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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

Eurovision 2024: The songs by numbers



Now we have all 37 songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, it's our annual tradition to dive into some statistical analysis of the entries.


We've had a look at how the Malmö acts stack up in terms of total nations, type of acts, language and song titles compared to previous years.


Let's take a look at the results:


Total entries



There's no change in the amount of nations competing this year. 2024 is again one of the smallest fields in the modern era.


There was a return to the Contest of Luxembourg, however, unfortunately, Romania withdrew.


Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro chose not to return this year after last competing in 2022.


This also follows the expulsion of Russia and Belarus in 2021 and 2020 respectively.


Artists



As in most years, there is a good mix of the types of acts with female solos leading the way (17), with male solos next (8), then duos (7), groups (3) and non-binary solo acts (2).


We did determine Windos95Man to be a duo even though his other vocalist is not credited. Featured acts also count to make it a duo.



Female solo acts are always popular but they have come back in a big way this year! After hitting a high in 2019 (with more male soloists than female), it's all been downhill for the men since then.


Switzerland and Ireland are represented non-binary acts this year.




After huge gains following 2021 (the Måneskin effect?) groups have dropped off a clif in 2024.


Only Estonia, Norway and San Marino are represented by groups this year.




Groups have dropped but duos are back in a big way!


The numbers have hit heights not seen since 2018 and almost as many as the epic duo year of 2015.


Australia is among the double acts with Electric Fields representing the nation with 'One Milkali (One Blood).'


Languages other than English




The "Salvador Sobral effect" continues! Every year since his win there have been double-digit entries in languages other than English.


And,in fact, three of the last six winners of Eurovision have not been in English.


For this year's 15, we have only counted songs with more than 50% of their lyrics not in English.


That means some entries like Australia who feature another language don't count for our numbers.


Have we got 'love'?




As the famous interval act of 2016 'Love, love, peace, peace' says: "The song is essential. Let it be about something everyone can connect to. Love works!"


Well, it seems, not so much anymore!


For the third straight year, there is no song with the English word 'love' in it. However, France does have 'Mon amour' which translates to 'My Love.' So at least some love will be displayed on stage!


So, as always, Eurovision is a spectacle of race, gender, language and lyrics that brings a totally different set of experiences and statistical talking points every year.


Will the numbers bring us something new this year? A first win for a nation? The first duo to win since 2011? Another song not in English to win? We'll have to wait until May to find out!


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