Switzerland wins the 68th Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland wins the 68th Eurovision Song Contest
Switzerland wins the 68th Eurovision Song Contest

Switzerland won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘The Code’ performed by Nemo.

This is Switzerland’s first victory since 1988, when Celine Dion won the competition. This is their third victory overall, with their other victory dating back to 1956, in the first ever Eurovision Song Contest.

Twenty-five countries took part in the grand finale of the world’s largest live music event, organized by EBU member SVT, on Saturday 11 May in Malmö.

The winning song won the award with 591 points. In second place is Croatia with 547 points, represented by Baby Lasagna, singing Rim Tim Tagi Dim. Third place went to Ukraine, with alyona alyona and Jerry Heil singing Teresa & Maria, scoring 453 points.

Following the performances of the 25 grand finalists, the results of the juries of the 37 participating nations who voted during Friday’s dress rehearsal have been released, with Switzerland leading behind the jury scorers.

This was followed by a sequence where the viewers’, televised votes for each competing country were combined and added to the scoreboard, resulting in a thrilling finale which saw Switzerland triumph as winners .

An estimated audience of more than 160 million watched this year’s competition which was broadcast live in all 37 participating countries and online on YouTube. The 25 finalists performed live in front of an audience of over 8,000 people inside the Malmö Arena.

The roll call of the grand finalists took place: Armenia (1TV), Austria (ORF), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CyBC), Estonia (ERR), Finland (YLE), France (France Télévisions), Georgia (GPB ), Germany (ARD), Greece (ERT), Ireland (RTE), Israel (KAN), Italy (RAI), Latvia (LTV), Lithuania (LRT), Luxembourg (RTL), Norway (NRK), Portugal (RTP ), Serbia (RTS), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Spain (RTVE), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRG SSR), Ukraine (Suspilne Ukraine), United Kingdom (BBC).

Martin Österdahl, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are incredibly grateful to SVT for their hard work and commitment in organizing this year’s event. For the third time, Malmö has opened its heart to us and we thank them for the warm welcome given to everyone who participated in the 2024 Competition.

“Our congratulations go to Nemo and their excellent rendition of “The Code” adds to the illustrious list of Eurovision winners. SVT and Malmö, once again, excelled in producing the Eurovision Song Contest and everyone who took part in the event this year, at home or in the arena, will have wonderful memories.
The Grand Finale was opened with a magnificent parade of flags featuring the 25 competing artists.

After all the songs had been performed, iconic Swedish pop group Alcazar reunited for one night only to open the interval with their hit song “Crying at the Discotheque.”

Former Eurovision winner Carola (1991), Charlotte Perrelli (1999) and Conchita Wurst (2014) paid tribute to ABBA, celebrating 50 years since the Swedish group won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 with ‘Waterloo’ .

Eurovision 2023 winner Loreen has also performed before. It was time to announce the results of the juries in the participating countries, followed by the televised voting points.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a large-scale, complex and technically challenging production, involving over 230 employees to deliver. Around 1,000 square meters of LEDs are included in the package, with 10 media servers running their content. 2,168 lighting fixtures bring the arena to life, while nine sound desks control audio output for the audience and broadcast.

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest was produced by SVT following Loreen’s victory in the 2023 contest, held in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine, in May 2023.

The full list and participant profiles, with photos, quotes and behind-the-scenes stories can be found on the official website, eurovision.tv.

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