Switzerland's Nemo wins the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest

Olly Alexander's 'Dizzy' earned 46 points from the jury, but zero points from the public vote, seeing the UK finish 18th, ITV News' Caroline Lewis reports

Switzerland's Nemo Mettler won the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

The singer was awarded an overall 591 points to finish 44 points above Croatia.

Switzerland led after the national jury vote with 365 points, but Croatia's Baby Lasagna had made for a tense finale after earning a hefty share of the public vote.

Nemo said after the show that they were "really sad" during the competition because of the long list of controversies that cropped up in the run-up to the show.

Nemo told the Eurovision press conference: “I have to say this whole experience was really intense, and not just pleasant all the way.

Nemo sung much of their winning song on a rotating metal plate. Credit: AP

“There were a lot of things that didn’t seem like it was all about love and unity. And that made me really sad and at the same time … There was so much love here as well."

The non-binary singer's performance involved hitting the high notes while balanced on a tipping metal disc as they sang their opera-dance blend track The Code.

Olly Alexander earned 46 points from the jury with his song Dizzy, but he won zero points from the public vote, seeing the UK finish in 18th.

Ireland's entry Bambie Thug, who said "love will always triumph hate" at the end of their performance, finished sixth after earning 278 points.

Bambie Thug represented Ireland. Credit: AP

Israel received 323 points from the public vote, briefly taking the country to the top of the table before they finished fifth.

There were audible boos from the audience as Israel's act performed, and each time the country was mentioned during voting.

Eden Golan sung her song Hurricane, reworked from a previous track called October Rain, which was thought to be a reference to the Hamas attacks on Israel that sparked the current conflict.

Earlier on, the jury spokesperson for Israel was booed before making the country's points announcement, having faced calls for a boycott due to the war in Gaza.

Making a speech during the points announcement, Austria's jury spokesperson, wearing an "Equality" shirt, said: "It's great to see so many beautiful souls in here, especially in times where heartlessness seems to have prevailed, but it won't.

Croatia's Baby Lasagna Credit: AP

"Thank you for reminding us to gather behind the idea of music and that really is 'we are all meant to be treated equally'."

Meanwhile Eurovision's executive supervisor Martin Osterdahl was booed as he announced that all of the results from the grand final had been verified.

The bad reaction likely stemmed from the controversial disqualification of Dutch entry Joost Klein following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a female TV worker at the arena.

2024's Eurovision proved to be one of the most controversial in its history, with pro-Palestine protests, calls for peace and jury resignations taking place before the final.

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