«Challenges Behind the Scenes: Eurovision Song Contest Under Scrutiny»

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The recent Eurovision Song Contest has been marred by reports of an unsafe and unsatisfactory atmosphere behind the scenes. Avrotros, the Dutch broadcaster, raised concerns about the situation not once, but twice.

Joost Klein rehearsing «Europapa» for Netherlands at the First Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Malmö Arena Photo by— Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Concerns Behind the Scenes at Eurovision Song Contest

The recent Eurovision Song Contest has been marred by reports of an unsafe and unsatisfactory atmosphere behind the scenes. The Dutch Eurovision Song Contest delegation, represented by broadcaster Avrotros, raised concerns about the situation not once, but twice, AD reports. These reports shed light on the challenges faced by participants and their teams during the prestigious event.

Avrotros Reports

Avrotros, the Dutch broadcaster, took the initiative to report the unsafe atmosphere behind the scenes at the Eurovision Song Contest. The first report was made prior to the highly publicised incident involving Joost Klein, who allegedly made a threatening movement towards a camerawoman. This verbal report highlighted the existence of an unsafe atmosphere, without delving into specific details according to AD.

Following the lack of improvement after the initial report, Avrotros proceeded to make a second, written report. This action was taken on a day when Joost Klein was not permitted to rehearse due to the incident with the camerawoman. Despite these efforts to address the situation, the broadcaster expressed disappointment as the conversations did not yield the desired improvements. The lack of response to the second written report further underscored the challenges faced by the delegation.

International Artists’ Dissatisfaction

The concerns raised by the Dutch delegation are not isolated incidents. Artists from various countries, including Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, and Lithuania, have voiced their dissatisfaction with the atmosphere behind the scenes at the Eurovision Song Contest. Bambie Thug from Ireland, Gate from Norway, and Nemo from Switzerland all expressed their reservations about the organisation and the overall environment at the event.

Bambie Thug‘s critical remarks about the Eurovision Broadcasting Union (EBU) reflect the challenges faced by participants. Similarly, Gåte from Norway considered withdrawing from the contest due to the unfavourable conditions behind the scenes. Nemo, the Swiss singer who emerged victorious in the contest, highlighted the need for the Eurovision Song Contest to embody peace and community spirit, emphasising the work that still needs to be done to align with these values.

EBU’s Response and Criticism

The EBU, as the organiser of the Eurovision Song Contest, has faced significant criticism in the wake of these reports. The organisation’s leadership was subjected to booing during the TV show, indicating the extent of dissatisfaction among the audience. This public display of discontent underscores the gravity of the situation and the impact it had on the overall experience of the event.

Furthermore, the use of an anti-booing system by the organizer during the show reflects the attempts to mitigate critical voices from the audience. Avrotros, the Dutch broadcaster, expressed disapproval of this approach, emphasising the importance of capturing the genuine audience reactions during musical performances.

It is evident that the recent Eurovision Song Contest was marred by underlying issues that affected the participants, their teams, and the overall atmosphere behind the scenes. The reports from the Dutch delegation, coupled with the dissatisfaction expressed by international artists, underscore the need for a thorough examination of the organisational and operational aspects of the event. As the EBU addresses the criticisms and strives to uphold the values of the Eurovision Song Contest, it is crucial to prioritise the well-being and experience of all participants involved.


Written by: Jungle Telegraph