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Road to Copenhagen 2014: Tijana – “To the sky” (FYR Macedonia)

Balkans? Yes there are still some left in the contest, after Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia stayed away this year. I don’t blame them after last year’s disaster. But let’s hope FYR Macedonia can show how it’s done this year.

MacedoniaI love that flag! Anyway, FYR Macedonia have yet to really make a big impact in the contest since their 1996 debut. After a string of poor results in the 90s, the semi-final era hasn’t been much kinder. Only 50% of their entries have managed to qualify – though I would note that two entries came 10th in semis were swapped in favour of a jury’s choice song, so in essence they don’t have a bad qualification record.

Further to that, no matter how narrowly they qualify, they seem to finish mid-table in the final. Firmly mid-table too, they haven’t cracked the top 10 yet, but could this be the year? 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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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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Eurovision 2013: Semi Final 2 results – Live from Malmö

The action continued today as the second semi-final took place at the Malmö Arena. As before, the show itself was spectacular, with the living orchestra opening the show in a much more vibrant and interesting way than any preview ever sounded. Interval acts Darin and Agnes totally ruled the stage for the Scandi-pop lovers out there, performing some of their biggest hits.

But with a slightly less of a foregone conclusion this time, seven unlucky songs were out of the running after tonight. There were some astonishing results tonight, and without wanting to sound too dramatic it has implications for some long-held beliefs about voting patterns…

While you’re here, my Malmö 2013 hub has reviews and videos of all the entries, as well as other news and review of the national selections. Or you can click “Malmö 2013″ at the top of the screen.

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I was very lucky to attend the jury rehearsal last night, and got a spot in the very front row, in the centre. I got some incredible pictures, but sadly I don’t have the cord for my camera here (oops) so I’ll post them next week. It was a surreal and amazing experience, it felt like there were just a few of us there, the whole arena behind me disappeared.

It was a night that further solidified my feelings that there is nothing like Eurovision, and I will always want to be a part of it. I’m sure that sounds like hysterical ramblings of an overexcited and slightly drunk blogger, but in a contest that has put the phrase “We are One” to great use, it was a very personal connection with the contest that I won’t forget.

Enough of this … what about those results? Continue reading

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Eurovision 2013: Semi-Final 2 preview

By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane to Malmö, and the first semi-final will be only hours away. Check out my preview posts for that too (look to the left in “Recent posts”). Thursday will see another set of hopeful nations looking for one of the ten golden tickets into Saturday’s Grand Final.

While you’re here, my Malmö 2013 hub has reviews and videos of all the entries, as well as other news and review of the national selections. Or you can click “Malmö 2013″ at the top of the screen.

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Personally I feel this one is a little more clean-cut in terms of qualifying. The likely qualifiers feel so certain, while others I just can’t see getting through. The middle-ground on semi-final 1 seemed like a decision over what Europe could possibly leave behind. The middle-ground of semi-final 2 is more like what Europe could possibly choose. That’s not meant to be unkind, really there are only a few songs in there that I just haven’t got into, some things just aren’t meant to be. Continue reading

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