Eurovision Song Contest: Portuguese broadcaster RTP requests clarification

Eurovision Song Contest: Portuguese broadcaster RTP requests clarification
Eurovision Song Contest: Portuguese broadcaster RTP requests clarification
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by Florian Callens
published on Monday May 13, 2024 to 13:56
3 min read

The eventful Eurovision Song Contest continues to cause a stir. For example, the Portuguese channel RTP is not happy with the fact that organizer EBU did not immediately put the performance of the Portuguese singer Iolanda in the grand final online. The reason for the delay is said to be the fact that the singer had painted her nails in the Palestinian keffiyeh pattern.

In the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest, there had been a lot of commotion for months about Israel’s participation due to constant bombings and attacks in the Gaza Strip. It made it one of the most controversial editions ever.

Iolanda

There were no major protests during the final, but there was a small reference here and there. This was, for example, the case with the Portuguese singer Iolanda. While she still had white nails in the semi-finals, her nails now consisted of a keffiyeh pattern. This motif is seen as a pro-Palestine symbol. Iolanda also ended her performance with the statement “peace will prevail.”

The video of Portugal’s performance in the grand final was the only one of the 25 countries not to immediately appear online. After some delay, it was still available on all social media, but it concerned Iolanda’s performance in the semi-finals.

Discussion

When the RTP asked the EBU for an explanation about this, they initially referred to a “technical problem”. Later, an employee also reportedly pointed out in email communications that Iolanda was wearing “pro-Palestinian symbols.” Ultimately, Portugal’s performance from the final did appear on YouTube, but with an hour delay. However, only photos from the semi-final can still be found on many official channels of the EBU.

To request clarification about the entire situation, the RTP has now requested a consultation with the EBU. In their own words, “reflection is needed on the 2024 edition”. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14.

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