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Eurovision Dismisses Claims Producers Censored Booing During Israel’s Performance

Eurovision Dismisses Claims Producers Censored Booing During Israel’s Performance

[ad_1] Eurovision organisers have insisted they did not censor any booing from Israel’s performance on Thursday night. Israel’s presence in this year’s contest has been a contentious issue among Eurovision fans for a number of months now, as a result of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, with many even calling for a boycott of the broadcast. During rehearsals for the second semi-final earlier this week, loud boos could be heard during Israeli singer Eden Golan’s performance. However, when she performed during Thursday’s live show, this was not the case, leading many viewers to suggest that Eurovision bosses could have using technology to censor the sound of the booing. BBC News also reported on this speculation after the second semi-final aired. A spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “Just like in all major TV productions with an audience, SVT [Sweden’s national broadcaster] work on the broadcast sound to even out the levels for TV viewers. This is solely to achieve as balanced a sound mix as possible for the audience; and SVT do not censor sound …

Performance Artist Tags Controversial Courbet Nude with “Me Too”

Performance Artist Tags Controversial Courbet Nude with “Me Too”

[ad_1] A protestor writes “Me Too” on Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde (1866) at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Source: Deborah de Robertis.   On Monday, two women painted the words “Me Too” across the protective glass covering Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde (1866) at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. The protestors also chanted the phrase before being removed from the museum and arrested. The French-Luxembourgish artist Deborah de Robertis organized the protest as part of a performance piece titled Don’t Separate the Woman from the Artist.   The famously controversial Courbet nude is currently on loan to the Centre Pompidou-Metz from the Musée d’Orsay for a special exhibition. Four additional artworks in the exhibition were also marked with “Me Too,” and one—I Think Before I Suck by Annette Messager (1991)—was stolen. The missing work is now allegedly in de Robertis’s possession.   Deborah de Robertis and L’Origine du monde Protestors tag artworks and shout “Me Too” at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Source: Deborah de Robertis.   Monday’s protest was not the first time Deborah de Robertis engaged with L’Origine du monde. …

Eurovision Bosses Rebuke Guest Singer For Wearing Palestinian Garment During Performance

Eurovision Bosses Rebuke Guest Singer For Wearing Palestinian Garment During Performance

[ad_1] Eurovision bosses have spoken out after guest singer Eric Saade incorporated a traditional Palestinian garment into his semi-final stage outfit. Before this year’s acts each sang for the first time on Tuesday night, the semi-final got underway with a medley of old Eurovision hits performed by finalists including Eric, Eleni Foureira and Chanel. While performing his hit Popular, the Swedish singer – who is of Palestinian descent – was seen sporting a keffiyeh wrapped around his wrist. Following Eric’s performance, a spokesperson for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organises Eurovision, rebuked the singer for what they described as a “compromise” of the “non-political nature of the event”. “The Eurovision Song Contest is a live TV show,” they said (via ITV News). “All performers are made aware of the rules of the contest, and we regret that Eric Saade chose to compromise the non-political nature of the event.” Posting on his Instagram story after the semi-final, Eric wrote: “Reminder – it’s only love.” Referencing this year’s Eurovision slogan, he added: “United By Music it …

Olly Alexander accused of being ‘off key’ during first Eurovision 2024 performance

Olly Alexander accused of being ‘off key’ during first Eurovision 2024 performance

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Olly Alexander delivered his first Eurovision Song Contest performance at the first semi-final on Tuesday (7 May), which had some fans raising their eyebrows ahead of the grand final. Alexander, who rose to fame as the lead singer for now-disbanded pop group Years & Years, sang his original track “Dizzy” at the Malmö Arena in Sweden, where the final is being held this Saturday (11 May). The performance featured upside-down locker room staging and a troupe of backing dancers. Some viewers immediately pointed out what they deemed to be a shaky vocal performance from the 33-year-old singer, with one writing on X/Twitter: “Had high hopes for the UK @Eurovision this year with Olly Alexander but it sounded a little ropey at the semi-final just now.” Another remarked: “Let’s be honest. Olly Alexander just doesn’t have the voice.” “Is it me or was Olly Alexander off key all …

Ireland reaches Eurovision final for first time since 2018 as UK’s Olly Alexander delivers first performance | Ents & Arts News

Ireland reaches Eurovision final for first time since 2018 as UK’s Olly Alexander delivers first performance | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Bambie Thug has become Ireland’s first Eurovision Song Contest finalist since 2018. The 31-year-old singer performed their alternative song Doomsday Blue at the Eurovision semi-finals in Malmo, Sweden. Ryan O’Shaughnessy made it to the competition for Ireland with Together in Lisbon, Portugal, six years ago – he came 16th. Image: The UK’s Olly Alexander performs during the semi-final. Pic: Reuters The UK’s Olly Alexander delivered his first performance, which featured an upside-down locker room staging of Dizzy. It was the first time the UK, which is already through to the finals, has performed in a semi-final. Alexander had cameras rotated to make it feel as if he and the dancers were spinning. During their first Eurovision performance Bambi’s dancers appeared devil-like in blue paint, highly exaggerated ears and fake teeth. Halfway through the end of the song they revealed the trans flag on their costume. Image: Pic: Reuters Ukrainian duo Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil made the final with Teresa & Maria, Finland’s Windows95Man also made it with No Rules! as well as Serbia’s …

Mercedes AMG GT 63 S E Performance Pricing Revealed

Mercedes AMG GT 63 S E Performance Pricing Revealed

[ad_1] Last month we saw the new Mercedes AMG GT 63 S E Performance and now Mercedes Benz has revealed the pricing for the car, it starts at €217,770 Euros and as we heard previously it comes with a massive 816 horsepower. The Mercedes AMG GT 63 S E Performance represents the pinnacle of hybrid sports car engineering, seamlessly blending raw power with advanced technology. This groundbreaking model not only redefines the standards for luxury sports cars but also signifies a major leap forward in the development of hybrid performance vehicles. At the heart of this beast lies an AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, working in perfect harmony with an AMG Electric Drive Unit to unleash an astonishing 816 horsepower and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm. These figures propel the AMG GT 63 S E Performance to the top of the Mercedes-AMG lineup, solidifying its position as the fastest series-production model. The AMG GT 63 S E Performance is a testament to Mercedes-AMG’s relentless pursuit of excellence in performance and innovation. With the ability …

Performance of In The Night Garden suspended at New Theatre after ‘threatening phone call’ | UK News

Performance of In The Night Garden suspended at New Theatre after ‘threatening phone call’ | UK News

[ad_1] A performance of In The Night Garden in Cardiff at the weekend was suspended after reports of a “threatening phone call”. South Wales Police said they were called to the New Theatre in the Welsh capital on Saturday after reports of a “threatening phone call having been made to the premises”. The force said its officers conducted a “thorough search of the premises” and “no items of concern were found”. “A full evacuation of the theatre took place,” the spokesperson added. Their investigation is ongoing into what they believe to be a “malicious hoax”. In the Night Garden Live is currently touring the UK and was in Cardiff from 2 to 4 May. It features characters from the BBC children’s series, including Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka. A spokesperson for New Theatre said it was “alerted by telephone to a potentially serious incident” during the performance of In The Night Garden. Read more from Sky News:Prince Harry will not meet King during UK visitEight talking points from the Met Gala Follow Sky News …

Doctor Who review roundup: Critics praise ‘mesmerising’ performance from Ncuti Gatwa

Doctor Who review roundup: Critics praise ‘mesmerising’ performance from Ncuti Gatwa

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Ncuti Gatwa’s eagerly anticipated first season of Doctor Who has received glowing reviews from critics ahead of the release of its first two episodes “Space Babies” and “The Devil’s Chord” on Saturday (11 May). The Sex Education and Barbie actor has taken on the role as the 15th Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series, with early viewers praising his performance as “mesmerising” and “delightful”. Gatwa, 31, previously made his debut on the show late last year in the trailer for the 2023 specials and has now taken on the role of the iconic Time Lord full time, alongside Coronation Street star Millie Gibson as his companion Ruby Sunday. The Independent’s Ed Power writes that while “Gatwa has the crucial Doctor quality of being deeply enigmatic” showrunner Russell T Davies’ “stories aren’t entirely there yet, but with Gatwa at the controls, it comes as a huge relief to …

DraftKings boss hails ‘outstanding’ Q1 performance

DraftKings boss hails ‘outstanding’ Q1 performance

[ad_1] DraftKings has heralded its performance metrics in Q1 after reporting a 52.7% year-on-year spike in its revenue, up to $1.18 billion (£936.2m/€1.09b). Company CEO and co-founder Jason Robins lauded the “outstanding” numbers which have led to a raise in the gambling operator’s full-year guidance for revenue and adjusted EBITDA. For the first three months of the year, revenue was $405m greater than the $769.7m returned by DraftKings for the same period, last year. Robins pinpointed several accelerators for the growth including sportsbook expansion into new markets, further customer engagement, and gains in the firm’s structural sportsbook hold percentage and better promotional reinvestment. Other recent highlights for DraftKings include the beginning of new sportsbook ventures in both North Carolina and Vermont, with the move into the Tar Heel State in conjunction with NASCAR. The latest expansion means DraftKings is now in operation across 27 states in the US as well as Ontario in Canada. The company has also entered into a multi-year agreement with Barstool Sports. “DraftKings’ performance in the first quarter of 2024 was …