What time is the Eurovision final? 26 countries go for glory at Malmo contest

France's Slimane who will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest final
France's Slimane who will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest final -Credit:Getty Images

After months of counting down, fans are now all set to enjoy this year's Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday, following a week of already fierce competition in Sweden.

Having won in Liverpool last year with Loreen and her anthemic track Tattoo, Sweden have taken on hosting duties this year, with the delegations of 37 countries descending on Malmo, in time for the competition to get going with the first semi final on Tuesday night. Eurovision semi final 1 saw 15 countries in action, including the well fancied Croatia and Ukraine, with 16 taking to the stage on Thursday, in what some fans dubbed the 'blood bath' semi, given the strength and winning potential of the songs involved.

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Ten more qualifiers emerged from the second semi, with them too joining the Bug 5 - UK, France,. Spain, Germany and Italy - and host nation Sweden.

While the results of the semi finals were purely down to public vote, the outcome of the final will be split between jury scores and the televote.

What time does the Eurovision 2024 final start?

The Eurovision 2024 final will take place on Saturday, May 11. Viewers in the UK will be able to watch live coverage of it from 8pm-midnight, with Graham Norton on commentary duties.

This year's Eurovision hosts Petra Mede and Malin Akerman will be in charge of proceedings, with guest acts including Loreen and a tribute to ABBA featuring former winners Charlotte Perrelli, Carola and Conchita Wurtz.