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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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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 1 results – Live from Malmö

JESUS CHRIST, that was an amazing show, and – aside from the huge crane cameras getting in the way most of the time, I had a great seat. Malmö Arena seemed to be just the right size, grand but intimate. Those bracelets too, a great idea (even if they seemed a bit buggy), and a lovely way to involve the audience in the action.

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 loved the butterfly motifs, the postcards, I think the visual identity of this year’s contest is on par with Oslo back in 2010, love it! But you want to know about the results don’t you? Well there could be only ten finalists from the sixteen performers. I’m pleased to say that my predictions were pretty much spot on, incredibly! So what were the results? Continue reading

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