Bambie Thug says that KAN broke the rules of Eurovision, and that Israel should be excluded from the Final

After not appearing at the Flag Parade during this afternoon rehearsal, Bambie Thug took to their Instagram to clarify that there was a “situation” that they felt it needed EBU’s attention, and that the EBU have taken the matter seriously. They added:

Dear Coven,

There was a situation while we were waiting to go to stage for the flag parade rehearsal which I felt needed urgent attention from the EBU – the EBU have taken this matter seriously and we have been in a discussion about what action needs to be taken.

This means I have missed my dress rehearsal – I am really sorry to the fans that have come to see me. I hope to see you on stage tonight #CrownTheWitch

The Irish broadcaster RTÉ have also just confirmed that Bambie Thug has called on the EBU to address commentary made on Israeli television before their performance in the first Semi Final. Understanding that the commentary breached the Eurovision rules, Bambie Thug said Israel should no longer be allowed to participate in the competition:

There’s a lot more anger and a lot more drive in me now. I’m angry with other teams breaching their rules of the [European Broadcasting Union], and still being allowed in.

So there’s definitely a war drum sounding in my heart to push the performance even more than I have done before.

On Tuesday evening, KAN’s commentator warned TV viewers with children that Bambie Thug’s performance of their song “Doomsday Blue would be “the most scary” of the night. The commentator said: “There will be a lot of spells and black magic and dark clothing, Satanic symbols, and voodoo dolls, like we are at Cats Square in Jerusalem in the mid-90s”, referring to a well-known public square in Jerusalem that was central to the city’s nightlife in the 1990s and synonymous with goth culture. The commentator also added that Bambie Thug liked to “speak negatively about Israel”.

On the other hand, RTÉ declined to comment on whether it had lodged a complaint with the EBU about the commentary on Kan, and RTÉ had not called on Israel to be removed from the competition.

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