The 68th Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Malmö, Sweden, under the theme “United by Music,” celebrates pop music, multiculturalism and the LGBTQ+ community.
The event, scheduled for May 11 (the morning of Sunday May 12 New Zealand time) at the Malmo Arena, will feature 37 acts from across the globe, including countries outside the traditional European bloc, such as Australia and Israel, due to their European Broadcasting Union (EBU) membership.

This year, Eurovision continues its tradition of fostering inclusivity and diversity, spotlighting a number of LGBTQ+ artists. Notably, Ireland’s Bambie Thug and Lithuania’s Silvester Belt are among those who bring their unique voices and perspectives, highlighting the contest’s long-standing commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.

The rules of the competition are designed to ensure fairness and creativity: each entry must be a novel song, under three minutes, performed live by no more than six individuals handling vocals and choreography. As always, the interactive voting system allows fans and professional juries from each participating nation to vote, excluding their own country, thereby fostering a broad sense of participation and community.

Australia’s involvement, despite its geographical distance from Europe, underscores the global appeal of Eurovision. Although logistical reasons preclude hosting the contest in Australia should it win, the nation’s participation highlights the inclusive spirit of the event.


Among the contenders, betting agents have Croatia’s Baby Lasagna with “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” as the act most likely to take the crown, which would be the first time for Croatia to win Eurovision.

Other contenders include Israel’s Eden Golan, who made headlines with “Hurricane,” a song renamed and rewritten after its original iteration ‘October Rain’ was considered to be politically insensitive and presumed to reference Hamas’s initial attack on Isreal last year. Switzerland’s Nemo, a non-binary singer and rapper, is also a contender with the song “The Code,” as is Ukraine’s duo a.alonya & J. Heil with “Teresa & Maria”, and Irish non-binary singer-songwriter Bambie Thug who thrilled audiences at the semi-final with their performance of ‘Doomsday Blue’.