What happened at the dress rehearsal before the flag parade and almost blew up the contest!

About the incident that happened shortly before the flag parade of the last general rehearsal and resulted in Marina Satti, Nemo and Bambie Thug not appearing in it, the head of the Israeli delegation spoke, naturally giving his own version of the events . But for the first time we have a public position on the incident in question, even from one side of those involved.

According to Yoav Tsafir, head of the Israeli delegation to Eurovision 2024, the incident in question happened shortly before the start of the flag parade, at the midday general rehearsal of the final. While all the artists were backstage waiting to come out for the flag parade the following happened:

The singers are standing in line before the parade of flags, Eden was also standing there, next to her was her stylist, preparing her for the performance – and right next to her was the Greek representative, crying: “The Israelis are harassing me, these bastards are writing horrible things about me on social media for what I did (yawn)” and everyone comforted her. For a moment the stylist looked at her and smiled, then Marina Satti raised her middle finger to him. The stylist kept smiling, took out a camera and took a picture of her. Then Bambie Thug lost it and started screaming loudly at the Israeli delegation: “We want peace and you’re bothering us”!

We remind you that subsequently the artists from Greece, Ireland and Switzerland did not appear in the flag parade, while Bambie Thug from Ireland did not sing at all, instead broadcasting a video of her performance in the semi-final.

As we point out at the beginning of the article, this is the first public statement about what happened in the disputed incident. Of course, we will await the placement of the other side with interest.

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Source: Switzerland Calling

Israel: Eden originally intended to finish her appearance with the hostage pin!

The head of the Israeli delegation, Yoav Tsafir, revealed a lot of interesting things during his interview yesterday. In addition to what he said about everything that was happening behind the scenes of the competition, he revealed that the original thought was for Eden Golan at the end of her appearance in the final, to display the yellow bow pin, a symbol of support for the return of the hostages, Hamas still holds.

Yoav Tsafir gave his own version of everything that dynamized behind the scenes this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. But apart from these, he mentioned that the Israeli delegation originally intended for Eden Golan to complete her appearance in the final with the pin-symbol of the abductees.

But in the end they decided to respect the regulations and the EBU, which from the beginning was in favor of Israel’s participation. In fact, Yoav Tsafir reports on this:

Finally, there is next year. The EBU was in favor of our participation and I thought we should play by the rules. The Swedes appreciated it…

Eden Golan returning to Israel sang the original version of Hurricane at a rally in Tel Aviv for the return of the hostages, performing October Rain live for the first time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKyIApcNemQ

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Source: Switzerland Calling

Israel: The head of delegation’s response to everything that happened at Eurovision 2024!

For everything that happened behind the scenes of Eurovision 2024, Yoav Tsafir, head of the Israeli delegation to the contest, gave his own answers.

Yoav Tsafir, who has a lot of experience with the competition, having accompanied Israeli delegations for at least eight years, argued that the source of the tension and all the drama that unfolded behind the scenes of this year’s contest was Israel’s rise to second place in the betting and the possibility of Eden Golan winning Eurovision 2024.

He first described how the members of the Israeli delegation were wearing tracking bracelets so that the security accompanying them knew where they were at all times. The hosts had prohibited them from traveling outside the hotel.

Some of the delegations of the other countries demanded not to be filmed with Eden Golan, while journalists from Israel were not allowed to photograph them either.

Relations between the Israeli delegation and some other delegations deteriorated rapidly immediately after the end of the semi-final, when Hurricane moved into second place in the betting.

Suddenly they started a competition, who will be more aggressive against Israel.

Also according to his words, several judges who are members of the national juries were instructed to rate Israel low, which is proven by the difference in the score of the juries and the television audience.

Finally, when on the day of the final the organizers decided to remove the Israeli delegation from the rest and put it in a dressing room away from the rest, Yoav Tsafir replied:

The last time they seperated the Jews in Europe like this was in 1939.

The above is the Israeli version of what happened behind the scenes of this year’s contest, which stigmatized it in the worst way.

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Greece: ERT denies reports regarding Greece’s intentions to withdraw just before the Grand Final of Eurovision 2024!

As we informed you earlier and according to a publication by the Norwegian newspaper VK, which was also republished by the Swedish Aftonbladet, six countries – among them Greece – threatened to withdraw from the Grand Final of Eurovision. This scenario was avoided just 25 minutes before the start of the show, as an agreement was made.

Six delegations threatened to withdraw from Eurovision 2024

According to VK, the delegations from Norway, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Portugal and Greece were negotiating with EBU threatening to withdraw from the competition. The reason behind their potential withdrawal was Israel’s participation along with Joost Klein’s disqualification. Israel’s inclusion in Eurovision 2024 participants’ list, the security measures and the behavior of members from the Israeli delegation were the main causes of the frictions that arose during the week in Malmö.

Specifically, Magnus Børmark, a member of the Norwegian band Gåte, stated that:

We were considering withdrawing until the last moment. Many of us reacted to the fact that Israel had the opportunity to use Eurovision as its own political tool. Our common point was that we did not want to participate in Eurovision to be used and stigmatized in a war propaganda machine in Israel. We participated to create a space where we can unite in music – in a political situation where everyone chooses sides and hates each other.

Ultimately, the six delegations were persuaded to compete as usual, according to VK’s article, just twenty five minutes before the Grand Final began.

ERT never considered withdrawing

According EurovisionFun’s information gathered during our stay in Malmö and today, following the publication of VK’s controversial article, ERT categorically denies the article in question.

We never discussed or considered withdrawing from the competition for any reason. The publication is inadequate at least when it comes to Greece.

Additionally, they made it clear to us that ERT receives significant financial support each year from Greek citizens for both Greece’s exclusive television rights and participation in the Eurovision Contest. As a result, they would be unable to manage our nation’s participation in the contest with the same carelessness and frivolity, just moments before the show.

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Eurovision 2024: Six countries wanted to withdraw 25 minutes before the Grand Final!

Two weeks after the Grand Final of Eurovision 2024, it became known from the Norwegian newspaper VG that six countries participating in the Saturday’s show wanted to withdraw up to twenty-five minutes before the start of the final.

The 11th of May was crucial for the contest, as reported by the newspaper, the EBU and SVT found themselves in a major critical meeting as six countries wanted to withdraw until they decided to participate.

The six countries that wanted to withdraw were the winning Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, Norway, Greece and the United Kingdom.

Specifically, Magnus Børmark, a member of the Norwegian band Gåte, stated that:

We were considering withdrawing until the last moment. Many of us reacted to the fact that Israel had the opportunity to use Eurovision as its own political tool.

The reason the six countries wanted to withdraw was the participation of Israel and the exclusion of Joost Klein. VG writes that Israel’s participation, the extensive security measures, and the behavior of the Israeli delegation during the week were reasons for the protests,” adds Børmark:

Our common point was that we did not want to participate in Eurovision to be used and stigmatized in a war propaganda machine in Israel. We participated to create a space where we can unite in music – in a political situation where everyone chooses sides and hates each other.

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Source: VG

Eurovision 2024: The call for a boycott of Eurovision 2024 has failed!

With the official viewing figures, as well as the impact of this year’s contest on the internet and on social media having been made public, one thing is clear, the various calls for a boycott of Eurovision 2024 have fallen on deaf ears, since it seems that the 68th Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision gathered the highest percentage of television viewing in Europe since 2006!

The viewership for all public broadcasters, recorded at Eurovision 2024, was 46.7%, while for under-24s it was over 50%. In Iceland, which has been discussed so much, it was made public by the publication of letters to abstain from this year’s competition, signed by thousands of citizens and artists of the country, the TV viewing recorded for another year outrageous numbers, despite the fact that the country was excluded from the final. In total, Eurovision 2024 was watched by 163 million people, one million more than last year’s contest.

The voting for Rest Of The World included votes from 156 countries, 12 more than last year, while 1.6 million users watched the competition live on YouTube, 18% more than last year!

If you include in all this the fact that Israel took second place in the televoting, winning the most 12 votes (15 in total), in the countries with the largest population (UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Netherlands) , then realizes that those who supported the boycott of the competition were simply a noisy minority and not the majority of the television audience, who clearly had a different opinion.

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Eurovision 2024: The 68th Eurovision Song Contest broke all records!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 witnessed unprecedented success across multiple platforms, engaging a vast audience both in Europe and worldwide. A staggering 163 million viewers tuned in to the event through public service media channels, showcasing its widespread appeal. Votes were cast from 156 countries globally, underscoring the Contest’s international reach and significance.

Of particular note is the remarkable youth audience share, the highest on record, indicating the enduring popularity of Eurovision among younger demographics. Leveraging the power of social media, videos featuring #Eurovision2024 garnered an impressive 6.5 billion views on TikTok, marking a substantial increase of 1.7 billion views compared to the previous year’s hashtag. The Contest also achieved a significant milestone by reaching nearly 500 million accounts on TikTok, quadrupling the reach compared to 2023.

Furthermore, the official ESC 2024 playlist emerged as the most-streamed Spotify playlist and featured in the Top 10 Apple Music playlists globally on Sunday 12 May reflecting the Contest’s influence on music consumption trends.

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), hosted by Sveriges Television (SVT) in Malmö, brought audiences around the world together on both linear and online platforms. 

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024, organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), reached 163 million people over the 3 live shows across 37 public service media markets.*

The total reach of the Contest increased by 1 million people compared to 2023 and has grown by 2 million since 2022’s Contest in Turin.

The viewing share of the Grand Final was 46.7% – the highest share since 2006 and almost triple the broadcast channels average (17.6%).

Among Youth audiences (15-24 year olds), the viewing share of the Grand Final was 58.6%, the highest share on record and more than 4 times the broadcast channels average (13.7%).

Host country Sweden achieved a similar audience to last year’s edition, with 2.3 million viewers tuning in for the Grand Final.. With 87.3%, their viewing share is the highest recorded for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2000.

Switzerland, who won the Contest for the third time, achieved an average audience of 723,000 viewers across the three linguistic regions, up 40% on 2023. In the three regions, the viewing share was the highest ever recorded.

Germany recorded the highest audience for the Grand Final with an average of 8.1 million viewers watching on Das Erste and ONE. The United Kingdom had the second highest audience with 7.7 million viewers tuning in for the Grand Final on BBC One.

France achieved an audience of 5.4 million viewers, an increase of 1.9 million compared to last year’s edition.

Greece achieved their best audience since 2011, with 2.8 million viewers, more than double last year’s performance.

Ireland had their biggest audience since 2013 with 650,000 viewers, close to double last year’s figures.

Latvia also had the most viewers watching in nearly a decade with 252,000 viewers, more than quadrupling last year’s performance. The viewing share was 61.8%, the highest performance since 2007.

In close to half of the markets (18 out of 37), the ESC claimed over 50% of the viewing share, led by Iceland with 96% and closely followed by other Nordic markets (Sweden 87.3%, Norway 85.5% and Finland 83.1%), Croatia (73.2%) and Lithuania (70.2%).

2nd placed Croatia, who gained their best ever result in the Contest, achieved their highest ESC audience and viewing share on record since 2006, with 1.1 million viewers and 73.2%, respectively.

During the week of the event, 7.3 million unique viewers watched the live shows on the Official ESC YouTube channel, either as they happened or on replay.

Concurrent views of the Grand Final on YouTube peaked at 1.6m, 17.8% more than Liverpool 2023, with record online views of the First and Second Semi-Finals too; nearly 35% of online viewers were aged between 13 and 24.

VOTES FROM OVER 150 COUNTRIES

This year public voting was open before the 3 live shows in non-participating countries and throughout the performances in the Grand Final resulting in viewers from 156 countries casting votes for their favourite songs – 12 more than when Rest of the World voting was introduced in 2023.

Outside the participating countries, viewers in the USA, Canada, Romania, Mexico, UAE, Türkiye, South Africa, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria cast the most votes online.

RECORD ONLINE ENGAGEMENT

Online the Eurovision Song Contest’s digital platforms had another record year.**

486 million unique accounts were reached on TikTok, the ESC’s Official Entertainment Partner, during the event weeks, more than 4 times as many as in 2023.

TikTok also saw a total of 538 million videos views on the official Eurovision account – up 71% year-on-year.

Videos on the platform using #Eurovision2024 have been watched 6.5 billion timesup 1.7 billion on last year’s hashtag.

69 million unique accounts were reached on Instagrammore than twice as many as in 2023.

Videos on the platform were seen 479 million times, 165% up on last year while content on the ESC Facebook page was seen by 23 million during the two event weeks.

42 million unique viewers across 231 countries and territories watched content on the official YouTube channel during the week of the Live Shows.

The Reddit r/eurovision community grew 71.8% in screen views and 27.8% in engagement year-on-year, as users followed rehearsals live and put their questions directly to artists in AMA (Ask Me Anything) interviews.

Additionally, 2.5 million people used the new Eurovision Song Contest app.

Speaking about the record results across the board, Jean Philip De Tender, EBU Deputy Director General said: 

“These incredible numbers show the Eurovision Song Contest’s huge global impact – online, on TV and importantly musically. We’re thrilled to see a growth in the hundreds of millions tuning in to the live shows on EBU Member channels and record-breaking numbers engaging with the songs and artists on our different digital platforms. Our thanks go to SVT who produced over 9 hours of world leading entertainment shows, harnessing the power of public service media to reach audiences around the world.”

Ebba Adielsson, SVT’s Executive Producer of ESC 2024 added:

“I am so proud of our team, who worked with such dedication and passion towards the goal of delivering three fantastic shows for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. The hosts, Petra Mede and Malin Åkerman, the participating artists, the interval acts and our set and lighting design – we believe it all came together with huge success and took the Eurovision Song Contest to the next level. It is a breathtaking thought that 163 million viewers watched the shows and that people from over 150 countries were engaged in voting, United By Music.”

GLOBAL MUSICAL SUCCESS

The Eurovision Song Contest continues to produce worldwide hits and promote music from across the participating nations in 2024.

In the week following the ESC Grand Final, 9 of this year’s entries were ranked in the ESNS Radar Radio Airplay Chart Top 100***.

The official Eurovision Song Contest 2024 playlist on Spotify was once again the most-streamed Spotify playlist globally on the day after the Grand Final.

Spotify’s Global 200 chart for all streaming across the world also saw 6 entries from 2024 break into the Top 200 on the same day with winner Nemo having the highest entry at #17 and the entries from the Netherlands, Croatia, France, Ukraine and Italy also charting.

On 12 May, the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 was among the Top 10 playlists on Apple Music worldwide.

35 songs from this year’s event have reached the Daily Top 100 on Apple Music in 57 countries worldwide, including 23 countries where they have reached No. 1, and 42 countries where they’ve reached the Top 10.

Winning song “The Code,” by Nemo, has reached the Daily Top 100 in 44 countries, including 13 where it’s reached No. 1, and 29 where it’s reached the Top 10.

On the Official ESC YouTube channel, videos featuring Nemo, including exclusive live performances and interviews, have received 34 million views to date.

According to Shazam’s Radio Spin data, since the Grand Final, “The Code” had the most radio air play globally of all the Eurovision entries, followed by “Mon Amour” by Slimane of France and “La Noia” by Angelina Mango of Italy.

“Always on the Run” by ISAAK was the most-Shazamed song during the live Grand Final.

WIDER IMPACT

Early data and figures from the Host City, Malmö, suggests that 82,000 visitors came to the Eurovision Village during the week of the event.

Fans from 92 countries bought tickets to 9 shows during the event week which included Dress Rehearsals and live broadcasts.

Around 1,100 journalists from at least 54 countries were accredited to cover the event onsite.

The Eurovision Song Contest was hosted by SVT on 7, 9 and 11 May and broadcast in the 37 participating countries, Brazil, Chile, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Peru, USA, and online.

The shows were also broadcast on radio in 11 EBU Member countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DzrRxHYm_0

Source: EBU

EBU Reference Group Chair Reflects on Eurovision 2024

Bakel Walden, the Chair of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, recently shared his insights into the happenings of Eurovision 2024.

This year’s contest, held in Malmö, Sweden, was not just about music. Despite Switzerland‘s victory with Nemo‘s groundbreaking win for “The Code“, Eurovision encountered various controversies, including Joost Klein‘s disqualification and debates over Israel‘s involvement.

Walden, leading the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, oversees a vital committee responsible for shaping the Eurovision Song Contest’s direction. This committee approves contest formats, secures funding, and supervises host broadcasters’ preparations.

In an interview with Swiss news outlet 20 minuten, Walden, also a member of SRG’s Board of Directors, shared his thoughts on this year’s Eurovision. He will play a role in Eurovision 2025 as it returns to Switzerland.

Reflecting on Eurovision 2024, Walden acknowledged its challenges:

“As my first year as chairman, I lack a broad comparison. Yet, many experienced individuals deemed this ESC historically difficult, a sentiment I share after recent weeks and days.”

Despite difficulties, Walden highlighted the contest’s positive impact, noting the shows’ ability to “enthral millions”:

“The preparation was intense, with many highlights and significant pressure. However, the overwhelming joy and gratitude from this year’s ESC, captivating millions, stand out.”

During the winner’s press conference, Walden bestowed upon Nemo and Switzerland the opportunity to host Eurovision 2025. This task typically falls to the Executive Supervisor, Martin Österdahl, who was absent.

Addressing controversy around Nemo’s display of a non-binary flag, Walden affirmed Nemo’s adherence to Eurovision’s guidelines:

“The non-binary flag, alongside participating countries’ flags and the rainbow flag, is permissible. Regrettably, there were some onsite implementation errors. Nevertheless, Nemo acted correctly.”

Responding to Nemo’s assertion that Eurovision “needs a little bit of fixing,” Walden acknowledged room for improvement:

“In our analysis, we must not only focus on Malmö’s positive experiences but also recognize the need for improvement.”

Regarding Joost Klein’s disqualification, Walden supported the EBU’s decision:

“Regrettably, we faced an additional crisis. However, the decision to disqualify Joost Klein was correct. Unacceptable behavior towards a production employee necessitated action.”

Looking ahead to Eurovision 2025, Walden expressed ongoing involvement in the contest’s production and preparations:

“Preparations for Eurovision 2025 are already underway, with many discussions ongoing. Our supervisory board will convene again shortly.”

Walden anticipates the announcement of Eurovision 2025’s host city during the summer, emphasizing the importance of a fair and well-prepared approach.

Eurovision 2025 marks Walden’s second engagement with the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group.

Source: 20 minuten

Croatia: Baby Lasagna Wins the “You’re A Vision Award 2024”!

After Sheldon Riley (Australia 2022) and Käärijä (Finland 2023), the “You’re A Vision” award has a new winner. According to the public vote, Baby Lasagna from Croatia was declared the winner, showcasing the most impressive outfit at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

For those unfamiliar, the “You’re A Vision” award honors the most striking costume in the Eurovision Song Contest. This award celebrates creativity and diversity within the competition. Each year, it is presented to the contestant whose outfit stood out the most, whether it be a simple yet stunning suit or a fire-breathing dress. The award’s purpose is to highlight which outfit caught the public’s eye and who stood out the most.

Like Käärijä last year, who finished second in the Eurovision Song Contest and won the “You’re A Vision” award for the most impressive outfit, Baby Lasagna, with the song “Rim Tim Tagi Dim”, also finished second, behind Nemo from Switzerland. The costume paid homage to Croatian folklore, marking the best placement for Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest.

In second place for the “You’re A Vision” award was Bambie Thug from Ireland, and in third place was Joost Klein from the Netherlands.

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Source: songfestival.be

Israel: Eden Golan performs October Rain for the first time

In a rally that took place in the center of Tel Aviv and is organized by the relatives and victims of those kidnapped by Hamas, with a request for their return, Eden Golan was present and in front of a crowd of people she performed for the first time the original version of the song with which she represented Israel in Eurovision 2024. Read more