Eurovision gets security hike after past threats

Swedish police announced on Wednesday an increase in security at Malmö's Eurovision Song Contest in May, including metal detectors for spectators and extra bomb-sniffing dogs from around the country.

Eurovision gets security hike after past threats

There have been bomb threats at Eurovision in previous years and Swedish police are taking no chances in Malmö.

“There have even been demonstrations outside [in the past] but nothing that has ruined the broadcast. We will ensure that it doesn’t happen here either,” Carl-Axel Andersson of the Malmö police told Sveriges Television (SVT).

Officers will enlist the help of sniffer dogs from other regions of the country, while spectators themselves will have to go through airport-like security conditions, including passing through metal detectors when entering the arena.

“We’re going to search all the areas where there’ll be delegates so they can work in a safe environment,” Andersson added.

Potential protests and threats are more likely to be directed towards certain countries, according to the Andersson, who said Israel would be granted extra protection, with police protection at their hotel around the clock.

“We’ll be keeping an eye on Israel as it always has an accompanying threat,” he told SVT.

The Israeli ambassador Isaac Bachman, meanwhile, does not think Israel will be singled out.

“The contest involves so many different countries. We trust the Swedish authorities and feel like we’re in good hands,” he said.

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Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Cornelia Jakobs, Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, burst into tears and jumped onto presenter Mario Acampas, after shooting through to the final on Thursday night.

Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Jakobs was emotional at the press conference after her victory, telling the story of her progress from an “largely unknown” indie artist to the Eurovision stage. 

“There are a lot of feelings right now in this little body, an extremely large amount of feelings that can’t really fit in, so they’re exploding,” she said, before beginning to cry. “But I’m so happy and overwhelmed by all the support I’ve got from all these fantastic countries.” 

When the time came to pick lots for which half of the final she would appear in, she leapt onto Mario Acampas, the presenter asking questions at the press conference, wrapping her legs around his waist and clasping herself tightly to his torso. 

He then walked her over to the bowl where the lots were lying. 

“I want you to choose the second half,” she said to him. “Imagine that I have a pistol here and on the count of three I’m going to shoot you if you don’t choose.”

He refused to pick for her so she took one herself and got the second half. 

Jakobs, with her song, “Hold me closer”, was the clear favourite to go into the final, and will go through alongside Finland’s The Rasmus, and his song Jezebel, Serbia’s Konstrakta with “In corpore sano”, as well as entries from Belgium, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Estonia, Australia, and Romania. 

You can see her performance on Thursday in the video below. 

In the final, she will meet the other favourites, which include Ukraine, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

The final will be shown on Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT at 9pm on Saturday.