Israel's Eden Golan Defies Protests to Finish Fifth at Eurovision 2024

Israel's Eden Golan finished fifth at Eurovision 2024 with 375 points, despite only scoring 52 points from other countries' jury votes. Her performance was met with a mixed reaction from the audience, with loud jeers and boos, as well as claps and cheers.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Israel's Eden Golan Defies Protests to Finish Fifth at Eurovision 2024

Israel's Eden Golan Defies Protests to Finish Fifth at Eurovision 2024

In a night marked by tension and controversy at the Eurovision 2024 contest in Malmo, Sweden, Israel's Eden Golan finished in fifth place with a total of 375 points, despite only scoring 52 points from other country's jury votes. The 20-year-old singer topped the public, vote with 12 points, while the UK jurors gave her 0 points.

Why this matters: This story highlights the ongoing struggle to separate politics from art and entertainment, as well as the impact of geopolitical tensions on cultural events. The outcome also underscores the power of and the importance of inclusivity in international competitions.

Golan performed her emotional song "Hurricane" in the final, which was reworked from a previous track called "October Rain," thought to reference the Hamas attacks on Israel that sparked the current conflict. Her performance was met with a mixed reaction from the audience, with loud jeers and boos, as well as claps and cheers.

Switzerland's Nemo won the contest with 591 points, followed by Croatia's Baby Lasagna with 547 points and Ukraine's Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil with 453 points. Pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Malmo on Thursday and Saturday, condemning Israel's participation in Eurovision. Golan was surrounded by a convoy of security as she traveled from her hotel to the contest venue.

BBC One commentator Graham Norton noted the audience's divided reaction to Golan's performance, saying, "In some of the open rehearsals we heard more booing, but there was quite a lot of cheering tonight as well and I should tell you that that song is tipped to do very well tonight."

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the competition, encouraged the crowd to "attend in the spirit of the contest, embracing its values of inclusivity, celebrating diversity and being united by music." The EBU took a strong stance against political messages at Eurovision and flags and symbols from non-competing countries, but incidents of fans waving Palestinian flags during rehearsals were reported.

Despite the controversy and protests surrounding her participation, Eden Golan's fifth, public, vote demonstrate the power of music to transcend politics and bring people together. Her resilience and determination to perform on the Eurovision stage serve as an inspiration to many.

Key Takeaways

  • Israel's Eden Golan finishes 5th in Eurovision 2024 with 375 points.
  • Golan tops public vote with 12 points, despite only 52 points from jury votes.
  • Performance sparks mixed reaction from audience, with boos and cheers.
  • Pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrate in Malmo, condemning Israel's participation.
  • Golan's 5th place finish demonstrates music's power to transcend politics.