Eurovision to 'review competition' after show is mired by controversy and scandal

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have said that they will review the competition after some delegations "did not respect the spirit of the rules".This year's show at Malmo Arena in Sweden, where Nemo of Switzerland took home the trophy with the song The Code, was plagued by a number of controversies, DPA reports..

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said in a statement: "We regret that some delegations at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo didn't respect the spirit of the rules and the competition both on-site and during their broadcasts. We spoke to a number of delegations during the event regarding various issues that were brought to our attention."

"The EBU's governing bodies will, together with the heads of delegations, review the events surrounding the ESC in Malmo to move forward in a positive way and to ensure the values of the event are respected by everyone."

"Individual cases will be discussed by the event's governing body, the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group made up of representatives from participating broadcasters, at its next meeting."

This year the competition saw disqualifications, pro-Palestinian protests and complaints by Ireland's entry Bambie Thug. The "ouija pop" star secured a sixth place finish in Ireland's first grand final of the music event since 2018.

Carolina Străjescu

Carolina Străjescu


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