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Fans shocked as Latvia’s iconic Eat Your Salad is ‘robbed’ of Eurovision finals spot: ‘I am fuming’

Lily Wakefield May 11, 2022
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Latvia's Citi Zēni perform “Eat Your Salad” at the first Eurovision 2022 semi-final

Latvia's Citi Zēni perform “Eat Your Salad” at the first Eurovision 2022 semi-final. (AFP via Getty/ MARCO BERTORELLO)

Fans have declared that Latvia’s Eurovision entry “Eat Your Salad”, about climate change, veganism and p***y, was “robbed” of a finals spot.

The first semi-final of Eurovision 2022 took place on Tuesday (11 May) in Turin, Italy, with 17 countries fighting for 10 spots in the finale on Saturday (14 May).

Latvia’s Citi Zēni, a “six-piece musical act from Eastern Europe, trading in alternative unicorn pop” were second on stage, performing their now famous song “Eat Your Salad”.

The song opens with the incredible lyrics: “Instead of meat I eat veggies and p***y / I like them both fresh, like them both juicy.”

The song revolves around eco-friendly living, with lyrics like: “Bend over, then jiggle that peach / You’re recycling while I’m loving those cheeks.”

Aired on the BBC in the UK, presenter Rylan Clark was forced to apologise to viewers for the “strong language”.

But it didn’t appear to bother the audience, who screamed the word “p***y” along with Citi Zēni.

But viewers were left “devastated”, after Latvia failed to join Ukraine, Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Moldova and the Netherlands in qualifying for the final.

One Eurovision fan tweeted: “I’m never forgiving this continent for not getting Latvia to the final.”

Another raged: “I AM GENUINELY FUMING AT LATVIA BEING SNUBBED LIKE THIS WHAT THE F**K?! THAT SONG IS AN ABSOLUTE BOP AND THE F**KING JURY HAVE DENIED EURO CASUALS A MEME!

“Have not been THIS MAD at a result since ‘Cake to Bake‘ didn’t go through. Why do ESC hate Latvia so much? WHAT HAVE THEY EVER DONE TO YOU BUT PROVIDE BOPS!”

“LATVIA DESERVED TO GO TO THE FINALS OH MY GOD,” said a third.

“I’m so sorry my salad bois you deserved so much better.”

Following their elimination, Citi Zēni took to Instagram and wrote: “The greatest team. Thank you. This isn’t the last you’ve heard of us.”

More: eurovision song contest, Latvia

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