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Nemo brought the woh-ho-ho, everyone else the ho-hum : Eurovision 2024 review

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Published Time: 12.05.2024 - 03:40:14 Modified Time: 12.05.2024 - 03:40:14

Aside from the controversy off-stage, an enjoyable Eurovision final didn’t ruffle many (glittery) feathers GETTY IMAGES In the end, it was just another Eurovision Song Contest

Aside from the controversy off-stage, an enjoyable Eurovision final didn’t ruffle many (glittery) feathers

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In the end, it was just another Eurovision Song Contest. Overshadowed through the week by controversy over Israel’s participation and rattled by the expulsion of Netherlands representative Joost Klein hours before the grand final, it seemed the world’s most outrageous musical party might be about to crash in dramatic fashion. 

But the Malmö 2024 edition of Eurovision simply grabbed its glittery face paint, knee-high boots and semi-clad male dancers and steam-rolled on regardless across an evening that was enjoyable, though never quite spectacular. 

It was a so-so Eurovision, with a few silly moments and some banging tunes – but not enough of either to truly stand out. Even Graham Norton, commenting on BBC One, sounded stonkingly underwhelmed.

Switzerland’s Nemo won with Freddie Mercury-ish power ballad The Code, while the UK’s Olly Alexander had an awkward moment when receiving a thunking null points from the public vote. 

There was a big fat zero, too, to whoever was in charge of talking Abba into reforming for the contest on the 50th anniversary of Waterloo winning Eurovision. Rumours that Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid would don silver jumpsuits again and grace the Malmö Arena proved wide of the mark. 

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Instead, viewers were treated to a creepy cameo from their London-based digital Abbatars. It was by far the scariest moment of the four-hour broadcast. Which is saying something considering Ireland’s Bambie Thug was essentially doing Enya: The Satan Years. 

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