Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Joost kicked out of Eurovision. Television in the Netherlands reacts. A powerful statement!

Joost Kleinrepresentative of the Netherlands at Eurovision 2024, was considered one of the favorites of the competition. Ultimately, however, he did not appear in the final because the organizers excluded him from the concert.

After the second semi-final, Klein was first suspended by the European Broadcasting Union (he did not take part in any of the rehearsals before Saturday's concert) and then thrown out of the competition.

“The Swedish police investigated a complaint made by a member of the production team following an incident that occurred after her performance in Thursday evening's semi-final. While the legal process continues, it would be inappropriate for him to continue participating in the Competition,” the EBU said in a statement.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior during our event and make every effort to ensure a safe working environment for all Competition employees. In light of this, Joost Klein's behavior towards a team member is considered a violation of the Competition rules,” the organizers continue to write. They also stressed that “no other contractor or member of the delegation was involved in this incident.”

Just after Eurovision started AVROTROS decided not to present the jury's points during the television broadcast.

“With AVROTROS not taking part in the Eurovision grand final, we do not feel the need to transfer points from our jury. After consulting with Nikkie De Jager, who was to be our spokesperson tonight, we decided not to do so. Like Nikkie, we had a different idea this evening,” we read in the latest statement.