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Olympic Games Paris 2024: Slimane gives a concert in Saint-Denis!

Celebrations are ramping up ahead of the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympics. According to Le Parisien and BFMTV, Slimane is going to give a free concert, accompanied by a symphony orchestra, on Friday July 26, 2024 in Saint-Denis. This concert, which is set to be broadcast live on France 2, is going to take place just a few hours before the opening of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on the Seine!

After finishing 4th in the Eurovision Song Contest last May in Malmö, Sweden, and ahead of his two huge concerts at the Accor Arena in Paris in 2025, Slimane is set to take part in the celebrations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Slimane’s exclusive 30-minute concert is scheduled to take place at Place Victor-Hugo at 16:30 CET. The concert will take place just a few hours before the long-awaited opening ceremony of the Paris Olympic Games which will last from 19:30 to 23:00 CET, on the Seine between Pont d’Austerlitz and Pont d’Iéna.

Source:sortisaparis.com

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EBU: Tighter rules and creation of new roles for Eurovision 2025!

The highly anticipated result of the independent research, regarding all the matters that took place in Malmö, and filled the Contest’s name with a lot of negativity, were given away by the EBU. Read more

Malta: Was Saba’s “Sand” one of Emma Muscat’s candidate songs for Eurovision 2022!

According to the latest news, “Sand”, the song with which Saba represented Denmark this year, at Eurovision 2024, travelled a long way until it ended up on the stage of the Contest.

According to the Danish website Eurosong-DK, it seems that “Sand” was one of Emma Muscat’s candidate songs for Eurovision 2022.

https://youtu.be/4f_phiGot7w

We remind you that Emma Muscat won MESC 2022, the national final of Malta, with the song “Out of Sight”, however immediately after her victory, the search for a replacement song began, as read first from Eurovisionfun.

The final choice seems to have been made between “Sand” and the song that in the end represented Malta that year, “I Am What I Am”. Malta got 16th place in the second semi-final of 2022, while this year Denmark placed 12th.

https://youtu.be/DFCFM5qtvms

What would Malta’s fortune be if it was represented by Sand? Would the island country manage to qualify?

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Source: eurosong.dk

ERT and RIK do not support the anonymous statement about Eurovision 2024!

For the past hours, an anonymous statement has been circulating the internet according which delegation members and participants of Eurovision 2024 submitted their complaints about Israel’s participation in this year’s contest. According to our exclusive information, neither ERT nor RIK have signed the following statement.

The following statement as published by ESC Gabe on their X account does not name the delegation members and artists alleged to have signed it, as they want to remain anonymous at the moment:

In recent days, we have seen a number of inaccurate reports about what happened backstage during the Eurovision 2024 contest, the alleged behaviour of artists towards the Israeli delegation, and the events surrounding EBU’s decision to move the Israeli delegation to a location backstage. 

We are concerned about the inaccuracies being reported. During the Eurovision 2024 contest, several artists and national delegations submitted complaints to the EBU for inappropriate behaviour and breach of rules from members of the Israeli delegation.

We are engaging with the EBU and expect these complaints to be duly considered, as per the commitment of EBU’s officials. While there is an ongoing process, it would be inappropriate for us to publicly comment on specific facts, but we will do so, in due course. 

Artists and members of national delegations who participated in the Eurovision 2024 contest

We are now waiting to see whether the statement that is currently circulating the internet will be disputed by other delegations this time, as it has happened before, or delegations and artists will confirm that they have signed the aforementioned statement.

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Eurovision 2024: An independent investigation is underway!

Eurovision 2024 was stigmatized by a series of incidents that jeopardized the smooth operation of the show. Joost Klein’s disqualification along with the participation of Israel and the allegations claiming the Israeli delegation members harassing participants marred the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Following the aforementioned, EBU has now confirmed to the Dutch media that an independent investigation on everything that happened in Malmö is underway. As EBU officially stated to RTL Boulevard:

To further strengthen the Eurovision Song Contest, we have asked an independent expert to look at ESC 2024 in Malmö to share insights and lessons with the EBU governing bodies to support the continuous improvement of this global event.

This development is also confirmed by our own sources and exclusive information. RIK, the Cypriot broadcaster, has already expressed its opinions and insights on what happened in Malmö as well as its own thoughts and ideas on what shall be changed in order to strengthen the contest and maintain its “positive” character.

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Source: RTL Boulevard

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 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

Slovenia: Official statement from RTVSLO regarding Eurovision 2024!

In the wake of, perhaps, the most controversial Eurovision Song Contest to date, RTVSLO, Slovenia’s national broadcaster sent out a list of questions to the EBU regarding everything that occured during this year’s Contest. This document has gone public at its full form.

RTVSLO demands answers from the EBU

Via a public statement, the Slovenian national broadcaster RTVSLO presented its questions towards the EBU in relation to some concerning events that took place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. In the document, RTVSLO puts the televoting process and the ROTW voting’s purpose (the voting of the countries which do not take part in the Contest, yet they vote in the semifinals and in the final as one country) in doubt. Moreover, they request an explanation about the Netherlands’ disqualification from the Grand Final and question the anti-booing technology. Lastly, they raise concerns regarding the ban of certain flags inside the arena. Overall, RTVSLO is putting pressure on the EBU for a more potent and democratic policy regarding decision-making.

Slovenian RTV asked some of the most urgent questions to the EBU leadership due to the events and consequences of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. RTV Slovenia had already called for an official debate before the contest.

We point out that the Eurovision Song Contest is an extremely important project for Slovenian television, it is an event with a high spectatorship in our country and among our musicians, and that RTV Slovenia is pleased to be part of it. Therefore, after this year’s controversial Eurovision week, Slovenia is asking for concrete answers to the most pressing questions and would like these questions to encourage a broader debate on the future and development of the Eurovision Song Contest, which unfortunately has been marked by a number of controversial issues this year.

Therefore, Slovenian TV is asking the EBU for information on the Slovenian public’s vote, not only the number of votes, but precise information on how the Slovenian public voted. The overall result raises some doubts, in particular about the large number of “new” voters in the online vote, who have never been counted before.

Slovenian TV is demanding, among other things, further clarification from the EBU on the exclusion of the Netherlands; the report by some media that the actual sound image of what is happening in the hall was replaced by technical means; on the ban on the EU flag; on the possible influence of the sponsor on the content of the event…

Slovenian TV invites the EBU to discuss the “Rest of the World” vote. What is its purpose and why should the outcome of the contest be influenced by citizens of countries not participating in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Finally, Television Slovenia also asks to consider ways in which the views of EBU members can be more effectively integrated into the selection process and key decision-making or how to create a more democratic decision-making system in the future.

RTVSLO

For the time being, the EBU has not responded to the abovementioned requests submitted by RTVSLO. What is certain is that the discussion will broaden, while the EBU is receiving backlash from all sides.

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Cyprus: The viewership of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 turned out to be very popular in Cyprus. In detail, 64.8% at average, tuned in to RIK1 on Saturday night, watching the final of this year’s Contest.

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