The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 is the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is currently taking place in Malmö, Sweden
Qualified contestants are:
01 France French Amandine Bourgeois "L'enfer et moi" Hell and me
02 Lithuania English Andrius Pojavis "Something" —
03 Moldova Romanian Aliona Moon "O mie" A thousand
04 Finland English Krista Siegfrids "Marry Me" —
05 Spain Spanish ESDM "Contigo hasta el final" With you until the end
06 Belgium English Roberto Bellarosa "Love Kills" —
07 Estonia Estonian Birgit "Et uus saaks alguse" So there can be a new beginning
08 Belarus English Alyona Lanskaya "Solayoh" —
09 Malta English Gianluca "Tomorrow" —
10 Russia English Dina Garipova "What If" —
11 Germany English Cascada "Glorious" —
12 Armenia English Dorians "Lonely Planet" —
13 Netherlands English Anouk "Birds" —
14 Romania English Cezar "It's My Life" —
15 United Kingdom English Bonnie Tyler "Believe in Me" —
16 Sweden English Robin Stjernberg "You" —
17 Hungary Hungarian ByeAlex "Kedvesem" (Zoohacker Remix) My darling
18 Denmark English Emmelie de Forest "Only Teardrops" —
19 Iceland Icelandic Eythor Ingi "Ég á líf" I am alive
20 Azerbaijan English Farid Mammadov "Hold Me" —
21 Greece Greek1 Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis "Alcohol Is Free" —
22 Ukraine English Zlata Ognevich "Gravity" —
23 Italy Italian Marco Mengoni "L'essenziale" The essential
24 Norway English Margaret Berger "I Feed You My Love" —
25 Georgia English Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani "Waterfall" —
26 Ireland English Ryan Dolan "Only Love Survives" —
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5481 posts, RR: 34 Reply 1, posted (6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1782 times:
I reckon Denmark will walk it. Ireland will do well for a change, and could even be a winner if Denmark don't make it. We're certainly going for the gay vote this year with the half-naked drummers in leather trousers. Norway will do well to, and is also a possible winner.
Mortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3435 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1777 times:
Personally I don't understand why Denmark is so populare ... Sorry to my Danish friends ... But I don't see anything special about it. It's too regulare. We've heard and seen it all before ... On the other hand, Norway's song might just be too unusual piece for the contest. Not really alot of tradition of electronica Music in that competition ...
For sure. One of the strongest entries we've had for a while IMHO. Maybe Europe hasn't forgiven us for Dustin . . . or Jedward.
You really never know what way the voting will go. I wouldn't have rated Ukraine, but then I only heard it a couple of times. Some nice talent in the show for once: the Azeri lead singer, the bearded guitarist from Armenia, and there were a couple of handsome bearded guys in the Greek entry, but then you don't have to throw a stone far to hit a bit of talent in Greece!
Petra was superb! Loved her humour, and she carried the whole show off with fantastic confidence and professionalism. Loved the interval act where she sang the song sending-up Sweden. The Swedes add that nice zany touch, and don't take the contest too seriously. Surprising, really, considering that they practically own the contest at this stage.
Carrément! I thought that Petra was amazing. It was so refreshing to see just one presenter instead of the usual awkward duo, plus her "half-time" routine was brilliant. I can't say I was overly impressed with any of the music (but that's Eurovision for you!) It was also kind of refreshing to see a lack of political voting this year.
I secretly hope, though, that the UK has the balls to withdraw next year - I know that the big 5: UK, France, Germany; Spain, and Italy contribute the most money and are automatically qualified. I just don't see the point of spending BBC licence payers' money to help stage something we have no hope of winning.
Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 747 posts, RR: 0 Reply 26, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
I've been up since 3:00 am as I was watching the Contest, and it was well worth it to stay up for the semi-finals and the finals! Though I rooted for Ireland (and I am devastated that it came in last), I wish Denmark all the best in hosting next year.
Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 25): Does anyone like the song from Azerbaijan? Is neighbour voting at work again?
I found it all right, actually.
I was talking to a friend of mine who's a big Eurovision fan, and he notes that the voting pattern seems to be more random this year, with the UK getting votes from places where it normally does not get votes (e.g. Romania). The elimination of the ex-Yugoslav voting bloc seems to have worked in favor of the ex-USSR and Scandinavian blocs, particularly the latter as all five Scandinavian countries (six if I include Estonia) made it to the final.
However, there were still clear evidences of bloc voting, but with smaller blocs: Georgia gave its 10 and 12 points to Armenia and Azerbaijan, respectively, for one. Cyprus still gave its 12 points to Greece. But I did not expect the ex-Yugoslav states to largely go for Azerbaijan, or for the UK to only give one point to Ireland.
It's actually not bad, but wouldn't have thought it would do so well. And Ferid Memmedov is certainly very fit. I've been checking-out his fitness videos on Youtube -- purely in the interests of research you understand:
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5512 posts, RR: 26 Reply 28, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1472 times:
I thought this year was rather lame. Denmark won deservedly but it was essentially the same act as last year´s. Azebaijan was pretty original and inventive. Greece was also great. I thought Georgia had a beautiful song, I´m surprised they didn´t get far. Ukraine also was a good one. Italy´s song was great and the singer was fantastic. I just don´t think either were Eurovision material. Spain was just sad. I could not understand the words at the beginning.
All in all a mediocre year. Petra was excellent though.
Mortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3435 posts, RR: 1 Reply 33, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
I have to be honest and say that I am surprised Norway did not get any points from the UK, Ireland or France ... Some of the very few countries we did'nt get any points from. Not even one. I don't get that. I would have thought that an electronica song would have had a good chance With the British, Irish and French Public. Atleast the younger generations. ...
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5481 posts, RR: 34 Reply 34, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1366 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 32): Yes very true. Especially considering that the British part of Ireland can vote for the Southern side and he was indeed from the UK. Weird results indeed
Yet it's also slightly reassuring. Year after year the UK give high votes to Ireland. This is no doubt down to the fact that there's a large Irish immigrant population in the UK, and, of course, as you say, the Nationalist vote in Northern Ireland. The low vote we got this year from the UK is even more surprising given that Ryan Dolan is actually from Northern Ireland. Could this be proof that the 50/50 split between televoting national juries is -- shock, horror -- actually WORKING? I'm just surprised that Ryan didn't cream the gay vote with his two hot drummers:
Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 30): Petra did a great job, at times with welcome tongue-in-cheek humour.
She certainly knew her audience: her remark that they "hadn't found the right woman yet" was priceless. As was her line in the interval song about Sweden, along the lines of "meatballs seasoned with horsemeat".
As for the actual voting, the jury representatives should be told they have 30 seconds to deliver their results or they'll be cut off. The grandstanding by these complete non-entities delighted with their two minutes of fame is as boring as it is predictable.
Asturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 1980 posts, RR: 17 Reply 35, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1349 times:
This show has it's ups and downs, ... I'm sorry to say, but the Swedish hosts botched this broadcast in some ways - but made some really nice and refreshing things on the other hand, just were not enough.
The butterfly was a great idea for Sweden 2013, and it was a good move to have an identifying theme in this competition but it was not enough... ever since the Turkish disaster of 2004 (when the uninspired and terrible "heartflag" logo was used for the first time, and alas continues to be used) good taste everywhere has suffered.
Each year a design that represented the country and the time had been used. The heartflag must die.
Anyway, the hostess was really bad - she looked like a swedish middle-school teacher - and the way she ended the competition before 5 countries had yet to give their votes just because at that time it was evident that Denmark had won.. that was incredibly stupid.
Then then the competition would have ended after only *half* the countries had delivered their points when Rybak won!
Have the Swedish never heard of a victory lap? To see those 12 points roll in after you *know* you've won but before some middle aged over made up hag declares it?
It's a show. Sweden managed to make it bland.
Congratulations Denmark and by all that's good and holy, please ditch the heartflag and best of luck to you to make this a great show next year!!
She was a decent enough host but forgettable all the same. ( As are most Eurovision presenters ).
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 34): As for the actual voting, the jury representatives should be told they have 30 seconds to deliver their results or they'll be cut off.
Indeed all this ''You did a wonderful,fantastic,fabulous show blah blah yawn is a waste of time. As are the stupid stage props such as Slovenia and the reading light on a suit stunt. I like a decent joke but this was a case of just get on with it !
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Aesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 5722 posts, RR: 9 Reply 37, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1322 times:
Quoting Mortyman (Reply 33): I have to be honest and say that I am surprised Norway did not get any points from the UK, Ireland or France ... Some of the very few countries we did'nt get any points from. Not even one. I don't get that. I would have thought that an electronica song would have had a good chance With the British, Irish and French Public. Atleast the younger generations. ...
Does the younger generation watches this and/or votes ? I would expect them to have switched channel after about 5 minutes. And in France there was The Voice on another channel.
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I'm afraid I have to disagree, she's the best host they have had in ages. None of that awkward 'we think we're funny but we're not' duo rubbish. She actually genuinely made me and my family laugh multiple times.
Quoting Asturias (Reply 35): and the way she ended the competition before 5 countries had yet to give their votes just because at that time it was evident that Denmark had won.. that was incredibly stupid.
Quoting Asturias (Reply 35): Have the Swedish never heard of a victory lap? To see those 12 points roll in after you *know* you've won but before some middle aged over made up hag declares it?
I highly doubt that was her decision, so blaming it on her is a little unfair is it not? Blame the producers...
Again, I have to disagree, it's my favourite Eurovision Song Contest in years!
I'm sad for Norway, because I really really like the song. We even gave them two votes from our household, but the UK gave them nothing! Clearly not everyone liked it... But Denmark's entry was pretty good too. Congratulations to them.
cybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 487 posts, RR: 10 Reply 39, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1254 times:
I must say this year songs were more rather boring and nothing surprising. The big favorite (Denmark) was one of the few good songs besides Italy, San Marino (Which I still don't understand how they did not qualify), Azerbaijan, Germany, Malta and Ireland that were good.
Italy and Germany deserved a better position in the final, I do not think that the Greeks with their alcohol its free were better than them, tho their performance and song was entertaining.
Azerbaijan was a surprise as they made a *bah* song a good one with their on stage choreography.
Hope that Copenhagen 2014 comes up with a whole bunch of surprises. Congratulations Denmark!!
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5866 posts, RR: 3 Reply 41, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1245 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 37): Does the younger generation watches this and/or votes ? I would expect them to have switched channel after about 5 minutes. And in France there was The Voice on another channel.
I don't know about other countries, but here the ESC/MGP still resonates fairly well with the younger audience. At least when I was in my teens and twenties, it was a good excuse to have a party, celebrate the summer, and listen to some music of highly variable quality!
Of course, it helps that a lot of the songs Denmark sent to the ESC back in the 80's and early 90's have become pop classics, so they were pretty much omnipresent when I was growing up.
aerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2621 posts, RR: 15 Reply 44, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1140 times:
I thought Sweden was the safe bet to win, that was a quality song! Denmark was boring I thought.
I live in Spain & everybody is saying they thought the Irish song was good & they can't believe how bad it did! I knew we weren't going to win this year but LAST???.....I liked the song & thought it was good.
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cybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 487 posts, RR: 10 Reply 45, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1126 times:
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 44): I live in Spain & everybody is saying they thought the Irish song was good & they can't believe how bad it did! I knew we weren't going to win this year but LAST???.....I liked the song & thought it was good.
I'm Spanish too and I must admit that I didn't have high expectations on ESDM, but after seeing the performance last night specially on the last chorus I thought we deserved to be in the top 15. Being after the Finish wedding weird and awful song made me sick.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26031 posts, RR: 58 Reply 48, posted (6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 936 times:
And another incident :
RTE objected to controversial Linda Martin Eurovision joke
LAST night's Eurovison final in Malmo didn't see Ireland add to its record number of victories. But one of Ireland's previous seven winners was the target of a jibe by presenter Petra Mede.
During the segment, Petra explained Johnny Logan had won the Eurovision three times.
Footage was then shown of Linda Martin's winning song 'Why Me', which was written by Logan. Host Petra then suggested it was Johnny Logan in drag.
The comment sparked a huge response on twitter, with many finding it funny, but others leaping to Martin's defence.
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5481 posts, RR: 34 Reply 49, posted (6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 931 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 48): The comment sparked a huge response on twitter, with many finding it funny, but others leaping to Martin's defence.
Linda Martin is completely over-reacting: it was a throwaway remark which wasn't aimed personally at Martin, IMHO. Petra Mede was doing a send-up of the Eurovision and it was an obvious comment to make. Martin is making the classic mistake of making an issue of something which would have been completely forgotten by now had she kept her mouth shut, or, even better, laughed at it.