0 points for the United Kingdom, whistles… What to remember from the final

0 points for the United Kingdom, whistles… What to remember from the final
0 points for the United Kingdom, whistles… What to remember from the final

From our special correspondent in Malmö (Sweden)

The Eurovision 2024 final was to take place at the Malmö Arena on Saturday with twenty-six countries. There were ultimately only twenty-five on the program after the Netherlands’ disqualification. If the affair surrounding the singer Joost Klein is not over and should experience other twists and turns, his exclusion on Saturday noon was not unanimous among the delegations. According to our information, there was even a crisis meeting held with the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), organizer of the competition. Apart from this behind-the-scenes tension, most of it happened on stage. Here’s what you need to know.

The bookmakers messed up

We tend to trust them blindly. The winners of this edition will have shown us that they can be off the mark… Just before the announcement of the results, the betting specialists estimated the chances of victory of the Croatian Baby Lasagna at 52% – who had to be content with second place – and only 15% of those of Nemo, who triumphed.

Non-binarity celebrated

Ten years after Conchita Wurst won the trophy for Austria, this edition of Eurovision will have marked a new milestone for the LGBTQ community. Nemo became the first non-binary person (that is to say who identifies with neither the masculine nor the feminine gender) to win the competition. “I hope that this competition can continue to encourage peace and dignity for everyone,” he declared at the time of his coronation. During the flag parade, which opened the final, they waved the banner of the non-binary community that they “were forced to sneak past”, as Nemo revealed in the press room. Indeed, at Eurovision, only the flags of the participating countries, the EU and the rainbow of the LGBT community are allowed.

Bambie Thug, also a non-binary artist, will remain one of the strong figures of this Eurovision. Besides his memorable (and quite horrifying) performance with his song Doomsday Bluewhich allowed her to offer a sixth place to her country, Ireland, she was the one who expressed the strongest support for the Palestinian population.

France in the top 5

How nice it is to hear “France, 12 points”! This year, thanks to Slimane, it happened four times: the juries of Armenia, Iceland, Belgium and Slovenia ranked the Frenchman first in their lists. In the end, he finished in fourth position. A result which, apart from Barbara Pravi’s second place in 2021, had not occurred for France since 2002 with Natasha St-Pier who finished in the same place and who, ironically, was the spokesperson for the French jury this year. “I’m not first, but I sang in French with a ballad that speaks of love, following my path and what I had in my heart,” Slimane declared hotly after the final.

A top 5 under boos for Israel

Despite calls to boycott or exclude the country from Eurovision, Israel was allowed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU, which organizes the contest) to participate. The presence of the Jewish State delegation in Malmö continued to provoke controversy and fuel debates and discussions during the week of the competition. Singer Eden Golan represented her country surrounded by an imposing security system. Copiously whistled during the rehearsal on Friday and again during the live broadcast this Saturday, she finished in fifth place. If the juries ranked it 12th with 52 points, it was acclaimed by the audiences of all the thirty-six other participating countries who all awarded it at least one point in the televote. The maximum score of 12 points was awarded to it by the voting public from twelve countries, including France. In total, she collected 323 points from viewers. Only Croatia collected more (337). Furthermore, Israel came first in the second semi-final on Thursday, for which only the public was called to vote, while Nemo, who was in the running the same evening, only finished fourth.

“United Kingdom, zero points”

At Eurovision, you can have a certain notoriety and arouse public indifference. Olly Alexander, former frontman of the group Years and Years and actor, had the bitter experience of this. If the juries ranked him in thirteenth place with forty-six points, he finished last in the televoting with zero points. In the general ranking, the United Kingdom is 18th. His daring staging with his boxers deploying their erotic-gay aesthetic seemed to divide him, while his voice was not always the most confident. Note that Germany, which finished last in 2022 and 2023, broke the curse: tenth in juries and nineteenth in televoting, it finished in 12th place, represented by Isaak.

The Ukrainian comeback

Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil only finished fifth in the jury votes but were third in the televote. In the end, they finished on the third step of the podium. With his epic song Maria & Teresa mixing rap and pop ballad, the duo had received, in the running order, spot 2, the one that no one wants. Generally, it condemns artists to finish far from the top 10: since 2008, only one artist, Dino Merlin who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina, had been able to find a place there by finishing sixth. The fact that, new for this year 2024, votes are open from the start of the show and not once all the artists have sung on stage has undoubtedly given the Ukrainian women a boost.

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