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Eurovision 2024 LIVE: Latest updates from Malmo after Dutch rapper Joost Klein is kicked out and Ireland’s Bambie Thug misses final dress rehearsal – Olly Alexander battles for UK crown


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Hello, bonsoir and willkommen! Tonight is the night millions across Europe have been waiting for as the Eurovision final takes place in Sweden.

The competition has been rocked by a series of crises in the run-up to the exhibition event in Malmö, with a Dutch participant reprimanded and Ireland’s Bambie Thug absent from the final rehearsal – all amid heightened tensions in the city with pro-Palestinian protesters demanding Israeli singer Eden Golan be fired.

With Olly Alexander flying the UK flag, MailOnline will bring you live coverage of the results as they come in, plus all the latest news, analysis and reaction.

Eurovision fans gather in Malmö

With two hours to go before the final kicks off and excitement building across the UK and the continent, let’s take a look at some of the Eurovision super fans who were snapped at a rally in Malmö today.

Mandatory credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368q) Audience, fans arrive at the final venue of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö , Sweden - May 11, 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368p) Australian fans arrive at the venue before the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden on Friday 10/10/2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden – May 11, 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368n) Australian fans arrive at the venue before the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden on Friday 10/10/2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden – May 11, 2024
Mandatory credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368o) British fans arrive at the venue before the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö , Sweden - May 11, 2024

Let’s just recap the seismic developments today as Swedish police investigate Joost Klein over an incident allegedly involving a female production crew member.

Amid already heightened tensions surrounding the competition with expected protests in Malmö over the inclusion of Israeli singer Eden Golan, the incident drew more attention before the singers even took to the stage.

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It was a dramatic day in Malmö after Eurovision organizers disqualified Dutch contestant Joost Klein (pictured) earlier today.

The 26-year-old singer and rapper missed two rehearsals on Friday and it has since emerged that Swedish police are investigating a complaint allegedly made by a member of the production crew.

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That means 25 countries will now take part in tonight’s final, which promises to be more fun with good, bad and downright bizarre performances ahead

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