Eurovision 2024 – live: Israel’s place in final sparks protests as Olly Alexander says UK odds are ‘one per cent’ SuperNayr

Israel’s Eurovision entry Eden Golan responds to Palestine protests as she makes final

Further protests are expected to take place after Israel qualified as one of the 26 countries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 final.

Ahead of the second semi-final on Thursday 9 May, thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets in Malmö, Sweden, where this year’s contest is being held, to protest against Israel’s participation amid its war on Gaza.

The country is being represented by singer Eden Golan, whose rehearsal performance of her song “Hurricane” was met with boos and shouts of “free Palestine” on Wednesday.

Swedish authorities have ramped up security and are bracing for possible unrest when the final takes place this Saturday.

Other countries to make it through to the final after competing on Thursday include favourites such as Croatia’s Baby Lasagna, Ireland’s Bambie Thug, and Switzerland’s Nemo.

The UK is being represented by pop singer Olly Alexander, who told the BBC on Friday that his odds for winning are “at one per cent”.

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Greta Thunberg among thousands protesting against Israel competing in Eurovision

Greta Thunberg among thousands protesting against Israel competing in Eurovision

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 12:28

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Bookies odds put Croatia as favourite to win while Israel are second, and the UK…

The bookies have been updating their odds for the favourites at this year’s song contest.

Maverick singer Baby Lasagna is still the current favourite with his bonkers entry “Rim Tim Tagi Dim”, while Israel’s Eden Golan is second favourite.

BetVictor is offering odds of 11/10 on Baby Lasagna, and 11/5 for Golan and her song “Hurricane”.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian duo Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil are at 16/1, and Ireland’s entry Bambie Thug has odds of 14/1. Italy is another top favourite, with odds of 22/1.

Unfortunately, the UK’s Olly Alexander seems like a long-shot, as odds on his song “Dizzy” are currently at 80/1. But that’s not as bad as Sweden’s delegates Marcus & Martinus, who have a 100/1 shot of clinching a second consecutive win for the host country with “Unforgettable”.

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 12:07

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Who is Eden Golan? Israel’s 2024 Eurovision contestant singing Hurricane at the final in Sweden

Here’s everything we know about her so far:

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 12:01

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Israel’s Eden Golan shares behind-the-scenes video as she reacts to reaching Eurovision final

Israel’s Eden Golan shares behind-the-scenes video as she reacts to reaching Eurovision final

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 11:45

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Graham Norton’s most savage Eurovision commentary

Eurovision wouldn’t be the same without Norton’s cutting remarks…

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 11:31

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Israel’s Eurovision entry Eden Golan responds to Palestine protests as she makes final

Israel’s Eurovision entry Eden Golan responds to Palestine protests as she makes final

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 11:16

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Abba tease Eurovision return with cheeky TikTok clip: ‘Did you miss us?’

The five-second teaser features old footage of the supergroup with a voiceover that says: “Okay guys, we’re back. Did you miss us? Because we missed you.”

It has been viewed more than 1.5 million times since being posted this week.

This year’s Eurovision marks the 50th anniversary of Abba’s 1974 win and the song contest is being held in their home country of Sweden.

“I swear if these four do a reunion I will explode,” one excited fan commented on the TikTok.

Another added: “This is historic.”

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 11:14

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Who is Bambie Thug? The Irish ‘goth gremlin’ leaving Eurovision fans ‘speechless’

Bambie, who goes by they/them/their pronouns, is therefore the first Irish contestant to make it through to a Eurovision final since 2018. They been praised for what many have dubbed a flawless performance that will assert them as one to beat.

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 11:01

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Graham Norton responds to rumours of special Abba appearance at Eurovision

Graham Norton responds to rumours of special Abba appearance at Eurovision

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 10:45

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Meet Sweden’s Eurovision 2024 entry, Norwegian twins Marcus and Martinus

Sweden’s 2024 Eurovision twin delegates Marcus & Martinus are no strangers to the stage, having achieved a Top 10 hit in Norway aged nine, and a second consecutive hit, “Elektrisk”, which remained in the Norwegian charts for 66 weeks.

It’s no surprise, then, that the Norwegian duo already have a huge following and are used to playing sold-out arenas around Scandinavia.

They first attempted to represent their neighbours Sweden at Eurovision in 2023, but were runners-up to Loreen, who went on to win Eurovision last year with her song “Tattoo”.

Roisin O’Connor10 May 2024 10:31

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