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Eurovision 2013: Life after Malmö

You know, some singer might even entertain the idea of success after Eurovision. I mean look at ABBA and Celine Dion, the list goes on (but perhaps not for too long). While Eurovision gathered 39 acts together in Malmö in fierce competition, life still goes on. Many never planned a big album campaign after, some go into retirement, others return to their regional markets and some reap the benefits of the exposure in otherwise inaccessible parts of Europe.

So now we are about 4 months down the road, and the class of 2013 have popped out a handful of new songs. Let’s see if they are up to scratch.

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Eurovision 2013: My #30 – 21

I promise to get this done soon, it feels like so long ago since Eurovision, to the point where there is plenty of news already about next year’s Danish contest, including the amazing and shocking news that San Marino’s two-time representative confirmed she is going for a third attempt.

You can skip back to #39-31 or ahead to #20-11, #10-6 and the top 5, as well as the Malmö 2013 hub for everything I’ve ever written about this year’s contest.

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But before we get ahead of ourselves, how about dealing with the 2013 contest? I loved this year’s entries. It may have been difficult to zero in on a winner, but even the mid-table songs on my countdown are pretty good, and I imagine I’ll keep a lot of them for the iPod after this is all over. So without further ado… Continue reading

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Eurovision 2013: Jury & Televote split revealed & examined!

So here’s the final piece of the puzzle. It might not be a completely illuminating piece – perhaps a grey bit that might be a bit of someone’s coat or a bird or something – but a crucial piece all the same.

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Yes, Eurovision voting is a game of two halves. On one side is the voting public, much maligned for a poor taste for novelty acts, and allegedly involving themselves in bribery from other countries (yeah yeah). On the other are the mysterious juries, also much maligned but nonetheless regarded as the professional face of the scoring, made up – in theory – of singers, writers & composers.

This year we had a tweak to the rules that meant the juries ranked their songs from 1 to 26 rather than just listing their top 10, giving them the power to sink a song popular in the televote out of sheer SPITE! They’d do that you know, if you believe the loons. Of course the voting public had the capacity to do this already. Considering the juries are included for their invaluable insight, it did seem a bit odd that before 2013 we didn’t give a shit what they thought of their non-top-10 songs, even though their 11th place is surely going to be much more liked than their 26th. So I’m all for it. ANYWAY HERE ARE THE SCORES. Continue reading

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Road to Malmö: Bonnie Tyler – “Believe in me” (United Kingdom)

Oooh I think it’s time for another of the Big Five, this time my glorious homeland of the United Kingdom. Am I swelling with pride? Well sort of. I’m not disillusioned with our lack of success this century (though people are quick to forget Jade’s 5th place finish in 2009, or to appreciate Blue’s 11th place in 2011). When we’ve failed, it’s usually been for a reason.

United Kingdom eurovision heartSince the last appearance in the top 3 (Jessica Garlick’s 2002 entry for Tallinn), the UK have performed the worst it ever has in its 55 year relationship with Eurovision. This included three last-place finishes, one of which being the UK’s only ‘nul points’ to date.

But instead of embracing our long history of success at the contest – including five wins, one of the biggest hauls in Eurovision – and wielding the vast might of the UK music industry, we’ve decided to follow in the lead of neighbouring Eurovision champion Ireland, whose public also seems to have a collective chip on its shoulder. It’s a lot less effort to just blame the rules, blame the foreigners, blame the war in Iraq, whatever. IT’S ALL POLITICS. Such is the legacy of latter-day Terry Wogan on the public consciousness. Continue reading

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