Eurovision 2024: Croatia and Israel favorites, Slimane will transfer to twenty fifth place | EUROtoday

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QWho will succeed the Swedish Loreen, winner of the 2023 version? While we should wait till round 11 p.m. to see Slimane's efficiency, who’s aiming for victory for France, the ultimate of the 68th version of Eurovision started this Saturday night in Malmö in Sweden.

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The night opened with the printed of a message from Princess Victoria of Sweden. “It is a great honor for me to welcome you to Sweden and I wish good luck to all participants,” she mentioned, earlier than a efficiency by Björn Skifs, Swedish music legend and conventional “Parade of Flags”.

While Sweden opened the ball, the performances adopted, notably that of Luxembourg, which had not been within the last for greater than 30 years. Then, the Israeli consultant, Eden Golan, arrived on stage to boos from a part of the viewers. His controversial efficiency was anticipated.

The consultant of France, who will carry out his title “Mon Amour” is scheduled to maneuver penultimate, to twenty fifth place. For now, Croatia and Israel are given favorites, however the singer is a part of the bookmakers' high rating. France has not gained for the reason that participation of Marie Myriam in 1977 together with her title “The Bird and the Child”.

An version mired in controversies

Earlier, France's Eurovision candidate briefly interrupted his efficiency throughout rehearsals on Saturday afternoon on the Malmö Arena for a brief speech on peace. “When I was a child, I dreamed of music. I dreamed (…) of being a singer and of singing peace here,” he mentioned in English.

The 68th version of the track competitors is mired in controversies over Israel's participation. According to police, greater than 5,000 folks marched by means of the streets of Sweden's third metropolis to protest Israel's participation.

The artists who represented Finland and Norway final 12 months have already made it identified that they won’t announce the factors awarded by their nation's jury. “A genocide is underway and I ask you to open your eyes, to open your heart,” mentioned Norwegian, Alessandra Mele, in reference to the conflict in Gaza.

The exclusion of the Dutch consultant, Joost Klein, disqualified from the ultimate for having made a “threatening movement” in direction of a camerawoman on Thursday night, additionally stirred up controversy. The Dutch broadcaster additionally refused to announce the factors of its jury this night. “We thought this evening would go very differently,” defined the official Dutch account for Eurovision monitoring on X.