2024 Eurovision Song Contest | Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden will host Eurovision 2024

Sweden's Loreen won the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by the United Kingdom on behalf of Ukraine in the city of Liverpool. The song "Tattoo" won the contest with 583 points, conquering the jury by earning 340 points. Loreen is the second performer to win Eurovision twice, having won the 2012 Contest with the song "Euphoria". This also gave Sweden its seventh win, tying Ireland for most wins by a single country.

Sweden's broadcaster SVT wasted no time in soliciting bids and choosing Malmö as the host city on July 7, 2023. Stockholm and Gothenburg submitted bids that would have required building a temporary venue while Örnsköldsvik may not have had the infrastructure required by the EBU to host the international event. Malmö has previously hosted the Contest in 1992 and 2013.

The Contest semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 9. The Grand Final is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.

Participating Countries

On December 5, the EBU announced a list of 37 countries expected to compete in Eurovision 2024. This Airtable table will collect information about the entries as selection season progresses. Feel free to sort and filter—your changes will not be saved.

All countries that participated in Eurovision 2023 are scheduled to return except for Romania. Romania announced on January 25 that a budget could not be approved to allow for participation.

Luxembourg will be returning to the Contest, having last competed in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest in Millstreet, Ireland.

A Note About Israel Coverage

In light of the situation currently unfolding in Israel and Palestine, we will be adjusting our coverage of Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2024. If you follow Eurovision blogs such as Eurovoix, That Eurovision Site, and ESCXTRA, they have released statements on restricting coverage of Israel’s contestant selection process. This is in response to Israel’s broadcaster using their selection program to promote the country’s military and its actions taken in Gaza.

Given the weekly format of the EuroWhat? Podcast, we are able to adopt more of a wait-and-see approach in terms of what we talk about and when we talk about it. This format also mixes in commentary, which can be construed as critical, supportive, or both (particularly when the two of us disagree).

To that end, our current plan for discussing Contest logistics related to Israel will be a similar plan of action as the blogs. We will report when Israel selects their entrant and reveals their song, but we will not be offering commentary or first impressions. We may also reference Israel when discussing the semi-final allocation, but we do not intend to center the allocation discussion on this point.

We have not yet determined how we will be approaching discussing Israel’s entry when we get to our formal review series in March and April. A lot can change in the next few months and we want to remain flexible in planning—again, our wait-and-see approach.

We do not intend to be free publicity for Israel’s broadcaster or its entry, but we can’t ignore that their participation in the Contest will have repercussions for all participating broadcasters, organizations, and audiences. Our job as media is to document the choices made by the delegations and the EBU, as well as the consequences that follow. There is no correct path forward, and we may be out of our depth as we try to proceed, but we do need to try to proceed as we attempt to document and analyze Eurovision 2024.

We will update this note as needed during this season and welcome your feedback. Please check the Contact page for our email and socials.

Running Order

The semi-final allocation draw is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 30. 31 countries will be divided into pots based on voting similarities and will be randomly assigned to either the first half or second half of one of the two semi-finals.

The countries of the Big 5—France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom—along with the host country Sweden will automatically advance to the Grand Final. However, each of these auto-qualifiers will be assigned to participate in the voting for one of the semi-finals.

The running order for each semi-final will be determined by the show producers once all entries have been submitted. The semi-final running orders are expected to be revealed toward the end of March 2024.

Selection Season

Any song released after September 1, 2023 is eligible to compete in the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest. Each participating country has until mid-March to select their entry. The processes range from fully internal (the broadcaster chooses the artist and the song) to home audiences voting in multiple week music competitions.

France was first to announce their song and artist on November 8. The last selection shows are expected to take place Saturday, March 9 with a handful of internal selections and revamps most likely revealed through March 16.

Here is a calendar with known dates and times for televised selection shows. Click on an item to get a link to where you should be able to stream the program. Times displayed are US Eastern.

Playlists

As countries with public-facing selection processes announce competing entries, we will be adding songs to this Selection Season playlist: