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Lenny Kuhr is één van de vijf Nederlandse winnaars van het Songfestival (foto: ANP)

Lenny Kuhr drops out of Eurovision: I won’t be there next time

Singer and Eurovision winner Lenny Kuhr replied: “The next time I’m asked to perform on the Eurovision hit show, I won’t be there.” The singer turned heads at the Het Grote Eurovisionfeest TV taping on Wednesday. Kohr was angry because she didn’t know about it.

“I wasn’t ready to watch the tube myself. I was writing a new song. Fans who miss me have warned me,” the Eindhoven artist replied Thursday.

“I was pressured not to miss.”

“Afrotrus made it so important for me to be present at the concert,” says the singer. “As a Eurovision winner, I certainly can’t miss all the other Eurovision winners. I did absolutely fantastic and the crowd was so excited, but I was pressured into attending. That makes it a little difficult because then I can’t see it.”

This annoyance was increased by the singer because no one bothered to tell her that she had not made it to the broadcast. “I understand there can be all kinds of reasons for disqualifying an artist, but please tell me. This is a matter of respect and decency.”

“I am no longer seduced by the words ‘indispensable’.”

The fact that different versions circulate about who was responsible for the final assembly ensures that the irritation in the Kohr house remains. Kohr told Avrotros that the production company is responsible for the final editing and contacting the musicians.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster told ANP a different version, that Lenny Kuhr was often seen on Eurovision song broadcasts in the past and that it would have been better for a change to have other artists featured this time around.

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Meanwhile, Lenny Kohr is still awaiting an explanation from the production company that removed her from the broadcast. “He’s probably referring to AVROTROS again. I’m not going to waste any more energy on him. I just know that next time I won’t let myself be pressured anymore. The argument that I can’t be missed with this is worthless.”

Also read: Lenny Kohr furious at being cut off from Eurovision: ‘Disrespectful’