5 Shocking facts About Eurovision’s Controversial Entries

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As of my last update, Hamas stands designated as a terrorist organization by numerous countries and international bodies.

This designation is a result of its history of violence, attacks on civilians, and its stated goal of eliminating the state of Israel.

Hamas, also known as Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya (Islamic Resistance Movement), emerged in the late 1980s as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It gained prominence during the First Intifada, a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Since then, Hamas has become a major player in Palestinian politics, controlling the Gaza Strip since 2007 after winning legislative elections there and violently ousting its rival, Fatah.

The United States, the European Union, Israel, Canada, and Japan are among the entities that have officially designated Hamas as a terrorist organization.

These designations are based on various factors, including Hamas’s use of violence and terror tactics, its refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and its rejection of previous peace agreements.

For the United States, Hamas has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) since 1997.

This designation carries legal and financial consequences, making it illegal for U.S. citizens or entities to provide material support or resources to Hamas.

Additionally, it allows the U.S. government to freeze Hamas’s assets and prosecute individuals or groups found to be associated with the organization.

Similarly, the European Union designated Hamas as a terrorist organization in 2003, citing its involvement in terrorist activities, attacks against civilians, and its refusal to renounce violence.

This designation has implications for EU member states’ policies toward Hamas and their interactions with the Palestinian territories.

Israel, facing regular rocket attacks and terrorist activities launched from Gaza by Hamas, also classifies the group as a terrorist organization.

This designation forms the basis of Israel’s military operations and security measures in the region, aimed at countering Hamas’s threats and protecting its citizens.

Canada and Japan have also designated Hamas as a terrorist organization, aligning their policies with those of other Western countries and signaling their condemnation of Hamas’s violent tactics and extremist ideology.

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Despite these designations and international efforts to isolate Hamas, the group continues to exert significant influence in the Gaza Strip and remains a key player in Palestinian politics.

Efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region are complicated by the presence of Hamas and its militant activities, underscoring the ongoing challenges in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In conclusion, Hamas’s designation as a terrorist organization by multiple countries and international bodies reflects its history of violence, rejection of peace efforts, and extremist ideology.

This designation has legal, financial, and security implications, shaping international policies and efforts to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As of my last update, Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by several countries and international bodies, including the United States, the European Union, Israel, Canada, and Japan.

This designation is based on factors such as Hamas’s history of violence, attacks on civilians, and its stated goal of eliminating the state of Israel.



The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Saturday 11 May 2024.

BBC Studios will once again produce the BBC’s coverage of the biggest and most watched song competition in the world following the 67th Eurovision Song Contest which was hosted by the BBC in Liverpool, on behalf of Ukraine in May 2023.

Following Loreen’s victory in Liverpool with the song Tattoo, the 68th edition of the Contest ise taking place in Sweden, with the Grand Final broadcast live from Malmö Arena. This is the seventh time Sweden hosts the Contest with a Hollywood star and an iconic Eurovision-veteran overseeing proceedings; Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede.

Performing in the Grand Final will be all the acts who successfully made it through their respective Semi-Finals along with the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy who make up the Big Five. Joining them will be last year’s winner Sweden, who also automatically qualify.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Grand Final – and how to watch and listen to it on the BBC.

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What time is the Eurovision 2024 Grand Final on TV and BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds?

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Grand Final will be broadcast live on Saturday 11 May 2024 at 8pm (BST) on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

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Who are the Eurovision 2024 presenters Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede?

Fan favourite Petra Mede is a Swedish comedian, who is hosting Eurovision for the third time in 2024. She previously hosted the Song Contest in Malmö in 2013 and in Stockholm in 2016 with 2015 Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. The pair famously performed an interval act called Love, Love, Peace, Peace.

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Swedish-American actress Malin Åkerman was born in Stockholm, raised in Canada and now lives with her family in Los Angeles. Her father currently lives in Sweden and she makes her Eurovision hosting debut in Malmö.

Meet the Eurovision 2024 Grand Final UK commentators:

Graham Norton split his time between the main stage and the commentary box in 2023 but he’s live with you on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for the whole show this year as your UK commentator for the Eurovision 2024 Grand Final.

Over on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, Scott Mills and Rylan will be leading the commentary on the airwaves.

Who is the Jury spokesperson delivering the UK’s votes at Eurovision 2024?

Multi-award winning actor, Joanna Lumley, will be joining the BBC Eurovision family as the United Kingdom’s Eurovision spokesperson, where she will deliver the results of the UK’s National Jury live during the Grand Final on Saturday 11 May.

A long term fan of Eurovision, Joanna Lumley is already getting into the mood for her iconic Spokesperson role. Joanna says: “Good Evening Malmö, it’s Joanna here! I am delighted to be announcing the jury vote for the UK at this year’s Eurovision. It’s such a fabulous honour to give the iconic ‘douze points’!”

Joanna follows in the illustrious footsteps of previous spokespeople which includes Catherine Tate, AJ Odudu, Amanda Holden, Nigella Lawson, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Osman, Alex Jones, Cheryl Baker and Katrina Leskanich from Katrina & The Waves amongst many others.

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Which countries are competing in the 2024 Eurovision Grand Final? And what is the Eurovision Grand Final running order?

Public broadcasters from 37 countries entered the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 but only 26 acts can compete in the Grand Final.

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom (also known as the Big 5) automatically qualify every year. Sweden, as winners of the 2015 Song Contest, also automatically progress to the Grand Final.

Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine all qualified for the Grand Final in the First Semi-Final on 7 May.

Armenia, Austria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland qualified from the Second Semi-Final on 9 May.

The running order of the Eurovision Grand Final is as follows…

1. Sweden – Marcus & Martinus – Unforgettable

2. Ukraine – alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – Teresa & Maria

3. Germany – ISAAK – Always On The Run

4. Luxembourg – TALI – Fighter

5. Netherlands – Joost Klein – Europapa

6. Israel – Eden Golan – Hurricane

7. Lithuania – Silvester Belt – Luktelk

8. Spain – Nebulossa – ZORRA

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

10. Ireland – Bambie Thug – Doomsday Blue

11. Latvia – Dons – Hollow

12. Greece – Marina Satti – ZARI

13. United Kingdom – Olly Alexander – Dizzy

14. Norway – Gåte – Ulveham

15. Italy – Angelina Mango – La Noia

16. Serbia – TEYA DORA – RAMONDA

17. Finland – Windows95man – No Rules!

18. Portugal – iolanda – Grito

19. Armenia – LADANIVA – Jako

20. Cyprus – Silia Kapsis – Liar

21. Switzerland – Nemo – The Code

22. Slovenia – Raiven – Veronika

23. Croatia – Baby Lasagna – Rim Tim Tagi Dim

24. Georgia – Nutsa Buzaladze – Firefighter

25. France – Slimane – Mon Amour

26. Austria – Kaleen – We Will Rave

How does Eurovision work?

A total of 37 acts take place in the Eurovision and the top 10 acts from each of the two semifinals are selected for the grand finale.

These acts will join the countries that have automatically made it to the final. These are the host country Sweden, and the so-called Big Five- Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

How is the winner chosen?

The winners of the semifinals are decided by public voting. But the winner of the final is chosen by a combination of public votes and those of national juries.

Countries selected for the grand final on Saturday are

Luxembourg – “Fighter” by Tali
Slovenia – “Veronika” by Raiven
Ukraine – “Teresa & Maria” by Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil
Serbia – “Raymondo” by Teya Dora
Portugal – “Grito” by Lolanda
Croatia – “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” by Baby Lasagna
Cyprus – “Liar” by Silia Kapsis
Lithuania – “Luktelk” by Silvester Belt
Finland – “No Rules!” by Windows95man
Ireland – “Doomsday Blue” by Bambie Th

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When will the semifinals and final of Eurovision 2024 take place?
The second semifinal of Eurovision 2024 will take place May 9, 2024, at 3 p.m. ET. The final will be held on May 11 at 3 p.m. ET.

How can one watch Eurovision 2024 in the US?
The European Broadcasting Union has the monopoly of broadcasting the show in Europe. But Eurovision 2024 can be watched in the US on Peacock, which will be streaming live its semifinals and final. Be ..

Eurovision 2024 Grand Final Interval Acts and Musical Guests

The opening and interval acts are bring kept under wraps for now, but we do know 2023 Eurovision winner Loreen will be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest stage for an extra-special performance.

How much does Eurovision cost?

Each participating broadcaster pays an entrance fee to the EBU.

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK pay the most, although the BBC does not make its contribution public.

It is thought staging the 2023 event in Liverpool cost the BBC between £8m and £17m. The UK government pledged £10m, while local authorities in Liverpool committed £4m.

Meet UK Eurovision 2024 act Olly Alexander

Multi-award winning music superstar, Olly Alexander will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom with his song Dizzy in Malmö.

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“Dizzy is about an overwhelming feeling of love that someone gives you where they’ve swept you off your feet and they’re literally turning your world upside down,” Olly explains. “The song is about that feeling, and I love it, I love the song so much, and I just can’t wait to perform it.”

Olly’s aiming to make his performance “truly unforgettable” for the audience. “I want to leave them with something that they will never forget and of course, I hope to bring an element of dizziness to the performance and capture the feelings of the song.”

How Eurovision Grand Final voting works

During the Grand Final on Saturday 11 May, voting will open just before the first song is performed.

Viewers at home will be able to cast their votes as the songs are performed, rather than waiting until all entries have been presented, as has been the case since public voting was introduced in 1997 (except in 2010 and 2011 when voting also began at the start of the show).


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