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Officials' reaction: ESC censors final performance due to hidden protest

Officials' reaction: ESC censors final performance due to hidden protest

Portuguese Yolanda smuggled a political protest into the show.

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Portuguese Yolanda smuggled a political protest into the ESC broadcast: she stuck very special nails on herself. Officials react immediately.

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  • Hidden political protest in the Economic and Social Council.
  • Portuguese woman Yolanda commented on Palestine's nails.
  • She also shouted a message of peace into the microphone.

Portuguese artist Yolanda, with her song “Gritto,” ranked tenth in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening. But despite strict security precautions and numerous rules stipulating that political messages must be excluded from the Economic and Social Council, the Portuguese managed to smuggle an anti-Israel message into the parade.

Resourceful X users noticed that Iolanda's nails are specially painted. It is reminiscent of the style of the keffiyeh, a head covering worn in the Arab world. It was colored black, white, red and white, in the colors of the Palestinian flag.

Yolanda's nails were dyed in Palestinian colors.
Yolanda's nails were dyed in Palestinian colors.

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The singer repeatedly flashed her nails at the camera. For example, right after her performance, as she left the stage she shouted the words “There will be peace” into the microphone. She also held up her fingernails for the camera at the previous flag parade.

When she received 12 points in the jury vote from Croatia, Great Britain and France, she repeatedly pointed to her nails. Additionally, the dancers' outfits reminded many X users of shrouds – this would also be an obvious suggestion.

In addition, according to information on X, her dress is said to have come from a Palestinian designer.

Political messages are strictly prohibited in the Economic and Social Council. Among other things, the organizers prohibited the raising of the Palestinian flag in the hall. In addition, artists are not allowed to make any statements at the shows.

The cryptic statement led to immediate censorship of officials. Excerpts from the final performance were posted on social media by all teams – except Portugal. Fans realized that the semi-final performance had been used. Yolanda still had white nails there.

Among other things, this meant that Nemo had to smuggle his flag, which he wanted to show to the non-binary community. A journalist asked Nemo how the non-binary flag could be featured in the entry show.

Nemo then replied: “I smuggled my country’s flag. I think this is a double standard. I broke the code and saved it. Maybe Eurovision should be saved too.