Today, EBU reveiled the remaining key members behind the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest for May 2024. Notably, Christer Björkman is making a comeback as Contest Producer, with Per Blankens stepping in as TV Producer. With an extensive history in Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest, Christer Björkman’s expertise is unparalleled. Meanwhile, Per Blankens brings his rich experience from major music shows such as Melodifestivalen, Idol, American Idol, and China’s Dragon TV’s ‘The Next’ based in Shanghai.
‘Eurovision’s values are more important than ever, where diversity and community are the foundation. Therefore, I am extremely proud to once again be one of the producers for this event – it was impossible to say no’ – said Christer.
Per added: ‘I remember my years at Melodifestivalen as fantastic, but to be able to participate in the big Eurovision Song Contest party in this way is a dream come true. To be able to work so closely with Eurovision’s television elite will be an incredible adventure!’
Christer represented Sweden in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “I morgon är en annan dag”. He played a pivotal role in shaping the contemporary format of Melodifestivalen, offering his talents to the show in diverse capacities from 2001 to 2021. His contributions to the Eurovision Song Contest are also noteworthy, with notable positions as Show Producer in Malmö 2013 and Contest Producer in Stockholm 2016. Furthermore, he collaborated with various Eurovision broadcasters globally and notably introduced the Contest to American audiences in 2022 through the American Song Contest.
Per is at the helm for the content and delivery of the three broadcasts scheduled for Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th, and Saturday 11th May, aside from the contest’s competitive segments. While it’s his inaugural venture into the Eurovision Song Contest, Per’s credentials are robust. He took the reins for Melodifestivalen in 2006 and 2007 and has been a leading force behind significant music contests in Sweden, the USA, and Asia.