Eurovision 2024: Family Show of the First Semifinal- Live Commentary (Updated Live)

The family show of the Eurovision 2024 First Semi-Final in Malmö at the Malmö Arena! We are just a couple of hours before the First Semifinal kicks in but, before we get to know the first results the artists competing in the First Semifinal will perform once again for the Family Show.  The Family Show is more financially convenient, identical to the live one for families and takes place earlier on the same day of the Semifinal. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live both at the on-site press centre in Malmöä and at the online press centre and will be commenting on the full performances of the 15 participating countries and the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden.  This year we will watch the automatic qualifiers perform their entire songs as part of the Semifinal

 

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So stay tuned to this article as we update it with all the details, preparing you for what you will see in the Semi-Final today May 7th, at 21:00 CEST.

The Show

The show opens with the iconic Cyprus representative Eleni Foureira singing her 2018 Eurovision song, Fuego! She is performing an oriental-inspired version of Fuego. After Eleni, Eric Saade comes to the stage to sing Popular in an explosive performance. Last but not least, Chanel rocks the stage.  The 2022 Spanish representative sings SloMo with a different dance performance than what we saw in Turin two years ago. An amazing way to start this year’s Eurovision Season!

The host of the show is Petra Mede who is familiar to Eurofans as she has hosted the contest twice before in 2013 and 2016.  She is joined by actress Malin Åkerman. The female duo are dressed in pink and orange neon suits that are suitable for the LED background.

Petra welcomes us back in Sweden and she made a joke about her voting for Finland last year. They also thank last year’s organizers for hosting an incredible show back in 2023. Malin praises Petra for hosting for a third time the contest and Petra said that she never tried to host with a woman and she was thrilled about this experience.

The hosts are explaining the voting process in English AND French this year.  We’ve missed so much Petra speaking French!! Malmo are we ready? Let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!

The Competing Countries – LIVE COMMENTARY

Cyprus: Silia Kapsis – Liar

Silia becomes the youngest artist to open a Eurovision Song Contest.  With 17 years Silia opened the First Semi-final! She’s joined by 4 male dancers all in white t-shirts which they removed by the end of the song. The LED’s are mostly in neon turquoise colours. Silia has improved her vocals from her previous attempts. She danced in the whole performance. The dancebreak looks better than the second rehearsal, the camera shots are improved by a lot!! In the last 20 seconds, the colours of the LED turn red.

Serbia: Teya Dora – Ramonda

Following Teya Dora brings a Serbian ballad.  Teya Dora is standing and sitting on a rock during the performance.  The performance is introspective and very emotional.   The LED screens show thunders and a flower by the end of the song and the atmosphere is dark throughout the performance.  Will this be enough for Teya Dora to get to the Grand Final?

Lithuania: Silvester Belt – Luktelk

Lithuania is next with Luktelk! His performance has most of the elements from their national final one. The LED’s are based in red and blue colours. Silvester enjoys his performance and is very energetic. A sure qualifier!

Ireland: Bambie Thug – Doomsday Blue

Bambie Thug has grown in the weeks.  The change from her national final to Malmö is incredible. Bambie really knows how to pull a live performance with their voice and their face expressions. They are accompanied by a shirtless dancer who seems that he is their lover in the performance. The dancer dresses off Bambie revealing a very thin suit. On the bridge of the song, the candles rise upwards, and the lighting turns red. At the end of the song they scream and the performance is finished with a LED phrase “Crown The Witch”. The crowd was clapping for a long time.  Ireland is back in the game!

Break

Petra Mede interacts with the audience.  She is tested on her Eurovision knowledge from previous songs but fails.

United Kingdom: Olly Alexander – Dizzy (not competing)

Olly is the first of the Big 5 plus Sweden to sing live in one of the Semifinals.  He is performing in a Box that has a shower.  He is accompanied by 4 male dancers in boxer shorts. The whole performance is very physical and sensual. The choreography increases this sexual tension. In the last chorus, he leaves the box with his dancers and he’s performing in the front part of the stage. Olly’s vocals were not the best.

Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – Teresa & Maria

The folk duo is next to perform. In the first chorus the shots are from above with the LED floor being in grey and blue colours making a hurricane. Aliona comes to the stage for her rap part and she is vocally perfect. After that, we can see Jerry in the LED wall being as mother Teresa.  The images on the LED screens and the light work elevates this song. At the end of the performance, Jerry and alyona are lying on the floor and the LED is full of women.   A very moving performance that could give Ukraine another victory!

Poland: Luna – The Tower

Luna honors the name of her song with a floor that resembles a chessboard and two towers onstage.  Luna is surrounded by two dancers dressed in black and white as chess pieces. Then, a red figure appears forming the shadow of the singer. At the final point of the song, the two towers come together and change color to red, while we also have fireworks.  Overall it is not a very impressive performance.  It seems to me that Poland risks not qualifying this year.

Croatia: Baby Lasagna – Rim Tim Tagi Dim

The fan and bookers favourite is next on the stage.  We start with smoke and a setup resembling a rock concert. There are fireworks, and the lights are in various colors with alternations. At the last chorus we can see many smoke and many fireworks also. In general, the dancers and the choreography is an upgraded version of the national final. The crowd went crazy with Croatia’s performance you can listen them joining the chorus.

Iceland: Hera Björk – Scared Of Heights

Eurovision legend Hera Björk, started her performance with her standing at the top of some stairs. The LED backdrop is in golden colours and it suits her iconic dress of the same color. Vocally Hera never disappoints. At the middle of her performance, the colours are transformed in red colours. Up until the second chorus, she is alone on stage, and then her backing singers joined her. The platform rises, and we see fireworks as well. It seems that she enjoyed the performance by 100%!

Break

Malin Åkerman shares her love for Swedish cinema as well as Eurovision music.  A segment that mixes classic Swedish movies such as “The Seventh Deal” and “Fanny Alexander” with Eurovision songs entries.

Germany: ISAAK – Always On The Run (not competing)

The performance starts in an apartment with a fire in a barrel. In the chorus, the whole living room catches on fire, and Isaak stands in the middle. In the end, we see the backing vocalists on stage, while the fires go out.  Isaak’s vocals are impeccable but he risks going unnoticed by the audience in the final.

Slovenia: Raiven – Veronika

After Germany, next on stage is Raiven. She is dressed in a transparent bodysuit, at the beginning of the performance she is laid on the floor by herself, and then in the chorus, she is accompanied by her dancers wearing light beige underwear.  The choreography is good but the whole work is not as impactful.  At the end of the song, the LED floor is in blue colours like they are floating in the sea.

Finland: Windows95man – No Rules!

Windows95man takes his UMK concept including the jean egg for Malmö. Windows95Man emerges from the egg. The dancers have a 1990-2000s style, and the shots are framed to create an illusion of nudity. In the end, he wears denim shorts with fireworks.  A novelty act that could go either way.  You either love it or hate it.  Windows95man and Henri Piispanen vocals did not sound as good as in UMK.

Moldova: Natalia Barbu – In The Middle

The Malmö version of In The Middle is a much polished one from Natalia’s national final. Natalia’s vocals are really good but the stage feels empty during most of the performance which plays against her. There are images of flowers, a tree, bubbles and butterflies. When Natalia plays the violin the angel wings are displayed.

Sweden: Marcus & Martinus – Unforgetable (not competing)

Twins Marcus & Martinus represent the host country. The performance does not change the concept from Melodifestivalen but expands it. It feels like the inside of a club with flashing lights and dancers. A very professional presentation that will surely do well in the Final.

Azerbaijan: Fahree feat. Ilkin Dovlatov – Özünlə apar

Next act on the stage is the male duo from Azerbaijan, the LED wall displays an unknown character in silver waving his hands and performing some movements.  In the middle of the performance, two huge hand props were revealed on the stage. Overall, the performance is not very memorable.  Azerbaijan may not qualify for a second year.

Australia: Electric Feilds – One Mikali (One Blood)

Electric Fields is the next onstage.  The camera shots are good but there is nothing particularly impressive. “On the LED screens, we see scenes from the video. Then three dancers-vocalists appear, and in the second chorus, the didgeridoo appears, and the title of the song is written on the wall.  In fact the second half of the performance is more eye-catching and colourful.  Will this be enough for Australia to qualify?

Portugal: Iolanda – Grito

Portugal is bringing art to the stage!  A classy performance with an impressive, minimalistic choreography. The vocals of Iolanda are on point and the camera frames and shots are perfect. One of the floating cubes is lower the whole performance based on the other three. The performance is based on white colours as we already saw at Festival da Cançao.

Luxembourg: Tali – Fighter

Luxembourg had not competed in Eurovision since the 90s and is closing the First Semifinal with a French/English pop song, which is unusual based on the previous representatives. Tali is good vocaly but the camera shots are weak. The performance is based on purple and golden colours as well as images of tigers roaring. She has changed her braids from the first rehearsal. There is fog on the stage and shots towards the audience. In the last chorus, we also have fireworks, and the word ‘Fighter’ appears on the LED screens.

A recap of all the entries follows.

Interval Act

Petra Mede present us in a really special interval act the double Irish winner Johnny Logan! Johnny sings Loreen’s Euphoria with a live orchestra. A beautiful performance!

We are now watching a video with the turquoise carpet. Petra jokes that according to social media, “it was the best turquoise carpet ever”.

A recap of all the entries follows.

We go from lighthearted humor to a sad moment. In addition to reminding the audience that Nicole and Hugo were the first performers to dance and sing together for Eurovision, Malin also briefly remembers that Nicole who passed away the previous year.  A compilation of Eurovision dance acts as a tribute to the Belgium representatives in 1973 follows.

Second Interval act for the semi-final one is Benjamin Ingrosso in an amazing medley of three songs.

The hosts highlight the several nations and languages that have participated in the show right before the results are announced, and another video compilation is presented.

Certain Qualifiers

Cyprus

Lithuania

Ireland

Ukraine

Croatia

Finland

Portugal

Luxembourg

Borderline Qualifiers

Serbia

Poland

Slovenia

Australia

Non-Qualifiers

Iceland

Moldova

Azerbaijan

The Results

The green room is behind the stage and the LED wall opens so we can see the contestants behind it. Martin Osterdahl executive producer of Eurovision Song Contest 2024, declares that he is happy to see that we now have a valid result!

Here we have a big change, as the 15 competing acts stand on stage, without their delegations, waiting for the result. The camera shows them one by one, as the presenters announce the qualifiers. After the first 5 qualifiers are announced, Alesha interviews them backstage and then we learn the 5 remaining qualifiers.

The ten countries that (virtually) qualified for the finals for rehearsal purposes only were the following:

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Moldova
  • Finland
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Luxembourg
  • Ukraine

Closing the televised show, we will get to watch a recap of the ten finalist songs.

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Eurovision 2024: Tonight marks the first semifinal!

The moment all Eurofans have been waiting for has arrived! The 68th Eurovision Song Contest officially kicks off today in Malmo with the staging of the first semifinal.

Fifteen countries will participate in tonight’s show, with ten of them advancing to Saturday’s grand final, where the winner of Eurovision 2024 will be crowned.

Among the countries participating in the first semifinal is Cyprus, represented by Silia Kapsis with the song “Liar”. Cyprus is set to open this year’s show, being the first competing country to take the stage in the competition.

The presenters for tonight’s event, as well as all shows until Saturday, will be Petra Mede and Malin Åkerman.

The 15 participating countries in tonight’s first semifinal are:

R/O
COUNTRY ARTIST SONG
1  Cyprus Silia Kapsis “Liar”
2  Serbia Teya Dora Ramonda
3  Lithuania Silvester Belt Luktelk
4  Ireland Bambie Thug “Doomsday Blue”
5  Ukraine Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil “Teresa & Maria”
6  Poland Luna “The Tower”
7  Croatia Baby Lasagna “Rim Tim Tagi Dim”
8  Iceland Hera Björk “Scared of Heights”
9  Slovenia Raiven “Veronika”
10  Finland Windows95man “No Rules!”
11  Moldova Natalia Barbu “In the Middle”
12  Azerbaijan Fahree feat. Ilkin Dovlatov Özünlə apar
13  Australia Electric Fields “One Milkali (One Blood)”
14  Portugal Iolanda Grito
15  Luxembourg Tali “Fighter”

Let’s not forget that in this year’s contest, for the first time, we will see the Big 5 and the host country, Sweden, present their songs in the semifinals via live stream. Therefore, today we will witness the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden perform on stage. These countries, in addition to performing, will also vote for their favorite entries from the first semifinal of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

The first semifinal kicks off at 21:00 CET, and you can watch it live on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, as well as on various public broadcaster across Europe.

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Eurovision 2024: The Jury Show of the First Semi Final – Live Commentary! (UPDATED)

The most exciting week of the year for all Eurofans around the world, the Eurovision week, has officially begun!  

The preparations are heated in Malmö Arena so that everything will be set for the Live Shows: The First Semi-Final on May 7th, the Second Semi-Final on May 9th and the Grand Final on May 11th, at 9:00pm CET! EurovisionFun will be watching the rehearsals from both the on-site and the online Press Center to give you a taste of what to expect on the upcoming live shows. 

Ensuing the Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final which occurred earlier today, it is time for the Jury Show, where the 15 competing acts, plus –for the first time- the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden will take the stage! It is noteworthy that, although the finalists are determined by 100% televote, the national juries are casting their votes tonight as well. This happens in case technical issues arise tomorrow during the live show and a country cannot produce a valid televote result. 

This article gets real-time updated, therefore in order to view the commentary, all you need to do is simply refresh the page! 

The show 

 And the show begins! We see a video of previous winners, from ABBA to Duncan Laurence. Then, the stage is revealed as Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018) is bringing her fuego and is performing a slightly different, more oriental version of her Eurovision entry. Up next, it is Eric Saade (Sweden 2011), singing a different version of his song “Popular”. Lastly, Chanel from Spain is taking the stage and is performing her “SloMo”, once again with minor changes. What a start!

Our hosts appear: Petra Mede, who is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest as she has hosted the Contest in 2013 and in 2016 as well and Malin Åkerman, a renowned Swedish actress, dressed in neon orange and pink respectively, matching with the background colours.

They are explaining the voting rules and process and we hear the long-awaited “Let the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 begin”!

The competing countries- LIVE COMMENTARY 

01. Cyprus: Silia Kapsis – Liar

The semi final opens with the most dynamic way possible! In the beginning, the background is black, which makes great contrast with Silia’s white outfit. During the performance, we see teal water/smoke-like patterns on the floor and on the back screen and in the end, the lights turn red. Silia’s vocals are stable and full of confidence, despite her dancing for three minutes straight. What an opener for the competitive part of the Contest!

02. Serbia: Teya Dora – Ramonda

We set the tones down now with Serbia. One of the most powerful ballads this year and definitely one of the most haunting voices. An atmospheric setting in gray lighting, with the big rock in the middle. There are some rapid changes with the lights and lightning strikes as the song builds up and in the end, some purple emerges. Such a classy entry.

03. Lithuania: Silvester Belt – Luktelk

Not much has changed for Lithuania staging-wise. But why change something that already works? A very 2024 performance, with the lights turning red and blue and these colours blend in during the dance break. A solid, polished entry and Silvester seems to truly live the moments on stage!

04. Ireland: Bambie Thug – Doomsday Blue

This is how you stage such a song! The beginning is dark, with Bambie sitting down and being surrounded by candles and on the floor LED, there is a pentagram. They are accompanied by a dancer. During the “singing” part, the background is changing and is showing a moon in baby blue and pink colours. In the middle, there is an outfit change as well, from black to blue and pink. During the bridge, the lighting is red and in the end, there’s lot of fire!

Break

United Kingdom: Olly Alexander – Dizzy (not competing) 

The first of the Big5 that will perform tonight! At the start, Olly is upside down, accompanied by 4 male dancers. The camera is tilting during the chorus and as the bridge kicks in, the light turns red. It feels as if we are watching a video clip on stage! At the last chorus, they get out of the “box” and there is lots of pyro and smoke. A very sensual performance I must say.

05. Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – Teresa & Maria

At the start, the lighting has a golden hue and on the floor there is a water visual. Jerry Heil begins to climb on the prop and there is wind, which makes the atmosphere even more haunting. As Alyona begins to rap, the colours turn to black and white. Then, it is golden again and in the end, both are laying on the ground, with the LED floor showing a picture of many women. It is like a Renaissance painting!

06. Poland: Luna – The Tower

Typical Polish extravaganza when it comes to staging. There’s a moon on the background, there are towers on stage, a red horse, a dancer dressed in white, another one in red and lastly, one in black. I find the vocals a bit weak to be honest. In the end we see some pyro. This performance definitely has everything!

07. Croatia: Baby Lasagna – Rim Tim Tagi Dim

A burst of colours! Neon pink, green, smoke, pyro, flames, every possible element in use and they all make sense! Vocally, he has definitely improved and he seems fully confident. During the last chorus, we could hear the audience screaming “OHH”! So much “wow” factor in a performance!

08. Iceland: Hera Björk – Scared Of Heights

Hera is back! Such a charismatic performer, she is shining in her golden outfit, similar colours prevail on her overall staging. After the first chorus, she gets down her stairs and on the background we see shadows of her dancing. During the bridge the light turns red and she is elevated on her stairs again. She is definitely not scared of heights!

Break

Germany: ISAAK – Always On The Run (not competing) 

Isaak is sitting down on a chair with fire close to him. And flames commence as they are all around him. Vocals-wise, he is of course very solid, with a slight raspiness, adding some dynamic to his performance. The flames are put out after the bridge, which turns the viewer’s attentions from the staging to Isaak.

09. Slovenia: Raiven – Veronika

Raiven is sitting on the floor, with a dark blue backdrop and smoke. Then the dancers appear, dancing very close to her and wearing outfits which give off the impression that they are naked. In the end, the floor turns blue as well. Vocally, she is strong.

10. Finland: Windows95man – No Rules!

The infamous egg is the first thing we witness on stage, with the singer standing on it and after the first chorus, he comes down. Much smoke on stage in the beginning. After the bridge, there is jean shorts coming down from the ceiling, where there is pyro coming from during the last chorus. A memorable performance, especially if we take into account Windows95man’s outfit, before he puts on the shorts…

11. Moldova: Natalia Barbu – In The Middle

Natalia is wearing a white gown and vocally, she is great. The colours of the LEDs are beautiful: purple and blue hues as we see behind her white birds flying, a purple tree and butterflies on the cubes. During the violin bridge, wings appear on the background and after that, the stage turns golden with aesthetically pleasing patterns.

Sweden: Marcus & Martinus – Unforgettable (not competing) 

The last of tonight’s automatic qualifiers to perform, the host country Sweden! It is pretty much the same as their national final performance, which is aptly translated on the big Eurovision stage. In the beginning, the twins are alone and as the chorus is kicking in, the dancers appear. There are some visuals on the cubes as well. Overall, a very well-curated performance by the host country!

12. Azerbaijan: Fahree feat. Ilkin Dovlatov – Özünlə apar

What we see in the beginning is a beautiful landscape with mountains and water in gray. From the water there is a person emerging, very futuristic-like. There are some purple hues every here and there. Their outfits have something futuristic as well, almost sci-fi. As the song comes to an end, both of the singers stand in between of the huge hands on the stage.

13. Australia: Electric Fields – One Mikali (One Blood)

A celestial backdrop, nova-like, full of colours! At some point, the dancers appear and accompany Zaachariaha, whose voice is so lively. We also see Electric Fields on the LED screen, before they merge into a nova-like visual as well. The traditional elements of the song are enriched with someone who is playing didgeridoo.

14. Portugal: Iolanda – Grito

A total white performance, serving class in Portuguese. Iolanda, who is amazing vocally, is accompanied by 5 masked singers in completely white fits as well. When we say total whiteness, we mean that even the cubes are white!

15. Luxembourg: Tali – Fighter

 After 31 years of absence, Luxembourg is back with Tali and her signature braids! In the beginning, she is standing under a frame along with her 4 dancers. Even from the very first chorus there are fires on stage. There are tigers, smoke during the bridge, the light is switching from bright purple to orange. Close to the end, a big “Fighter” appears on the LED screen. Welcome back Luxembourg!  A strong ending to the competitive part!

Interval acts 

 After a first recap of the competing acts, Petra Mede introduces Johnny Logan, the first two-time winner of the Eurovision Song Contest as a singer and one-time winner as a composer, who is performing his own unique version of Euphoria. It is so moving seeing a Eurovision legend singing the winning entry of another Eurovision legend!

Petra is now in the Green Room, where all the artists are gathered and she is having a conversation with Luxembourg’s Tali.

After that, we are watching a brief video wrap-up of the Turquoise Carpet which took place yesterday, Sunday 5th of May.

Then a second recap follows.

The voting lines have now closed and we see a brief presentation of the acts of the Second Semi Final.

A video medley of iconic Eurovision entries is now on our screens, from Diggi-Loo Diggi-ley and Dschinghis Khan to Rhythm Inside and El Diablo! How many memorable songs in such a short video!

The second artist who is performing as an interval act is Benjamin Ingrosso, the Swedish representative from Eurovision 2018! He is singing a mixture of tracks from his discography.

One more video is shown, in order to highlight the wide variety of cultures and genres that come together in Eurovision!

Given what I watched tonight, I will attempt to predict the certain qualifiers, the borderline and the non-qualifiers. 

Certain qualifiers 

Cyprus

Lithuania

Ireland

Ukraine

Croatia

Finland

Portugal

Luxembourg

Borderline qualifiers 

Serbia

Poland

Slovenia

Azerbaijan

Non-qualifiers 

 Iceland

Moldova

Australia

The results 

Obviously, these are not the official results, but virtual in order to serve the rehearsal’s purposes. 

The executive supervisor Martin Österdahl confirms that the results are valid and “we are good to go”!

The 10 countries that virtually go to the Final are:

Serbia

Portugal

Slovenia

Cyprus

Azerbaijan

Australia

Ireland

Lithuania

Moldova

Croatia

 

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Eurovision 2024: The results of the first day of the press poll!

Earlier today an email was sent to accredited journalists here in Malmö Arena to vote for up to 10 favorites in both semi-finals and the final.

Below are the preliminary results of the semi-finals and the final, as they were determined today, May 6th, at 20:00.

Semi-Final 1:

Semi-Final 2:

 

Final:

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Eurovision 2024: Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final – Live Commentary! [UPTATED]

Today is the first day of the Eurovision week! So lets wish happy Eurovision Week to all the eurofans around the world! We can already feel “United by Music” all the way from Malmö Arena in Sweden and it’s just a few days before we finally know the winner of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest!

The anticipation is high for Saturday’s final! Until then, we’re here to bring you all the latest updates and the excitement from the first Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live both at the on-site press centre in Malmö and at the online press centre and will be commenting on the full performances of the 15 participating countries, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden.

This article gets updated in real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser!

So stay tuned to this article as we update it with all details, preparing you for what you will see in the Semi-Final tomorrow May 7th, at 21:00 CEST.

The Show

The show opens with the iconic Eleni Foureira, representative of Cyprus in 2018 singing Fuego! She also dances oriental in a different version of Fuego. After Eleni, Eric Saade comes to the stage to sing Popular in a explosive performance. Last but not least, Chanel rocks the stage, the Spanish representative or 2022 sings SloMo in a different performance than that we saw in Turin two years ago. That a way to start this year’s Eurovision Season!

The hosts of the show are Petra Mede which is familiar to eurofans because of her previous interaction with the song contest and the actress Malin Åkerman. The female duo is dressed in pink and orange neon suits that are suitable with the LED background.

Perta welcomes us back in Sweden and she made a joke about her voting Finland last year. They also thank last year’s organizers for hosting a incredible show back in 2023. Malin praises Petra for hosting for a third time the contest and Petra said that she never tried to host with a woman and she’s thrilled for this experience.

The hosts are explaining the voting process in english AND french this year, we’ve missed so much Petra speaking French!! Malmo are we ready? Let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!

The Competing Countries – LIVE COMMENTARY

Cyprus: Silia Kapsis – Liar

The young 17 y/o Silia rocks the stage! She’s accompanied from 4 male dancers. The LED’s are mostly in neon turqoise colours, Silia has improved so much vocally from her previous attempts. She really dance in the whole performance. The dancebreak looks better than the second rehearsal, the camera shots are improved by a lot!! In the last 20 seconds the colours of the LED turns into red. This is a really good opener for the competitive part of the show.

Serbia: Teya Dora – Ramonda

Next in the running order is Teya Dora with her Serbian ballad, the whole performance is with her standing or sitting in a rock. This performance can really move you emotionally but I don’t know if this is enough to pass into the Grand Final.

Lithuania: Silvester Belt – Luktelk

Lithuania is next with Luktelk! His performance is kinda similar to the national final one. I’m really enjoying the camera shots in Lithiania. The LED’s are based in red and blue colours. Silvester really seems to enjoy the performance and that’s really important. A sure qualifirer!

Ireland: Bambie Thug – Doomsday Blue

And now it’s time for the most anticipated performance in this semi-final (at least for me). I got the GOOSEBUMPS in the begining!! Bambie really know how to pull a live performance with their voice and their face expressions. They are accompanied from a shirtless dancer that seems that he is their lover in the performance. The dancer dresses off Bambie and they are lest with a very thin suit. On the bridge for the song, the candles rise upwards, and the lighting turns red. At the end of the song they scream and the performance is finished with a LED phrase “Crown The Witch”. The croud was clapping for a long time.

Break

United Kingdom: Olly Alexander – Dizzy (not competing)

Now the first Big 5 artist hits the stage, Olly sings in a Box that seems to be a shower in the walls, accompanied from 4 male dancers in boxer shorts. The whole performance seems to be so much sexualised but it’s really good. The choreography and the camera shots are perfect. In the last chorus he leaves the box among with his dancers and he’s performing in the front part of the stage. Vocally Olly was really weak.

Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – Teresa & Maria

The folk duo is next to perform. In the first chorus the shots are from above with the LED floor being in grey and blue colours making a hurricane. Aliona comes to the stage for her rap part and she is vocally perfect. After that, we can see Jerry in the LED wall being as mother teresa. At the end of the performance Jerry and alyona are laying on the floor and the LED is full of women dressed in beige. Really moving performance, I loved it and I believe that Ukraine is a contender to win the Eurovision trophy!

Poland: Luna – The Tower

Something very different. We move into space, and the floor resembles a chessboard. Two towers dominate, and Luna is surrounded by two dancers, one black and one white. Then, a red figure appears like the shadow of the singer. At the final point of the song, the two towers come together and change color to red, while we also have fireworks. Seems little bit borring to me.

Croatia: Baby Lasagna – Rim Tim Tagi Dim

The fan and bookers favourite is next on the stage. The eurovision live stream is lagging so I will try to make the best commentary in this performance.We start with smoke and a setup resembling a rock concert. There are fireworks, and the lights are in various colors with alternations Marco shouted before the dancebreak dance with me in the croud. At the last chorus we can see many smoke and many pyro also. In general, the dancers and the choreo is similar to the national final one but more polished. The croud were driving crazy in Croatia’s performance.

Iceland: Hera Björk – Scared Of Heights

The performance of the mother of mothers Hera Björk, started with her standing at the top of some stairs. The LED backdrop is in golden colours and really suits with her iconic dress. Vocally Hera never dissapoints. At the middle of her performance the colours are transformed in red colours. Up until the second chorus, she is alone on stage, and then her backing vocalists appear. The platform rises, and we see fireworks as well. She seems that she enjoyed the performance by 100%!

Break

Germany: ISAAK – Always On The Run (not competing)

The performance starts in a lounge with a fire in a barrel. In the chorus, the whole living room catches fire, and Isaak stands in the middle. In the end, we see the backing vocalists on stage, while the fires go out. It’s decent as a whole, but I don’t think it has much hope with the audience.

Slovenia: Raiven – Veronika

After Germany, next on stage is Raiven. She is dressed with a transparent bodysuit, at the begining of the performance she is layed on the floor by herself and then in the chorus, she is accompanied from the dancers. To be honest as much I like the song by its own, i don’t like the camera shots and the choreography. At the end of the song, the LED floor is in blue colours like they are floating in the sea.

Finland: Windows95man – No Rules!

The egg makes its appearance again. It opens, and we see Windows95Man in his familiar style. The dancers have a 2000s style, and the shots are framed to give the impression that the singer is naked. In the end, he wears denim shorts with fireworks. By far the worst staging i’ve seen today. This is so disturbing to my eyes and unsighty in general. I can’t really imagine people really enjoying this.

Moldova: Natalia Barbu – In The Middle

In The Middle as a song had so much potential in my opinion but the staging seems a little bit empty. Natalia is serving with her vocals but with her standing for 3 minutes in a row seems a little bit borring unfortunately. The LED until the violin part is with purple colours and a purple tree. The violin part is with the angel wings we knew from the rehearsal clip and then until the end the song is with golden colours (both of the returning contestants are using golden colours and both of them have huge chances not to qualify…).

Sweden: Marcus & Martinus – Unforgetable (not competing)

Finally, something interesting in this semi-final after two entries. The performance is the same with the one from Melodifestivalen but this is way better. It feels like the inside of a club with flashing lights and dancers. A very professional presentation that will surely do well in the Final.

Azerbaijan: Fahree feat. Ilkin Dovlatov – Özünlə apar

Next act on the stage is the male duo from Azerbaijan, the LED wall is with a human unknown gender and the LED floor is with the hands of it, based in purple, grey and white colours. In the middle of the performance two huge hand props were revealed in the stage. Overall, the performance was nothing special, I don’t think that this has chances to qualify.

Australia: Electric Feilds – One Mikali (One Blood)

Even though this song is not my cup of tea, I firmly believe that this performance stands out from the second half of this semi-final. The staging has not something unexpected that leaves you speachless. The camera shots are really good but that’s all. “On the LED screens, we see scenes from the video. Then three dancers-vocalists appear, and in the second chorus, the didgeridoo appears, and the title of the song is written on the wall.

Portugal: Iolanda – Grito

I would like to note that I didn’t liked this song back in the national final but now that I’m seeing this performance it’s so cool and for me this is a sure qualifier. The vocals of Iolanda are on point and the camera frames and shots are perfect. One of the floating cubes is lower the whole performance based on the other three. The performance is based in white colours as we already knew.

Luxembourg: Tali – Fighter

Last country before the competing part of the show ends is Luxembourg, the country made it’s comeback this year with a french/english pop song, which is unusual based on the previous representatives. Tali is really good vocaly but the camera shots are so weak. The performance is based in purple and golden colours as well. Thank god, she changed the braids from the rehearsals. There is fog on the stage and shots towards the audience. In the last chorus, we also have fireworks, and the word ‘Fighter’ appears on the LED screens.

A recap of all the entries follows.

Interval Act

Petra Mede present us in a really special interval act the double Irish winner Johnny Logan! Johnny sings Loreen’s Euphoria with a live orchestra. A beautiful performance!

We are now watching a video with the turquoise carpet that took place yesterday.

A recap of all the entries follows.

Second Interval act for semi-final one is Benjamin Ingrosso in a amazing medley of three songs.

Certain Qualifiers

Cyprus

Lithuania

Ireland

Ukraine

Croatia

Finland

Portugal

Luxembourg

Borderline Qualifiers

Serbia

Poland

Slovenia

Australia

Non Qualifiers

Iceland

Moldova

Azerbaijan

The Results

The green room is behind the stage and the LED wall opens so we can see the contestants behind it. Martin Osterdahl executive producer of Eurovision Song Contest 2024, declares that he is happy to see that we now have a valid result!

Here we have a big change, as the 15 competing acts stand on stage, without their delegations, waiting for the result. The camera shows them one by one, as the presenters announce the qualifiers. After the first 5 qualifiers are announced, Alesha interviews them backstage and then we learn the 5 remaining qualifiers.

The ten countries that (virtually) qualify to the finals for the purposes of the rehearsal were the following:

  • Portugal
  • Australia
  • Ukraine
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Azerbaijan
  • Cyprus
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Finland

Closing the televised show, we will get to watch a recap of the ten finalist songs.

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Norway: Angelina Mango Emerges Victorious in Adresse Malmø

Italy’s Angelina Mango secures the top spot in Adresse Malmø, the Norwegian precursor to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Italy clinches victory in Adresse Malmø, narrowly beating out Ukraine by a single point. Over the course of five episodes, a panel of celebrities, alongside a public jury, meticulously reviewed and scored the songs. The grand finale of the show, which aired today, saw Croatia’s Baby Lasagna rise to prominence among the seven featured songs.

Here are the results from the final episode:

  • CroatiaBaby Lasagna – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” – 78 points
  • SwedenMarcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable” – 77 points
  • GreeceMarina Satti – “Zari” – 73 points
  • SerbiaTeya Dora – “Ramonda” – 65 points
  • AustraliaElectric Fields – “One Milkali” – 50 points
  • CzechiaAiko – “Pedestal” – 47 points
  • AlbaniaBesa – “Titan” – 41 points

The overall series scoreboard stands as follows:

  1. ItalyAngelina Mango – “La noia” – 12+12+12+12+10+10+10+10 – 88 points
  2. UkraineAlyona Alyona & Jerry Heil – “Teresa & Maria” – 12+10+12+12+12+7+10+12 – 87 points
  3. SwitzerlandNemo – “The Code” – 8+12+10+10+12+12+12+8 – 84 points
  4. PolandLuna – “The Tower” – 6+12+12+12+6+10+12+10 – 80 points
  5. SpainNebulossaZorra – 12, 4, 12, 10, 7, 10, 12, 12 – 79 points
  6. CroatiaBaby Lasagna – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” – 10+10+12+12+7+10+5+12 – 78 points
  7. SwedenMarcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable” – 12+5+10+6+12+12+10+10 – 77 points
  8. FranceSlimane – “Mon Amour” – 12+7+10+8+10+12+10+6 – 76 points
  9. GreeceMarina Satti – “Zari” – 10+10+8+8+12+8+10+7 – 73 points
  10. ArmeniaLadaniva – “Jako” – 10+10+10+10+12+7+3+10 – 70 points
  11. AzerbaijanFahree ft. Ilkin DovlatovÖzünlə apar – 5, 12, 10, 12, 4, 7, 12, 7 – 68 points
  12. GeorgiaNutsa BuzaladzeFirefighter 12, 12, 12, 12, 3, 8, 2, 6 – 67 points
  13. SerbiaTeya Dora – “Ramonda” – 8 +6+8+6+6+7+12+12 – 65 points
  14. NetherlandsJoost KleinEuropapa – 12, 10, 8, 5, 10, 4, 8, 8 – 65 points
  15. DenmarkSaba – “Sand” – 8+8+7+5+12+3+8+12 – 63 points
  16. CyprusSilia KapsisLiar – 7, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 8, 10 – 63 points
  17. LithuaniaSilvester Belt – “Luktelk” – 8+6+8+8+6+7+12+6 – 61 points
  18. AustriaKaleen – “We Will Rave” – 10+1+12+8+8+2+10+5 – 56 points
  19. GermanyIsaak – “Always on the Run” – 4+6+8+10+6+10+5+7 – 55 points
  20. United KingdomOlly AlexanderDizzy – 7, 6, 8, 6, 5, 8, 7, 8 – 55 points
  21. Estonia5miinust & Puuluup“(Nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” – 10+3+2+5+12+12+2+7 – 53 points
  22. BelgiumMustii – “Before the Party’s Over” –  4+6+5+5+8+1+12+12 – 53 points
  23. FinlandWindows95man – “No Rules!” – 12+7+10+10+2+3+6+2 – 52 points
  24. AustraliaElectric Fields – “One Milkali” – 2+3+7+7+10+6+7+8 – 50 points
  25. PortugalIolanda – “Grito” – 6+4+5+3+7+10+4+10 – 49 points
  26. CzechiaAiko – “Pedestal” – 8+7+8+7+1+7+3+6 – 47 points
  27. LuxembourgTali – “Fighter” – 7+2+6+7+6+5+6+8 – 47 points
  28. IcelandHera Björk – “Scared of Heights” – 4+5+5+4+10+12+1+5 – 46 points
  29. IsraelEden Golan – “Hurricane” – 4+1+6+5+6+12+7+4 – 45 points
  30. AlbaniaBesa – “Titan” – 6+4+4+4+3+6+6+8 – 41 points
  31. SloveniaRaivenVeronika – 7, 4, 5, 5, 6, 5, 7, 2 – 41 points
  32. IrelandBambie Thug – “Doomsday Blue” – 4+8+2+8+10+1+2+4 – 39 points
  33. MaltaSarah Bonnici – “Loop” – 4+5+4+3+5+5+5+4 – 35 points
  34. LatviaDons – “Hollow” – 3+2+2+1+4+7+10+5 – 34 points
  35. San MarinoMegara – “11:11” – 6+2+2+3+7+2+4+6 – 32 points
  36. MoldovaNatalia Barbu – “In the Middle” – 8+4+3+2+3+7+2+2 – 31 points

Since 1973, Adresse has been previewing all Eurovision Song Contest entries. Since 2004, the show has featured a panel discussing and scoring the songs.

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Eurovision 2024: First Two Dress Rehearsals (Press & Jury) of the 1st Semi-Final Today!

We are now in the final stretch towards crowning the winner of Eurovision 2024, with just five days left until the grand final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

Tonight, at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, the Press and Jury Rehearsal of the 1st Semi-Final will take place. It’s worth emphasizing the significance of tonight’s show, which is not just a mere rehearsal where delegations try out various stage elements, but a show that could determine the scores they receive from a country that might face technical issues tomorrow night and unable to vote.

It’s important to note the running order of the 1st Semi-Final:

  1. Cyprus
  2. Serbia
  3. Lithuania
  4. Ireland
    United Kingdom
  5. Ukraine
  6. Poland
  7. Croatia
  8. Iceland
    Germany
  9. Slovenia
  10. Finland
  11. Moldova
    Sweden
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Australia
  14. Portugal
  15. Luxembourg

Let’s not forget that in this year’s contest, for the first time, we will see the Big 5 and the host country, Sweden, presenting their songs in the semi-finals in the televised broadcast.

Hosting tonight’s event, as well as all shows until Saturday, will be Petra Mede and Malin Åkerman.

Through our YouTube channel, you’ll have the opportunity to watch today’s Press and Jury Rehearsals live. So, tune in at 15:45 CET and 21:00 CET to find out how the participating countries in the 1st Semifinal vying for a spot in Saturday’s Grand Final fared!

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Ukraine: alyona alyona & Jerry Heil promise to sell the throphy in case they win Eurovision 2024!

Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil, the Ukrainian representatives in this year’s Eurovision, went on to make an important statement, promising that if they win the Contest, they will sell the trophy to help rebuild the bombed schools in Ukraine!

This is not the first time something like this happens. In 2022, the Ukrainian winners, Kalush Orchestra, sold their trophy to help their country, so now alyona alyona, a former kindergarten teacher, expressed her willingness to sell anything in order to help this effort.

Their song symbolizes love and kindness in the face of adversity. The duo’s song reflects the resilience of the Ukrainian people and emphasizes peace, love and unity. Specifically, Jerry Heil stated:

“Our message is not to make people fight, but to unite and help each other. We feel that music can unite, and musically and culturally we can give so much as a nation, we just need to be visible, and we’re thankful for this opportunity.”

Ukraine takes part in the first semi-final of Eurovision 2024 on May 7.

https://youtu.be/k_8cNbF8FLI

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Eurovision 2024: The Turquoise Carpet – Live!

The Turquoise Carpet, a staple event in the Host City, doubles as the official Opening Ceremony, marking the commencement of the Eurovision Song Contest Live Shows week. Malmö 2024’s Turquoise Carpet commenced today at 15:30 CEST and is being broadcast live on both the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel and via a TikTok live stream on the Eurovision account.

The Turquoise Carpet is hosted by Elecktra and Tia Kofi! Here are tonight’s appearances:

  • Belgium

  • Slovenia

  • Azerbaijan

  • Austria

  • Portugal

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  • Norway

  • San Marino

  • Cyprus

  • Georgia

  • Czechia

  • Greece

  • Albania

  • Malta

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  • Moldova

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Latvia

  • Serbia

  • Croatia

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  • Spain

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  • Germany

  • Finland

  • Ukraine

  • Switzerland

  • Italy

  • Estonia

  • Armenia

  • Netherlands

  • Australia

  • Poland

  • United Kingdom

  • Iceland

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  • Ireland

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  • France

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  • Denmark

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  • Sweden

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The Israeli delegation will not attend the Carpet due to Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Eurovision 2024: Turquoise Carpet Takes Place Today!

Malmö is preparing to host the esteemed participants of Eurovision Song Contest 2024 on the dazzling Turquoise Carpet.

Even if you’re not in Sweden, you can still be part of the excitement of this year’s Eurovision Turquoise Carpet. Tune in live on the official Eurovision YouTube channel from 15:30 CEST on Sunday, May 5, and catch all the glitz, glamour, and behind-the-scenes buzz.

The Turquoise Carpet, a staple event in the Host City, doubles as the official Opening Ceremony, marking the commencement of the Eurovision Song Contest Live Shows week.

Malmö 2024’s Turquoise Carpet will roll out on Sunday, May 5, and will be broadcasted live on both the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel and via a TikTok live stream on the Eurovision account. The extravaganza kicks off at around 15:30 CEST and will be held at the newly constructed Malmö Live.

The EBU has unveiled the lineup for the artists of Eurovision 2024 who will grace the Turquoise Carpet tomorrow. Belgium will lead the pack, with the host country, Sweden, closing the Carpet.

Hosting the Turquoise Carpet will be Elecktra and Tia Kofi! Here’s the complete lineup for the Turquoise Carpet:

  • Belgium
  • Slovenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Austria
  • Portugal
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Czechia
  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Ukraine
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Estonia
  • Armenia
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Sweden

The Israeli delegation will not attend the Carpet due to Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Turquoise Carpet ceremony will take place at the Malmo Live Congress and Concert Hall, just steps away from Malmö‘s central railway station, on Sunday, May 5.

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