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Now the ESC regulator confirms there are problems behind the scenes

Now the ESC regulator confirms there are problems behind the scenes

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Nemo won the ESC award. However, there is said to be chaos behind the scenes. Even Switzerland's participation was in danger. Blue News asked ESC organizers.

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  • The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will be remembered by fans for a long time. Shortly before the final show, chaos is said to have broken out in Malmö, Sweden.
  • While Dutchman Joost Klein was briefly excluded, other countries were reportedly on the verge of boycotting the show.
  • Blue News asked. Now the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirms there were problems in the run-up to the final show.

Norwegian newspaper “VG” Countries Greece, Great Britain, Portugal, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland do not want to participate in the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden (Blue News), he wrote this week.

Magnus Børmark, who was there in Norway as guitarist in the band Gåte, described the events leading up to the ESC final from his perspective.

We discussed until the last minute whether we should withdraw. Many of us reacted to giving Israel the opportunity to use the Economic and Social Council as a political tool,” says Burmark.

Schefferle: “Switzerland did not want to withdraw from the Economic and Social Council”

The head of the SRF delegation, Yves Schefferel, Blue News, confronted the Norwegian musician's statements. This confirms that “some acts have requested discussions with the EBU regarding some etiquette in the backstage area.”

But he denied that Switzerland had agreed to appear there shortly before the start of the final.

“It was not up for discussion that our delegation wanted to withdraw from the Economic and Social Council,” Cheverly said. “For further information, please contact the EBU Press Office.”

The European Broadcasting Union confirms the problems

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the regulator of the ESC. She confirmed to Blue News that there were indeed problems in the lead-up to the final show:

“We spoke to a number of delegations during the Eurovision Song Contest about various issues that were brought to our attention.”

He continued: “The EBU committees, together with heads of delegation, are studying the events surrounding the Economic and Social Council in Malmö in order to move forward constructively and positively and to ensure that the values ​​of the event are respected by all.”

EBU officials did not go into further detail with Blue News.

The question of why various countries (including Switzerland) were absent from the flag display rehearsal has not been answered.

The problems should be discussed at the next meeting

According to the European Broadcasting Union, it is now planned that individual incidents will be discussed by the event's governing body, i.e. the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, which is made up of representatives of the participating broadcasters, at the next meeting.

Nemo management has yet to comment on the events surrounding the ESC Final.

Nemo explained himself in an interview with a German news magazine last week “Mirror”, Unwillingness to take a position at the moment:

“I don't want to comment on it at the moment, and I don't think it's of any use at the moment.”


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