and in the end, it is a neutral country that wins

and in the end, it is a neutral country that wins
and in the end, it is a neutral country that wins

Placed under high tension, the Eurovision contest was finally able to take place without difficulty and offer its usual parade of adulterated eccentricities.

Swiss artist Nemo, who won the 68th edition of Eurovision, in Malmö (Sweden), on May 11, 2024, with the song “The Code”.

Swiss artist Nemo, who won the 68th edition of Eurovision, in Malmö (Sweden), on May 11, 2024, with the song “The Code”. TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP

By Louis-Julien Nicolaou

Published on May 12, 2024 at 10:01 a.m.

Updated May 12, 2024 at 11:41 a.m.

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RAlthough a musical competition will have received so much media coverage in the days preceding its final, it will rarely have appeared to be crossed by such sensitive political issues. Eurovision, the first edition of which dates back to 1956, nevertheless aims to be a showcase for the Europe of friendship and nice clichés, where we say “god morgon”, “ciao” Or ” Hello “ by touching hearts with fingers. Of course, he’s been promoting for ages a mix of cheesy Euro-dance, screaming vocals and residual folklore that would depress the most hardened Europhile. But the fight for first place remains good-natured. As proof, the bad guys are not invited, like Russia, deprived of Eurovision since its army invaded Ukraine.

However, this year, Israel’s participation in the competition was the subject of criticism, particularly in Scandinavia, with some deeming it incompatible with the bombings on Gaza. During the semi-finals, Israeli competitor Eden Golan was booed while singing the song Hurricane, whose words, considered too explicit by the European Broadcasting Union with regard to the massacres of October 7, had to be rewritten twice. It was enough for Bernard-Henri Lévy or Nadine Morano to declare on X (formerly Twitter) their intention to vote for her. And while the Swedish singer Eric Saade performed with his wrist girded by a keffiyeh in support of the Palestinian people, Slimane, representative of France – in the grip of victory since 1977 – tried to put the ball in the center by calling, in a English worthy of the late Jacques Delors, “to unity in music, yes, but in love and peace. »

A smooth competition

All this electricity was supposed to evaporate from the first images broadcast from Malmö, Sweden, where the final of this 68th edition took place. Magic of the big sequin machine, the twenty-six competitors made their entrance without the slightest whistle, the Israeli flags were clearly visible in the audience, and the competition was able to take place smoothly. In their lamé suits, Marcus and Martinus (Sweden) opened the ball, reminiscent of the Bogdanoff brothers, period Time It was like a return home: Eurovision has always been desperately kitsch, that’s why we love it (or not). Followed in particular by the German with a mustache Isaak, who surrounded himself with flames to sing a chorus (“ran-dan-ah-eh”) close to a Cheyenne litany. However, we had to wait for Nebulossa (Spain) and their Zora to reach with relief a first peak of ridicule and a first dizziness of laughter and fear as only Eurovision is sure to provide. These bearded men in suspenders showing their buttocks while a drummer from hell hammered an electronic frame from the 80s, it was perfect.

Of the posteriors, we saw others, the rapper from Windows95Man (Finland) going out of his way to show his as surely as he hid his penis – well worth singing No Rules if it was to display false immodesty. The Estonians of 5MIIINUST x Puuluup, for their part, kept their pants on while striving to produce music as close as possible to the jackhammer, an idea that was basically amusing – at that point. Curiously, in the satanist excess, Bambie Thug (Ireland) proved rather convincing with his song Doomsday Blue. His staging was certainly hideous, but the devil and his minions are not supposed to be arbiters of elegance. In the pop department with feathers and high voices, the Swiss Nemo made an impression. As for Teya Dora (Serbia) or iolanda (Portugal), they sang perfectly decent ballads. Finally, Slimane stood out for his sobriety: no dancers, no big effects, a man in white and his microphone, with an a cappella passage to better vibrate My love. Should we admit it? In this context and after having carefully warded off any chauvinistic bias, he seemed to us to remain the most worthy contender for the title.

At the end of the long counting of votes, the final ranking gave Switzerland the winner of Eurovision 2024. France finished in fourth position, behind Croatia and Ukraine and ahead of Israel. Nemo was presented with the “witch’s crown” by Bambie Thug and the official trophy by Loreen, winner of the 2023 edition who, an hour earlier, had delivered the most captivating performance of the evening. Eurovision? It was better yesterday and it will be better tomorrow, hoping that the world, too, will look better.

Eurovision 2024 final ranking

COUNTRY PLACE POINTS
Swiss 1st 591
Croatia 2nd 547
Ukraine 3rd 453
France 4th 445
Israel 5th 375
Ireland 6th 278
Italy 7th 268
Armenia 8th 183
Sweden 9th 174
Portugal 10th 152
Greece 11th 126
Germany 12th 117
Luxembourg 13th 103
Lithuania 14th 90
Cyprus 15th 78
Latvia 16th 64
Serbia 17th 54
United Kingdom 18th 46
Finland 19th 38
Estonia 20th 37
Georgia 21st 34
Spain 22nd 30
Slovenia 23rd 27
Austria 24th 24
Norway 25th 16
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