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Olly Alexander’s UK Eurovision interview is CANCELED so the star can rehearse as the most chaotic and political competition ever to see Dutch law withdrawn and Israeli entry picket continues.

Olly Alexander’s UK Eurovision interview is CANCELED so the star can rehearse as the most chaotic and political competition ever to see Dutch law withdrawn and Israeli entry picket continues.



Olly Alexander’s Eurovision interview has been canceled ahead of tomorrow’s grand final so the star can rehearse.

He and other actors were scheduled to speak to the media this afternoon but will no longer do so.

The singer, 33, is representing the United Kingdom with his hit Dizzy in the final in Malmö, Sweden Saturday.

An email sent from show organizers on Friday said: “Please note that the Big Five and Sweden press conference originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. BST) has been canceled as all artists want to focus on rehearsals. “

The big five also include Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

The cancellation of the press conference is the latest development in the most chaotic and political Eurovision yet, which has already seen the withdrawal of the Dutch law and the picketing of Israeli protesters.

Olly Alexander’s Eurovision interview canceled ahead of the Grand Final tomorrow so the star could rehearse
He and other artists were scheduled to speak to the media this afternoon but will no longer do so.
This comes amid the most chaotic and political Eurovision yet, which has already seen the Dutch law withdrawn and the Israeli entry picketed.

That rise has been overshadowed by the Gaza-Israel conflict, with activists calling on organizers to ban the Jewish state.

Huge pro-Palestinian protests involving the likes of Greta Thunberg have already taken place in the host city of Malmö in Sweden, forcing Israeli singer Eden Golan to take refuge in her hotel guarded by armed police.

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Dozens of police officers patrolled the streets surrounding the hotel, carrying out identity checks on motorists and pedestrians and also patrolling the city center following requests to be excluded from the competition.

Inside the venue, all didn’t go well either, with the announcement that Dutchman Joost Klein would not rehearse “until further notice” due to an unexplained “incident” causing the the subject of an investigation by the European Broadcasting Union.

Meanwhile, venues across Britain are facing pressure to cancel Eurovision concerts after coming under pressure from activist groups.

Action group Brighton Queers for Palestine has published the contact numbers of bars continuing their parties, telling their supporters to “call them and ask them to reconsider screening Eurovision” as they accuse them of “complicity in the genocide.

And some London venues have been forced to cancel their events as they fear for the safety of their staff due to the backlash – while others said they had decided to close in solidarity with Palestine.

It comes as Rishi Sunak called the Eurovision protests taking place in Sweden “fake” and “scandalous”.

Olly Alezxander performs his song Dizzy during the dress rehearsal on May 10
Olly Alexander faced intense pressure from some over his participation, asking him to refuse to compete with Israel.
Israeli singer Eden Golan has been confined to her hotel under armed guard due to concerns for her safety amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists have taken part in protests around the Eurovision venue in recent days.
Dutch singer Joost Klein was pulled from a dress rehearsal on Friday as TV networks investigate an unexplained “incident”.

There was also a shock announcement on Friday afternoon after Dutchman Klein missed his penultimate dress rehearsal.

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It is unclear whether the 26-year-old singer will perform in Saturday night’s finale or if another band will replace him.

The EBU said in a statement: “We are currently investigating an incident reported to us involving the Dutch artist. He will not rehearse until further notice.

“We have no further comment at this time and will update in due course.”

Klein was seen during the opening parade of flags at the start of the rehearsal, but did not appear on stage about a half hour later.

Olly Alexander also faced intense pressure from some over his participation, asking him to refuse to compete with Israel.

A group of 450 artists, individuals and organizations, including actor Maxine Peake, signed an open letter distributed by the LGTBQ+ solidarity group “Queers for Palestine” calling on Alexander to withdraw from the competition over the Israel-Gaza war.

The singer responded in March with a lengthy statement, promising he would stay in the competition and instead focus on working with other Eurovision contestants on how to “use our platform to bring us together and call for peace.

British bars and other venues face pressure from campaign groups to cancel planned Eurovision screenings
LGBTQ entertainment venue the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has made the decision to close this week, telling fans this week that they “will not be open for any events on Saturday night”.
London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern is one of several venues to announce its complete closure on Saturday.
Police use pepper spray and respond to pro-Palestinian protesters in central Malmö this week
Eden Golan pictured performing her song Hurricane during a rehearsal at the Malmo Arena on Wednesday

The It’s A Sin star also sparked debate when he said he was “ambivalent” about the Union Jack because it can appear “divisive” and “nationalistic”.

He added earlier this week that he wanted to “reclaim” the Union Jack “in a positive way”.

In the interview, Alexander also admitted that his chances of being crowned the winner of the singing competition seemed “low.”

The pop star, speaking before her first performance, said: “I saw one of my odds said I had about a 1% chance of winning, so I like those odds,” a- he declared. “Is it better than zero?”

“I think it’s all part of the drama, a bit like the drama of probability,” he added.