Singer Nemo from Switzerland wins Eurovision Song Contest 2024: NPR

Nemo from Switzerland, who performed the song 'The Code', is celebrating after winning the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday.

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Nemo from Switzerland, who performed the song 'The Code', is celebrating after winning the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday.

Martin Meissner/AP

Switzerland won the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Swiss rapper and singer Nemo's song “The Code” impressed both the judges and the audience at the popular annual event held in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday.

“It's the most insane thing that has ever happened to me,” the 24-year-old singer said at the press conference after the event.

“The Code” explores the artist's non-binary identity in a flamboyant mix of opera, rap, drum and bass and electronic dance music.

Nemo was one of two non-binary singers to take part in this year's Eurovision Song Contest grand final, along with Ireland's Bambie Thug.

Switzerland narrowly defeated pre-competition favorites Croatia – with 591 votes compared to runners-up's 547 – in an event that was not without controversy.

Security for Israel's newcomer, Eden Golan, was tight. She received some boos and turned around during her performance, but placed highly at the event, coming 5th with 375 votes.

Thousands of protesters opposed to Israel's war in Gaza gathered outside the Malmö Arena in the days leading up to the final, calling for Israel's disqualification.

Meanwhile, Dutch contestant Joost Klein was disqualified just hours before the final started due to a complaint filed by a female member of the production team. Police said they are investigating.

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Switzerland took first place at the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date, the country has only won once: in 1988. That year's best entry, 'Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi', was performed by a then small – well-known (and non-Swiss) singer who would become one of the most successful vocalists of all time: Céline Dion.

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