Joost Klein disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest after a complaint from female crew

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Dutch Eurovision entry Joost Klein was disqualified from the grand final on Saturday evening following a complaint from a female crew member, which is being investigated by the Swedish police.

Klein would perform with the song ‘Europapa’.

In a statement, the Eurovision Broadcasting Union, which is responsible for the competition, said: “The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not take part in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Swedish police have investigated a complaint filed by a female member of the production crew following an incident following his performance in Thursday night’s semi-final. Although the legal process has taken its course, it would not be appropriate for him to continue with the competition.”

“We would like to clarify that, contrary to some media reports and speculation on social media, no other artist or delegation member was involved in this incident,” the statement continued. “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior at our event and are committed to providing a safe working environment for all staff at the competition. In light of this, Joost Klein’s behavior towards a team member is considered to be in violation of the competition rules. The grand final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will now go ahead with 25 participating songs.”

Ebba Adielsson, executive producer at Swedish broadcaster SVT, which produces the show in Malmö, added: “The EBU has made the decision to disqualify the Dutch entry and we are following that decision. Now all our focus is on making a fantastic show for the audience tonight.”

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