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Who wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2024?
Eurovision Song Contest 2024
The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will be the 68th edition of the song festival. It is due to be held in Sweden for the seventh time after Loreen won the 67th Eurovision Song Contest held in Liverpool, United Kingdom with her song “Tattoo”. This was the second time Loreen won the competition after she also succeeded in 2012 with her hit song “Euphoria”.
The victory in Liverpool also meant Sweden joined Ireland as the joint countries that have won the contest the most times both now with seven. There recent victories mean this is the third time that Sweden has hosted the competition in the last ten years. In 2013 they hosted the contest in Malmo and in 2016 they hosted the contest in Stockholm.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 doesn’t currently have a confirmed host city however, it has been reported that SVT, the Swedish host broadcaster, is favouring Stockholm and the sixty thousand capacity Friends Arena – however issues have arisen around the suitability of the venue as it would mean the football club based there would have to move for the duration of the contest.
The competition is set to feature an increase in the number of participating countries, last year in the United Kingdom saw the lowest number of participating countries since 2014 with just 37 acts taking to the stage in Liverpool. The 2024 contest is set to see an increase with Luxembourg being confirmed to return, they are one of the most successful countries in Eurovision history having won the competition five times however, this will be the first time they have participated in thirty years having withdrawn in 1993. Elsewhere, it is widely expected this contest will see the return of North Macedonia and Montenegro, who both withdrew last year citing financial difficulties.
The participating songs will start to be announced in September, as per the rules set by the European Broadcasting Union only songs that are released after September 1st the year preceding the contest are eligible to take part, however, last year some countries did begin to confirm their artists as early as August.
The competition will comprise of two semi-finals and a Grand Final that will be held on a Saturday likely in May 2024, ten acts will qualify from each semi-final, and they will join the automatic qualifiers in the final. This year the automatic qualifiers are United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany (The Big Five) and Sweden (host country). The EBU has not yet confirmed how voting will work in this year’s competition and whether it will differ from last year where the semi-finals were decided by 100% televote while the Grand Final used a 50/50 system with music professions deciding half the points. There was some dissent from the audience and some participants last year when the music professionals propelled Sweden to an almost unassailable lead making some viewers feel that their votes had been discounted.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will be host by SVT and the EBU – the 2024 contest will also mark the fifty-year anniversary of ABBA’s famous victory in Brighton in 1974 with their song “Waterloo” so it is widely expected that the contest will memorialize this in some way.