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.
People have careers outside Eurovision, as you can imagine. While some of its performers have had long careers, and others even kick off long careers as a result of it, there is a huge spectrum inbetween. Margaret rose to fame on Norway’s “Idol” show, where she reached 2nd place in the 2004 series. It spawned an album “Chameleon”, and two years later, this album “Pretty Scary Silver Fairy”.
Pursuing other interests in the media world after this, her entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest “I feed you my love” was a magnificent comeback, and heralds a third album “Chastisement” due out soon. I was very excited to see her name appear in the running for Norwegian Eurovision re-selection event “Norsk Melodi Grand Prix”, as I had long loved her single “Samantha”, so I think now the dust has settled in Malmö, it’s time to take a look at its parent album. Continue reading
I’ve written plenty about Eurovision this year (check my Malmö 2013 hub for the whole sorry extent of it). So I think maybe that’s enough. Pictures are supposed to say 1,000 words, so here are tens of thousands of words to keep you busy. I’ll do a non-Eurovision write-up about Malmö the city later on. I must think of a way to share my photos better, any ideas?
Click on the thumbnails to see the full pictures. WordPress thoughtfully jumbled up the order once I uploaded them, so have fun working out where they were from. They are from variously:
- Semi-Final 1
- Semi-Final 2 Jury Rehearsal (i.e. the good ones where I was right at the front perving on Farid
- Semi-Final 2
- Grand Final Jury Rehearsal (look out for Russia winning)
- A gig at the Euro Cafe featuring Eddie Razaz, Stockholm Syndrome & Pay-TV (gig review)
- Eurovision events & decorations around Malmö Continue reading
Eurovision 2013 might be firmly in the past, but it’s finally time for me to wrap up my countdown. Watching the DVD yesterday, it just confirmed how much I enjoyed everything about it. I had a great time in Oslo’s 2010 contest, but I felt a lot more investment in this. Following Baku’s 2012 contest closely to report on the blog really got me better acquainted with the contestants than ever, and this year I went even further on that front.
So now I don’t just think about the songs sent to Malmö, I also remember the arena, the performances, the characters. At the risk of sounding really sickly, it’s little things – the amazing reaction to Anouk qualifying, Gianluca’s goofy faces, Elitsa screaming “Bulgariaaaa” in the green room, Margaret’s victory Joey-dance, Esma… well, just Esma.
I don’t know if the songs are necessarily better than other music I listen to, but that emotional investment in the music and the performing artists have ensured I still don’t feel bored of the class of 2013 despite listening to them a LOT over the last 6 months.
I also hope that people who read this blog have enjoyed the journey too, it’s felt a bit labour-intensive at times, but I’ve been totally blown away with the numbers of views. Sure, a LOT of them have been people googling Eddie Razaz’s nipples and finding that ONE post (though fair play, he’s got a great body), but in March I wondered if I would break 50,000 views by this point, and instead I’m on the home stretch to 100,000 views instead. So thank you so much for this support, and I hope you hang around for the other stuff (Margaret Berger’s album review coming in the next few days for a start).
If you want to catch up on the rest of my countdown, here are links to #39-31, #30-21, #20-11 & #10-6. Also everything I’ve ever written about Eurovision 2013 (DAYS worth of writing) is in the Malmö 2013 hub.
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.