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Eurovision Song Contest 2024: Date, UK entry, draw, host, songs, scoring, schedule, why Australia are in and more

The draw for the two semi-finals has been made with all but a few countries having named their entrants for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision will be held in Malmo this year after Loreen's second success, winning the 2023 edition with Tattoo.

Find out all you need to know from the schedule to the dates to how scoring works for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest below.

Eurovision 2024

Eurovision 2024 date

The first semi-final will take place on 7th May at 20:00 BST. The second semi-final will take place on 9th May at 20:00 BST.

The jury final, which is not broadcast on TV, is essentially a dress rehearsal and is what each nation's jury will judge the acts on (with results announced at the Grand Final), as opposed to the final which is broadcast on TV and is what the general public vote on, and is held on 10th May.

The Grand Final will be held on 11th May at 20:00 BST.

Eurovision tickets

Tickets for the semi-finals and Grand Final of Eurovision 2024 are available via the ticketmaster website.

Eurovision 2023 winner

Sweden joined Ireland as the joint-most successful Eurovision nation with their 2023 win. Loreen, who won for the second time, made it seven wins for Sweden, tying with Ireland, whose last Eurovision winner came in 1996.

You can see a full list of previous winners here

Eurovision 2024 host country and venue

The 2024 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the Malmo Arena in Sweden. 2024 will be the seventh time Sweden has hosted Eurovision, and the third time Malmo has hosted.

Why is Eurovision in Sweden?

Traditionally, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contests undertakes the duties of hosting the following year.

Eurovision 2024 voting and scoring

The two semi-finals will be voted on by the countries performing within each respective semi-final, as well as Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom for the first semi-final, and France, Italy and Spain for the second semi-final. Non-participating countries will also vote on the semi-finals.

15 countries will compete in the first semi-final with 16 competing in the second semi-final, and 10 countries from each will qualify for the Grand Final.

The voting and scoring systems have undergone a number of changes over the years, and the current system sees the televote and jury votes combined.

Each country announces its jury scores first, with the best song receiving 12 points, the second best 10 points, then the next 10 receiving eight down to one. These are all added up to create a leaderboard, but since 2016, a new system has been used where the televotes are then tallied separately and added after the jury results have been announced.

These are announced in ascending order for each country's televote. For example, the country with the lowest televote score will be announced first, with their score added to their jury score. The country with the highest televote score will be announced last, with their score added to their jury score. The country with the highest combined score wins.

In 2023, Sweden were leading after the jury vote with 340 points (Israel were second with (177), ahead of Italy (176) and Finland (150)), and although Finland won the televote with 376 points, Sweden's 243 points were enough to win the Grand Final.

Eurovision 2024 songs and draw

All countries who qualify for the final will be randomly allocated a half of the draw, with the organisers then selecting positions afterwards. Historically, the best player to be drawn is in the second half of the draw, ideally around 18th-24th, when more people are tuning in.

In the interest of fairness, any leading contenders who are drawn in the first half of the Grand Final are usually given a draw later in the first half; for example, in 2023, Sweden and Finland were allocated 9th and 13th in the Grand Final.

The semi-final draw with a complete list of confirmed songs can be seen here.

Eurovision 2024 UK entry

The United Kingdom will be represented in the 2024 Grand Final by Olly Alexander, lead singer of Years & Years, who have two UK number one albums, with Dizzy, which was released on Friday 1st March.

As a member of the 'Big Five', who contribute more money to the running of Eurovision, the United Kingdom, along with Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and the previous year's winner (in this case, Sweden) are automatically assured of a place in the Grand Final.

Early flagbearers in the competition, the UK won four times between 1967 and 1981 with Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Brotherhood of Man and Bucks Fizz, before winning again in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves.

The UK has fared decidedly worse in recent years, however, finishing bottom more times (five) than finishing in the top five (four), with the infamous nul points twice in that time with Jemini and James Newman.

Sam Ryder is the UK's most successful entry of the 21st century, finishing second with Space Man in 2022.

Why are Australia in Eurovision?

The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast in Australia every year since 1983 to a large audience, with the contest earning a large cult following, so much so that the country was granted an entry to the 2015 Grand Final to commemorate the 60th edition.

After finishing fifth in the Grand Final, Australia were granted an entry in 2016, but were entered into the semi-finals, which they won, eventually coming second in the Grand Final.

Australia have been entered into Eurovision eight times, appearing in seven finals, where they've recorded two top-five finishes and three more top-10s.

Eurovision 2024 how to watch

Both semi-finals and the Grand Final will be broadcast live on BBC One in the UK.

Viewers in the US can watch Eurovision exclusively on Peacock.

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