The European Broadcasting Union has revealed the last members of the core team that will oversee and guide the creation of Eurovision 2024 in Malmö are Christer Björkman and Per Blankens.
What is the Core Team
The core team consists of members of the host broadcaster (in this case Sweden’s SVT) who will manage and organise the creation of broadcast content for next year’s contest. Björkman and Blankens will join Ebba Adielsson; Tobias Åberg; Johan Bernhagen; Mats Lindgren; Linnea Lopez; Madeleine Sinding-Larsen; David Wessén; and Christel Tholse Willers;
The core team is separate from the reference group, which is consist of delegates from the European Broacasting Union and constituent broadcasters who oversee the contest and set the rules of the show. Said group has also seen change with the addition of a new member.
Who is Christer Björkman?
Christer started his Eurovision journey in 1992, where he represented Sweden with the song ‘I morgon är en annan dag’. He came second last with 9 points. Following two further attempts to represent Sweden in 1993 and 1999, he eventually became the executive producer of Melodifestivalen (Sweden’s long standing selection show for Eurovision), a position he held for nearly 2 decades. Additionally in his capacity as Melodifestivalen’s producer, he acted as producer of Eurovision 2013 and again in 2016 during Sweden’s host years, as well as assisting the production from 2016 to 2019. Furthermore, Christer was one of the producers of the late American Song Contest during its only edition in 2022.
Who is Per Blankens?
Per Blankens is a television producer with expertise in working in musical events. Having previously contributed to Melodifestivalen, the Swedish producer has also worked on several iterations of Idol, and Chinese competition The Next.
The Journey to Eurovision 2024
The Nordic country will be hosting the 68th edition of the competition following Loreen’s historic win at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool. One month after 2023 contest taking place SVT revealed the Core Team that will be working on the competition.
Four cities were in the running to host the 68th edition of the competition (Gothenburg, Malmö, Örnsköldsvik and Stockholm), with SVT settling for Malmö as the host city. The competition will take place on the 7th, 9th & 11th of May at Malmö Arena.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Credit: SVT