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The Dutch artist Joost Klein has been disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest following a backstage incident, as reported by Swedish police after a female member of the production

crew alleged intimidation.

The Netherlands Songfestival clarified that Klein repeatedly expressed his unwillingness to be filmed backstage and denied any physical contact with the camerawoman.

Klein's exclusion from the contest comes as a blow, particularly considering he was considered one of the favorites to win this year's competition with his song, "Europapa," a techno anthem dedicated to his late father.

The disqualification unfolded during the first dress rehearsal for Saturday's grand final, where Klein's performance was abruptly skipped without explanation. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) later confirmed that Klein's behavior towards a team member violated contest rules, prompting his removal from the competition.

Swedish police have reported Klein for making unlawful threats at Malmö Arena during Thursday's semi-final, and investigations are ongoing.

While contestants have been disqualified from Eurovision in the past, it is unprecedented for an artist to lose their place so close to the final. Saturday's grand final will proceed with 25 acts instead of the planned 26, with Dutch viewers still eligible to vote.

The incident has garnered significant media attention, with international outlets gathering outside Klein's hotel in Malmo, Sweden. Contrary to initial speculation, organizers clarified that the incident did not involve any other performers or delegation members.

The Dutch singer's disqualification underscores the Eurovision's commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all participants, with a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behavior. Photo by Wojciech Pędzich, Wikimedia commons.