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Major changes for Malmö: Big Five & Sweden perform LIVE in Semi-Finals and you can vote for longer

11 March 2024 at 14:30 CET
Loreen performed Tattoo for Sweden at the Grand Final at Liverpool Arena Corinne Cumming / EBU
SVT have announced a number of changes being introduced in 2024 to make the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö even more exciting.

Firstly, viewers tuning in to the Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will now be able to enjoy an extra element of entertainment; or three, to be precise!

For the very first time, the artists from the Big Five countries - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – and host nation Sweden will each perform their entries in full live during the Semi-Finals.

Marco Mengoni rehearsing Due Vite for Italy at the Second Rehearsal of the Grand Final at Liverpool Arena Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

In previous years, just a short clip of each of their rehearsals was played during the Semi-Finals. Now, the Big Five and Sweden will be able to step onto the Eurovision stage and showcase their entries to viewers live alongside the competing acts.


In the Semi-Finals, the Big Five and Sweden will be performing on the same night that they have been drawn to vote in, in a draw that took place back in January

First Semi-Final
🇩🇪 Germany
🇸🇪 Sweden
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
 
Second Semi-Final
🇫🇷 France
🇮🇹 Italy
🇪🇸 Spain 
 
And you won’t have to wait for the interval to see the songs – the three additional performances in each Semi-Final will be slotted in between the competing countries’ acts.
Blanca Paloma performing Eaea for Spain at the Grand Final at Liverpool Arena Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Ebba Adielsson, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024:

“We think that this change gives the Big Five countries and the host country a fairer playing field in the Grand Final, as they now have the opportunity to perform "for real" on stage in the Semi-Finals. It is also a win for both the audience in the arena and the viewers at home, in that they get to see all the acts competing this year live before the Grand Final.”

Martin Österdahl, the Contest’s Executive Supervisor welcomed the changes:

“Finally we get to see Europe’s largest countries and the hosts perform their songs in full in the Semi-Finals, meaning there’s even more entertainment for fans and viewers and, like all the qualifiers, the Big 5 and host country now get to perform their songs live twice on the Eurovision stage.”

And there’s more!

Another addition to Malmö 2024 is an extension to the voting window in the Grand Final.

On Saturday 11 May, voting will open just before the first song is performed. Viewers at home will be able to cast their votes as the songs are performed, rather than waiting until all entries have been presented, as has been the case since public voting was introduced in 1997 (except in 2010 and 2011 when voting also began at the start of the show).

Additionally, fans in non-participating countries (Rest of The World) will now have nearly 24 hours to vote for their favourite songs before each of the live shows begin. Online voting will open for the Rest of The World immediately after the second dress rehearsal for each Semi-Final and Grand Final has finished the previous night, and will stay open until the live shows begin.

Petra Mede and Malin Åkerman will host the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö Janne Danielsson / SVT

Executive Producer Ebba Adielsson expands on this change:

“Voting in the final has previously opened when all 26 entries have finished singing. Instead, we want to provide the opportunity to engage the viewers from the start - if you see something you like, you should be able to vote immediately. You can also, of course, wait until the recap at the end, as in previous years. 

SVT has positive experience with this voting procedure in 'Melodifestivalen' (Sweden's national final). In addition, there are viewers in other parts of the world who want to vote and we want to give them a better opportunity to participate in the result. Now they don't have to set an alarm clock in the middle of the night.”

Hannah Waddingham & Graham Norton hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Martin Österdahl adds: 

“By the time voting opens for the Grand Final every participating song will have been performed on stage so viewers will have had the chance to see all the acts competing to win this year’s show. The Eurovision Song Contest is always evolving and with more performances and chances to vote it promises to be the most exciting edition yet!”

There’ll be another big change for Malmö 2024 announced soon….but some things are staying the same.

National juries in each participating country will still only vote in the Grand Final (making up nearly 50% of the final result with just over 50% coming from public votes) – and the Top 10 qualifiers from each Semi-Final will be decided by public votes alone.

There’ll be no change in the presentation of the results in both the Semi-Finals and Grand Final too.

Loreen, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 for Sweden Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

You can listen to all 37 songs of Eurovision 2024 via your favourite streaming service or watch the music videos on our YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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