WOW! Eurovision tries its best to stay as non-political and neutral as possible, but there can be no doubt that tonight’s events furthered the cause of acceptance and celebration of all sorts of people and styles. This feeling was summarised in the winner’s speech, delivered by Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst in what will surely be one of the milestone moments in the contest.
So now the confetti is settling, let’s take a moment to look at how the results panned out!
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Right, this is it! Eurovision week has raced past, and both semi-finals have taken place. You can read my reviews of Semi 1 & Semi 2 if you like! But let’s look forward for tomorrow’s Grand Final.
25 countries have fought (or bought) their way to the grand final, defeating 12 other nations for the chance of Eurovision victory. But only one can be victorious, and bring the contest back to their home country for 2015 (unless it’s currently being annexed). Who will it be?
For reviews of ALL the competing entries in the 2014 contest, as well as coverage of all the national finals and all sorts of other news, please visit my Copenhagen 2014 Hub by clicking the link, or the “Copenhagen 2014″ menu on the top banner, or the “#Joinus” crystal on the left-hand bar.
I can’t decide if it’s come around quickly or not. When the first heat was held in Malmö back on 1st February, hardly any Eurovision entries had been selected, and MF felt like the start of the season in earnest. But now it is finally finishing with the selection of Sweden’s representative for Eurovision in Denmark, the season is only a week from finishing.
The national’s capital Stockholm is the venue for this spectacular final, in the colossal Friends Arena. The eight acts that came top 2 in their heats, as well as two 3rd & 4th placers that qualifed for the final via second-chance round Andra Chansen, make up the final ten.
Juries play a part for the first time though, with a international juries awarding half the points, while a public vote gives their half of the points in a (curiously unique) proportional manner. In other words, the televote winner isn’t just lumbered with 12 points vs the distant 2nd getting 10. This gave interesting results last year, as YOHIO won a landslide on the televotes but it wasn’t quite enough to overtake Robin Stjernberg’s massive lead.
With the first ever Andra Chansen entry winning Melodifestivalen last year, anything could happen. So let’s find out! If you want to catch up on my other reviews of Melodifestivalen, here are Heat 1, Heat 2, Heat 3, Heat 4 and Andra Chansen.
Some months ago, details began to emerge about a new song contest, one that would span two dozen Turkic-speaking countries across Eastern Europe and Asia. Eurovision fans raised eyebrows, especially given the falling-out between the EBU and Turkish broadcaster TRT over Eurovision’s rules. But I think there is plenty of room for two contests, especially at this time of the year.
Attempts had been made, as I wrote about, to launch this contest in earlier years, but this year it seems everyone got their act together, with Western Turkish university town Eskişehir acting as the host of the 2013 Türkvizyon song contest.
24 entries came from many European and Asian countries, as well as autonomous regions of larger countries and members of the Russian Federation. So we saw Northern Cyprus in the mix, the Crimea (a region of Ukraine), and all manner of places even a hardened Geography geek like me had never heard of.
On Thursday, 24 were reduced to 12 in a semi-final, and they fought it out to win last night. So what did I make of the finalists? Continue reading
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So there we have it, the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is over, and the winner – as predicted by the bookies – was Denmark’s entry by Emmelie de Forest with “Only Teardrops”. Those expecting a runaway victory were in for a shock though, as a landslide wasn’t forthcoming.
Before I start – a massive thanks to everyone who has been reading my Eurovision coverage. Over 5,000 views in one day is almost double my personal best, and I am so happy and shocked that this has happened (even if you were probably just googling Farid’s nipples!). I’m not done with ESC2013 yet, so stay tuned and bookmark this blog if you enjoy it!
Before we chew over the stats, let’s have a look at those final rankings: Continue reading