Eurovision Song Contest 2024 date and host city revealed

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The Eurovision Song Contest has confirmed the date it will return in 2014 and which city will take the coveted role of host.

This year, the long-running competition took place in Liverpool as the UK took over hosting duties from 2022 winner’s Kalush Orchestra’s nation Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian invasion.

After 26 countries battled it out in the Northern city, including UK singer Mae Muller, the Eurovision was won by Sweden’s Loreen, making her the second person and first woman to be named champion twice, after Ireland’s Johnny Logan.

The Tattoo singer’s historic victory meant that Sweden would be hosting the 2024 Eurovision, neatly in time for Abba’s 50th anniversary, although at the time the specific location wasn’t revealed.

Speculation had been mounting about which city in the Scandinavian country would play host, with many believing it would be Stockholm, which is also a leg on Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour next year.

Now, though, it has been confirmed that Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden after the capital and Gothenburg, will be home to the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

Hosted at the Malmö Arena, the beloved spectacle’s grand final will be held on Saturday May, 11 with the semi-finals on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9, May.

Organisers said Malmö was chosen following a strong city bid process that examined facilities at the venue, the ability to accommodate thousands of visiting delegations, crew, fans and journalists, infrastructure and other criteria.

Sweden has won the Eurovision seven times having been, before Loreen, last named victorious in 2015, tying Ireland’s record for the most victories in the contest.

The contest has been previously twice held in Malmö, three times in Stockholm and once in Gothenburg.

As well as Abba and Loreen, the county has won the Eurovision with entries Herreys, Carola, Charlotte Nilsson and Måns Zelmerlöw.

Malmö has a lot to live up to, with Liverpool’s epic grand final seeing a surprise appearance by Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, a legendary performance by Sam Ryder – which left some fans pretty confused when they thought they misheard him – and Mel Giedroyc absolutely stealing the show.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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