Eurovision organisers have teased an apparent Caribbean appearance at this year’s contest.
“New Year! New News!” they announced, in a message shared with more than 1.3 million followers through the official Instagram page, alongside a clip showing crystal clear waters and golden beaches.
The 2024 event takes place in Malmo in Sweden, with Olly Alexander recently announced as the UK’s act.
Could he be facing competition from a Caribbean entrant? No further details have been given, but Eurovision followers were quick to point out the obvious upon seeing the teaser.
“It’s Eurovision not Worldvision,” replied one.
“I must have been too busy sipping virtual coconut water to catch the exact moment when the Caribbean decided to swing by Europe,” wrote another.
“There are so many countries in the Caribbean,” another responded.
So it’s not a country. And it’s definitely not in Europe. But, that hasn’t stopped Eurovision organisers before.
In 2015, having broadcast the competition since 1983, Australia (also definitely not in Europe) was invited to join the party to commemorate Eurovision’s 60th anniversary.
It was supposed to be a one-off, but the Aussies went on to contribute in subsequent years – with contestant Dami Im finishing as runner-up in 2016 with her song, Sound Of Silence.
Morocco also competed in 1980.
But as one follower pointed out: “There’s a lot of European territories in the Caribbean so maybe they’re announcing that a Caribbean artist is representing a European country?”
Sky News has contacted Eurovision organisers for more information. Watch this space.