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All the forbidden items at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 – including ladders, mugs and golfballs

You have been warned (Picture: Guy Prives/Getty Images)
The Eurovision Song Contest may be the home ..

You have been warned (Picture: Guy Prives/Getty Images)

The Eurovision Song Contest may be the home of glitter, flags and wigs from the fancy dress shop, but outside the outrageous dress code, things are pretty strict.

The Expo Tel Aviv, which is hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, is running a pretty tight ship, instating a list of restricted items akin to an airport.

And while they all make sense for the safety of attendees and performers, some of the items included were rather surprising.

For example – firearms, drugs and lasers being banned? The usual. Ladders, golfballs, mugs and scalpels being banned – did they really have to be mentioned?

Forbidden items at this year's Eurovision

Alcohol

Animals except guide dogs

Backpacks or large bags

Chains

Cans

Cups and mugs

Drones

Drugs

Explosive and signalling devices, smoking devices, pyrotechnics

Firearms

Food

Glass bottles

Golfballs

Handcuffs

Helmets

Knives, syringes, scalpels

Ladders

Lanterns

Lasers

Medication without a prescription or justification

Megaphones

Ropes

Spray cans

Sticks

Toxic substances

Umbrellas

Any material that may have a connotation with political or religious views, racism, xenophobia or discrimination

Tools like: hammers, screwdrivers, adhesive tape, demolition bars, saw blades, drill bits, pliers, extension cords and tool pouch

All liquids transported must be stored in containers of less than 100ml

Tel Aviv have got their first big challenge out of the way, having hosted the first semi-final on Tuesday night, and the second semi will take place tonight.

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Armenia, Ireland, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, Norway, The Netherlands, North Macedonia and Azerbaijan all hoping to make it through, to join Cyprus, Czech Republic, Belarus, Australia, Iceland, Serbia, Estonia, Greece, San Marino, Slovenia and previously qualified France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany and Israel in the Saturday night final.

And as well as the 26 finalists, Eurovision viewers will also be treated to an interval performance from Madonna, who is rehearsing in Tel Aviv after landing late on Tuesday night.

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Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin hints at ending for books

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has give..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given hints about the ending of his books after seeing the hit series come to an end – and also said he suspects we have "not seen the last of Westeros" on TV.

The author wrote about the finale of the epic fantasy series on his blog, saying it had been "a wild ride" since his first meeting with the show's writers David Benioff and DB Weiss more than a decade ago.

He is still writing the final instalments of his series of books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, with Game Of Thrones the show having overtaken the published novels – the last one released in 2011 – in its sixth season.

Image: George RR Martin says the TV finale was "an ending but also a beginning"

Martin helped producers as they continued the story on screen and there has been much speculation about whether the ending will turn out to be true to his original vision.

In his blog post, Martin promised the sixth and seventh books, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, "will be done".

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"I'm writing," he said. "Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.

"The Winds Of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream Of Spring.

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Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin hints at ending for books

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has give..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given hints about the ending of his books after seeing the hit series come to an end – and also said he suspects we have "not seen the last of Westeros" on TV.

The author wrote about the finale of the epic fantasy series on his blog, saying it had been "a wild ride" since his first meeting with the show's writers David Benioff and DB Weiss more than a decade ago.

He is still writing the final instalments of his series of books, A Song Of Ice And Fire, with Game Of Thrones the show having overtaken the published novels – the last one released in 2011 – in its sixth season.

Image: George RR Martin says the TV finale was "an ending but also a beginning"

Martin helped producers as they continued the story on screen and there has been much speculation about whether the ending will turn out to be true to his original vision.

In his blog post, Martin promised the sixth and seventh books, The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, "will be done".

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"I'm writing," he said. "Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is.

"The Winds Of Winter is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won't say when, I've tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A Dream Of Spring.

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"How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different? (more…)

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Sophie Turner hits out at ‘disrespectful’ GoT petition

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at a petition calling for a remake of the final serie..

Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at a petition calling for a remake of the final series, saying it is "disrespectful" to those who "worked tirelessly" on the show for more than 10 years.

The actress, who plays Sansa Stark, spoke out about the reaction to season eight after her character was crowned Queen of the North in the last ever episode on Monday.

Fans have been divided by the Game Of Thrones final series, with many criticising it for being rushed and more than 1.3 million people signing the petition set up to demand HBO remakes it.

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Image: Some fans were unhappy with Daenerys Targaryen's transformation into the Mad Queen

Some viewers were also unhappy with how the story ended for Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, who transformed from a hero to the Mad Queen – murdering thousands of innocent people.

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In an interview with the New York Times following the finale, Turner said she was "honestly, not surprised" by the negative reaction from many fans, as "people always have an idea in their heads of how they want a show to finish, and so when it doesn't go to their liking, they start to speak up about it and rebel".

She said the "amazing" thing about the epic fantasy series is its "crazy twists and turns, right from season one with Ned's beheading".

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Daenerys' transformation "shouldn't be such a negative thing for fans", said Turner. "It's a shock for sure, but I think it's just because it hasn't gone their way."

The star, who recently married husband Joe Jonas in Las Vegas, continued: "All of these petitions and things like that – I think it's disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season. Like 50-something night shoots. (more…)

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