Last week the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet obtained a secret document that outlined the many questions on SVT’s mind ahead of Eurovision 2024. The document outlined requirements for potential host cities, thoughts on re-assessing the jury-televote divide and the question of whether the grand final broadcast should be cut down by an hour.
This last issue — shortening the show — has proven explosive, with fans weighing in across social media. We ran a flash poll on Twitter, collecting around 5,300 votes in 24 hours. The result was lopsided, with 68% of people saying NO, the EBU should not cut down the length of the grand final (which ran for more than four hours this year).
Should the EBU cut down the length of the #Eurovision grand final? If yes, then by how much?— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) June 17, 2023
We ran another 24-hour poll on Instagram Stories. We collected around 2,700 votes. Once again, fans were largely united. A staggering 82% said NO — they do not want the show shortened.
We shared the question on our Instagram main feed and people were just passionate in the comments.
Among the most-voted for comments came from Eurovision 2013 singer Krista Siegfrids, who wrote: “NO!!! MAKE IT LONGER!!! BEST EVENT OF THE YEAR COME OOOOON!”
Sampitar wrote: “LONGER ABSOLUTELY. I was there live and the grand final was too short for me.”
Luca_hedborg agreed. “If anything it should be longer. It’s such an amazing and exciting show. I wish it would never end.”
Of course, not everyone is into a four-hour show.
Grahammaxwell41 suggested on Instagram that the show should include just 15 finalists: the Big 5 plus five from each semi-final.
Robyn suggested skipping any introduction and hard opening with the first competing act.
Laurasiandixon also thinks producers could nip-and-tuck: “The only thing I think they could cut out is some of the green room moments, and maybe have one less interval act.”
But what do YOU think? Vote in our poll below. Then explain why you voted the way you did in our comments section.