Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

First rehearsals for Eurovision 2024 are now complete. On Thursday 2 May, the six automatic qualifiers took to the Malmö stage for the very first time, providing us with a glimpse of the stage shows they’ve been preparing over the past few months.

France’s Slimane looked dashing in white, the UK’s Olly Alexander got all hot and sweaty … and that was just two of today’s acts.

But which of the six rehearsals impressed you the most?

Inspect the rehearsal footage for yourself, then scroll down to vote in our poll and share your opinions.

Eurovision 2024 first rehearsals: Thursday 2 May

  • United Kingdom: Olly Alexander – “Dizzy”
  • Germany: ISAAK – “Always On The Run”
  • Sweden: Marcus & Martinus – “Unforgettable”
  • France: Slimane – “Mon amour”
  • Spain: Nebulossa – “ZORRA”
  • Italy: Angelina Mango – “La noia”

Poll: Who had the best first rehearsal at Eurovision 2024 on Thursday (2 May)?

You can vote for as many of the acts as you would like. But you’ll only be able to vote once — so choose wisely!

Who did you vote for? Who was your biggest grower of the day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Robert
Robert
1 month ago

I am sorry but UK being 5th in the odds to win jury vote? Based on what?

William Clelland
William Clelland
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

The fact the staging is out of this world that’s why!!

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

That should play a role with the public, not the jury? He feels week vocally being overshadowed by the pre-recorded vocals. But then again, i am no music expert.

Martyna
Martyna
1 month ago

Wow, Angelina’s outfit is amazing, utterly fabulous, just love it! Great performance, she’s wonderful live. Sweden is awesome too, Melo level upheld. UK, what a surprise, I dig the staging, as someone mentioned in the comments, as if taken from Melo, cool idea indeed.

Putin
Putin
1 month ago

Uk held a lesson on how you don’t mind listening to a medicore song while there is something to watch *jerksoff* top 5 for sure

Musimakeup
Musimakeup
1 month ago

France and italy Will probably have a spot in the top 10. I wouldnt be surprised if italy won. Even though its not my personnal favourite… It’s a Nice year. Quite open…

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago

Very original. At least it was when Banarama did it at the Brits in 1988

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

*Bananarama

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

And . . . who are you talking about?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Sally

Uk sorry

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago

The UK presentation is an atrocity. For all the gays who love it, Eurovision is primarily a family event and much of Europe is conservative in its outlook. This will not so the UK any favours and indeed may turn a nothing, bottom 5 song into a nul pointer. Obviously on YouTube the wiwibloggers are wetting themselves about it, but they always go for these performances.

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Get a life ! Mrs Prude

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

You are incredibly homophobic… do you know that?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Name one homophobic thing I said?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Just one?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Go on . There is nothing I have said that is homophobic. Or untrue. Go on YouTube and see the usual smug Wiwiblogger suspects “go girlfriending” each other gushing about it. And you will see after the contest that I was right. This desperate attempt to shock will not do it any favours. However talented Olly Alexander may be, the song is a dud and making the audience feel dizzy will only make it worse.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

If Olly’s backing performers were women, would you still be as grossed out?

Why should anyone care what conservative bigots think? If they don’t like it, they can just fcuk off.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Why does not wanting some oiled up dude’s crotch thrust as your screen make you a bigot? And nice language btw. How tolerant

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

I am proudly INTOLERANT of homophobic people.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Good job you didn’t have one of your typos in that sentence.

William Clelland
William Clelland
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Well said,this guy Patrick obviously has a problem with wiwibloggs and with anyone who doesn’t share his opinion!!

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Give him a break, I understand his point. My heart sank when I saw the photo, a little cringe and OTT; why do there have to be 4 clearly male (attractive) dancers? Shouldn’t it be more inclusive? I’m surprised at Olly.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Thank you

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Huh?

No.

There is NOTHING to be embarrassed by or ashamed of in his performance. Hetero representation is not something that’s on dire need of advocation, is it?

This just a three minute performance piece, one that stems from the artist’s soul.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Still waiting for you to cite one homphobic thing I said. You, the person on here who is demonstrating intolerance and abuse

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Your WHOLE COMMENT was homophobic, from start to finish. Consider it cited.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

See you can’t. I rest my case. What you do is called cry bullying.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

No it’s not, it’s called standing up to bullies and calling out their bullish!t.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Still waiting ……

Jason
Jason
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Which is why the uk has come top of this poll with just under double the votes of the second placed Italy??

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason

Of course. But that isn’t what my comment was about. I wrote about how I believe it will misfire with the wider audience.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Even if that is the case, the blame would lie with the wider audience. Not Olly. If they, or you, expect him to dilute his soul… keep waiting.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Think that is the philosophy of all bullies and dictators

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

No it isn’t! It’s a very clear opinion about perceived moral turpitude.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

ESC presents a vision of the world where individuality, pleasure and creativity reign. How’s fear, oppression and misery been working out for the past 1500 years? Also, I don’t whether it’s the homoeroticism or the fact that it’s British that’s triggered you but it’s a win for Olly either way.

Putin
Putin
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Family event? You are right, there should be social services ivolved with families that allow young boys to watch this.

Camilla
Camilla
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Well as an absolute boring mediocre person: historian, mother of two, living in a small town of 1000 inhabitants – I love the UK this year. I’m also a Catholic…

Garnachos
Garnachos
1 month ago

Only Mango supreme, the UK seems mostly just desperate baiting at this point but we’ll see…

Saph
Saph
1 month ago
Reply to  Garnachos

Major copium lol

Jason
Jason
1 month ago
Reply to  Garnachos

Putting in effort = desperate?

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Garnachos

UK has better stage than Italy:) and your comment only tells us that u are jealous and bitter.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

Uk is a contestant for the top 5!

beny
beny
1 month ago

uk the song is horrible

Andi
Andi
1 month ago
Reply to  beny

Indeed

Emily
Emily
1 month ago

Probably biased (ok ok, maybe not probably LOL), but UK, and Italy. I really like all of them, though. Germany’s definitely was a surprise!

Green
Green
1 month ago

UK: ive been telling people this wouldnt flop and now everyone is paying attention to it, i wouldnt be suprised if it did better than some of the bookies favorites, i predict a top 10 result maybe inside even the top 3 Spain: propably the one i have most doubts about, on one hand i can see it surprising everyone and going top 5, especially with that staging, on the other hand i can see it being last, i predict, maybe somewhere in the top 15 and if lucky top 10 Italy: i like the staging although i dont see… Read more »

Saph
Saph
1 month ago

Oh and also after seeing these rehearsals, my interest in Eurovision seems to have re-ignited… We could be in for an exciting unpredictable show…

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Saph

The whole Eurovision season has been tight. Rather than an outright frontrunner, we have a good five or six songs at the top, with another six or so songs and performances that could contend for the trophy. It will be exciting indeed! 🙂

Saph
Saph
1 month ago

Is it just me, or does this years UK entry feel very much like a Swedish entry? The staging, the kind of melfest-esque feel and sound? Not that that’s in any way a bad thing.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Saph

I think it’s a good point. Sweden has consistently sent top tier pop songs and stage performances.

The UK looks like it’s doing the same this year, after doing so well with Sam Ryder and trying but stumbling slightly with Mae Muller, by sending a well produced song, highly professional performance, with an experienced, innovative performer backed by a powerful, well-resourced music industry.

Saph
Saph
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

I think that 2023 for the UK was a bit of a misjudged step… I was never a big fan of the song or the staging and even worse, everything that could go wrong pretty much did…

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

UK 2023 entry was none of those things. She had no experience to speak of. Couldn’t sing live. Couldn’t move properly. The song was ghastly and she was rather out of shape.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Saph

Yes, similar energy but more “gritty”. I suppose a lot of the Swedish pop sound has its roots in late 90s British pop so it makes sense. Similar cultures.

Kobe
Kobe
1 month ago
Reply to  Saph

I think that’s exactly what UK needed in Eurovision. Pure popmusic and a very slick polished act.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

Still obsessed with these images of the UKs performance. I also think Sweden deserve kinder comments than they’re getting. That song is easily the best host country song that I can remember and the staging has been exceptional from the start.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

Oh wow, UK & ITALY both stepped it up big time, I did not expect either to be honest. I think Italy is now truly a contender for the win, very keen to see the second rehearsal. The one thing that was missing for me to think she could win on the 11th was the staging. Had she come out here again like in San Remo with a strong song, a great voice & lots of stage presence but no staging – people would’ve likely been disappointed and she prob would have dropped in the odds. Staging was the missing… Read more »

Kobe
Kobe
1 month ago

UK all the way. I hope Olly gets a very good result!

Luke
Luke
1 month ago

So bloody excited for the UK ??

Raoul
Raoul
1 month ago

UK surprised me, and it managed to be fresh and sexy among many acts who try to scream “I’m sexy”

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Raoul

And he doesn’t do the exact same thing with the ridiculous over-sized athletic cups outside the trunks when they are normally worn inside and properly-fitted?

Pauly
Pauly
1 month ago

UK had the best impression. France looked amazing too.

Italy is ambitious but i need to see the performance in motion. We are used to a simple staging for La Noia with brighter colours

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

UK obviously

not that i’ll be voting for them, their song is very mediocre tbh

Pauly
Pauly
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

sure jan

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago

The UK’s performance seems great and captivating. Italy only needed Angelina’s energy, we’ll see how it plays out with the dancers. France doesn’t need any distractions. Sweden is predictable as always. I confide that Germany will get a decent result this year (for their standards). Spain is the most likely last place…

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago

Oh my my. I had high expectations from the BIG5+1. To be honest I can only say that Sweden made the most impression to me. Although the song per se is just good, the staging and performance elevate the song. This is why Sweden scores high with juries, you simply can’t ignore their professionalism and how seriously they take it. Well done, Sweden! Now, will that be Top-10? I don’t know. The dynamics this year are everchanging. Italy >> I don’t particularly like the song but I have to admit that her San Remo performance gave her the win. Alone… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

France may not be doing much that is new Poul, but in the context of all the endless face masks, shoulder pads, dance breaks and topless men it is a bit of fresh air in Eurovision 2024. Watch the points roll in if it gets draw right after one or two of those overblown stagings.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

We are all guestimating. We have to wait and see what happens in one week. My gut feeling tells me that the song won’t score high. Again, I am not saying it’s bad or something, or that Slimane is a bad singer. Competition-wise, I don’t feel it can attract that much televote. Juries tend to favour more contemporary and authentic songs, unless an entry is truly exceptional. We will see. Good luck to France!

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Paul, each time you only see Sweden. Probably you have a filter on your glasses that let you see only Sweden and darken when other countries are performing. You continue to be so over pathetic in your nationalism.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

I love your descriptive language. You should become a (hate) writer. Sverige är altid bra på Melodi Grand Prix!

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Inte altid!

Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Sweden is paying cronies everywhere, Even here.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Vale

Kroner you mean! :{

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Sweden last.. sure people.

Pauly
Pauly
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

They did not rank Sweden last. It was just the staging was the same as before, so no surprises.

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Yes but ESC fans hate Sweden and hopes the country gets nuked

Gaga
Gaga
1 month ago

why are the UK so low in the odds…my winner has been the UK from the outset. 12 points from war-torn Armenia. Maybe it’s the last chance for Armenia to vote as an independent nation as it’s being torn apart by Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan by support from the West (which welcomes handing over territories from Armenia to Azerbaijan)…

Camilla
Camilla
1 month ago
Reply to  Gaga

I hope not :`( <3

Gaga
Gaga
1 month ago
Reply to  Camilla

Sadly, I don’t see a way out…

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago
Reply to  Gaga

Armenia is surrounded by four deranged dictatorships (Russia, Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan), but it will never cease to exist. That country is millennia old.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Gaga

Uhmm maybe I”m missing something here, but wasn’t Armenia occupying parts of Azerbaijan?
LIKE WTF IS THIS ALL ABOUT?!

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Gaga

Armenia would have had all the support from the West that Azerbaijan and Georgia has, but Armenia wanted to get into bed with Putin instead. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel sympathy for the people but they need to massively pressure their government to align with Europe and America rather than Moscow.

Gaga
Gaga
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

It’s now Russia which retaliate Armenia. It wanted to part its ways with Russia, but got smashed by Russia and its proxy Azerbaijan, as well as Russia’s reliable friend Turkey

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Gaga

Azerbaijan are not a proxy for Russia. They can’t stand each other. Azerbaijan is increasingly aligned with Britain, the EU and America.

Kor
Kor
1 month ago

Nobody can deny that UK staging is probably one of the best. But since this is live performance, I am not fan of the box… People inside arena will see nothing, except on the screens. I mean it is TV show, but not just TV show. Same goes for Sweden….

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

Sweden’s ledwalls gets wider and completely removed during the second half of the song. That’s a difference from Melodifestivalen where the ledwalls were on the sides until the end. You can see that the walls are in the roof in one of the photos. So the live feeling will stilI be there. I think the UK does something similar, when looking at the photos.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

To be honest, and from my own experience with big concerts, everything is now set up for digital and screens, not for the live physical show.

Also, if you are not at the most priced seats, you resort to the screens to watch. So most of the people in the arena will – CAN – only see the LED screens. Sweden and the UK will look good no screen with the boxes, no worries.

Jérémy
Jérémy
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Remember of benjamin Ingrosso, the « as a clip » performance didn’t help and i predict the same for UK

Keiino as mustard
Keiino as mustard
1 month ago

I’m from the UK so delighted that we are making a good showing. So pleased that the competition seems to be so open. Genuinely, I think Norway is so underrated and deserves to win but all the favourites are there for a reason. I think Europapa is good value and could win. Italy is sheer class. I’m genuinely excited about the night. Outside the favourites, Czechia is classic indie pop .Armenia is cool.. Portugal is quality . It’s all too exciting.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

The UK and Ireland have absolutely set fire to their recent records. From “predictable” to two completely different performances that are highly professional and look like nothing else. A very good year for the Anglo-Celtic world.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Although I want that (both UK and Eire to return to good placings), I have a feeling it won’t be their year in the end. Let’s wait and see.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Off topic: What an absolutely fascinating Eurovision year for the bookies. Rises and falls everywhere. Who knows what the final outcome will be? This is all still undecided. Also, it’s nice to see both UK and Ireland both in the Top 10 now; That has been quite rare in recent years. Some of the latest swings: Switzerland- Betting has cooled; Not sure why. Answers on a postcard. Croatia odds went longer then shorter and back to the lead again; those betters must be waiting for the late nights when voting for that one. Ukraine is steadily rising to the top;… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Makes me worry that my worst Eurovision nightmare will come true. “San Marino”s 58 fake points will decide the winner.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Well… actually I suppose 2020 was my worst Eurovision nightmare. This is my second worst.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

2020 would have been my favourite year for ESC songs; cancelling was so sad. 🙁
There is of course a far bigger nightmare for 2024, but I’m not allowed to talk about [redacted] on here. But I can just call it a generated hurricane instead, since it seems to be in fashion. (I may be being flippant, but sadly I am not joking.)

Eurofan
Eurofan
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

judging by his declarations, I can totally see Österdahl rig the contest and have them win. N4z1 Germany hosted the Olympics in 1938 after all, things don’t seem to have changed. I hope the contest just loses follow and slowly dies out of existence if that turns out to be the case.

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

The story of 2020 is tragic… Even today it is quite unbelievable that there once was a year when GERMANY of all nations was the fan favourite, BULGARIA was the bookies favourite and most likely ICELAND would have won!!!! Surreal!!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Stian F

Italy also could have won. Fai Rumooooreee!

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago
Reply to  Stian F

Russia would have won. That makes it even more surreal now.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

I’d expect a massive televote landslide from Russia, but a two-digit jury score. Similar to their 2012 result. Iceland would’ve probably run away with it with 200-something points in both votings, but we’ll never know.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

They should have found a way of staging that contest, just as they eventually did for the junior version in November 2020.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

I agree. At least scrap the junior contest instead and move the proper contest to November. I suppose there was no way of planning those things back then.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Oh dear, I don’t know what’s stopping them from putting together a demoscopic jury. Or to replace their fake public vote with the ROTW vote. What annoys me the most is when people make old voting system statistics using San Marino’s “televote”, when back in the day they’d clearly only use their jury vote.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Nobody ever even sees or hears the fake televote result, since the points are all clumped together for the final reveal. Please… just ditch it entirely. It serves no purpose whatsoever

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Ireland’s rise in the odds is quite incredible. Seems like one of the strongest rehearsals in recent years to break through in such a way.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

But the odds for reaching top 10 is a totally different market.. And the UK is not there yet. The odds people mostly look at is the countries winning chances. But it’s no ranking.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Good point. The countries there though are more or less the same. Just in a different order.

Morten
Morten
1 month ago

This is the first yeah since ever, that top 7 could be winner somehow, i actually have no idea what juries or public will go for. Its literally gonna be the most exciting euroes ever. Give me marginal win between 5 countries pls 🙂

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

Agreed…and I’ve been saying that for months!

Lia
Lia
1 month ago

Sweden, UK and Ireland are the top 3 most impressive performances from what we’ve seen so far.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

The AQs all had solid rehearsals I think. My thoughts: UNITED KINGDOM: This is perhaps the most professional staging of the year. Everything, from the aesthetic to the choreography to the props and the small amount of camera angles we could see are on point. Olly is a great performer. Promising year for the UK! GERMANY: I am perhaps one of the few people this year that like this song a lot. The staging seems to be symbolical and fitting to the song. In general German stagings are never a complete miss but also never impressive. I hope they do… Read more »

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

UK. Very pleased to see Olly bring something so bold and innovative. Looks fantastic!

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

At last a nice entry from the UK (still miles apart from Sam Ryder, both in talent and song, and staging performance).

How it will end up in the rankings is another story though.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

Never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting a bit tired of topless lads at this contest, and I think the televoting public will think that too.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

This is a hate crime.

Kobe
Kobe
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

Yeah i want topless girls ?

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Sweden is boring for esc fans. It’s nothing new. But what about those who will see it for the first time? And don’t underestimate the teenage girls- vote. This is not their forum.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

I agree. The staging is impressive. It will get votes. not that many votes as Loreen of course.It also appeals to different audiences.

Musiclover
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Italy is boring to, and nothing new. But it always in the top

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Musiclover

If Italy’s song was sent by another country, that song would scratch the bottom of the odds. For some reason, people like Italy and whatever they send. Obviously, they have found a way to send entries that are appealing, so nothing wrong with that.

Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

How much do you get paid by EBU (Sweden in disguise)?

Panormus
Panormus
1 month ago
Reply to  Musiclover

Nothing new??? Realy u don’t see any difference between Il Volo, Mahmood, Mengoni, Masneskin and Angelina??? lol You’ve a big problem

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Panormus

Don’t worry. They are the same Poul, Milla, Musiclover, plus someone else. The one that understand the quality and diversity that Italy is bringing and they see it risky for Sweden and their pretention to dominate Eurovision. Sweden who never brings a song in their language. They must be ashamed of it.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Sweden 7 wins hun 🙂

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Of which many were stolen, thanks to nordics block/anglospherr vote and compleasant juries. And massively thanks to the Swedish executive supervisor which allows sweden to change the rules each time the Eurovision runs through Sweden. Sweden is mostly pyshed by juries. Much less from the televote. Not even once Sweden has been the first at televote. Because your receipt is always the same: empty swedish plastic pop. You are not even able to innovate or bring another genre. Always the same soup boiled over and over.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

I really really don’t understand why people like Italy’s song with all my heart! It’s not even radio friendly. Just annoying. La noia..

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

I know, it doesn’t mean annoying..

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Angelina, she’s unforgettable. That’s it.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

i think it’s pretty easy to understand – you’re a swedish ultra nationalist who only likes swedish entries or countries that hire swedes for eurovision. today you’re dissing italy, yesterday was ukraine, then croatia, then netherlands…and so on…
you should just stick with melodifestivalen and let the others have fun…

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Well said. The Swedish plastic pop has really broke my balls. And not only mine. All the songs are the same. And SVT inviting Benjamin Ingrosso on one interval act is beyond pathetic.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

i don’t have any problem with sweden and swedish entries, they are making a gigantic effort to put up a great show next week

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Yes, Jo. 100% with you. One way or the other, Sweden can usually get into the Top-10, Top-5 or win. No one can deny their dedication and professionalism. And the fantastic thing is that it comes naturally. It’s an industry for Sweden.

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

We know you are the PR of SVT or the Swedish House Mafia.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Herregud! You caught me! I am now exposed :p

Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

yep. An industry of plastic music. Nothing memorable!

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Did Benjamin Ingrosso win an Eurovision? What is the rule for which he must receive the honour to do an interval act? Maybe because he may have an album to promote or a tour? I have heard the other act will include Helena Paparizou. She already performed in 2021 in Rotterdam. Do we invite her again in 2024? Why some have to participate to the interval acts so frequently and others are totally forgot?

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Well, Benjamin Ingross as the semi 1 internval act is indeed cringy. I don’t agree with that. On the other hand, it may be justified by the fact that SVT production team has said they want to reduce the cost of the show. Perhaps no one else agreed on little or no money? Who knows. Again, Benjamin? No. Carola yes, or another former ESC winner.

PS: FunQ? We agree on something this time? OMG!

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Well, SVT could do like RAI did. Have the hosts (who are already paid and are international stars) have their interval acts. That was the best way to save costs. But inviting an own national singer, which arrived 7th (not even 2nd or 3rd) in 2018 is still a mistery to me. Why do Eurovision audience have to stand an act of mere self promotion? Still, 4 days before the start of the Eurovision we don’t know who will be the other interval acts of semifinal 2 and final. Other thing, why Sweden in 3 editions (the last 3) has… Read more »

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

YOu actually said that like 15 times, people are not you, and you are alone. People like it cause its good, some very few people have ears from another dimension

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

You are pathetic. Ok, you are a swedish nationalist. Only Sweden can organize Eurovision. If I were in your shoes I would be ashamed that Sweden had to ring the bell to Nato in order to feel protected, after all those years you just didn’t give a fu* of participating to the collective defence of Europe. We know you Swedes are arrogant and full of yourself and think that everything below the Baltic Sea is Africa.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Milla… ignore.

I actually like seeing comments like the one above, it just goes to show how impressive Loreen’s televote result actually was. Imagine what De would have gotten without all this Swedephobia that we see so often.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

What SHE would have gotten.

I REALLY NEED THE EDIT BUTTON BACK

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

There will be less Swedophobia when she Swedes here will stop to say everything they do is magnificent, every singer they bring is excellent (even when they have to rent it from Norway like this year), that only Sweden knows how to organize an Eurovision, and the Swedish pop is known also on Uranus and beyond. It becomes really pathetic. But I don’t think it’s in their DNA to be humble and less nationalists.

Musiclover
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Jerk

malanga chips
malanga chips
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

I don’t like the song, either. It’s irritating imo but it’s Angelina, she’s charming and talented and sells the hell out of it

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Wow, wow, wow. So many great rehearsals this year, and so much talent everywhere. Anyhow, here are my notes on the Big 5 in no particular order: Italy – The height of fashion, as always. Superb talent. Great choreography. Not much staging, but I don’t think is necessary when you have this much talent. Rain sparks at the end. It works for me. Spain – Larger version of the National Final, so the wider message of the song is what they’re going with. Lots of big boxes floating around, but they got there in the end. It’s very 80s TOTP… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Big 5 plus Sweden. (Sorry I miscounted.)

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Germany has good staging, do you not see the same story I see?

Isaak’s home going up in flames, the fire starting small but quickly growing, eventually engulfing the whole apartment.

A metaphor for life’s problems, and how they can quickly spin out of control.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Ah. That’s certainly creative. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Perhaps only on my part , but it does SEEM to be the intent.

David Damen
David Damen
1 month ago

hey us brits we can nail staging well only in even years

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago
Reply to  David Damen

Funny

John
John
1 month ago

Looks like Italy has upped their game with this staging and still can possibly win. A Jury and Public friendly song which this year could come up trumps due to some songs swaying more towards jury votes and others to public.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  John

If she followed the San Remo performance style, she could be a contender. I personally don’t fancy the song. But I admit that her sassy yet natural attitude plus vocals could catapult her to the Top-3. Now the staging is messy, she gets lost amidst all the visuals and dancers and pyro. Like Greece’s Marina, Angelina needed a one-camera shot following her. That’s the strong point of the song (and I am not a fan of it).

Marc
Marc
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

Honestly, having watched a couple of Angelina’s performances of the last weeks on YT, I can safely conclude that there’s no way she’ll get “lost admidst the visuals & dancers”. She has an incredible amount of stage presence and commands the stage & visuals with her facial expressions & charisma throughout any performance I’ve seen so far of her and the little rehearsal clip & imagery we’ve seen so far definitely makes me think all they did it UP the overall performance & increase her impact & chances of winning ESC 2024. If she had come out like in San… Read more »

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Marc

I remind you that Duncan Lawrence’s staging was basic (I thought the same, before the final) but it won. Sometimes, being simple does not mean being basic. Simplistic is when the staging lacks any creativity or inspiration or work. Minimalistic is when the staging takes away anything unnecessary and focuses on what matters the most. To me, visuals, dancers and pyro are simply unnecessary. Her sassy but natural attitude and her supreme vocals would help her convey the song message much more than it might do with the more pluralistic staging.

Panormus
Panormus
1 month ago
Reply to  Poul Riisen

You can compare Duncan with Mengoni (twice with basic staging) because of their style of songs. The Angelina one is completely different, the rythm firstable.

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Marc

You have to understand the guy here. Poul Riisen. A mega swedish nationalist who is here as a swedish propagandist in order to amend the bad impression many fans here have on the arrogance of the sweden driven Eurovision. He is not sincere. Of course he turns down in his comments all the major competitors to an 8th victory for Sweden. Because the Swedish nationalists would like to win Eurovision also by bringing the Mary Had A Little Lamb song. So his opinion on the performance of Italy is just done in order to diminish the chances and criticize. If… Read more »

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

I am honoured that my comments make you write so long texts about me. Flattered, too. Stort tack!

Marcin
Marcin
1 month ago

UK and Spain absolutely cringy and disgusting. I think I am going for the toilet brake during their slop.Italy and France, forgettable and boring. Germany and Sweden, fine. This is going to be a painful Eurovision to watch.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

Nobody is forcing you to. Perhaps go for a stroll instead, the weather is to be nice I hear.

Marcin
Marcin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Nah, I think I’m going to stay and watch fan favourites such as Ireland and Slovenia flop and fail to go through. Can’t wait for the salty tears on this forum after that happens.

Dinle
Dinle
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

What a sad little life Jane.

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

I bet you are a real cook at parties

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

Don’t watch at all !! pop off to your knitting club

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

Marcin, you say this every year. Maybe the Contest just isn’t for you?

Marcin
Marcin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Just because Eurovision dropped in quality in the last few years does not mean I hate the entire idea of the contest, Maybe you should stop watching it, so Eurovision can go back to its glory days of 2006-2011

Morten
Morten
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

I know guys like you living in the past, cause the best of you was there, and cant see the progress in the present. You are just a sad old fart

Marcin
Marcin
1 month ago
Reply to  Morten

You sound bitter. Probably one of those New Eurovision fans that came after 2011. Thanks for lowering the standard of the contest with your crap taste.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

I have watched them all live since 1970 and believe 2024 might be the best ever, musically as well as for the fantastic creative stagings.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

I didn’t say you should stop watching it, Marcin, there’s no need for that. I just meant that you’ve complained through the season several years in a row now. I think the days of 2006-2011 are behind us. Most people are happy with the elevation of the Contest since Loreen’s win in 2012. If there were any days I’d like to “go back” to, it’d be the time when the Contest had a live orchestra.

Marcin
Marcin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Allow for a repeat of 2020 than maybe I will stop complaining. 2021 was such a huge downgrade, compared to 2020. Rotterdam 2020 was the closest I felt to that period.

Dinle
Dinle
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Yes! I am all for being nostalgic, but, come one, 2006-2011 was hardly the contest’s golden era! I am proper nostalgic : orchestra back, no pre-recorded vocals, and, maybe, even proper announcement of all votes! Although I do love the new sequence votes are revealed because it’s nail biting. And this is one of the many new things I love about the contest! Part of the charm of the contest for me is that it is ever-changing and a living history. You can track the development of trends, technology and history by watching it over the years.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Dinle

It’s not nail-biting though. Madrid 1969 was nail-biting. Dublin 1988 was nail-biting. Riga 2003 was nail-biting. The current vote reveal is completely spoilable, especially for hypercalculics. We all knew that there were not enough votes left for Kaarija, Sam Ryder, Gjon’s Tears, John Lundvik etc.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Dinle

Agree with you completely!

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcin

It’s you that is disgusting
Do one

Andrea
Andrea
1 month ago

Not sure Italy could financially handle organizing Eurovision again hahaha!

Sandro
Sandro
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrea

9th richest country in the world

Panormus
Panormus
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrea

Imagine at first how much RAI is spending this year for the staging! RAI has understood that it’s profitable!

Fabian
Fabian
1 month ago

Can’t understand the hype on UK’s staging; there is no Relation of the boxers with that song which is also outdated and cringe.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Fabian

A box to the head usually makes a person feel quite dizzy.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

And some relationships can make people feel like they’re in a boxing ring.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Even better.

I’ll stretch it further and compare it to the experience of a Eurovision act. Several rounds, highs and lows, twists and turns, unfair results, questionable refereeing… all ends with just one champion and a huge hangover the next day.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Ah, now you’re making me dizzy, Jonas.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

And Eurovision is a really punchy competition sometimes.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yeah, some countries really throw their weight around!

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Fabian

Dancers of that “calibre” make me dizzy! Haha! And there’s no metaphors here, just pure desire (as good art should be about).

Jason
Jason
1 month ago
Reply to  Fabian

There was no relation between a girl with long nails stuck between two boxes and her song but she won last year
No relation between a pink human caterpillar and the song but it came second

slia
slia
1 month ago

Is that Bulgarian guy impersonating Deban or something? I’m finding it hard to understand his English.

Dinle
Dinle
1 month ago
Reply to  slia

Try harder. And try be nicer too.

slias
slias
1 month ago

Spanish vocals….Gosh….

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

uk and italy are pure slayage

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

I’m just gonna say it: Sanremo was better. Angelina alone on stage, filling it easily with her charisma and vocals, brighter colors. Nothing was missing. I’m not feeling this staging at all. I hope I’ll be proven completely wrong. I have a bad feeling.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

The visualisation of the thorny crown on stage and in clothing is great though. Let be me totally wrong about this bad feeling, I really hope so.

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

without any dancers etc; it would be too empty

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

Totally disagree. She’d own that stage.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

With the right camerawork.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I agree she doesn’t need them but the song does. It was made for dancers.

Mqe
Mqe
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

She has enough charisma to fill 5 stages.

Mqe
Mqe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

100% agree on that! Her charisma is the staging!

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Mqe

The stage would never be empty with Angelina on it. People need to remember the way she moved around at Sanremo. It was spectacular. She needed nobody.

Mqe
Mqe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Exactly! And I think her spontaneous dancing as if she was having a little party alone in her bedroom, really fits the song incredibly well!

Bubu
Bubu
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

It think you are delusional.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I agree with you Ari and I am not even a fan of the song. With a San Remo performance style on the ESC stage, she would do much better. I feel the whole staging is messy, unnecessary. Angelina her attitude and voice are the focal points. SHOULD be the focal points. Now, she gets lost in the mess. And no pyro please. She does not need it. Good luck Italy.

PS: I also have a bad feeling about this. I may be wrong but it may be out of the Top-10.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

The UK and Sweden are the best for me.

The UK is here to play and Sweden’s staging is great, first time viewers are going to love it.

Only Germany’s looked a little uninspiring although really hard to tell from the snippets

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Sweden? They just did the same staging which they did in Melodifestivalen :/

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

Read it again. I think you will find that is my point.

Viggz
Viggz
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

And? Most of all viewers will watch it for first time during Eurovision.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I agree. People are underestimating Sweden. I think they will get a top 10.

Fabian
Fabian
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

Only Swedish people in Norway and Finland, Denmark would vote for this outdated song

malanga chips
malanga chips
1 month ago
Reply to  Fabian

Judging by how Finland voted last year, I doubt they’ll get high points from them

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

UK had by far the most talked rehearsal and for good reasons. I’d say France and Italy follow.

Spain is reusing the Benidorm show in a bigger stage. I was hoping they would change it completely but oh well.

Germany is doing a good effort to present something nice.

Sweden’s staging is very futuristic.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

U.K. had the best rehearsal in terms of “coming back stronger”. Olly had almost been counted out, but now he is back in the game.

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I think it’s partly because the fandom’s expectations of Olly were extremely high. It looks and sounds like Olly’s crafted a performance for the stage that will cut through.

Adam
Adam
1 month ago

Overall UK song I very like but staging is bold I mean really BOLD but it could work. It will top or flop – nothing between.

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be surprised that the UK is going to win it all, against (some) odds.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Never. I’d bet my life on it.

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Malta agree

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Win perhaps not, but a great result is surely possible.

Arch
Arch
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

I think Olly will get a Blue (2011) kind of result.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Top 10. There are stronger songs this year but they’re definitely taking ESC seriously again. They remind me a bit of Italy when Italy returned to the contest. It’s only a matter of time before they win outright.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Flip your scoreboard and there you have it. Seriously, it may flop (and not because its bad or something). It’s just that…