Less than 5 months to go before the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. By this point in the year preparations are usually well under way from the national delegations, and indeed the first national final is being held on Saturday. Makes it a bit more exciting to think the first song is nearly here, but there’s still a long way to go.
We haven’t even got the final list of countries yet, and while the application deadline last month threw up a few surprises, there are still changes afoot. The final roster isn’t due until January, but for now it looks like we say a sad farewell to Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria & Cyprus, all for financial reasons. However we are welcoming back Poland and Portugal so it’s not all bad news. Bosnia & Herzegovina was coming back too but today it seems they’ve not secured funding and have pulled out. Also in the balance is Greece, keen to stay in but are currently without an EBU broadcaster. It seems the EBU are also keen to keep as many countries in, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more unexpected appearances in January.
We’ve got theme art too! DR unveiled the “#JoinUs” slogan earlier this year, but now we have a diamond logo. I wasn’t convinced by Malmö’s butterfly idea but that turned out to be fabulous, I can only imagine how versatile the diamond could me in motion, so I’m all for it.
I really need to wrap this up, don’t I? I mean come on, it’s like 6 weeks after the show…
So here we are in the top 20, and already a really solid selection of hot trax from Europe’s biggest music festival. There will be crazy costumes, props, big ballads and a near decade long payoff, but who will be left in my top 10? You’re excited right? Yes.
You can skip back to #39-31, #30-21 or ahead to #10-6 and the top 5, as well as the Malmö 2013 hub for everything I’ve ever written about this year’s contest.
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.
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
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.
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.
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