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My Top 50 of 2013: #30 – #21

Let’s keep powering through, YEAH!!! Let’s hear some enthusiasm! Or not, whatever. So here’s the halfway mark, and to spice things up, I’m writing this quite drunk as I’ve just got back from my family Christmas party, and realised I hadn’t written it yet. Fun!

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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 #10 – #6

Nearly there! I’m back from Amsterdam now so I can finally wrap this little adventure up in the next few days.

So we are down to the last ten. The Big Five are out of the way, with Italy ending up a creditable 11th, but the presence of only one DNQ leads me to think that Europe made some decent choices this year. Perhaps it didn’t all go my way, but it was definitely a pleasure to see nearly all of my favourite songs grace the Grand Final.

You can skip back to #39-31, #30-21, #20-11 or ahead to 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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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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Eurovision 2013: Semi-final scores revealed

Shortly after the final concludes last night, SVT released the full results from the semi-finals. These are always kept secret until afterwards, as it is usually a strong indicator of success in the grand final and that would kill a lot of the anticipation, particularly if it looks like some countries are headed for disaster. So let’s pick over the bones before the televote/jury split is revealed later one.

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