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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

The 10 longest Eurovision Contests of all time

As Eurovision fans, we all know the Saturday night Grand Final is an epic marathon of songs, interval acts and of course, the dramatic voting.

The Contest has been getting longer over the years, but which editions have stretched viewers patience the most?

We look at the 10 longest editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.

10. 2013 - Malmö

3 hours, 29 minutes and 35 seconds

The 2013 Contest was hosted by Eurovision legend Petra Mede.

Because Petra can do no wrong, it couldn't possibly be her... so what actually caused the lengthy show?

The one section that was a little longer than others was the amount of time it took to get through the songs (1 hour 47 minutes) which was the 8th highest on the list. Perhaps the butterfly infused postcards slowed things down?

9. 2014 - Copenhagen

3 hours, 34 minutes and 52 seconds

Copenhagen held the 2014 Contest with Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk as hosts.

The show had the quickest voting of any edition on this list (41 minutes) but the Contest was weighed down by it's lengthy interval.

At 44 minutes, it was the longest interval in Eurovision history (at the time) and is 7th highest on this list. Many will remember the 12 points songs with the often confusing references to China.

8. 2017 - Kyiv

3 hours, 44 minutes and 7 seconds

Eurovision headed back to Kyiv in 2017 with Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko hosting.

So what dragged this one down? Well it was quite snappy in all departments but the lengthy duration of the songs was the 3rd highest on this list at 1 hour 52 minutes.

For those who remember Måns Zelmerlöw's host boot camp segment came on during the songs, so.... we might be able to blame him?

7. 2016 - Stockholm

3 hours, 46 minutes and 5 seconds

Considered by many to be the best Eurovision show, it finishes 6th on this list.

Hosted by the dynamic duo of Måns Zelmerlöw' and Petra Mede, it was actually the interval that dragged the show longer.

At 52 minutes it is the 3rd longest of all time and to be honest we didn't mind when it was 'Love, Love, Peace, Peace' but perhaps Justin Timberlake could have stayed at home?

6. 2018 - Lisbon

3 hours, 48 minutes and 31 seconds

Hosted by an all female team of Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, Catarina Furtado and Filomena Cautela, the Lisbon show was pretty long in every category.

On this list it had the 4th longest duration of songs, the 6th longest interval and the 4th longest beginning of the show.

5. 2021 - Rotterdam

3 hours, 55 minutes and 47 seconds

If there was ever a year fans would forgive a lengthy Contest, it was 2021.

After missing the 2020 edition due to the pandemic, the hosts of Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Jan Smit and Nikkie de Jager did help to put on a great show.

It had the quickest beginning of the list with the first song performed before the show had even reached 10 minutes, but it was the interval of 53 minutes and 57 seconds (2nd longest on this list) that helped drag it out.

4. 2015 - Vienna

3 hours, 58 minutes and 45 seconds

A special year for Aussies as Australia made our debut at the Contest in Vienna.

But before you blame us, it wasn't the one extra country performing that slowed down the show.

It took a whopping 21 minutes and 23 seconds before the first song was performed. This is the longest in Eurovision history.

Add in a few technical hiccups that saw the voting run for 54 minutes (the 2nd highest on this list) and the 2015 edition was the longest of all time for several years.

3. 2019 - Tel Aviv

4 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds.

The Tel Aviv edition, hosted by Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub, was the first ever Contest to go over 4 hours.

And there is one clear reason why: the interval acts.

We had the switch song, Hallelujah, Bo'ee, Netta and Madonna (infamously) all perform.

It took a whopping 1 hour and 4 minutes to get through, which is 11 minutes more than the next longest interval of all time.

Please never do that again.

2. 2022 - Turin

4 hours, 10 minutes and 35 seconds

Beating Tel Aviv by a mere 12 seconds, was last year's edition in Turin.

Italy is notorious for lengthy shows and it should come as no surprise that it went longer than any other Contest before it.

But why?

The time it took to get through all the songs (1 hour 57) was the longest of all time, perhaps all those prop set ups and filler spots didn't help.

Additionally, the voting took 54 minutes which is the longest in this list, with the televoting alone taking 20 minutes.

1. 2023 - Liverpool

4 hours, 13 minutes and 21 seconds

Taking the title off Turin was this year's Contest in Liverpool!

It was such a great show with the delightful hosting team of Hannah Waddingham, Graham Norton, Alesha Dixon and Julia Sanina.

So, where did the time go?

Well, the length of time to get through the songs (1 hour 56) was second only to Turin and it also took quite a bit of time to hear the first entry.

The opening song came on 20 minutes, which is the 3rd longest period of time after Vienna 2015 and Lausanne 1989.

Add in the fourth longest interval at 51 minutes (only behind Tel Aviv, Stockholm and Rotterdam) and it all added up.

Will it remain the longest of all time? Well, with Sweden's push to make a shorter show next year, it may take some years!

So there you have it, as you can see every edition on this list has been in the past 10 years, showing that modern Eurovision is just getting longer and longer.

The longest from every other decade is below:

2000s: Kyiv (2005) 3:25:35

1990s: Jerusalem (1999) 3:13:28

1980s: Lausanne (1989) 3:09:59

1970s: Jerusalem (1979) 2:56:05

1960s: Vienna (1967) 1:46:44

1950s: Lugano (1956) 1:27:27

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