Eurovision presenter Rylan Clark reveals fears that eco-protesters could target the song contest in Liverpool
Fears are growing that eco-protesters could target Eurovision after a recent incident caused chaos at the Snooker World Championships.
BBC bosses have been working with police to try and stop the Liverpool final being interrupted by the eco groups.
Speaking to the Mirror, Rylan, who is one of the hosts, admitted that it was a tough task to stop the situations unfolding on the night.
He said: ‘What you have got to understand is if there is a standing audience in front of a stage, even if there is a two metre pit before the stage, these things can happen.
‘Ultimately people can try and do what they want and no-one is ever going to be able to stop that. There are no tickets this year left but it is hard to stop someone.
Concerns: Fears are growing that eco-protesters could target Eurovision after a recent incident caused chaos at the Snooker World Championships (pictured: the presenters)
Plans: BBC bosses have been working with police to try and stop the Liverpool final being interrupted by the eco groups (pictured: A protest in Sheffield)
Rylan continued: ‘However everything is in place to make sure that does not happen and the welfare of the acts, the presenters and the crew is paramount.’
The chief superintendent of Merseyside Police previously said: ‘We’re planning for it [a protest], I’m happy with the level of planning. We just ask that people don’t try and embarrass it or cause problems for themselves because 161 million people will be watching this.
‘I think we just need to understand how important it is to the people of Ukraine that we deliver a safe, respectful event on their behalf.’
It comes after Rylan credited Eurovision for helping him get over his divorce.
The 34-year-old presenter had to pull out of covering the annual competition for the BBC in 2021 because he was so devastated by his split from Dan Neal.
Rylan suffered a mental health breakdown following his marital split that year from now ex-husband Dan, who he was with for five years.
Following the breakdown of his marriage the telly favourite took five months away from the spotlight due to his deteriorating health.
But he said flying out to Italy for last year’s musical extravaganza was exactly what he needed to feel back to himself again.
Healing: It comes after Rylan credited his role in Eurovision with helping him get over his divorce
Split: The TV presenter and Dan Neal got divorced in 2021, which caused Rylan to have a mental health breakdown
He told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: ‘Last year I needed to get away from the UK and the Eurovision bubble was perfect for that.
‘It was what I needed on a personal level. Being there was a full circle moment for me. It was like, ‘I’m back, I’m ready to go’.
‘That’s why Eurovision is so important to me. If you cut me open, it’s there.’