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As I’ve watched hashtags multiply on social media in the days leading up to the final of Eurovision 2024 tonight, I can’t help but wonder about the chances of 20-year-old Eden Golan, the singer representing Israel this year, actually winning the song contest. Despite all the boycotts surrounding the country’s entry, could she still emerge victorious and take home the iconic glass microphone?.

Following Loreen‘s victory in Liverpool with the song Tattoo in 2023, this year the 68th edition of Eurovision is taking place in Sweden, with the Grand Final broadcast live from Malmö Arena this Saturday, May 11th.

However this edition of the Eurovision hasn’t been plain sailing.

There have been several campaigns to block Israel from taking part in this year’s contest following the outbreak of war in the Middle East. In January, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which hosts the event, issued a statement affirming that “the Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political music event and a competition between public service broadcasters who are members of the EBU. It is not a contest between governments”. The official Eurovision website also has a dedicated FAQ section answering frequently asked questions such as “Why is the Israeli entry eligible to compete?”, “Why is Israel still a Member of the EBU when Russia was suspended?,” and “Will there be more security than usual this year, because of the fact the Israel is competing?

On social media, the public has been divided over the past few months on whether Israel should remain a contestant at the Eurovision. But an online campaign on Twitter/X and Instagram to have the country removed from the competition seemed to have attracted more support from accounts with zero followers or in private mode, which could be an indication of bots – automated accounts that are programmed to perfoem certain activities such re-tweeting, liking, following, or replying to content using AI.

Some of those reacting to the presence of Israel at the Eurovision song contest are real citizens, though.

Furkan Gözükara, a PhD Computer Engineer, has shared a footage of the Israel Eurovision entrant, Eden Golan, who was born in Israel to Russian parents, being booed during a dress rehearsal on May 9th.

“This is how Israel is protested inside Eurovision 2024 rightfully and justly If you don’t see booing on TV that is because they remove it with AI,” claims Gözükara.

Los Angeles-based American singer-songwriter and pianist John Ondrasik, shared footage of his interview on Fox Tonight where he asked singers such as Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand to join him in “standing with our fellow artist Eden Golan, a 20 year old Jewish singer, who has to be escorted in armoured caravans, due to the hate and antisemitism of tens of millions”.

It has been reported that Eden Golan was confined to her hotel room, while in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, to rehearse and perform at Euronewsweek,  after a series of threats against the Israeli delegation.

Twenty-six of the 37 entrants will compete in Saturday’s final of the Eurovision.

Why is Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest?

According to the organisers of the Eurovision contest, through their website, the song contest “is open to all members of the European Broadcasting Union which represents broadcasters from right across Europe and the Middle East.

The Israeli public service broadcaster has been a member of the EBU since 1957 and has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for 50 years”.

Israel was allowed to compete this year after it agreed to modify the lyrics of its entry, a song ballad understood to be a reference the Hamas massacre on 7 October.

How to watch the Eurovision 2024 Grand Final

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Grand Final will be broadcast live on Saturday 11 May 2024 at 8pm (BST) on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Swedish comedian Petra Mede will be hosting Eurovision for the third time, alongside Swedish-American actress Malin Åkerman who is making her Eurovision hosting debut in Malmö.

Multi-award winning actor, Joanna Lumley, will be joining the BBC Eurovision family as the United Kingdom’s Eurovision spokesperson, where she will deliver the results of the UK’s National Jury live during the Grand Final on Saturday 11 May.

What is the running order of the 2024 Eurovision Grand Final?

1. Sweden – Marcus & Martinus – Unforgettable

2. Ukraine – alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – Teresa & Maria

3. Germany – ISAAK – Always On The Run

4. Luxembourg – TALI – Fighter

5. Netherlands – Joost Klein – Europapa

6. Israel – Eden Golan – Hurricane

7. Lithuania – Silvester Belt – Luktelk

8. Spain – Nebulossa – ZORRA

9. Estonia – 5MIINUST x Puuluup – (nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi

10. Ireland – Bambie Thug – Doomsday Blue

11. Latvia – Dons – Hollow

12. Greece – Marina Satti – ZARI

13. United Kingdom – Olly Alexander – Dizzy

14. Norway – Gåte – Ulveham

15. Italy – Angelina Mango – La Noia

16. Serbia – TEYA DORA – RAMONDA

17. Finland – Windows95man – No Rules!

18. Portugal – iolanda – Grito

19. Armenia – LADANIVA – Jako

20. Cyprus – Silia Kapsis – Liar

21. Switzerland – Nemo – The Code

22. Slovenia – Raiven – Veronika

23. Croatia – Baby Lasagna – Rim Tim Tagi Dim

24. Georgia – Nutsa Buzaladze – Firefighter

25. France – Slimane – Mon Amour

26. Austria – Kaleen – We Will Rave

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