June 22, 2024

Switzerland’s ‘Non-Binary’ Rapper Nemo Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland’s self-described “non-binary” rapper Nemo has received the 68th version of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the music “The Code”.

Held in Malmö, this yr’s Eurovision contest was marred by anti-Israel demonstrations within the multicultural Swedish metropolis over the participation of 20-year-old Russian-Israeli singer Eden Golan.

While Golan acquired giant support from the general public, receiving a shocking 338 factors from the viewers vote — quickly placing Israel within the lead — Golan in the end ended up in fifth place. Meanwhile, Britain’s Olly Alexander acquired an embarrassing zero votes from the general public, lots of whom forged their votes in favour of Golan, in an obvious protest in opposition to the large-scale anti-Israel demonstrations.

It was Swiss rapper Nemo who got here out on prime on the finish with a complete of 591 votes from the general public and Eurovision judges, turning into the primary so-called “non-binary” performer — demanding to be addressed by they/them pronouns — to win the competition and the third contestant to win the competition, following Lys Assia within the first version of the competition in 1956 and Celine Dion in 1988. 

Accepting the award, Nemo said per Sky News: “I want to say thank you so much, I hope this contest can live up to its promise and continue to stand for peace and dignity for every person in this world”.

Nemo was not the one “non-binary” contestant this yr, with Ireland’s entry, Bambie Thug, who claims to follow “neo-pagan blood magic” additionally figuring out as such and demanding “they/them” pronouns.

The Irish performer, whose music “Doomsday Blue” closely featured Satanic and “Wiccan” imagery, mentioned that she “cried with her team” when listening to that Israel had reached the Eurovision ultimate and reportedly pressured organisers to relocate Israel’s Eden Golan right into a separate ready room forward of the ultimate.

During her ultimate efficiency, Golan was pressured to carry out in entrance of boos from the Eurovision viewers in Sweden, with chants of “free Palestine” being heard. The booing intensified as Golan started to sing a verse from her music, “Hurricane”, in Hebrew.

Securing 375 votes, Golan got here in fifth within the contest, beating out Bambie Thug, who got here in sixth place with 278 votes. Israel additionally acquired the second-most votes from the general public at 323, solely trailing Croatia, which acquired 337.

During the competition, Golan was largely confined to her resort room beneath heavy guard and was escorted in a police convoy to the finals as upwards of 10,000 anti-Israel protesters took to the streets of Malmö on Saturday over the Jewish singer’s participation within the pop contest.

The protesters had been joined as soon as again by skilled activist Greta Thunberg, who appeared on the rally wearing Palestinian colors earlier than being arrested once more.

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