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Eurovision 2024 RECAP: Switzerland crowned Eurovision winners in Malmo with Israel and competition organisers BOOED in controversy-hit contest

Eurovision 2024 RECAP: Switzerland crowned Eurovision winners in Malmo with Israel and competition organisers BOOED in controversy-hit contest

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Hola, bonsoir and willkommen! Tonight is the night millions across Europe have been waiting for as the Eurovision Song Contest final takes place in Sweden.

The competition has been rocked with a series of crises in the build up to the showpiece event in Malmo with the Dutch entrant axed and Ireland’s Bambie Thug absent from their final rehearsal – all happening amid heightened tensions in the city with pro-Palestinian protesters demanding Israeli singer Eden Golan is booted out.

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Final results: Switzerland beat Croatia to first place

Swiss singer Nemo representing Switzerland with the song "The Code" reacts after winning  the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Switzerland have been crowned Eurovision winners after the public vote lifted them above Croatia.

Here are the final results following the public vote:

  • Switzerland – 591
  • Croatia – 547
  • Ukraine – 453
  • France – 445
  • Israel – 375

Our live Eurovision coverage ends here

Nemo celebrates with Eurovision trophy during victory finale

Swiss singer Nemo representing Switzerland with the song "The Code" raises the trophy after winning the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Nemo has celebrated with the Eurovision trophy during their victory performance in Malmo.

Dominant results in both the public and jury votes means the competition moves to Switzerland next year.

Favourites Croatia finished in second place, Israel surged to fifth after a strong show support from the public.

Meanwhile, Olly Alexander finished in 18th place with 46 points.

Breaking:Switzerland crowned Eurovision winners

Switzerland’s Nemo with the song The Code has won the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden

Breaking:Israel booed after huge support in public votes gives them Eurovision lead

Already the public vote is departing from the judge’s opinions and acts including Slovenia, Austria and Norway are clearly disappointed.

Some acts including Georgia have done better than expected and the UK can count itself among them as it goes into the public vote with 46

Boos in the arena but massive number there for Israel – despite the huge jump, it’s unlikely Israel will be able to take the trophy with that number as they’re only just 10 points ahead of Switzerland.

Switzerland ahead by 147 points at end of jury vote

Swiss singer Nemo representing Switzerland with the song "The Code" reacts during vote count during the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Switzerland have a 147-point lead going into the public vote following a dominant display with the Eurovision juries.

Let’s take a look at the leaderboard after Sweden were the last country to give their results.

  • Switzerland – 365
  • France – 218
  • Croatia – 210
  • Italy – 164
  • Ukraine – 146

Spare a thought for Olly Alexander representing the United Kingdom who has amassed 46 points so far.

Portugal spokeswoman issues peace message

Portugal’s spokesperson issued a peace message after declaring the country’s results in the jury vote which saw Switzerland awarded another 12 points.

It comes after Portugal’s performer shouted ‘peace will prevail’ at the end of her performance in which she wore nail varnish that appeared to show solidarity with Palestine.

Portugal are steadily making their way up the leaderboard but the wackier acts from Croatia, Armenia and Finalnd might perform better in the public vote and could flip the results in an instant.

Israel have made it onto the first half of the leaderboard with 33 but may not receive such love after the judge’s scoring ends.

Watch: Netherlands fail to appear at jury vote

This is the moment Netherlands failed to appear at the jury vote after the country refused to take part following singer Joost Klein’s disqualification.

Switzerland open up 70-point lead at halfway stage

Swiss singer Nemo representing Switzerland with the song "The Code" reacts during vote count during the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

With 18 out of 37 countries declaring their votes, let’s just take a look at the leaderboard as France overtakes Ireland into second place

  • Switzerland – 177
  • France – 107
  • Ireland – 96
  • Italy – 92
  • Croatia – 84

Watch: Joanna Lumley reveals UK jury result

Watch the moment Joanna Lumley declared the UK jury vote.

France exceeding expectations in jury vote

Switzerland and France are currently outperforming the bookie’s predictions.

According to betting company BetMGM Crotia is tipped to win with Switzerland predicted just a 15/4 chance and France only a 25/1 but the judges’ favourites so far are the two countries, with Italy and Ireland battling it out for third place.

France has received its first 12 points from Armenia and quickly get another maximun from Slovenia.

Switzerland dominant but Ireland in the running

Nemo for Switzerland has received another 12 points from Spain and Norway.

The singer is surrounded by their backing dancers and a non-binary flag as they’re hugged by their team while they steam ahead of the competition leaving other countries well in their wake.

Ireland are still picking up points and look to be the main rival.

Croatia and France are steadily climbing the ranks and could pose a threat to Ireland and Italy currently in third place.

All four acts are very different and it could all come down to the public vote which is often drastically different to the judges.

Breaking:United Kingdom receive first points

Australia have come to the aid of Olly Alexander by awarding him four points.

Ireland are given the 12 points

Watch: Organisers EBU booed by Eurovision crowd

European Broadcasting Union host Martin Osterdahl was booed as he addressed hosts Malin Akerman and Petra Mede as he declared that the judges had finalised their scores.

Many Eurovision fans have made their frustration with the EBU known following Dutch rapper Joost Klein’s disqualification from the competition as well as Israel’s participation this year amid the war in Gaza.

Watch the moment above before jury voting began.

Switzerland storms to early lead while UK yet to receive any points

Switzerland has opened up an early lead but Ireland will be hoping to catch up with the two entries couldn’t be more different.

The UK’s entry Olly Alexander has yet to recieve any points but there’s still all to play for with the public vote and the judge’s vote is not even halfway through yet

San Marino awards Switzerland 12 points

San Marino has also awarded Switzerland 12 points.

Neighbours Italy receives 10 points and 8 goes to Armenia.

Azerbaijan awards Switzerland 12 points

Azerbaijan has awarded 12 points to Switzerland.

Ireland receives 10 points and the 8 goes to Luxembourg.

Luxembourg awards Switzerland 12 points

Luxembourg has awarded Switzerland 12 points.

France received 10 points while the 8 points went to Latvia.

United Kingdom awards Portugal 12 points

Joanna Lumley, representing the UK jury, has awarded Portugal 12 points.

Switzerland has received 10 and Croatia has 8.

Lumley mentions Sweden is ‘absolutely fabulous’ in a nod to her famous sitcom

Ukraine awards Switzerland 12 points

Ukraine has awarded Switzerland 12 points in the first vote to be revealed.

Ireland received 10 points while Sweden has got 8.

Breaking:Voting closes

Voting has now closed for the Eurovision final.

We will bring you the votes as and when they are revealed.

ABBA tribute to mark 50th anniversary of Eurovision win

Viewers were teased by Malin who hinted that a band beginning with the letter ‘A’ might perform. For ABBA fans everywhere there may be sighs of disappointment after Alcazar were announced as special guests instead.

The trio performed their his Crying at the Discoteque.

But before fans could get too disappointed, the hosts handed over to ABBA Voyage in London, the ground-breaking hologram concert featuring all of the band’s most-loved songs.

For this special occasion, the audience were treated to a montage of Abba’s 1974 performance of Waterloo in Brighton.

The crowds loved it even thought the hologram bandmembers admitted they felt embarrassed looking back on their previous performances.

It would seem not even the power of Eurovision in their home country was strong enough to reunite the band.

Olly Alexander praised and ridiculed for Eurovision performance

The United Kingdom’s Olly Alexander received a mixed reaction on social media following his rendition of Dizzy at the Eurovision final.

While some praised him for his emotional performance in Malmo, others described it as ‘cringey’ and ‘overtly sexual’.

‘Spread love to the world’ and ‘Peace will prevail’ – the messages uttered by Eurovision performers

Many performers departed the stage with their own message amid heightened tensions surrounding this year’s contest.

Silvester Belt, Lithuania’s Eurovision Song Contest entry, ended his performance by saying “spread love to the world” to the audience.

The singer, who was seventh in the running order, after Eden Golan, Israel’s entry, sang a song called Luktelk at the competition in Malmo, Sweden on Saturday night.

Irish singer Bambie Thug said “love will always triumph hate” at the end of their performance at the Eurovision Song Contest’s grand final.

France’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest ended his performance at the grand final by saying “united by music for love and peace”.

While Portugal’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, Iolanda, said “peace will prevail” following the performance of her track Grito at the competition’s grand final.

Watch: Boos ring out for Israel’s Eden Golan during Eurovision final

This is the moment that boos rang out for Israel’s Eden Golan following her performance in the Eurovision final – the reaction wasn’t picked up on television.

Now we wait for the votes…

A breathless couple of hours there with 25 songs in quick succession, some fun and funky, some sad and since and a couple bizarre and bonkers.

But enough of the alliteration.

We will bring you some reaction to the performances while we wait for the votes to be revealed.

Austria’s Kaleen rounds off performances with high-octane burst

Kaleen, representing Austria, performs "We Will Rave" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Dressed in a white puffer coat Kaleen teased audiences with her sultry vocals before whipping off her jacket to reveal a metalic armour-like leotard and thigh high boots.

She performed an EDM dance tune which wouldn’t be out of place on the floor of a Eurotrash club.

She does what she promises and takes to the stage to rave with her goggled-up backing dancers in utility jackets and cargo pants who throw her about the stage like she’s a plastic bag caught in a breeze.

A high-octane final performance from Austria is finished by a humble thanks to the audience for ‘making her dreams come true’

Austria to round off Eurovision final

Austria’s Kaleen will now take to the stage with the final performance, except for the eventual winner, with We Will Rave.

French entrant overcomes rehearsal difficulties to deliver tear-jerker

Slimane, representing France, performs "Mon Amour" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Slimane was beset by difficulties during his rehearsal so it was a joy to see the singer overcome his previous troubles and deliver a tear-jerking performance.

Dressed in a white woven shirt and trousers, the French entry opted for the traditional chanson route which has served the country well in previous years – L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant was performed by Marie Myriam.

The simple staging left Slimane alone on stage with nothing but a smoke machine and a microphone stand as he belted out his hair-raising final notes which triggered cheers and whoops from the crowd.

He finished his performance by shouting: ‘United by music for love and peace’.

Georgia’s performance brought plenty of fire but did viewers find performance red-hot?

TOPSHOT - Georgian singer Nutsa Buzaladze representing Georgia with the song "Firefighter" performs during the dress-rehearsal on the eve of the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 10, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Nutsa Buzaladze appeared to be channeling an Egyptian goddess and a naked flame in her performance of Firefighter for Georgia.

A good pop-bop and easy to dance to which could mean it does well.

The sexy dance break in the middle is sure to get the crowd on board as are the rings of fire and pyrotechnics.

Georgia has yet to win the main competition but has plenty of young talent having won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest three times.

The power-house vocals and simple staging with the focus on Buzaladze’s skimpy outfit could might be just enough to help her stand out after Croatia’s performance.

Georgia up next

Georgia’s Nutsa Buzaladze now performing with Firefighter.

Baby Lasagna steals the show as Eurovision crowd go wild

Baby Lasagna, representing Croatia, perform "Rim Tim Tagi Dim" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Wow, wow, wow! There’s a reason Baby Lasagna is tipped for a strong showing and this performance illustrates why.

The song, Rim Tim Tagi Dim is about how Croatians are leaving the countryside to seek a better life in the city – hence the reference to a beloved cow.

The staging is impressive with lace doilies on the drum kit and neon strobe lights crossing the stage.

Baby Lasagna himself is dressed as a cross between Adam Ant and an 18th century monarch.

The crowd love it and even Graham Norton thinks it could be a winner although it’s difficult to pin point exactly why it’s so brilliant -possibly because it’s so bonkers.

Croatia up next

The bookmaker’s favourite, Croatia’s Baby Lasagna, is now up.

Slovenia’s costumes leave little to the imagination

Raiven, representing Slovenia, performs "Veronika" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Slovenia’s entry is less naked than it looks.

The squirming backing dancers in nude suits crawling around Raiven in a see-through body suit is quite the feast for the eyes but the highlight of the performance are the vocals which dominate the stage.

At song 22 it may not stand out from the crowd – viewers might be more inclined to remember the costumes over anything else but it was certainly entertaining

Malin Åkerman introduces audience to her mother-in-law

In a break between performances… Malin Åkerman has introduced viewers to none other than…her mother-in-law Chrissie Wickham.

Mrs Wickham herself is Eurovision royalty having choregraphed for previous acts including Bardo’s Making Your Mind Up and Buck’s Fizz – iconic acts that have remained fan favourites down the years.

She even pulled off her old trick and ripped off Malin’s short skirt to reveal a glittering mini dress underneath

Nemo takes Eurovision by storm with crowd wowed by charisma and costume

Nemo, representing Switzerland, performs "The Code" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Among the bookies’ favourites to win. Nemo has the charisma and the costume to go far.

Coming out with ear-splitting falsetto and a peach ruffled coat and matching skirt, the crowd were singing along before the performance had even got going.

The non-binary singer and rapper has taken the competition by storm and their ballad detailing gender identity and mental health has certinaly resonated with viewers.

The staging was simple and effective: an unstable disk that Nemo climbs and conquers while spinning around in golden lighting was met with cheers and screams from the 9,000-strong audience.

But most impressive was Nemo’s ability to hit every note while running around the stage like a headless chicken. Not a note or a step missed.

Switzerland up next

The Swiss entrant Nemo is now up with their song The Code.

Cyprus bring the energy but will heartbreak ballad strike right chord?

Silia Kapsis, representing Cyprus, performs "Liar" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Cyprus has entered 39 times without winning a single time so all the island’s hopes are pinned on 17-year-old Silia Kapsis.

With a heartbreak pop banger complete with glittery outfits and attractive male backing dancers, Kapsis brought a lot of energy to her performance.

But learning from previous years (Mae Muller’s ‘I Wrote a Song’) a personal break-up ballad might not make much of an impact on voters.

Having said that the crowd seemed to enjoy and screams went out as soon as her dancers stripped off their pristine white t-shirts.

Cyprus up next

Australian born Silia Kapsis is up now representing Cyprus with her song Liar.

Armenia’s frantic show aim to perk flagging crowd

LADANIVA, representing Armenia, performs "Jako" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

In true Eurovision style,  LADANIVA’s performance is quite frantic and amounts to one big party – perfect for song 19 when the crowd can often start to flag.

The traditional dress and instruments took centre stage with a flute and saxophone having their moment in the spotlight.

The singer also managed to get the crowd on side to vocalise with her – an impressive feat with LADANIVA’s beautiful voice.

A true feast for the eyes it had something of the Russian Grannies from 2012 about it but with more energy.

Going off the crowd reaction it should do well.

Armenia up next

Armenia’s entry LADANIVA is up now with Jako

Portugal’s entrant declares ‘Peace will prevail’ after performance

iolanda, representing Portugal, performs "Grito" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

In a startling white ensemble with masked singers behind her, Iolanda’s performance is spine-tingling.

The staging and her powerful voice make for a perfect live performance and the crowd seemed to enjoy as the singer belted out her impressive high notes.

The Portuguese performer finished her calming performance by shouting:’ Peace will prevail!’.

It might not be a standout after Windows95man but it seemed to do well with the audience.

Finland’s Windows95man serves up Eurovision classic

Windows95man, representing Finland, performs "No Rules!" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

A Eurovision classic-to-be.

Windows95man begins by hatching from a giant egg in nothing more than a skimpy top, cap and sandals and socks before a denim clad mustachioed man sings in startling falsetto.

The backing dancers appear to have been kidnapped straight from a 90s boyband and the outfits could be deadstock from a joke-shop closing-down sale.

In other words it’s Eurovision perfection.

How could the performance be improved – flying firework pants. Yes, you might want to read that twice.

A true classic in the making and totally bonkers – Windows95man does what he promises, he lives by no rules.

Finland up next

Finland now on stage with “No Rules!” performed by Windows95man…let’s hope he doesn’t crash

Heartfelt ballad receives lukewarm response

TEYA DORA, representing Serbia, performs "RAMONDA" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Serbia’s plinky-plonk ballad provides a nice departure from Italy’s more sensual number.

Sung from a cave, Teya Dora gave her all in a heartfelt performance and even made sure to sink to her knees in the more melodic part of the ballad but the reaction from the crowd was lukewarm.

Perhaps at song 16, the spectators are looking for something more exciting as the competition creeps over the halfway point.

Serbia up next

Serbia’s entrant Teya Dora is now performing with Ramonda.

Italy bring the fun to Eurovision

Angelina Mango, representing Italy, performs "La Noia" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

You can count on Italy to put on a show having won with Måneskin in 2021 and placed second in 2019 with Mahmood and Souldi – the 2020 competition was cancelled due to Covid.

Angelina Mango didn’t disappoint.

Her sing-song verses contrast delightfully with the more exciting chorus which got the crowd dancing and clapping along.

The singer stuck with classic Italian staging: red and black with skimpy outfits – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The rose and thorn throne was a nice addition as were the flares but it’s difficult to know how well the song will stand up among some of the more outrageous performances in store for tonight.

Italy up next

Italian singer Angelina Mango is up next with her song “La noia”.

Norway go dark and dingy in search for glory

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Shutterstock (14473116ah) Gåte with song Ulveham representing Norway performs during a dress rehearsal of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, Sweden, on May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden - 10 May 2024

Norway have gone for brooding folklore with Viking style vocalising which has done well for entries in previous years – think Kateryna Pavlenko for Ukraine.

The dark and dingy performance by Gåte was contrasted by the rather shouty singing and the neon lights.

Unfortunately the goth-aspect of Norway’s performance may be overshadowed by Bambie Thug’s rather more exciting show.

Norway up next

We’re now more than half way through the performances.

Norway are up now with “Ulveham” performed by Gåte.

Breaking:Olly wows the crowd with emotional performance

Olly Alexander, representing United Kingdom, performs "Dizzy" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Olly Alexander is hoping to break the UK’s Eurovision curse and take home the trophy following Sam Ryder’s success.

Squirming and writhing among his backing dancers Alexander gives it his all in red leather trousers and a ripped white vest.

A synth-pop upbeat earworm with, oddly, wedding bells in the background.
Jumping on the strobe, EDM bandwagon the Years & Years frontman gives an emotional performance and the crowd goes wild.

A cross between a boxing changing room and an emotional cage, the staging was a feast for the eyes and hopefully the singer’s star power can take the UK to number one

Olly Alexander up next!

Olly is now up performing Dizzy.

High-octane performance.. but crowd appear muted

Marina Satti of Greece arrives for the flag parade before the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, May 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Greece’s entry Marina Satti are hoping to worm their way into viewers’ hearts and ears.

The singer spent three weeks at number one in the Greek charts and is platinum superstar in her home country.

A very Gen-Z pop rap performance, Satti may well have taken inspiration from Olivia Rodrigo with her purple puff skirt and ribbons.

The Eurovision twist? A bit of classic Greek dancing.

Nothing says Eurovision more than a not to traditional influences.

Despite her high-octane performance the reaction from the crowd seemed a little muted but that didn’t stop the Greek singer giving it her all under the pretty pink strobes.

Greece up next

Greece’s Marina Satti is now performing “Zari”.

Simple but stellar from Dons

Dons, representing Latvia, performs "Hollow" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Latvia’s entry is going straight for tear-jerking technique.

Dons, dressed in a blue breastplate stares soulfully into the crowds as he sing’s ‘You’ll see me cry in rivers I might drown’.

The set is nothing too spectacular – especially after Bambie Thug’s performance but Dons gives a stellar performance, belting out the big notes as he stands in a golden circle.

Note from Graham Norton who suggested Dons was auditioning for the Blue Man Group

Latvia up next

Latvian entry Dons is now performing his song Hollow

Is Bambie’s bizarre performance onto a winner?

Bambie Thug, representing Ireland, performs "Doomsday Blue" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Ireland is no stranger to a quirky entry having had a Kate Bush inspired entry in 1996 in the form of Eimear Quinn.

The country is also no stranger to victory having won seven times in total.

This year’s entry is goth-vampire-witch inspired with a touch of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and a sprinkling of…fairy.

The screaming strobe effects as Bambie Thug writhes around in a circle of candles is startling to watch but even more startling is the switch to playful acoustic guitar chords as the dances with a half monster-half man complete with monstrous fangs in front of a pink moon.

Despite the bizarre nature of the song Ireland could be onto a winner and even if they don’t take home the trophy, they’re a fan favourite in their home town of Macroom.

Ireland’s Bambie Thug up now…

Crowd and audience appear confused with Estonia’s entrants

5MIINUST x Puuluup representing Estonia, perform "(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (k?ll) midagi" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

An interesting entry from Estonia.

The crowd looked just as confused as they did during their semi-final performance, unsure what to make of 5MIINUST and Puuluup.

The duo are made up of Estonian pop legends 5MIINUST and the rather newer award-winning zombie-folk duo (their words not ours) Puuluup who have incorporated traditional folk fiddle melodies into the chaotic performance.

With all the trappings of classic rap including crotch grabbing and sunglasses indoors the act takes a sudden turn when the two halves become enmeshed in a sing off, brandishing their weapons/instruments.

Where to go from this – add a dance break.

The crowd certainly get behind the group but whether that will translate into any votes is a different story.

Terry’s toast and Estonia up next

As is customary Graham Norton took a moment to raise a toast to veteran Eurovision host Terry Wogan who died in 2016..

Now its Estonia up with 5miinust and Puuluup.

Is Spain’s raunchy entry Eurovision classic in the making?

Nebulossa, representing Spain, performs "ZORRA" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

One to watch and the raunchy song is as Eurovision as it gets for Spain’s 2024 entry.

Bursting onto the screen and into our ears with a heavy 80s synth is Nebulossa with Zorra. Think Wham! and Duran Duran.

The real-life couple have got everything they need to be a hit: sexually charged lyrics (Zorra is a derogative term in Spanish and roughly translates as vixen), a woman thrusting while playing the drums on a podium, red lighting and black lace, and tonnes of mascara.

The crowd went wild almost immediately which bodes well, chanting along with the chorus and clapping along.

The highlight from the performance? Most definitely the backing dancers.

Acrobatic twists and splits accompanying dramatic costume changes involving stripping off black suits to reveal thong corsets underneath complete with leather stiletto boots.

At entry eight they’re still in the first half of the show but viewers are unlikely to forget this Spanish vixen’s performance in a hurry.

A Eurovision classic in the making?

Spain up next

Spain will be performing next with “Zorra” performed by Nebulossa.

Just away from the competition, some news from the Netherlands who were scheduled to be the fifth country to perform in Malmo…

The Netherlands has dramatically quit the Eurovision Song Contest and will NOT hand out points tonight in protest against the axing of their contestant Joost Klein.

Klein was expelled from the Eurovision Song Contest just hours before he was due to perform after a complaint was made by a ‘female member of the production crew’.

Lithuania’s Silvester Belt up now

Lithuanian singer-songwriter Silvester Belt representing Lithuania with the song 'Luktelk'  poses at the start of the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Lithuania’s entry is a an unsettling ballad performed in a hazy electronic blue hue before breaking out into a funky electronic beat.

The crowd was clapping along within the first 30 seconds and Silvester Belt seemed bouyed on by the support, even cracking a smile whilst singing mournfully to the crowds.

The whole performance is on the extra-terrestrial side as backing dancers jerkily flip around the 26-year-old rapper/singer with strange balaclavas on under intense red lighting.

Belt himself appears to have wandered in off the street dressed in oversized red pleather trousers and a matching vintage-style windbreaker.

The EDM dance break is a nice change of pace and is improved by what sounds just a little like a flute thrown in for good fun.

While a good bop to break up the ballads it might not stand out from the crowd by the time weary listeners have made it so song 26 but luckily viewers can vote as they watch and no longer have to wait until the end.

Eden Golan receives mixed reaction amid backlash over Israel’s inclusion

Eden Golan, representing Israel, performs "Hurricane" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Possibly the most contentious performance Eurovision has ever had, Eden Golan is representing Israel with Hurricane and got through to the grand final on viewer votes.

The pink haired singer took to the stage in a flowing beige gown surrounded by sad-seeming back-up dancers for the emotional ballad.

The whispery voice was almost drowned out by the cheers of support from the crowd as she moved from the verse to the bridge and chorus but the reaction from the 9,000 spectators was mixed in the arena.

Given the current tension surrounding the competition it’s difficult to know how well this hard hitting entry will do but ballads generally do well with the judges – cast your minds back to Conchita Wurst in 2014 with her ballad ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.

Golan has been expecting backlash and has even been rehearsing while her team shout and jeer at her so she’s prepared for everything it seems.

Israel up next…

Israel’s Eden Golan is up next following the disqualification of Joost Klein and the Netherlands

TALI declares love for audience in crowd pleaser

TALI, representing Luxembourg, performs "Fighter" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

TALI is Luxemburg’s entry with ‘Fighter’ – a cross between Charlie XCX and a French chanson with writhing backing dancers.

The country hasn’t been in the finals since 1993 and will be hoping to make an impact this year.

A true Eurovision pop song it includes scantily-clad backing dancers and pyrotechnics.

TALI has gone for minimalist staging, perhaps hoping her giant pigtails will take centre stage.

The classic pop track had the crowd clapping and cheering early on which is good news for Luxemburg who have only won five times.

TALI ends her preppy performance by declaring her love to the crowd – a delightful end to a fun entry.

Luxembourg up next

Luxembourg entrant Tali is up next with her song Fighter

Isaak receives rousing applause for grungy ballad

ISAAK, representing Germany, performs "Always On The Run" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Is that UK 2021 entry James Newman? No, but Germany’s ISAAK sounds startlingly similar.

All brooding mystery, surrounded by an oil drum on fire and trapped in a cage, Germany has gone for soulful grungy ballad this year and given Sweden’s success last year it could be a winner.

Titled ‘Always On The Run’, the 29-year-old singer is hoping his heartfelt belter will get the crowd on side.

The chorus builds nicely and is accompanied by yet more fire and the audience clapping along is a good sign but it’s still only early days in the competition.

While more than a third of Eurovision winners come in the first half could this be Germany’s year – they haven’t won since 2010 which was only the second time in the contest’s history.

Germany up next

The German entrant Isaak is now up with his song Always on the Run

Ukraine duo adopt warrior theme in quest for Eurovision glory

Alyona alyona & Jerry Heil of Ukraine perform the song Teresa & Maria during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, May 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Ukraine has gone for the classic Eurovision sound – a combo of electronic thumping bass and folk vocalising.

Alyona Alyona is one of Ukraine’s favourite rappers and she’s joined by singer Jerry Heil.

Their song, Teresa & Maria, is supposed to be a song about hope and the flowing dresses, armoured shoulder pads and swirling visuals certainly have a warrior theme but the rapping does come as a bit of a shock after the goose-bump inducing singing.

The staging might have taken inspiration from sci-fi cult film Dune including a giant sand mountain protruding from the stage but the song is pure Euro-pop.

The performance seems to have gone down well with the Malmo crowd this evening but historically no one in second place has ever won before.

Ukraine up next

Ukrainian artists Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil are next up with Teresa & Maria

Twins get crowd on side with electronic opener

Marcus & Martinus, representing Sweden, perform "Unforgettable" during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Has the Eurovision giddiness got to you already, are you seeing double?
Yes.

Identical twin brothers Marcus and Martinus Gunnarsen are kicking off the competition for hosts Sweden with an electronic dance tune with a heavy base and neon light.

Think Ibiza anthem but a bit more camp as is Eurovision style, a true head-bobbing ear worm.

The pair will be hoping that their crack at the trophy won’t be ‘unforgettable’ but they’re no seasoned veterans like last years Loreen who also won in 2012.

The identical duo are starting the evening off with a bang and have already got the crowd on side.

Sweden kick off Eurovision final

Norwegian twins Marcus and Martinus have opened the Eurovision final with their song Unforgettable.

Who is hosting the Eurovision final?

Hosts Malin Akerman and Petra Mede look on, during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The hosts for this year’s competition are Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede.

Malin will be a familiar face to many – a Swedish-American actress she’s starred in blockbuster films alongside Ryan Reynolds and Katherine Heigl.

Hailing from Stockholm, she’s risen from the Swedish capital where she grew up with her model mother and finance father to conquer Hollywood.

Petra is a Swedish celebrity – a comedian, dancer, actress and TV presenter she is possibly best known for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest with 2024 marking her third time hosting.

When she’s not hosting international competitions she’s busy filming Netflix shows and brining up her daughters.

Breaking:Voting opens

The lines have now opened for voting.

Sweden pays tribute to musical history to kick off Eurovision

Bjorn Skifs performs during the Grand Final of the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest, in Malmo, Sweden, May 11, 2024. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

In front of 9,000 people Sweden pays a tribute to it’s musical history with a performance by Björn Skifs (pictured) before welcoming all of this year’s performers with the traditional flag parade.

Eurovision final starts!

The final is now starting and is available to watch on BBC One.

We will continue to bring you the latest news, reaction and analysis to performances by each country.

With minutes to go now before we get under way in Malmo, let’s take a look at who the bookies are predicting will lift the Eurovision trophy tonight. Olly Alexander…you may want to look away.

Eurovision: How does voting work?

Fake voting during the second rehearsal of the first semi-final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at Malmo Arena, in Malmo, Sweden, Monday, May 6, 2024. TT News Agency/Jessica Gow/via REUTERS      ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN.

In case you’re not au fait with how points are allocated in Eurovision, let’s recap how the system works.

  • After all 25 songs have been performed from each country participating in the final, every nation in the competition including one ‘Rest of the World’ country, will give two sets of points ranging from 1 to 12 to their chosen song.
  • The first set is given by a jury of five industry professionals from that country and the second is provided by viewers watching at home. Votes for your own country are not prohibited.
  • In previous years, the public couldn’t vote until all the artists had performed but now voting will open before the first act enters the stage.
  • The voting window will shut around after the final song before countries then reveal their points live on air. Viewers’ points are then added up, and read out from the lowest to the highest
  • Viewers can submit their vote by telephone, SMS message and through the official Eurovision app.

Our reporter Olivia Christie reported yesterday how Olly Alexander’s Eurovision interview was cancelled ahead of the Grand Final tomorrow so the star can rehearse.

Olly Alexander – The Eurovision pop star who almost won a BAFTA for best actor

Olly Alexander of United Kingdom performs the song Dizzy during the dress rehearsal for the final at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Let’s take a closer look at Olly Alexander – the man carrying the hopes of the United Kingdom tonight.

Born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Olly is a singer and actor who is also known for his LGBT activism.

He found fame as the lead singer of Years & Years, a London-based pop group, whose debut album Communion rose straight to the top of the UK album charts in 2015.

In 2018, the group’s second album, Palo Santo reached the top 10 following its release and the third and final album Night Call also reached number one. Last year, Alexander switched to performing under his own name.

As an actor, Olly starred in Russell T Davies’ Channel 4 drama It’s a Sin, which depicts gay life in the 1980s and early 1990s, and the onset of HIV/AIDS.

Olly was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor following the show’s critical acclaim.

With Olly Alexander hoping to bring Eurovision success back to the United Kingdom for the first time since 1997, we looked at which countries traditionally have been favourable with handing out points to this country…and those that haven’t.

Our reporter Elizabeth Haigh reports how Britain’s record in the competition is mixed to say the least ranging from some genuine chart-toppers from artists like Lulu and Bucks Fizz to the complete embarrassment of nul points for pop duo Jemini.

In the run-up to tonight’s final, our reporter Zac Campbell has charted the UK’s Eurovision entries from the past decade from Sam Ryder’s finishing runner-up in 2022 to the joint-worst finishes in the history of the competition.

UK in Eurovision: A potted history

Bucks Fizz, the last British group to win the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1981. It emerged on Thursday that Britain may not be able to take part in next year's competition if it fails a new qualifying round. See PA Feature SHOWBIZ Music The Fizz. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature SHOWBIZ Music The Fizz. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: PANOTE TO EDITORS: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature SHOWBIZ Music The Fizz

The United Kingdom has competed in Eurovision on 65 occasions, taking part in every contest since 1959.

One of the so-called ‘Big Five’ nations, alongside France, Germany, Spain and Italy, the UK gains automatic qualification to the final every year because it is one the largest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union.

Despite finishing in last place on four occasions including twice in the past five years (2019 and 2021) including latterly scoring “nul points” with James Newman, the UK remains one of the most successful countries in the competition.

Here are the UK’s five previous wins:

  • 1967: Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String
  • 1969: Lulu Boom Bang-a-Bang (joint winner with France, Spain and The Netherlands)
  • 1976: Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses for Me
  • 1981: Bucks Fizz (pictured above) – Making Your Mind Up
  • 1997: Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine a Light

The most successful Eurovision countries through history

Loreen from Sweden holds her trophy after winning the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, in Liverpool, Britain, May 14, 2023. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Ireland’s Bambie Thug and Marcus & Martinus, the Norweigan twins representing Sweden, can make history tonight if they lead their nation to an unprecedented eighth Eurovision victory.

Sweden will also be hoping for back to back success after Loreen (pictured) lifted the trophy in Liverpool last year.

Here’s a look at the best performing nations when it comes to Eurovision in which 15 countries have won more than once.

  • 7 – Ireland and Sweden
  • 5 – Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
  • 4 – Israel
  • 3 – Italy, Norway, Denmark and Ukraine
  • 2 – Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Austria

One hour to go!

With an hour to go before the Eurovision final kicks off, let’s take a look ahead to the competition itself and away from the controversy surrounding it which I’m sure we will return to later on this evening.

Breaking:Bambie Thug raised ‘multiple complaints’ about Israeli commentator

Irish singer-songwriter Bambie Ray Robinson, aka Bambie Thug representing Ireland with the song "Doomsday blue" performs on stage during the first semi-final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmo Arena, in Malmo, Sweden, on May 7, 2024. A week of Eurovision Song Contest festivities kicked off Saturday, on May 4, in the southern Swedish town of Malmo, with 37 countries taking part. The first semi-final takes place on Tuesday, May 7, the second on Thursday, May 9, and the grand final concludes the event on May 11. (Photo by Jessica Gow/TT / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JESSICA GOW/TT/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

Bambie Thug has said that they raised “multiple complaints” with Eurovision Song Contest organisers about a commentator from the Israeli broadcaster delegation following them missing rehearsals on Saturday ahead of the final.

They wrote in an Instagram story:

I have raised multiple complaints to the EBU regarding instances I have experienced this week.

Earlier today they confirmed to my delegation in front of others that KAN’s commentator had broken the rules of conduct during the Eurovision semi-final.

I have been patiently waiting to hear what action is set to be taken by the EBU following this rule break. I have since seen a statement by EBU director general Noel Curran which contradicts this earlier confirmation.

I am still waiting for an official update from the EBU.

How the 25 Eurovision nations made it to Malmo

epa11332811 The Eurovision Song Contest award is displayed during the final dress rehearsal before the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, 11 May 2024. The final of 2024 Eurovision Song Contest takes place on 11 May.  EPA/ANDREAS HILLERGREN SWEDEN OUT

Five nations, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, automatically qualified for tonight’s final by virtue of belonging to the ‘Big 5’ – a group of nations who make the largest financial contributions to Eurovision’s organisers, the European Broadcasting Union.

Sweden also earned immediate passage after the singer Loreen won the competition while representing the country in Liverpool last year.

Ten countries qualified during the first semi-final on Tuesday with five countries missing out: Poland, Iceland, Moldova Azerbaijan and Australia.

While the remaining 10 entrants sealed their inclusion in the second semi-final contested on Thursday with six nations missing out: Malta, Albania, Czech Republic, Denmark, San Marino and Belgium.

The Netherlands qualified in the second cohort but have since been disqualified.

Sweden will perform first in tonight’s running order with Olly Alexander and the UK 13th in the draw – fingers crossed it’ll prove lucky for some!

Please don’t vote for Netherlands, say Eurovision organisers

Eurovision organisers clarified earlier today that tonight’s running order will be unchanged following Dutch entrant Joost Klein’s disqualification.

Netherlands were scheduled to be number five.

In a statement, the organisers asked viewers not to attempt to vote for Netherlands and clarified that Dutch nationals will still be able to vote in the competition.

Eurovision in crisis: What has happened today?

MailOnline has reported how the Eurovision final has been thrown into turmoil after a series of crises unraveled in Malmo before the grand final is scheduled to start at 8pm UK time.

So let’s recap the events that threaten to overshadow the contest:

  • Dutch rapper Joost Klein axed after being questioned by Swedish police over incident allegedly involving female production crew
  • Ireland’s Bambie Thug misses final dress rehearsal after explaining a ‘situation’ required ‘urgent attention’ from organisers European Broadcasting Union
  • France’s entrant Slimane interrupted his own performance to say Eurovision should be ‘united for peace’ in protest over Israel
  • Around 15,000 pro-Palestine protesters gather in Malmö to demand Israeli contestant Eden Golan be kicked out of the final

Eurovision in the news: Israeli singer qualifies for final despite wave of protests

Russian-Israeli singer Eden Golan representing Israel with the song "Hurricane" waves an Israeli flag during the final dress-rehearsal of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmo Arena, in Malmo, Sweden, on May 11, 2024. Dutch contestant Joost Klein was dropped from the Eurovision final just hours before the event following an incident unlinked to the controversy over Israel's participation amid the Gaza war. (Photo by Andreas HILLERGREN / TT News Agency / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

With two semi-finals held earlier this week and plenty of scrutiny in the build up to tonight’s final, let’s take a look at some of the Eurovision stories we’ve covered this week.

Here is a selection of stories we have published on our website including the storm surrounding Israeli-Russian singer Eden Golan (pictured):

Ireland’s Bambie Thug misses final rehearsal

Bambie Thug of Ireland performs the song Doomsday Blue during the dress rehearsal for the final at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Ireland’s entrant Bambie Thug has fulled doubts over whether they will perform at tonight’s final after pulling out of final rehearsals.

Eurovision organisers said they hoped the singer will take to the stage in Malmo later following a ‘situation’ that it hoped would be ‘resolved shortly’

A spokesperson for the European Broadcasting Union said:

Bambie Thug did not perform in dress rehearsal three and the footage of their performance in dress rehearsal two was used in its place.

They missed the dress rehearsal due to a situation that is currently being discussed with the EBU and song contest organisers.

We hope that this will be resolved shortly and Bambie Thug will appear in the grand final show as planned.

Eurovision superfans gather in Malmo

With two hours to go before the final kicks off and excitement building across the UK and the continent, let’s take a look at some Eurovision superfans who have been pictured gathering in Malmo earlier today.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368q) Audience, fans arrive at the venue for the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at Malmö Arena, in Malmö, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden - 11 May 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368p) Australian fans arrive at the venue before the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena, in Malmö, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden - 11 May 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368n) Australian fans arrive at the venue before the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena, in Malmö, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden - 11 May 2024
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andreas Hillergren/TT/Shutterstock (14475368o) British fans arrive at the venue before the final of the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Malmö Arena, in Malmö, Sweden, Friday, May 10, 2024. Eurovision Song Contest 2024, Malmö, Sweden - 11 May 2024

Let’s just recap that seismic development earlier today as Swedish police investigate Joost Klein over over an incident allegedly involving a female production crew member.

Amid already heightened tensions surrounding the contest with protests expected in Malmo over the inclusion of Israeli singer Eden Golan, the incident has drawn more attention even before the singers take to the stage.

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It has been a dramatic day already in Malmo after Eurovision organisers disqualified Dutch contender Joost Klein (pictured) earlier today.

The 26-year-old singer and rapper was absent from two rehearsals on Friday and it has since emerged Swedish police are investigating a complaint allegedly made by a female member of the production crew.

It means 25 countries will now participate in tonight’s final which promises more entertainment with good, bad and downright bizarre performances ahead of us

Follow our blog as we guide you through the 68th edition of Eurovision which starts at 8pm UK time.

Viewers can watch the action on BBC One.

Key Updates

  • Watch: Organisers EBU booed by Eurovision crowd

  • Eurovision: How does voting work?

  • How the 25 Eurovision nations made it to Malmo

  • Please don’t vote for Netherlands, say Eurovision organisers

  • Eurovision in crisis: What has happened today?

  • Ireland’s Bambie Thug misses final rehearsal