You better be in your seats on time on Tuesday. That’s because three beloved legends of the Eurovision Song Contest will open the show.

Eleni Foureira, Eric Saade, and Chanel have been selected by SVT to kick off the celebratory festivities with a spectacular show opener titled “United By Music.” This opening act not only embodies the official motto of the Eurovision Song Contest, but also serves as a testament to the legacy left by artists who have graced the Eurovision stage. Give us that popular slo-mo fire, honey!

Eleni Foureira, Eric Saade and Chanel are the Semi-Final 1 opening acts

 

The Semi-Final 1 opening act will be nothing short of WOW. Accompanied by 24 dancers, Eleni, Chanel, and Eric will perform their iconic entries that cemented their place in the Eurovision hall of fame.

Spain’s Chanel famously placed third in 2022 (“SloMo”); Eleni came second in 2018 (“Fuego”); and Eric Saade came third in 2011 (“Popular”).

None of them won on the night, but they’ve gone on to rack of tens of millions of streams and their tracks remain a staple of Eurovision parties the world over. 

Edward af Sillén, the director and screenwriter of Eurovision 2024, shares his vision for the opening act of the first semi-final:

“Our goal is to kick off this year’s event with a high-energy pop spectacle that showcases Sweden’s unwavering passion for the Eurovision Song Contest and serves as an example of our collective bond through music. These three amazing artists, although they may not have won the top prize, have undoubtedly won the hearts of fans across Europe. This performance is ready to set the tone for an exceptional week, and we hope that viewers will be captivated by its magic.”

You can tune in to the First Semi-Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday, May 7th at 21:00 CET. 

Do you believe that this incredible trio will meet the expectations of Eurovision fans and possibly even surpass the legendary switch song act of 2019?

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Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago

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Jimmy
1 month ago
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Jimmy
1 month ago
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Jimmy
1 month ago
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Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
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Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
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ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
1 month ago

Respect to Hatari and all the rest who have had the courage and guts to speak up – Eric Saade as well!

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  ATLANTIC

Hatari was not courage or brave, but cowards.
They didn’t do it during or right after their performance, but just a banner in the Green Room, after the votes for them were secured.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Eric Saade appearing IS surprising, in a good way. I’m sure he will make some gesture. Small like Madonna, or big like Hatari? Who knows.

There must surely be SOME official acknowledgment of all that’s happening. Like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” last year, or the stomping of “Give Peace a Chance” during the opening in Torino. Even going all the way back to Jerusalem 199 when all the acts came out at the end to sing Hallelujah for victims of war.

It would be so weird to just ignore events entirely.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

9

Ifty
Ifty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

He’s been trashing the EBU and the ESC and spreading disinformation about both and then he got rewarded by getting an invite despite the high chance that he’ll make this political and cause some provocation so no. I don’t think that it’s a good thing that he was invited. I don’t see why this should be made into a thing during the competition. The competition shouldn’t be made political and the situation in Israel shouldn’t be given a special gesture more than the situation between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It’s not like with the Ukraine situation where it was a European… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Maybe he’ll wear an outfit in the flag colors of red, black, green and white?

Dane
Dane
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I hope they will ignore it since Its a MUSIC competition

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I agree with Dane. It’s a music and song competition for all Ebu countries.

Even if the Ebu wants or accepts to do a statement vaguely and disguised ”for all victims of war”,
you shouldn’t invite a singer who is running a campaign to boycott Eurovision or ‘Exclude Israel from the song contest’.

First he wanted that everybody boycotts the contest because of Israel, and now he’s performing himself?

Oh well, i think they will allow his political statement anyway, or pretend that they didn’t know before.

Jonny
Jonny
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I hope he will do nothing.

andria
andria
1 month ago

i love how they are bringing back foureira for the second time… she is the winner in our hearts!!

andria
andria
1 month ago

foureira….????????????????????

Michel
Michel
1 month ago

Viva Chanel.She was the real winner!

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

And somebody please tell me there shall be no Mans Zelmerlove anywhere in sight. I’ll get down on my knees, corn and all…

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Vjera Brdar

I bet he’s one of the grand final interval acts.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Ugh NOOOOOO!
Guy in insufferable.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Or he could be the Swedish spokesperson for the Swedish jury, although I don’t know if Sweden has announced their spokesperson yet

Christopher
Christopher
1 month ago

More Eurovision artists with no morals. Very disappointed.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

As I said the other day, I woukd love Lena Ph in some capacity. Think she woulda made a teriffic host with Petra. Never heard of this Marlin person.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Another great line up, all three are still bangers to this day! Perfect way to start a party!

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Love how they keep getting Eleni back, it’s like they know she should have won in 2018.

andria
andria
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Yeah ikr she was incredible!!

Troy
Troy
1 month ago

Eric will try to make a provocation against Israel on stage and it’s not fair! The EBU should cancel his performance. We don’t need any more mess on stage. I hope that KAN11 will talk to the Eurovision management about this.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Troy

Yep, they’re inviting someone to perform who’s so vocal about the war, as if he’s just going to sing and that’s it…
We can all expect him to probably bring the flag with him, one way or another…

Green
Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Lets hope, lets show our support and love for this nation while they are going through a gen0coide by a country that should have been kicked out of eurovision years ago

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

He’s been very vocal about his outrage towards the EBU. I wonder if he actually has the balls to disrupt the show. Does SVT actually hope for him to do something? Probably not, I think the care about a perfectly planned show the most so they’ll probably keep him in line and maybe let him have a small orchestrated nudge of some sort.

Stian F
Stian F
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Are you afraid of a flag???

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  Troy

He is half Lebanese, what do you expect?

Dane
Dane
1 month ago
Reply to  Boris

he can use his social medias, but stop trying to ruin Eurovision for us who wanna watch it. He should maybe just boycot, but no he wants the money

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Troy

Well then we nees him. I don’t think he can sing, but this sounds promising.
Go fot it, man!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Troy

Can’t artists call for ceasefire on TV?

Paul Sorenson
Paul Sorenson
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

No, it’s a Music contest, and a call for ceasefire would be a political call.

Dane
Dane
1 month ago

I just know that Eric Saade will try to ruin it with a political statement

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Dane

Is calling for ceasefire a political statement?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Of course.

Dane
Dane
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Maybe not but its provocative since he is very vocal about the current situation

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

wow!

Michele
Michele
1 month ago

It makes sense all of them are swedish products

Boris
Boris
1 month ago
Reply to  Michele

yes and you masturbate to dead babies

Green
Green
1 month ago
Reply to  Michele

Slomo was done by a Spanish/american team, where is sweden involved?

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago

Queens (and King)!

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

Can’t wait what a brilliant selection of artists and songs. Absolute Eurovision classics

Eyal
Eyal
1 month ago

Eric Saade – we knew it was coming.
Eleni and Chanel will outshadow some of the contestants, especially the wannabes.

LawnaDellPlay
LawnaDellPlay
1 month ago

I would prefer Dua Lipa and Hoodienie

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  LawnaDellPlay

whenever Albania hosts ESC then Dua Lipa can be a interval act, same as other albanian queen Ava Max

Dua’s daddy Dukagjin to take part in the next edition of FiK please

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Don’t forget miss Ora and miss Rexa.
Dua didn’t touch Swedish producers for RO, so there really wasn’t any reason for the invite. Plus, I don’t think she’ using Morrocan Oil, if you know what I mean.

Miko
Miko
1 month ago

Same old faces year after year…. anyway, I always use this interval act time for pooping, and never watch opening show so doesn’t really care…

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago
Reply to  Miko

I’m just glad we’re getting Sertab Erener this year, and not Mans like every year since 2015 basically

Calp
Calp
1 month ago
Reply to  Miko

How is Chanel the same face year after year if she almost won 2 years ago?!

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

The ladies two should have been the winners. This is nice. If they actually let them sing instead of just holding a mic.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

* two ladies

Green
Green
1 month ago

Finally Chanel getting the recognition as a modern eurovision Legend! The fact they had Cornelia jacobs perform last year and not Chanel is still astounding to me, especially since that was a week or two after she put out Clavaito, one of the biggest hits in Spain in 2023

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

Will this be lipsynched?

Aris
Aris
1 month ago

Queen Foureira !
Fuego is still burning