Bambie Thug's defiant six-word message in Eurovision set after pulling out of rehearsal

Bambie Thug performs on stage during The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Grand Final at Malmö Arena on May 11, 2024 in Malmo, Sweden.
Bambie Thug performs on stage during The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Grand Final at Malmö Arena -Credit:Martin Sylvest Andersen/Getty Images

Ireland's Bambie Thug defiantly declared a political message after their enthralling performance at the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. The singer electrified the audience as they performed 'Doomsday Blue' with haunting witchcraft imagery.

Just after they had finished singing, Bambie decisively proclaimed: "Love will always win over hate!"

Viewers took to X to comment. One wrote: "Yes!! Bambie thug the hero of Eurovision! Crown the witch immediately! The only person to stand up the EBU #eurovision #Eurovision2024."

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"Bambie Thug, whether you like them or not or even the song, was fantastic. Amazingly put together performance. Fantastic staging. #CrownTheWitch #Eurovision," a third added.

Another said they were expecting a win for Ireland, commenting: "bambie thug did so well at the #Eurovision2024 !! they deserve to win omg , no other act came close."

"Really hoping for an Ireland win Bambie’s performance is beyond anything else," another viewer agreed. It comes after Bambie Thug said a ‘situation’ that arose this afternoon and resulted in them not taking part in the dress rehearsal has not been resolved.

In an Instagram post, the singer said: "Over the last few days I have raised multiple complaints to the EBU regarding instances I have experienced this week. Earlier today they confirmed to my delegation in front of others that KAN’s [the Israeli broadcaster] commentator had broken rules of conduct during the Eurovision semi-final 1.

“I have been patiently waiting to hear what action is set to be taken by the EBU following this rule break. I have since seen a statement by the EBU Director General Noel Curran which contradicts this earlier confirmation. I am still waiting for an official update from the EBU.”

This follows on from their statement earlier this afternoon, explaining why they were not at the flag parade rehearsal in Malmo today, saying they “hope to see” fans on stage. “The EBU have taken this matter seriously and we have been in a discussion about what action needs to be taken. This means I have missed my dress rehearsal.

“I am really sorry to the fans that have come to see me. I hope to see you on the stage tonight.”

Bambie, who goes by they/them/their pronouns, is the first Irish contestant to make it through to a Eurovision final since 2018. Before being chosen as the Irish delegate for Eurovision 2024, Bambie had been releasing music under their professional moniker for around three years, and had already attracted a devoted fanbase along with airplay on BBC Radio.

The self-described “goth gremlin goblin witch” and “Ouija-pop star” was born in Macroom, County Cork, and initially trained as a ballerina before deciding to switch to a career in music.