pronouns and became the first Irish qualifier since 2018, has previously criticized the Israeli representative, Eden Golan, participating in the competition.

Before the final, Bambie said in an Instagram story: “I have filed several complaints with the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) regarding the incidents I experienced this week.

“Earlier today they confirmed to my delegation in front of others that the Kan commentator had broken the rules of conduct during the Eurovision semi-final.

The contest was marred by controversy amid Israel's presence as it wages war against Hamas in Gaza - with pro-Palestinian protesters descending on Malmö (above)

The contest was marred by controversy amid Israel’s presence as it wages war against Hamas in Gaza – with pro-Palestinian protesters descending on Malmö (above)

“I have been waiting patiently to find out what action the EBU will take following this breach of the rules.

“I have since seen a statement from EBU Director General Noel Curran which contradicts this earlier confirmation.

“I am still waiting for an official update from the EBU.

“I hope to see you on stage tonight.”

In response, a spokesperson for Israeli broadcaster Kan said: “We wish everyone good luck this evening. »

Eurovision organizers said: “Bambie Thug did not perform in the third dress rehearsal and footage of their performance in the second dress rehearsal was used instead.

“They missed the dress rehearsal due to a situation which is currently being discussed with the EBU and the organizers of the singing competition.”

Kan and the EBU have been contacted for comment.

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