Will the Grand Final in Sweden next year be shorter than previous years? Reports suggest that Swedish broadcaster SVT plans to cut the running time by up to an hour.
One hour shorter
It has been reported by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that the Eurovision 2024 host broadcaster, SVT plans to shorten the Grand Final by as much as one hour. Aftonbladet has indicated that it has got a hold of a document from SVT which outlines a plan of action for next year’s contest. It revealed that the final will last for 3 hours 15 minutes, starting at 21.00 CEST as normal and ending at 00.15 CEST. This would make the show approximately one full hour shorter than Liverpool 2023, which lasted 4 hours 13 minutes.
There is no indication currently for how SVT plans to cut the running time or any official statement regarding the format of the 2024 contest.
Eurovision Grand Final lengths over the years
The lengths of the grand finals have steadily increased over the past few years due to a combination of factors such as longer opening flag parades, interval acts and voting sequences.
The record for the longest ever Grand Final is held by this year’s contest in Liverpool, with the show lasting for approximately 4 hours 13 minutes. The first final to surpass the 4 hour mark was Tel Aviv 2019. In addition, Tel Aviv claims the title for longest interval duration, which contained performances by acts including Madonna and the legendary switch song by Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka.
The only other show which was longer than 4 hours was Turin 2022, with other recent contests in Rotterdam 2021 and Lisbon 2018 lasting around the 4 hour mark.
The last time Sweden hosted the contest was in 2016 in Stockholm, with the Grand Final lasting for 3 hours 46 minutes. The show that year contained the third ever longest interval duration, including hosts Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw’s iconic performance of “Love Love, Peace, Peace”.
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