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Paul Weller shares support for Palestine: “Am I against genocides and ethnic cleansing? Yes I am, funnily enough” - www.nme.com - Britain - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
28.05.2024 / 13:09

Paul Weller shares support for Palestine: “Am I against genocides and ethnic cleansing? Yes I am, funnily enough”

Paul Weller has expressed his support for Palestine amid the ongoing Israel-Gaza war.The soloist and former Jam frontman’s recent live shows have seen him perform onstage with a Palestinian flag draped on his guitar amp.When asked about this during a new interview with The Guardian, Weller responded: “Am I against genocides and ethnic cleansing? Yes, I am, funnily enough.”He continued: “I can’t understand why more people aren’t up in arms about what’s going on. We should be ashamed of ourselves, I think.

Six countries wanted to pull out of Eurovision 2024 just 25 minutes before the final - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Ireland - Finland - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
28.05.2024 / 13:09

Six countries wanted to pull out of Eurovision 2024 just 25 minutes before the final

Eurovision 2024 nearly pulled out of the song contest, just 25 minutes before the live final.The grand final of the competition took place in Malmö, Sweden – the home of 2023 winner Loreen – on Saturday May 11. However, the show was mired by widespread political backlash over the inclusion of Israel amid the Hamas-Israel conflict.Many of the contestants, including Ireland’s Bambie Thug and UK representative Olly Alexander, faced pressure to boycott the event in solidarity with Palestine.

Despite protests, Eurovision 2024 breaks global viewing figures - www.nme.com - Britain - Germany - Israel
nme.com
24.05.2024 / 15:35

Despite protests, Eurovision 2024 breaks global viewing figures

Eurovision 2024 broke global viewing figures despite protests over the inclusion of Israel at this year’s event.According to figures from the EBU, 163 million viewers tuned into the three live events including the Grand Final.The total reach of the contest also increased by one million people compared to 2023 and has grown by two million since 2022’s event in Turin.The viewing share for the Grand Final was also 46.7 per cent – the highest since 2006 and almost triple the broadcast channels average (17.6 per cent).Germany recorded the highest audience for the Grand Final with an average of 8.1million viewers watching on Das Erste and ONE. The United Kingdom also had the second highest audience with 7.7 million viewers tuning in for the Grand Final on BBC One despite viewing figures being down compared to last year’s event in Liverpool.Online, the Eurovision Song Contest’s digital platforms had another record year with 486million unique accounts reached on TikTok, during the event weeks, more than four times as many as that in 2023.Up to 42million unique viewers across 231 countries and territories also watched content on the official YouTube channel during the week of the live shows.Speaking about the record results across the board, Jean Philip De Tender, EBU Deputy Director General said: “These incredible numbers show the Eurovision Song Contest’s huge global impact – online, on TV and importantly musically.

Olly Alexander “truly grateful” for Eurovision support, calls getting zero points “iconic” - www.nme.com - Britain - Sweden - Switzerland
nme.com
15.05.2024 / 09:15

Olly Alexander “truly grateful” for Eurovision support, calls getting zero points “iconic”

Olly Alexander has expressed his gratitude after competing in Eurovision 2024, saying that receiving zero public points was “iconic”.The Years & Years frontman represented the UK with his song ‘Dizzy’ at this year’s competition, which took place in Malmö, Sweden. He finished 18th out of 25 countries – earning 46 points from the jury, but none from the voting public.Nemo clinched victory for Switzerland at Eurovision 2024 with their track ‘The Code’.

Lizzo shares support for Palestine, Sudan, DR Congo and college protests: “We ain’t free ‘til we all free” - www.nme.com - Palestine - Congo - Sudan
nme.com
14.05.2024 / 23:17

Lizzo shares support for Palestine, Sudan, DR Congo and college protests: “We ain’t free ‘til we all free”

Lizzo has spoken out and shared her support for Palestine, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and college protesters.The musician took to Instagram yesterday (May 13) to show her support in a video addressing the various conflicts taking place.“I just want to take a second and give a personal thank you to all of the activists who have been working tirelessly to help the liberation and the freedom of the people who have been genocided all over the world, specifically Palestine, Sudan and the Congo,” she said.“As someone who has worked closely with activists, I know the toll it can take on your mental and your physical and it can feel thankless so if you have not heard it today, thank you. Your work is not in vain.

Eurovision 2024: Olly Alexander’s dad “surprised” at public giving him zero points - www.nme.com - Britain - Switzerland - Croatia
nme.com
12.05.2024 / 12:01

Eurovision 2024: Olly Alexander’s dad “surprised” at public giving him zero points

Olly Alexander‘s dad has said he was “surprised” that his son’s song ‘Dizzy’ received the dreaded ‘nul points’ from the public at last night’s Eurovision.Despite high hopes for this year’s UK entry, Alexander finished in 18th place out of 25 countries with 46 points, a position he only achieved thanks to his jury score.Now, his dad David Thornton has shared his thoughts, saying that Eurovision still offered a “fantastic learning experience” for Alexander [via BBC].“I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Thornton. “To me it’s a real surprise the public didn’t sort of connect with that song, though the juries gave it a really good score.”He added: “He’s had a wonderful time out there.

Bambie Thug declares ‘Fuck the EBU’ in post-Eurovision press interview - www.nme.com - Switzerland - Palestine
nme.com
12.05.2024 / 10:03

Bambie Thug declares ‘Fuck the EBU’ in post-Eurovision press interview

Bambie Thug has spoken out against the EBU during post-Eurovision interviews, claiming that they don’t fully represent “what Eurovision is”.The self-described ‘ouija-pop’ artist came sixth in the annual contest, which was won by Switzerland representative Nemo. At the end of their performance, they proclaimed “Love will triumph over hate!”The Cork singer has also faced significant challenges throughout the competition due to their pro-Palestinian stance. It was revealed they were forced to remove the words ‘ceasefire’ and ‘freedom for Palestine’ in a medieval script from their costume due to Eurovision’s political neutrality clause.

Watch Bambie Thug proclaim “love will triumph over hate!” at the end of their powerful Eurovision performance - www.nme.com - Ireland - Portugal - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
12.05.2024 / 10:03

Watch Bambie Thug proclaim “love will triumph over hate!” at the end of their powerful Eurovision performance

Bambie Thug has given a special message at the end of their gripping Eurovision performance – watch it below.The Irish Eurovision entry has been tipped as one of the favourites to win this year, with them ranking fourth on the bookie’s odds to win the contest.However, the Cork singer has also faced significant challenges throughout the competition due to their pro-Palestinian stance. It was revealed they were forced to remove the words ‘ceasefire’ and ‘freedom for Palestine’ in a medieval script from their costume due to Eurovision’s political neutrality clause.Though they were prevented from saying the words ‘ceasefire’, Bambie seemed to allude to the Israel-Palestine conflict at the end of their powerful performance.

Switzerland Wins the Eurovision Song Contest - variety.com - France - Sweden - Ukraine - Netherlands - Switzerland - Israel - Croatia
variety.com
11.05.2024 / 23:35

Switzerland Wins the Eurovision Song Contest

K.J. Yossman Switzerland has won the Eurovision Song Contest. Swiss entry Nemo stormed the contest with the song “The Code,” walking away with 591 points — a combination of a jury vote and public vote.

Eurovision fans say 'something wasn't right' with Olly Alexander's performance - www.ok.co.uk - Britain
ok.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 23:29

Eurovision fans say 'something wasn't right' with Olly Alexander's performance

Eurovision enthusiasts were left scratching their heads after Olly Alexander's performance at the competition, as something seemed amiss. During the live broadcast of Eurovision 2024 on Saturday night, viewers watched Olly Alexander take to the stage, hoping to clinch the title.

How to vote in Eurovision 2024 and how voting system works - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Sweden
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 20:49

How to vote in Eurovision 2024 and how voting system works

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest is finally here, with another set of musical hopefuls eager to represent their countries and impress both the judges and the public.

Deleted TikTok reveals moment Bambie Thug was forced to remove pro-Palestinian message: “It’s fucked up” - www.nme.com - Palestine
nme.com
11.05.2024 / 16:49

Deleted TikTok reveals moment Bambie Thug was forced to remove pro-Palestinian message: “It’s fucked up”

Eurovision entry Bambie Thug was forced to remove their pro-Palestinian message from their costume.Originally, Bambie was supposed to wear body paint in Ogham script – an old Medieval alphabet – which had the words ‘ceasefire’ and ‘freedom for Palestine’ written in the script. The words were written in honour of their pro-Palestine stance.

Inside Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s life off-screen – from famous ex to unusual world record - www.ok.co.uk - Britain
ok.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 16:41

Inside Eurovision’s Olly Alexander’s life off-screen – from famous ex to unusual world record

The wait is almost over for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and performers from across the globe are getting ready to battle it out to be crowned winners of one of the world’s most famous singing competitions. With the UK last winning the competition back in 1997, though Sam Ryder came close in 2022, all hopes of taking home the crown are on this year’s entry Olly Alexander, who recently divided fans when he made his Eurovision debut earlier this week with a performance of his song Dizzy.

Who is UK Eurovision 2024's Olly Alexander? - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 15:01

Who is UK Eurovision 2024's Olly Alexander?

Fans of Eurovision will already know that Olly Alexander is set to represent the United Kingdom at the 68th song contest in Malmö this month. Olly revealed the news during the Grand Final of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, December 16, 2023.

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - Norway - Germany - Netherlands - Portugal - Switzerland - Greece - Slovenia - Finland - Cyprus - Serbia - Armenia - county Angelina - Croatia - county Alexander - Latvia
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 14:01

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free

It's nearly that time again for the Eurovision grand finale to appear on our small screens.

Inside Eurovision drama from banned act to 'emotional' Olly Alexander and angry booing - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Netherlands - Israel
dailyrecord.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 13:07

Inside Eurovision drama from banned act to 'emotional' Olly Alexander and angry booing

This year's Eurovision Song Contest has got off to a frenzied start and the final hasn't even begun.

Bambie Thug calls on Eurovision organisers to “show some humanity” over political issues impacting contest - www.nme.com - Sweden - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
11.05.2024 / 10:11

Bambie Thug calls on Eurovision organisers to “show some humanity” over political issues impacting contest

Bambie Thug has called on Eurovision organisers to “show some humanity” over its handling of political issues as controversy related to Israel’s inclusion continues.The conversation around this year’s edition of the singing competition has been dominated by the controversial decision not to ban Israel from the contest despite the ongoing situation in Gaza, with many fans vowing to boycott Eurovision this year as a result.Israel is being represented by Eden Golan with the song ‘Hurricane’. Her qualification into the final came shortly after thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in the streets of Malmö, Sweden, where the contest is being held, to show their support for Gaza.

Check out the Eurovision 2024 running order and who’s competing - www.nme.com - Britain - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - Ireland - Ukraine - Norway - Germany - Netherlands - Portugal - Switzerland - Greece - Slovenia - Luxembourg - Finland - Cyprus - Serbia - Armenia - Israel - county Angelina - Croatia - Palestine - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia
nme.com
11.05.2024 / 09:31

Check out the Eurovision 2024 running order and who’s competing

Eurovision is set to take place tonight (May 11) – check out the full running order and list of contestants below.Altogether, 37 countries entered the contest and were split in half to compete for a place in the finals across two semi finals on Tuesday (May 7) and Thursday (May 9). Tonight, 26 of them will perform in the final, with Big Five nations France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the UK and the host nation Sweden all going straight through.Representing the UK this year is Olly Alexander, who will be performing his song ‘Dizzy’ which has been compared to the likes of the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’.According to Eurovision World, the favourites to win the competition is Croatia, whose entry Baby Lasagna currently has a 42 per cent chance at snagging the crown this year with their song ‘Rim Tim Tagi Dim’.The full running order for Eurovision 2024 is:1. Sweden | Marcus & Martinus – ‘Unforgettable’2. Ukraine | alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – ‘Teresa & Maria’3. Germany | ISAAK – ‘Always On The Run’4. Luxembourg | TALI – ‘Fighter’5. Netherlands | Joost Klein – ‘Europapa’6. Israel | Eden Golan – ‘Hurricane’7. Lithuania | Silvester Belt – ‘Luktelk’8. Spain | Nebulossa – ‘ZORRA’9. Estonia | 5MIINUST x Puuluup – ‘(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi’10. Ireland | Bambie Thug – ‘Doomsday Blue’11. Latvia | Dons – ‘Hollow’12. Greece | Marina Satti – ‘ZARI’13. United Kingdom | Olly Alexander – ‘Dizzy’14. Norway | Gåte – ‘Ulveham’15. Italy | Angelina Mango – ‘La Noia’16. Serbia | TEYA DORA – ‘RAMONDA’17. Finland | Windows95man – ‘No Rules!’18. Portugal | iolanda – ‘Grito’19. Armenia | LADANIVA – ‘Jako’20. Cyprus | Silia Kapsis – ‘Liar’21. Switzerland | Nemo – ‘The Code’22. Slovenia | Raiven – ‘Veronika’23. Croatia | Baby

Olly Alexander responds to his odds of winning Eurovision - www.nme.com - Britain - Israel - Palestine
nme.com
11.05.2024 / 03:11

Olly Alexander responds to his odds of winning Eurovision

Olly Alexander has responded to his odds of winning the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.The singer revealed to BBC that he had taken a look at what the bookies were saying about his chances of winning the contest. “My odds for winning are at one per cent,” he told the outlet.

ITV This Morning's Cat Deeley fires back at Ben Shephard as he pokes fun at her outfit on show - www.ok.co.uk - Britain - Sweden - Cyprus
ok.co.uk
08.05.2024 / 17:47

ITV This Morning's Cat Deeley fires back at Ben Shephard as he pokes fun at her outfit on show

ITV's This Morning had a bit of a bumpy start on Wednesday when presenter Ben Shephard teased Cat Deeley live on air, accusing her of dressing like a dancer from Eurovision. Prior to the exchange, Lorraine Kelly had conducted an interview with Eurovision Song Contest UK entry Olly Alexander.

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