ESC 2024 Highlights Eurovision Song Contest

Here are the last ten finalists of Eurovision 2024

Here are the last ten finalists of Eurovision 2024 Pictures credits:
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All the qualifiers for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 are now defined. The last ten spots were decided this Thursday in the second semi-final at the Malmö Arena in Sweden.



(Click on the song titles to watch the performances)


The summary of the show

At the beginning of the show, a recap of the qualifiers from the first semifinal was shown, followed by a backstage video featuring the hosts Malin Åkerman and Petra Meda getting ready… then transitioning to a solarium where they sing a parodied version of Tattoo: Loreen’s winning song from last year.


This served as the entry point to the arena, followed by the usual introductions.


1. Malta – Sarah Bonnici: Loop

  • Postcard: Chiara (1998) and Destiny (2022)
  • Performance: Sarah Bonnici appeared on stage with four dancers. It was a lively performance with a lot of dancing and choreography, embellished by dynamic lighting and, at one point, fireworks.


2. Albania – Besa: TiTAN

  • Postcard: Kejsi Tola (2009) and Rona Nishliu (2012)
  • Performance: The performance started with a spotlight on Besa, dressed in blue. There were also four dancers on stage, and the graphics on the LED screens were an important component of the performance, adding color and movement.


3. Greece – Marina Satti: ZARI

  • Postcard: Marinella (1974) and Helena Paparizou (2005)
  • Performance: At the beginning of the performance, the TV production applied a filter as if Marina Satti were performing live on TikTok. Then, as the rhythm picked up, the shots became more conventional, with four dancers joining. The lighting was very colorful, especially in shades of blue, purple, and white. A very dynamic and rhythmic performance.


4. Switzerland – Nemo: The Code

  • Postcard: Céline Dion (1988) and Gjon’s Tears (2021)
  • Performance: Nemo, wearing a dominant salmon-colored feather costume, was alone on stage with a central rotating disc-shaped platform as the main prop. The singer moved constantly throughout the performance, where he was the main focus. The lighting favored white, contrasting with the black background. Towards the end, there were also yellowish tones.


5. Czechia – Aiko: Pedestal

  • Postcard: Mikolas Josef (2018) and We Are Domi (2022)
  • Performance: The cubes at the top of the stage descended at the beginning of the performance, showing band images gradually rising. Aiko was accompanied by four dancers. As for the lights, constantly in motion, red was the dominant color. Later, the stage darkened before a climactic ending.


After the Czech Republic’s performance, there was a short break in the performances, during which Jahn Teigen, Norway’s representative in three ESC editions who passed away in 2020, was remembered. Some songs that finished last throughout history were also recalled.

Then, Slimane from France was the first directly qualified to perform tonight.


France – Slimane: Mon Amour

  • Postcard: Marie Myriam (1977) and Barbara Pravi (2021)
  • Performance: Slimane was alone on stage, dressed in white. Simplicity marked the performance, as did the white tones. The singer began lying down and sitting up, rising to interact with the camera using his hands as the rhythm increased.


6. Austria – Kaleen: We Will Rave

  • Postcard: Conchita Wurst (2014) e Cesár Sampson (2018)
  • Performance: Kaleen on a dark stage, with predominance of triangular shapes and blue lights at the beginning. Then, four dancers joined, along with purple tones. A lively play of lights and lasers, conveying well the festive feeling the song announces.


7. Denmark – Saba: Sand

  • Postcard: Hot Eyes (1988) and Olsen Brothers (2000)
  • Performance: At the beginning of the performance, Saba, alone on stage, released sand from one hand, poorly illuminated. The lights began to shine as the rhythm increased, mainly in warm tones of yellow and orange. The fog on the stage floor was present. A videoclip-worthy performance, with graphics helping, but Saba was very static.


8. Armenia – Ladaniva: Jako

  • Postcard: Inga & Anush (2009) and Rosa Linn (2022)
  • Performance: Armenia presented traditional costumes, lots of color, and movement. Jako, who is also the vocalist of Ladaniva, was constantly moving. In the center, the rest of the band was on a platform structure. There was also some interaction with the audience, in a very lively and festive moment that left no one indifferent.


When Ladaniva left the stage, there was a small break in the song parade, before Latvia.


9. Latvia – Dons: Hollow

  • Postcard: Marie N (2002) and Aminata (2015)
  • Performance: Dons, dressed in blue, started alone inside a large circular structure. The graphics were dark, as was the lighting, until the most intense part of the song. The singer left the structure, moving towards the edge of the stage, halfway through the performance.


Spain – Nebulossa: Zorra

  • Postcard: Massiel (1968) and Chanel (2022)
  • Performance: Spain was another directly qualified country for the final to perform in this semifinal. The Nebulossa vocalist began between two dancers, in front of a kind of pedestal. Red dominated the colorful staging, although all members on stage wore black… well, the dancers undressed, leaving little more than naked at one point during the performance.


10. San Marino – Megara: 11:11

  • Postcard: Valentina Monetta (2014) and Serhat (2019)
  • Performance: The stage design for San Marino was dominated by shades of purple, featuring unusual and highly dynamic graphics, as well as camera movements. The lead vocalist of Megara moved around the stage and continued to dance throughout the performance. In the final phase, flames emerged across the entire stage.


11. Georgia – Nutsa Buzaladze: Fire Fighter

  • Postcard: Sopho (2007) and Nina Sublatti (2015)
  • Performance: In this lively song, Nutsa Buzaladze started alone on a platform, illuminated in fiery red, gradually brightening as the performance progressed. Four dancers joined her. The graphics displayed the singer’s face and flame graphics, which were also abundantly used on the stage. Nutsa Buzaladze not only sang but also incorporated dance moves into some parts of the performance. In the end, she returned to the initial platform, which elevated.


12. Belgium – Mustii: Before the Party’s Over

  • Postcard: Sandra Kim (1986) and Loïc Nottet (2015)
  • Performance: Mustii was alone on stage, starting against warm-toned lighting. The singer was dressed in white and then went to a circle where he was surrounded by microphones for much of the performance. Movement was given mostly by the cameras, but also by Mustii, who eventually left the circle for the edge of the cross that makes up the stage design, moving during the most intense phase.


13. Estonia – 5MIINUST x Puuluup: (nendest) narkootikumidest ei tea me (küll) midagi

  • Postcard: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL (2001) and Urban Symphony (2009)
  • Performance: In one of the most irreverent performances of the night, the lead singer of 5MIINUST x Puuluup started very close to the audience, which is not often seen. Then, he joined the other members on stage, all constantly moving on a stage illuminated in different tones. However, at times, there was a feeling that the camera movements could be a bit faster. At a certain point in the performance, the band members were dancing on stage… and in the graphics on the LED screen background.


Italy – Angelina Mango: La noia

  • Postcard: Umberto Tozzi & Raf (1987) and Måneskin (2021)
  • Performance: Angelina Mango began lying against a backdrop of rose bushes on the LED floor screens. Then, she got up and was joined by five dancers. All six members moved constantly, in a highly adorned staging (perhaps even too much), with graphics on the LED screens depicting roses and rose bushes. The title of the song, “La noia,” appeared adorned with roses at certain points. There was also a throne of rose bushes and roses, where Angelina Mango sat for moments and where the performance ended. Fireworks were also used.


14. Israel – Eden Golan: Hurricane

  • Postcard: Duo Datz (1991) and Dana International (1998)
  • Performance: Eden Golan started enveloped in fog, in a circle. Five dancers were then revealed. The six members later moved more freely on stage, with fog emanating from the floor being a constant. The graphics on the LED screens, blue during part of the performance, evolved into orange tones of the sun at the peak of the song. A sun that faded at the end.


15. Norway – Gåte: Ulveham

  • Postcard: Ketil Stokkan (1986) and Alexander Rybak (2009)
  • Performance: Gåte’s performance was marked, from the beginning, by a dark and somewhat mystical atmosphere, in which lasers highlighted the vocalist in a central position. The graphics, lights, and the band members themselves gave movement dynamics to the performance, which seemed very well suited to the folk nature of the song.


16. Netherlands – Joost Klein: Europapa

  • Postcard: Edsilia Rombley (1998) and Duncan Laurence (2019)
  • Performance: What to say about the Netherlands? The LED screens on the floor began to show Joost Klein’s face, dressed in a peculiar blue suit. There were also two dancers and two instrumentalists on stage. The graphics showed various things: the image of the planet, checkered pattern, plates of food, the chorus «Europapa», CDs, fires, the image of the performer… The colors of the European Union flag were present in the attire of two of the members. A performance full of dance, movement, joy, and color. In the end, the TV broadcast showed the English caption of the song’s key message to Joost Klein’s parents.


After the performances, the voting opened and the first recap of the performances was shown. This was followed by an interval act, with a sing-along featuring Helena Paparizou, Charlotte Perrelli, and Sertab Erener – former ESC winners.


After this performance, a second recap of the competing songs was broadcast, followed by the closing of the votes. The history of national selections was then highlighted, showing failed attempts to win by some renowned artists.

As in the first semifinal, there was also a summary of the Turquoise Carpet ceremony – in this case, with the moments of the participants in this second semifinal.

The second interval act featured Petra Meda and Charlotte Perrelli as protagonists, in a musical style parody called «We Just Love Eurovision Too Much», highlighting Sweden’s success at Eurovision. Later, other artists joined, including last year’s representative from Finland and runner-up, Käärija, who sang Cha Cha Cha.


The moment of announcing the qualifiers arrived, with the green room opening up, revealing behind the stage before the «green light» from executive supervisor Martin Österdahl. The finalists were announced in this order: Latvia, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Israel, Greece, Estonia, Switzerland, Georgia, and Armenia.

The semi-final ended with a recap of the qualified songs and with the qualifiers together in the green room in a festive atmosphere, as usual… but with a «twist»: Herreys singing the famous song Diggi-loo diggi-ley, with which they won the ESC in 1984.

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