Israel singer Eden Golan makes Eurovision final

Israel Singer Eden Golan Makes Eurovision Final
Eden Golan of Israel performed the song Hurricane, © Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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By Charlotte McLaughlin, PA Senior Entertainment Reporter in Malmo, Sweden

Israel singer Eden Golan has made the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, following a public vote.

The 20-year-old singer, whose emotional Hurricane was reworked from a previous track called October Rain, which was thought to reference the Hamas attacks on Israel, performed at the semi-finals on Thursday evening.


Earlier in the day, thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters walked across the streets of Malmo from Stortorget to Molleplatsen to show their support for Gaza and condemn Israel taking part in Eurovision amid the war in the Gaza Strip.


Golan opened with a back bend, before launching into her song and received claps and cheers from the audience while dressed in a flowing sand-coloured dress.

The event’s organisers had said they will not “censor” the audience after Golan was booed during rehearsals on Wednesday and there were reportedly shouts of “free Palestine”.

Switzerland’s Nemo, whose operatic-pop song The Code is seen as one of the favourites to win on Saturday, made the final along with Netherlands act Joost Klein, with his irreverent and silly Europapa, and Norway’s Gate with the folkish Ulveham.

Sweden Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final
Nemo of Switzerland, pictured, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Also making the final was Latvia’s Dons, Austria’s Kaleen, Greece’s Marina Satti, Estonia’s 5Miinust x Puuluup, Georgia’s Nutsa Buzaladze and Armenia’s Ladaniva.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), whose members approved Israeli broadcaster Kan, has taken a strong stance, as in previous years, against political messages at Eurovision and flags and symbols from non-competing countries.

Despite the position, Tuesday’s first semi-final saw former Swedish contestant and opening act Eric Saade wear a keffiyeh pattern material, commonly used by people who want to show they are pro-Palestinian, on his arm.


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