Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Rehearsals for Eurovision 2024 are well underway. The contestants in semi-final 2 have undertaken their second run-throughs on the Malmö stage.

We’ve been given 30-second teasers of the seven acts who had their second rehearsal on Friday 3 May.

But which of these second 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 second rehearsals: Saturday 4 May

Poll: Who had the best second rehearsal at Eurovision 2024 on Saturday (4 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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Caspi
Caspi
1 month ago

This poll seems to be taking its time to conclude..It’s been up for ages

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Its time to assume that Italy is going to win!!

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

If I were to criticise the UK for anything, it’s not going far enough. Bareback or what’s the point.

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Prep on demand

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Hahahaha

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
1 month ago

I love watching the polls daily. It’s so funny how Israelis are desperate for a win trying to rig every poll.
Good luck everyone this week and I hope the best SONGS win

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

The Israeli entry is the best song in my opinion. Any other year and it would be favourite in my opinion. Great song and fantastic artist.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Politics aside, the Israeli entry is a very powerful and emotional ballad. Perhaps one of the best Israeli entries ever (in my opinion). It’s not for the win but if Eden performs well, it deserves a Top 6 – 10 ranking in the final. Good luck to all the countries and artists! It’s a celebration of music and unity!

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago

Poor Marcus and Martinus doesn’t seem to get much attention. The Norwegian twins have made many Norwegians upset by representing Sweden. I see it as a move to establish themselves as artists in Sweden. But if they doesn’t make it to at least top ten I’m afraid their career in Sweden is pretty much over. And many Norwegians doesn’t want them back either :/

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Will their passports be revoked?

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Still, 12p to Sweden from Norwigen televoters.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Marcus and Martinus are going to be top 10 in Eurovision, their career is starting. Love how eurofans are so dramatic. Loreen ruins her career too right? She wnt for the queen of Eurovision to the most hated winner?. I love how all of u think this stupid theorys are true hahahaha

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

M&M said, I believe, they live in Sweden now. or have been living for the last couple of years. So, it’s not black and white. I don’t feel Norwegians will “boycott” them, neither will the Swedes “disregard” them if they don’t score well. We are talking about the Nordics. Now, will the song go far? Not sure. For first time viewers the staging is impressive. The song is mediocre but staging and performance elevate it. I feel Sweden will get enough points from the juries (not top marks this time) and decent points from the public to end a bit… Read more »

sparkling points
sparkling points
1 month ago

I had questions for my faves on the ocassion of the opening of SWEurovision 2024, all in good form. Thank you and good luck to you all: Azerbaijan Fahree and Ilkin – your song has become without any doubt my favourite Azeri entry ever. It sounds sincere and intense and mesmerizing and multi-layered. What’s been a positive aspect of your preparations for Malmø? Czechia Aiko, you’re addressing fundamentals of self-love in not-so-good relationships with your song. The topic is relevant and the delivery original. How tall should the pedestal be? France Slimane, should you and your team win in Malmø… Read more »

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago

I am sure that if any other small country like Albania, Moldavia etc. would bring the same identical act as UK, UBU and Martin Osterdahl would stop it brutally asking to change the act. In this case it is UK. They didn’t give the same freedom to Ronela Hajati in 2022.

Dinle
Dinle
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

I keep on seeing this comment about Ronela but I don’t remember. What did she want to do that was not allowed?

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Dinle

Italy 2022

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

That point is valid. Olly’s staging is a bit provocative, I mean I am not offended (god forbid, as an LGBTQI+ person myself) but it’s unnecessary. Being that sexual does not bring anything extra to the song. On the other hand, Olly is an artist and he can express themselves the way they want, no doubt.

I also feel Ronela’s choreo was too erotic and it was again unnecessary.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago

Are the dress rehearsals tomorrow totally closed or do videos sneak out?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Or totally open?

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

The jury show tomorrow evening definitely has a full arena audience.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

Anyone else watched the turquoise carpet? It’s hilariously wooden!

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

I did!
I asked William to make a separate topic about it.
I hope that soon we’ll have smth like “who was the best dressed at Turquoise Carpet” poll )

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

It was quite awkward but sweet wasn’t it? They all looked fab!

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

It was not the best carpet as they had to squeeze everything due to safety reasons but almost all of the artists were prepared! Many classy and custom-made outfits!
I’m so looking forward to the poll!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

So will you be voting for, Eve?

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Who’s outfit will you be voting for? I thought Norway, Georgia and Azerbaijan looked great.

Bryan
Bryan
1 month ago

I think more and more that France will create a surprise and be a surprise winner. Barbara pravi, all the eurofans said she will have max 100 televote points and in addition she comes after Ukraine. Malta and Switzerland win the televote in 2021 lol

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Bryan

I think most of the people will say, yeah, nice voice and move on to the next act. Jury might place him top 5-7

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

If he’s not winning the jury, jury shouldn’t exist at all.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Maybe he won’t win jmthe juries vote but I certainly don’t see him out of their top 3. But again it will be a different story with the public. For the moment I don’t know how will the public react to this

Devito
Devito
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

He should not count on the jury for the lyrics alone (“I love you, I don’t know why”, “My love, I’ll do all that I can”, “Do you love me? Or not?”, “My love, my love, my love!”,…).

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

And also because others have better star quality. I guess he can still get some 12’s.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

In the context of the song, they work. The protagonist is a desperate man, recently dumped. Slightly unhinged. He’s calling up from the street to his ex’s apartment. She is inside, pulling the curtains and calling the authorities.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

She or He, we don’t know that

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

In my interpretation, it’s a she… but you’re right. It might be either. Or they.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

Slimane is the father to a baby girl. And a quick search on the internet told me he is/was with a woman.

Mina22
Mina22
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

“Please come back to Paris”

Ema
Ema
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean something. In 2022, Chanel didn’t do well with the jury because of the lyrics of her song (boom boom, zoom zoom)

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Devito

Not the deepest lyrics ever but actually quite a bit deeper than some of the acts this year. He is also bringing actual heart-felt singing and actual emotion to his performance. He’ll stand out for that alone.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Come on, Sweden will win the jury vote!

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

I feel so, too. And the song is a bit boring and repetitive and a tad cliche (for me, feel free to like it).

idk
idk
1 month ago
Reply to  Bryan

neh

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
1 month ago
Reply to  Bryan

If Marco Mengoni came 4th last year then his imitation shouldn’t come any higher

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Does anyone talk about Raven and her male dancers..

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

They probobly don’t look like they are halfway to make out on stage.. but anyway.. There is something more when Olly is doing it.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

I literally cannot think of a single ESC which hasn’t had at least one act focusing on the sexualisation of women. It’s so normalised, that no one even mentions it. Yet the moment male sexuality is in the frame people are saying “it’s going too far”. For all the talk of how dangerous female sexuality is supposed to be, it’s looking a lot like male sexuality is the thing society fears.

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

It’s not sexuality. Paul Oscar for Iceland in 1997 was sexual. It has nothing to do with men or women. Both Olly and Ronela from Albania went a little far for this show.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

Ronela didn’t go too far though?

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

Ronela went too far because it wasn’t well done & it looked cheap. Regarding the UK, I’ll hold my judgement until I see the full performance.

trabzan
trabzan
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

A few years ago, S10 who is female, caused controversy in the Netherlands because she wore clothes that showed her navel during primetime while singing her Eurovision song

Mina22
Mina22
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Mmmm. I can’t think of other performances with someone simulating sex on stage before this.
The only perfomance that can rival this one is Ukraine 2019, but at the end Ukraine withdrew that year and we have never seen it on the Eurovision stage

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

sexualation is fine when not gone too far,
this here is literally trying to show imitation of having sex together with those moany faces,

Its supposed to be family friendly show, if you are ok with kids seeing this, then maybe you shouldn’t be around kids….

Ps, it has nothing to do with with them being gay, i wouldn’t like it any better if it was hetero couple orgy.

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

I do understand Olly has nothing to lose. He is a star and we expect more from him than others, we know we have to get something big from him. The song is a bit boring, so the performance has to be extravaganza. Something that everyone will talk about. I am not that sure this performance will be understood by enough viewers as something bold, unique, etc’.

Scotty
Scotty
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Completely disagree with this argument that it’s just a family show it Definetly isn’t in the uk, most children are disinterested with esc, target audience is mainly young adults and ollys fan base are lgbts, I don’t think we should have to pander to prude regressive audiences/countries. Exposure to Sex and gay sex should be normalised.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

The thing is we are talking about gay sexuality.. and perhaps through the people’s eyes who are against or will be shocked about it. Personally I love watching male love and male sex. No problem. The tv serie Queer and Broke back mountain is one of my all time favorites. But I have many people around me that thinks it’s not ok. Hetero sex where the male takes his clothes off and mountain a woman is totally okay to show. It’s “normal”.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

It may be normal . But in the first half of an annual family TV event?

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

They should have used UK for the producer choice.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

I hope you do realize the number of gay people there is on this blog. If a lot of gay in here think this is inappropriate, then maybe it is REALLY inappropriate for Eurovision. And stop with this “if it was a woman with a man nobody would say anything”. It’s complete bs. Eurovision stage is not the place. They could have shown homosexual relation without making it too sexual, nobody would care. Same goes with heterosexual relation.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

It is self indulgent and desperate to shock. But it is also tired and cliche. And vulgar and crude.

Scotty
Scotty
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

It’s not the allusions to sex and the locker room fantasy aesthetic give this entry a whole new deeper meaning and definitely helps connect with young gay bi queer men, that realisation that you know your sexuality and the first experiences of been in love and showing this physically for the first time. People need to stop been regressive prudes and move with the times. Also Eurovisions main target audience in the UK are young adults not families, most children are disinterested with the contest here. Olly is appealing to his main fan base which is lgbts. I think it’s… Read more »

idk
idk
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

huh? you’re saying as if sexualisation of anyone is a good thing lmao. it’s not even the issue, the issue is when it’s tacky

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Norway WOW ! Could go straight to the Game of Thrones! I’m amazed by their look on the Turquoise Carpet.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

The turquoise carpet ceremony sucks this year. A sad fact. At least so far.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m actually sorry I stayed in to watch this. I’m off now, I’ll catch up later maybe. Hopefully Bambie gets out of hospital in time, this would be their moment.

Oh well, see you later folks.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Literally wort turquoise carpet ever. I rather play on my Playstation. What’s wrong with them. Boring af

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

couldn’t watch 5 min of it, just boring to the max

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I got too much sun out all morning so endured it… And I mean… ENDURED. Bambie is all better, and looking epic… Photos should be great – ESC cameras we to the side so didn’t really get good views – again – oddly. Matt, her dancer and buddy, looked pretty cool. Some great looks, but most were a bit meh.

ESC does seem very disjointed this year. Maybe it’s a fandom thing, but you really have to dig to get stuff.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Mostly it seemed like a chore, at least the bit I saw. Not worth watching live, anyway. Downscaled in every way.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t blame SVT at all though, this has always just been something forced by the EBU. The “hosts” don’t host it.

idk
idk
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It mostly sucks because of security measures. Because they let a certain country participate, so enjoy since most people are defending it. As well as putting people with no experience to do interviews.

trabzan
trabzan
1 month ago

Mustii : I didn’t bring the nudity from the video to the stage. Because Eurovision is a family programme and I don’t think the granny who is in front of the tv and her family want to see me naked.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  trabzan

Grannies are old, shrivelled, and sexless. They sit in rocking chairs, knitting socks.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

that stereotype would disappear if you met the grannies that frequent my gym

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Not all of them. Some watched Sex and the City.

Arystophan
Arystophan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

If you knew that most dry prune grannies would love to associate their bodies with you…

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

(I wasn’t serious)

Arystophan
Arystophan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

lying is a form of truth

Eurogambler
Eurogambler
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

They have rights

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Just like Madonna, right?

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  trabzan

Mustii is an intelligent guy.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

Reposting my final top-37 at this post as well, until at least a relative article is uploaded. *My COMPLETE TOP 37 of the “Eurovision Song Contest 2024” entries (FINAL, after rehearsals):* 1. Estonia – “(nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi” (SONG: 10/10) – (STAGING/VISUAL EFFECTS, OUTFITS: 10/10) – (2ND REHEARSAL: 10/10) –(OVERALL: 30/30) 2. Croatia – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” (SONG: 10/10) – (STAGING/VISUAL EFFECTS, OUTFITS: 10/10) – (2ND REHEARSAL: 10/10) –(OVERALL: 30/30) 3. Netherlands – “Europapa” (SONG: 10/10) – (STAGING/VISUAL EFFECTS, OUTFITS: 10/10) – (2ND REHEARSAL: 10/10) –(OVERALL: 30/30) 4. Ireland – “Doomsday Blue” (SONG: 10/10) – (STAGING/VISUAL… Read more »

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Estonia first but from the last lol

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

That’s hilarious . Hope you feel better

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

the best r/o would have ukraine and the uk performing next to each other ^^

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

The Virgin Mary is an Olly stan.

idk
idk
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

the best r/o is already happening, ukraine next to ireland. that’s a better contrast if you ask me

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago

UK Eueovision 2024. Choose a decent (if rather overrated) artist. Pick a totally forgettable song. Offend majority of viewers with a crude, vulgar display. Then wonder why you hardly get any points (if any.) Blame Brexit. Blame “political voting.” Calls for withdrawal.

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

You come across as very anti uk in everything they do.
The uk have been great allies to my beautiful island of Malta.
Thankfully there are people out there who judge the song and not the artist or the country.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Dolly

I am from the UK. I am just frustrated with our pathetic attempts nearly every year. And it is so avoidable.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

As U.K. HoD, what would YOU do? What is your dream U.K. entry, Pat?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Choose a quality artist who can perform live (which to be fair we have this year, though I personally think he is a bit overrated). Choose a good song (which we haven’t this year, it is a forgettable dud) . You dont need desperate to shock staging if you have those two things

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Dolly

Breton here (who used to live in Malta!). I feel more at home in the UK than I do in France and I’m really proud of the risk they’ve taken this year!

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

What is the risk?

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Upsetting all the right people.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

I don’t follow. Offending voters isn’t risky. It’s stupid.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Letting them oppress you is stupider.

Scotty
Scotty
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

It’s a coming of age song, the sex references and locker room fantasy add a whole new meaning to the entry, it really resonates with young gay/bi men of their first realisation of their attraction to the same sex and that exhilarating feeling you get when you get your cherry popped for the first time in love.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Scotty

Even if that were true, it won’t translate into any votes , which is kinda the point of entering a song contest

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago

The UK presentation is just a self-indlugent, tired, cliche attempt to be shocking. It does not mask the fact that the song is a dud. I think it may cost the UK some of the (very) few votes it might have otherwise been given. I honestly think it is in nul point or single digit points now.

Saph
Saph
1 month ago

I think that the UK’s staging is intended for as much shock value as possible, might be a little tactic to stick in your mind when voting comes along. I’m not a massive fan personally of the kind of lewd-ness of it, and before you call me a word ending in phobe, I wouldn’t like it if it was men and women either, but I can see where they’re going with it atleast.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Saph

I don’t think it’s about getting the votes. I think this is what Olly wants to do and I think the provocation to more closed minded parts is deliberate. I wrote yesterday that the UK are playing for higher stakes than ESC and I really do think they are.

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Saph

It’s funny that we have to explain that we are not phobic but tolorente people. We have to defend ourselves. There is one performance we all sew and we know very well what we sew: it’s almost sex on stage.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

Not sure what you mean here. But just to clarify for you – as a gay man I don’t need anyone to ‘tolerate’ me.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

I put a clothes peg over my nose when you walk into a room. Isn’t that enough for you?

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

I agree, but there are also gays who claim that if a gay man dislikes feminine guys – then he is homophobic.

Back to the UK – I agree with you. I think the UK package is more expensive and shiny than Ronela’s from Albania, but the idea is the same.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyal

Gays are only acceptable if they can pass for straight. Otherwise everyone will know, and we can’t have that.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

There is a difference between being openly, even overtly gay and being crude and vulgar

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Olly should do a cover of Madonna’s “Human Nature”.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

You mean that it’s OK if it’s a funny, lovely hairdresser but the moment the emphasis is on masculine sexuality it’s “crude” and “vulgar”. Male homosexuality is a fact of life, if you don’t like it, don’t watch. But we exist, this thing exists; it has since the days of Babylon and it will long after we’re all gone.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Really. So to be gay you have to go around in jockstrap, gurning sticking your tongue out and acting in a crude vulgar manner?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

He’s not waiting in the checkout queue at Tesco, he’s giving a stage performance.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

Nope but “jockstrap” gays do exist. This one is voting for the UK this year. Not even because of the sexuality but because the song is a banger and the staging is the best of the year.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

It’ll be nul points or thereabouts

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

If you really think this is getting nul points I cannot help you.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Out of topic but does anybody know when Turquoise Carpet starts today and will they show it live? ^^

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Yes, it will be streaming live on YouTube in 95 minutes. It’s up now counting down. Electra and Tia Kofi will be the hosts.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Thankies Jonas

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Italy’s outfit is a downgrade imo. I think it looks dull now. The first one was art.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

I agree. I am not a fan of the song but her outfit and performance at the San Remo festival gave the song its meaning and the focus was on Angelina. Now it became another one cliche entry with outfits, pyro, visuals. Marketing-wise, I can’t see the focus on Angelina.

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago

UK is trying their best for a late spot as possible with this staging, the producers has to give them a late spot (in 1.half) and hope that as many children as possible have gone to bed, by then 😉

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

God forbid that any children see gyrating male dancers!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

I hoe it IS on after bedtime, because the poor little tots should be sound asleep. I blame the parents.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

HoPe

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

Oh, Olly! What have you done, dear?

Henry
Henry
1 month ago

England decided to outgay Spain ?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

Absolutely.
P.S. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland might have had something to do with it as well.

Calp
Calp
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

different types of gay: prep gay vs madonna fan gay

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

UK obviously with the most expensive staging concept of the year

it’s UK vs Switzerland for the televote winner i think, unless the swiss get death slot 2, and Olly more a position between 9-11th

Peter
Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

UK televote winner? Really? The average European viewer will definitely not vote for that, it’s too gay.

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter

Hilarious. Eurovision is the gayest event of the year. You really think families stay up past midnight in Azerbaijan to watch ESC?!?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

As much as gays love Eurovision, they are only a very small part of its viewership. It is a family event. And this self indulgent atrocity of a presentation will cost us any votes we might have otherwise been given.

Scotty
Scotty
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick

If they don’t like it they should just feck off and not watch the contest

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter

Are they allergic?

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter

Ok Mary Whitehouse! Be sure to fiddle with your pearls and spit out your tea during the performance x

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter

Isn’t anyone going to call Peter a homophobe for making this comment? This is exactly what I have written but in a different way that got missunderstood. And recieved much hate.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Peter is a homophobe. Better?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

It is certainly homophobic. Peter could have expressed his concerns by saying “it’s too sexual”, instead of saying “too gay”… the implication being that audiences would be perfectly fine with it if only it was HETERO bumping and grinding.

Then again, Peter could be correct. Homophobic mindsets are omnipresent.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

And some people use homophobic accusations as a lazy way to try to win an argument. Jonas

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Good morning. On Sky News (UK) about an hour ago, Jean Philip de Tender, the Deputy Director General of the EBU, was interviewed for 8 minutes and was asked to explain why KAN was allowed to participate in ESC when Russia’s/Belarus’s broadcasters were not. There was also discussion about security arrangements, the planned protests in Malmö, and about what would happen with hosting next year should there not be peace in the country that wins. (I love how Jean Philip was keen to come back to the UK again, haha!) My take on this is that it’s evident that the… Read more »

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I had an opportunity to go on Thursday but ultimately decided against it. It just doesn’t feel like this is something they can necessarily control in terms of safety. And of course Thursday is also the day Israel is performing, making the risk for trouble even worse. Would have been great to see it but… unfortunately I’m just not comfortable with it. It’s sad that this is where we’re at. I wish these protests would be aimed at the people who can actually influence the heart of the conflict (like governments and such) and not at what is at its… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

We shouldn’t live in fear. The show must go on!

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Indeed. Israel’s presence isn’t the problem. The problem is the uninformed , moronic rent–a-mob protestors

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Without a dance or song what are we?

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 month ago

I am French so of course I will support Slimane with all my heart, everything is there: the text, the voice, the emotion, the connection with the public. I also really like the German song, powerful and very emotional too. And in the countries which must pass the semi-finals, I also like Denmark, another beautiful song carried by a magnificent voice. Well unfortunately my opinion is rarely lucky, in general my favorites finish third at best.

John
John
1 month ago

How are the UK and France highest up?!

Ollys staging is too Ronela-sexual for my tastes. Just eww.

And i’m sorry but Slimane just always looks as if he hasn’t showered in 2 weeks with his sloppy look. And why is he weareing a tank top 1 size too small? Makes him look like one of those weird slimeballs offering to sell you watches on the beach for cheap when you go vacationing. Oh, also the vocal flex is a choice but does nothing for me.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Everything you said Is 100% true, and it is also your opinion. However, hardcore ESC fans that visit this website tend to heavily dislike everyone who says any word against their fav, even if you speak the truth. Both my friends and I won’t vote for any of those songs that we like but whose fans weirdly attack everyone’s opinion in online forum, especially those that critic their fav.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

I think what a lot of us take issue with are the nasty, derogatory, stupid comments. Eurovision is fun, inclusive, silly, and entertaining. Let’s try keep the forums that way 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

Slimane is looking for volunteers to help him shower. Anybody interested?

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Does he want me to keep my jockstrap on?

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

You weren’t very inclusive or friendly to Peter earlier. Bit hypocritical there

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago

I really don’t have problem with UK. Ok, for someone this can be HC, but it’s better to go out with a bang than to blend with a lot of similar songs. I applaud risk taken. It might be that as a gay guy i am used to this daily, but i really don’t see anything shocking, just maybe a bit hectic

Garnachos
Garnachos
1 month ago

The French song is too basic and has zero business contending, no matter how much Slimane is trying to flex…

Dickie
Dickie
1 month ago

Italy were much improved, France is very classy and Sweden looks great. If UK drop the tongues and gurning I’ll reconsider.

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
1 month ago

Will vote for UK from Austria. I do like this full package. Also calls for Italy. Angelina delivers her “La Noia”. Anyway, this year most entries R good.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

The UK’s performance is the most professionally made I’ve seen this year: from the color palette to the outfits to the camera shots: everything. Could it be less explicit? Yes, but I believe that although it’s provocative, it’s not vulgar or banal. And I am saying that as a straight man.
Other than that I am happy Italy chose to change outfits and make the performance less packed: now I like the staging. France is bound to do well with the juries, I think that’s certain by now.
Spain, Sweden and Germany were also solid

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

All in all I am pleased with the Big 5 this year!

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Thanos

France is just boring

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

It’s not among my favourites either but the juries will love it

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
1 month ago

Thoughts: UK: whatever happened to “family show”, at least they’re not swearing am I right? or singing about brands or wearing logos – that would be sooo much worse then singer and dancers humping each other on stage (to be perfectly clear I don’t mind UK’s staging – it’s daring and shocking in a good way – but how’s showing old Windows logo offense…?) Germany: I still love this song, but I prefer the cyber-city esthetic from the nf Sweden: maybe I’m blind, but I can barely see then against the mostly black backdrop – can you imagine how much… Read more »

Henry
Henry
1 month ago

England is not here to compromise. It’s all or nothing.

Brexit means Brexit and sex means sex.

Kids can go to bed.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

It’s a move to the “hard left”, with emphasis on the hard. 😛

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

*Britain, not England.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

United Kingdom, not Britain.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Because “Britain” = British Isles and that includes Ireland? Didn’t know about that. OK, UK then 🙂

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

British Isles wouldn’t be the name we’d call it in Ireland. But alas.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the full term, United Kingdom for short.

Hope that helps.

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

Choose a decent (if overrated) artist. Send a crap song. Offend the viewers.Then wonder why we don’t get votes. Then blame brexit. The UK approach this year.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

France, France and FRANCE!

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Eve

Boring song.

Arsenic
Arsenic
1 month ago

I can’t believe that this is what we’re getting from Olly. I was so excited when he was first announced. Then the song came out and I was just like… wtf. And the pre parties performances: underwhelming, wtf again. Then the pictures from the first rehearsals came out: okay, expensive, provocative, edgy, fierce, he really did have a vision from the beginning, let’s go. And finally, after watching those 20 seconds: I’m not even sure he would have qualified if the big 5 wasn’t a thing. I love bold stagings, sex induced performances but there’s a limit and a balance… Read more »

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Arsenic

Too long for a comment section, pls behave.

Arsenic
Arsenic
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

Ever heard about something called scrolling? So underrated, you should try it.

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
1 month ago
Reply to  Arsenic

Very, very, VERY true.

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Arsenic

I agree 100%. Of course here on Wiwi the quantity of gays voting is high and that reflects the current poll, but still, if we check the majority of people voting and the juries, it will be impossible for this to go higher than 8th or 10th place. We all remember Hatari. 10 place. Of course UK benefits from the usual amount of votes from the Anglophere plus the Nordics. But too much is too much. UK has confused Eurovision with Only Fans. The exhibition crosses dangerously the line between legitimate show and illegitimate provocation. And will not be rewarded… Read more »

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

The more I read these comments the more *necessary* I think the UK’s performance is. What has happened to make Europeans so prudish and fearful? Even other gay men have gotten into “won’t somebody please think of the children”. I remember pop stars in the 90s doing far more explicit performances than this and the reaction was completely unphased.

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

So, just to understand, the next step is to have a simulated sexual intercourse on the stage? I don’t know. A shower with the soap falling and someone bending over? For your info, the gay cause, which I support 100%, has been served much better by Ryan O’Shaughnessy (Ireland) in 2018 with the two dancing boyfriends than by Olly Alexander in 2024. Olly Alexander, will be associated by most people with the equation of gays equal perverted sex with orgys etc. Do you think this will be good for the acceptance of gays and gay rights in the society. I… Read more »

Sara
Sara
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Isn’t that always what people say though? If you just tone it down, if you just don’t stand out too much, then we’ll be fine. Which is also why lots of gay arts have gone the complete opposite direction, in order to provoke and show it all.

Besides, Spain came 3rd with Chanel 2 years ago with her ass hanging out. Don’t see why that should be celebrated and this not.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Some of us enjoy perverted sex orgies. Why should we pretend that aspect of our life doesn’t exist so that some people don’t have their “consensus reality” disturbed? Why should “acceptance” look like conformity to the very thing that’s destroyed generations of gay men? I’m not saying it’s “us against the straights”, there are a lot of intelligent, sophisticated straight people who understand that actual male sexuality doesn’t look like “I Don’t Feel Hate”, but the double standard is so obvious. Not a whisper of upset that Malta basically has two men putting their hands on the singer’s genitals. Not… Read more »

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  FunQ

Oh yessss, Ireland 2018 was fantastic. So emotional, sweet, gay and romantic. You don’t always have to be edgy to show something. In any case, it’s 3 minutes on stage for Olly and his dancers. No big deal. And guess what: there are only two scenarios. People with either like it or not.

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

The problem is not the performance itself. The problem is where it is done. The artists from the 90s you talk about weren’t doing that on a family show.

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

ESC has an enormous gay following, Olly is a gay artist. This is our space as much as it is a “family space”. Put the children to bed when the UK perform, but do the same with Malta, Austria, Moldova, Slovenia, etc.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Here’s another perspective:
The ESC technically stopped being a family show in the 2000s when the Junior contest got up and running. The ESC has since actively included more adult content in its shows, even having “El Diablo” perform 1st in the Grand Final in 2021!

Arsenic
Arsenic
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Omg enough with this obsession with the kids now, they’re far from being the only ones who won’t be receptive at all to this (to say the least), and I’m sure that with a pinch of honesty/objectivity it’s very clear to everyone, whether you actually like that performance or not!

Scotty
Scotty
1 month ago
Reply to  Marlinken

Yeah those prude and conservative people should just turn off Eurovision and leave it for the more progressive audience

Boreal
Boreal
1 month ago

How can the UK video smell so much like poppers??

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago
Reply to  Boreal

And lubricant!

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 month ago

Uk is just too much.

Tobi
Tobi
1 month ago

Slimane won Eurovision today, this performance is fabulous and by far the best we have seen this year, 12 points to France ?

Peter
Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Tobi

Nope.. not gonna happen.

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Tobi

Slimane song is boooooring.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago

I know this will be unpopular but I am going to say it anyway. There is a difference between sexy and sleazy. UK turned a mildly sexy song into a near pornographic stage show. Sleazy.

Fabian
Fabian
1 month ago

Have you seen the news on Ukraine’s entrant? They stated in interview that of Ukraine wins; they would sell the Eurovision trophy and donate the money 🙁
This boring song doesnt deserve winning; let alone top5. They are evenusing this song contest for their donation 🙁

Dascha
Dascha
1 month ago
Reply to  Fabian

Kalush Orchestra did the same with their trophy. What’s so wrong about it if it’s for a good cause?

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Dascha

Good example for Ukraine’s Perspective on this contest; they are just seeking for pity voting

Tomi
Tomi
1 month ago
Reply to  Fabian

How much are they asking? Maybe I can afford it. I’ve been listening to Maria Teresa on repeat!

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

Germany staging is on fire but does it really fit the song, not sure, Isaak voice is fire though. UK is very gay porn oriented, daring choice for a family show. Spain and Sweden quite similar as their National Finals but better and it works for me. France, white, ethereal, powerful, could really surprise. Italy one of the bookies frontrunners, cool concept, Angelina is sexy and powerful, will it stands out enough to win… we’ll see One thing I know is that in one week at this time exactly I will be in front of my screen full of stress… Read more »

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I think juries will not vote for UK, the show is too risque and provocative. Some openminded juries will vote for it sure but it wont be top 10 with juries.

I think France is the jury winner given Switzerland turned into a joke act with that outfit.

Italy is serving strong vocal but i need to see the full perfirmance

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Insane logic if Chanel can gyrate around the stage scantly clad and pick up jury votes then Olly can.

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy69

Chanel wasn’t simulating sex acts on stage though.

Arsenic
Arsenic
1 month ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy69

I don’t think that Chanel compares to Olly, the only “provocative” aspect of her staging was her almost nude derriere 🙂
I’d say the only real comparison we could make would be Albania 2022!

FunQ
FunQ
1 month ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy69

Chanel was not so provocative as it is this gay sauna quintet. And, for the moment, if straights vote, they can of course push her to the top. But she had other skills. Singing, dancing, coordinated moves, sexyness etc.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I still feel Nemo will win the jury vote by a large margin that televote winner Baby Lasagna will have to cover. I don’t believe there’s anything else in this year’s ESC, it’s either Switzerland or Croatia winning.

Amigo
Amigo
1 month ago

I just watched the snippets. I do not think that juries will give away points for UK as He’s not doing the singing nor talking part in the snippet. Everything shown in the snippet is pre-recorded! That’s not something that should be rewarded by Jury points! France is great for Jury votes but not good enough for televotes. He’s in for 6th-10th place in the final! Spain and Germany will probably not do better than 20th place. (If you do not agree with me, please let me know which 6 countries will be behind Spain and Germany!!) Sweden’s polished and… Read more »

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago
Reply to  Amigo

Not good enough for televotes….I heard this about Barbara Pravi before the contest in 2021 a million times…

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Do you really believe Slimane is gonna score as much as Barbara with the televote?

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

I do because he’ll get an even better draw than her. She had to follow Go_A and I feel certain that Bjorkman & co will be kinder than that. Watch him place Slimane after one or even two weaker packages. Biarritz 2025.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

Why not? It’s still a possibility. This song has an audience, its data pre contest are largely much bigger than Voilà, so why not.

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

More!

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago

After watching all snippets, I predict the winner of Eurovision 2024 will be France. Slimane will suck all those jury points and I wouldn’t be surprised that he will come 2nd or 3rd with the televote… And no, France is not my favourite. Anyhow, I’m up for a big surprise next week. Happy Eurovision everybody!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Nah, Switzerland will eat all the jury points. Slimane can sing but, the song is nothing really, it will be a repeat of Austria 2018 or Australia 2017 (but with more points than that .)

Winner, it will boil down to Switzerland, Croatia, UK or Italy.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

And when I say more points than that I mean more points in the televote as compared to Australia 2017.

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Juries rarely vote for originality so it is much more likely that they vote France ahead of Switzerland.

Eurogambler
Eurogambler
1 month ago
Reply to  Stian F

Do you have any examples? I’m not sure either way and can’t think of any specific times I’ve seen juries favour one over the other

Alaska
Alaska
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurogambler

North Macedonia 2019 (bland song, good vocals), Australia 2016 (idem), Austria 2018 (so-called “quality”, but quite uninspired pop song), just to name a few…

Mina22
Mina22
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

Australia 2016 is a great song

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Stian F

Ummm…. Switzerland 2021 won the jury vote with a very original and avant-garde song.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Not a single chance Suisse is winning the juries.

Poul Riisen
Poul Riisen
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I feel it will win the jury vote with a large margin. We will just have to wait one more week and see what happens.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

I agree i think this is the time for France. Not any ballads to compete, many uptempos so it will stand out

Remember how Portugal won in 2017 or Azerbaijan in 2011

Sally
Sally
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

No one is bringing the sheer vocal power or emotion of Slimane. And so many have decided to instead be a dance act or rely way too much on precorded lead vocals on the ‘backing vocal track’ and gimmicks.

Slimane could win this.

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  Alaska

France might win jury, but they probably won’t be even top 15 in televote. I can’t see him breaking 50 points on televote.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

Of course Ultima, of course…

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 month ago

UK and Italy for me, although I think all of them did quite well today.

BimBamBoum
BimBamBoum
1 month ago

France and Italy promise to be moments based on those snippets. Their new costumes are very good too.

About Spain, I think “Zorra” will get its full charm once the audience attend the arena