Eurovision Song Contest winner crowned as Switzerland's Nemo Mettler

Switzerland's Nemo Mettler has been crowned as The 2024 Eurovision Song Contest winner.

The flamboyant singer, who, uses they/them/their pronouns, took to the stage at Malmö Arena in Sweden on Saturday night to perform their winning track, The Code.

The 24-year-old's victory was announced after it was revealed that they had beaten the other 24 finalists to the iconic glass microphone trophy.

Nemo, who comes from a small Swiss town called Biel, did exceptionally well with the juries, scoring an exceptional 365 points across the board.

Tonight's live final saw 25 acts perform as they represented their countries in the singing competition before all of the votes were calculated with the scoreboards being displayed on the screen.

Swiss singer Nemo representing Switzerland with the song "The Code" performs during the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024 on May 11, 2024 at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden.
The 24-year-old performed their track, The Code during the final at Malmo Arena in Sweden -Credit:TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images

With the jury and the public both having their say in the final verdict, Nemo came out on top during this year's contest.

The singer's big win comes as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced a number of changes just hours before the grand final after Dutch act Joost Klein was disqualified.

The 26-year-old was confirmed to be missing the final ahead of it taking place, while Swedish police investigated a complaint of inappropriate behaviour, the European Broadcasting Union said.

A statement from the EBU said: “The Dutch artist Joost Klein will not be competing in the Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Swedish police have investigated a complaint made by a female member of the production crew after an incident following his performance in Thursday night’s Semi Final.

"While the legal process takes its course, it would not be appropriate for him to continue in the Contest. We would like to make it clear that, contrary to some media reports and social media speculation, this incident did not involve any other performer or delegation member.

Netherlands' Eurovision act Joost Klein has been disqualified from the competition -Credit:AP
Netherlands' Eurovision act Joost Klein has been disqualified from the competition -Credit:AP

“We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate behaviour at our event and are committed to providing a safe and secure working environment for all staff at the Contest.

"In light of this, Joost Klein’s behaviour towards a team member is deemed in breach of Contest rules. The Grand Final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will now proceed with 25 participating songs.”

As for the changes, the organisers of Eurovision have said that all contestants would keep their official running order. According to the EBU, the jury results received after dress rehearsal number two on Friday had been recalculated, so that the Netherlands would not receive any points.

Jury members rank all songs from one to 26 – there are now 25 performers. This means that if the Netherlands was ranked ninth by a national jury in any country, the 10th ranked song would move down to number nine.

It was confirmed that during the grand final no points would be awarded to the Netherlands from the viewing public and the country would not appear on the scoreboard. Dutch viewers are still allowed to vote in the grand final and the Dutch jury result is still valid.

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