Sweden has confirmed for next year

Sweden has confirmed participation for next year’s Contest in Denmark. Sweden proudly handed over the right to host the show when Emmelie received the Eurovision trophy from Loreen when she was declared the winner and now Sweden are preparing for next year’s national final; Melodifestivalen.

SwedenSweden is sticking with the way they did things last year, this being that there is a competition run in August, where 25 songs will be reviewed by a jury and the winning song from this competition will be guaranteed a place in next year’s Melodifestivalen, and therefore, Sweden has partly released their details for their participation next year and subsequently, they have confirmed participation for next year, bringing the total number of confirmed countries to fifteen, only eight days after the 2013 Final in Malmö.

Sweden has participated 53 times in the Song Contest since its début in 1958, and only missing three Contests (1964,1970,1976) and one Grand Final (2010). Sweden has won the Contest five times in its history: in 1974 with ABBA, 1984 with Herreys, 1991 with Carola, 1999 with Charlotte Nilsson and last year with Loreen. This year, Robin Stjernberg finished in 14th position on home ground, but can Sweden bring the Contest back next year? We’ll have to see…

Who do you want to see at Melodifestivalen next year? Let me know by comments!!

Denmark wins Eurovision 2013!!

Sorry I am a little late with these posts, but I myself was in Malmö, Sweden for the Jury Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013! But on Saturday, we found out that the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will be held in Denmark after Emmelie de Forest won the 2013 Contest with her song “Only Teardrops”! Here is a run through of what happened on Saturday night:

Anouk performed well, much to the joy of fans.

Anouk performed well, much to the joy of fans.

We started off the show with a video of a caterpillar’s journey from Baku to Malmö, also featuring in some of the shots from the postcards from different countries. The caterpillar forms its cocoon by the Øreund Bridge before emerging as the butterfly logo for this year’s contest. The opening ceremony was the artist coming into the Arena, while a choir sang a song composed by Avicci, plus Benny and Bjorn from ABBA. The show got underway with France opening up the show. Performances from Krista from Finland, Anouk from the Netherlands and Zlata from Ukraine all pleased the fans in the audience, with the songs finishing with Ireland’s Ryan Dolan and “Only Love Survives”. During the voting time, Loreen performed extracts from both her past Eurovision efforts, including “Euphoria” as well as her new song “We Got The Power”. During the interval act, Petra Mede, the host, introduced us to what the Swedes are like, including the fact that Sweden has legalised same-sex marriage and stay at home dads.

After that, the voting began. The voting in the beginning was very unpredictable, with most countries getting a point, but as the voting went on, Denmark started to pull away from the crowd, getting around 7-12 points per country. By the time

The final scoreboard of the contest.

The final scoreboard of the contest.

20 countries had voted, Denmark had a lead that would be very hard for second placed Ukraine and third placed Azerbaijan to catch up. The voting continued and while Ukraine and Azerbaijan were fighting for 2nd place, Denmark was getting more and more points. By the time F.Y.R. Macedonia had finished voting, it was clear that Denmark had won the Contest, and this was proven when the Danish butterfly, shown in the postcard before Emmelie’s performance, was projected onto Petra’s dress and Emmelie was sent on to the stage. Here is the final score of the evening:

1. Denmark – Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops

2. Azerbaijan – Farid Mammadov – Hold Me

3. Ukraine – Zlata Ognevich – Gravity

4. Norway – Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love

5. Russia – Dina Garipova – What If?

6. Greece – Koza Mostra ft. Agathonas Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free

7. Italy – Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale

8. Malta – Gianluca Bezzina – Tomorrow

9. The Netherlands – Anouk – Birds

10. Hungary – ByeAlex – Kedvesem

11. Moldova – Aliona Moon – O mie

12. Belgium – Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills

13. Romania – Cezar – It’s My Life

14. Sweden – Robin Stjernberg – You

15. Georgia – Sophie & Nodi – Waterfall

16. Belarus – Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh

17. Iceland – Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég á líf

18. Armenia – Dorians – Lonely Planet

19. United Kingdom – Bonnie Tyler – Believe In Me

20. Estonia – Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse

21. Germany – Cascada – Glorious

22. Lithuania – Andrius Pojavis – Something

23. France – Amandine Bourgeois – L’enfer et moi

24. Finland – Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me

25. Spain – El Sueño de Morfeo – Contigo Hasta el Final (With You Until the End)

26. Ireland – Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives

So the Eurovision 2014 will be held in Denmark! What do you think of the result? Let me know by comments!!

Semi-Final Two: The Qualifiers!

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has just taken place in Malmö, Sweden and we know the countries that are going to the final! Ten countries qualified from this semi-final and completed the final in two days time from both the first semi-final and the Big Six. Here is a list of the countries that qualified:

Hungary: ByeAlex – Kedvesem             Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov – Hold Me

Georgia: Sophie and Nodi – Waterfall         Romania: Cezar – It’s My Life

Norway: Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love      Iceland: Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég á líf

Armenia: Dorians – Lonely Planet             Finland: Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me

Malta: Gianluca Bezzina – Tomorrow             Greece: Koza Mostra – Alcohol Is Free

Finland's Krista Siegfrids celebrating on stage.

Finland’s Krista Siegfrids celebrating on stage.

The semi-final was more varied than the previous one, with all the Scandinavian countries qualified from this semi-final, but not the countries from ex-Yugoslavia. Retuning artist Valentina Monetta from San Marino failed to qualify for the final, despite having mainly positive feedback from fans. The obvious favourites, Norway, Azerbaijan and Finland, all qualified, probably somewhere in the top 5. There were surprises also that Malta and Hungary qualified, as neither song had received any hint that they would be a favourite among fans. Finally, the Greeks qualified, continuing their track record of never missing a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, along with Romania, who, being honest, was not a country many fans wanted to qualify. Below is the list of countries in the final (including the Big Six):

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
This is the actual final! Is there a big difference to your semi-final results?

This is the actual final! Is there a big difference to your semi-final results?

So this is your line-up! What do you think of it? Let me know by your comments below!!!

Semi-Final One: The Qualifiers!

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest has taken place in Malmö, Sweden just now! Sixteen countries competed, with Italy, the United Kingdom and host country Sweden also voting in this semi-final, with only ten countries going through to the final on Saturday. Here is your list of finalists! Who should have/shouldn’t have qualified???

Moldova: Aliona Moon – O mie                      Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis – Something

Ireland: Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives              Estonia: Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse

Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh             Denmark: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops

Russia: Dina Garipova – What If?                         Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills

Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity                     The Netherlands: Anouk – Birds

Anouk celebrating on stage, much to the joy of Dutch fans.

Anouk celebrating on stage, much to the joy of Dutch fans.

The ten qualifiers that actually qualified are similar to the ten qualifiers you chose to qualify to the final. The obvious favourite, Denmark, qualified, though the EBU leaving fans waiting to hear the name. Also, Ukraine and Russia were also announced as finalists, along with your top 10. A surprise for people was the qualification of Lithuania and Belgium, as Lithuania had finished last in the semi-final determined by you. Belgium placed tenth in your finalists, and was a surprise qualifier, as no one really expected for them to do well in the competition. The main cause of celebration, though, was the qualification of the Netherlands. The Dutch people have had to wait 9 years to be in the final again and Anouk sealed the deal by qualifying with her song “Birds”, though fans of the song had to wait until the very end to hear The Netherlands being called out.

Emmelie eagerly waiting for the results in the green room.

Emmelie eagerly waiting for the results in the green room.

So these ten songs will perform again in the final on Saturday, along with the ten songs that qualify on Thursday and the Big Six; Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the host country of Sweden. Who do you think will qualify for the Grand Final on Thursday? Let me know by your comments!

Semi-Final Two: Your Results!

As with yesterday, I posed the question to the people of Eurovision Debate who would qualify to final from the second semi-final. The voting closed just now and the results are in! A total of 312 votes were cast in the poll and this is the official result. Let’s see if there are any surprises here…

 

1. Norway – 32 votes                                                       =Malta – 22 votes

2. Finland – 27 votes                                                       11. F.Y.R. Macedonia – 15 votes

3. Iceland – 26 votes                                                        12. Albania – 12 votes

4. San Marino – 25 votes                                                = Hungary – 12 votes

Azerbaijan – 25 votes                                                    14. Bulgaria – 10 votes

6. Greece – 23 votes                                                              15. Romania – 8 votes

Switzerland – 23 votes                                                    16. Armenia – 6 votes

8. Israel – 22 votes                                                                  17. Latvia – 2 votes

Georgia – 22 votes

 

Your winner, Margaret, rehearsing "I Feed You My Love" in Malmö.

Your winner, Margaret, rehearsing “I Feed You My Love” in Malmö.

This semi-final was more divided than the first semi-final, as we can see that this semi-final has more ties for places than its predecessor. The fan favourites are distinguished from the less favourites by the top ten, with the worst liked being placed from places 11-17. The main favourite, Norway, lead the voting all the way through, finishing on 32 votes, eight less than the winner before them, Denmark. Krista from Finland was second and was on Norway’s trail before losing momentum and settling on 27 votes. Eyþór  from Iceland finished in a respectable third place, despite not being considered a fan favourite. On the other hand, former Eurovision participants Elitsa and Stoyan from Bulgaria have shown that their previous entry was better than “Samo Shampioni”. Also, the group PeR from Latvia were the least likely to qualify for the final, getting only two votes; the worst any entrant had gotten.

 

So below is the map of the countries that are in your final! Red countries are the countries that you decided to not proceed to the final. Green countries are the countries that are proceeding to the grand final. The countries in blue are the Big Six; Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom and France. Yellow and grey countries are the countries that are not taking part in the Song Contest this year. Below the map is who you have decided to be the winner of the second semi-final; Margaret Berger’s “I Feed You My Love”. Have fun!

This the map of your final!!

This the map of your final!!

Semi-Final One: Your Results!

Today, I posted in the Facebook Eurovision group Eurovision Debate who they think will qualify in the first semi-final on Tuesday in four days time!  The voting closed tonight at 9pm GMT and the results are in! A total of 430 votes were cast in the poll and these were the final votes. Here is the list:

1. Denmark – 40 votes                                                             9. Montenegro – 28 votes

2. Moldova – 39 votes                                                             10. Belgium – 24 votes

3. The Netherlands – 38 votes                                             11. Estonia – 21 votes

4. Ireland – 37 votes                                                                 12. Serbia – 19 votes

5. Austria – 34 votes                                                                   = Slovenia – 19 votes

Ukraine – 34 votes                                                                   14. Croatia – 16 votes

7. Russia – 33 votes                                                                       15. Cyprus – 10 votes

8. Belarus – 31 votes                                                                     16. Lithuania – 7 votes

Your winner for the first semi-final, Denmark, rehearsing on stage in Malmö.

Your winner for the first semi-final, Denmark, rehearsing on stage in Malmö.

Denmark was the leader throughout the voting time, with second-placed Moldova following very closely. Third placed Netherlands, along with Ireland, started off very slowly but started to climb dramatically until they settled in their current places. Austria and Ukraine both collected votes early on and continued to get votes until the end of the voting. On the other hand, fan-considered favourite Serbia started off well, but didn’t gather many votes, eventually settling for joint 12th place with fellow Balkan Slovenia. Sadly though, there are some songs that were never favourites and Lithuania was continually in last place and finished with only 7 votes.

So, this is your top 10! Denmark, Austria, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Montenegro and Russia are the pick of the fans to qualify for the final! But will this be the same outcome on Tuesday? Who knows? We’ll wait to see then! Here is your winner of the first semi-final!

Introducing: Sweden 2013

Robin will be representing Sweden on home ground.

Robin will be representing Sweden on home ground.

Today, we will be taking a look at this year’s Swedish entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Sweden has decided that Robin Stjernberg will represent them on home ground with his song “You” in sixteenth position in the final. As Sweden is the host country, they are automatically qualified to the Grand Final along with the Big Five. Sweden is also the only country to have a starting position for the final too!

Sweden stuck with its ever so famous Melodifestivalen, which produced songs such as “Popular” and of course “Euphoria”, which won the actual Contest and brought it to Malmö. 32 songs competed in four semi-finals to try and advance to the grand final in Stockholm. Eight songs took part in each semi-final and the songs with the top two scores automatically qualified for the final, while the third and forth best scoring songs were allocated into the second chance round (The Andra Chansen), where two songs would emerge as the final two songs competing in the final. Once in the final, ten songs competed and a 50/50 combination of the Swedish televoting and the points from juries all over Europe would decided who would represent the country on home soil. This was Robin’s fate, even though he had to go through the Andra Chansen round to get to the final and win. Robin has an advantage over the other acts, as the semi-final he was in was held in the Malmö Arena! Also, Danish entrant Emmelie de Forest was in the arena for that semi-final, so she has the upper hand aswell!

The song has received mixed views, but most are positive.

The song has received mixed views, but most are positive.

“You” is a pop ballad that is sung with Robin’s full vocal range. The lyrics talk about someone who is remembering the good times with a friend of theirs, and now is thanking him or her for all the good things that have happened to him since. Robin opens up the song saying: “Hey, do you remember/How we would stay up all night/Talking about our destiny”. He then goes goes onto say that he/she is reason why everything good came to him and he “owes it to you”. Then as the chorus begins, Robin lets out his vocal range and goes high in the line It’s all because of you, oh. In the second chorus, he says that when he’s down and “got days of doubt”, he closes his eyes and he sees him/her there to comfort him. The chorus is repeated and the build up to the final repetition of the chorus sees Stjernberg release his voice and goes as high as he possibly can. The chorus is repeated and the song is completed by a strum on a guitar. Here’s fans’ opinions:

Can’t stand it! I do not see the appeal with this! 1/10 – Jack from UK

 It’s the best song this year by far! People and especially the ESC Fans haven’t even taken the time to listen to it, and because of that it’s one of the most underrated song in the competition. It will definitely score very high. It’s a song that will surprise the whole Europe and I wouldn’t be surprised if we will go back to Sweden again in 2014. I’m one of the people that will vote for it. 10/10 – Rinor from Albania

I dont like it. He annoys me with his “Its all because of YOUUUUUU”. Simply don’t like it. It might grow on me,know knows!? 4/10 – Mirjeta from Kosovo

Love it! 10/10 – Connor from the UK

 Hate it, his high notes make me cringe and his performance is really weak. A sure attempt not to win Eurovision twice in a row… 0/10 – Nick from the Netherlands

It’s nice! Nothing special, but it’s nice… 5/10 – Stefan from Macedonia

It’s the best entry from Sweden for years… Love it. 10/10 – Perry from the UK

It’s okay. 6/10 – Janne from Sweden itself

First of all: Sweden absolutely selected the right winner. “You” was absolutely the best entry, and Robin definitely can sing. I like it!  7/10  – Tim from Norway

It’s ok but nothing more for me. Robin seems like a nice chap though, 5/10 – Tommy from Sweden itself

The running order has been revealed!

After much waiting, we now know the running orders for both semi-finals of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. This year, it was decided that the order wouldn’t be drawn from pots, like in previous year. Instead, the producers we given the job of deciding the running order. Now we know which song will open and which song will close the show! Here are the running orders:

Courtesy of Wikipedia.Austria will open the show and Serbia will close it.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Austria will open the show and Serbia will close it.

The running order for the second semi-final. Latvia and open the show and Romania will close it.

The running order for the second semi-final. Latvia and open the show and Romania will close it.

The running order for the final will be revealed by at least the day after the second semi-final, but a draw on the 18th of March when the Heads of Delegation revealed that the host country, Sweden, will perform sixteenth in the Final. As for the Big Five (Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain), they will draw their running order at their first press conference. Good luck to all!

Moldova decides tonight!

Tonight, the Moldovan national final will take place in Chișinău, with fourteen songs battling it out to win the chance of representing Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. Moldova is the last country to choose its representative and the penultimate country to reveal its song, the last being Italy.

Tatiana has the biggest following on Facebook.

Tatiana has the biggest following on Facebook.

This is tonight’s line-up:

  1. Christina V & Glam Girls – Celebrate
  2. Boris Covali – Runaways
  3. Cristina Croitoru & Karizma – Never Fall Again
  4. Svetlana Bogdanova – Conquer My Heart
  5. Nicoleta Gavriliţă – Freaky Thong
  6. Aurel Chirtocă – Iartă-mă
  7. Irina Kitoroagă – L.o.v.e. Love
  8. Anna Gulko – Somebody Else
  9. Vitalie Negruţă –  You’ll Be Mine
  10. Cristina Scarlat – I Pray
  11. Doniţa Gherman – Planta e un rai
  12. Tatiana Heghea – A Brighter Day
  13. Felicia Dunaf – Codename Felice
  14. Aliona Moon – A Million

To many fans, Tatiana is the favourite to win, as she has a very big following on pages on Facebook, but we won’t know until 19:00 CET. You can watch the final here. Whoever wins in Chișinău tonight will represent Moldova in the first semi-final on the 14th of May in Sweden. Good luck Moldova!

Sweden and Romania have chosen!

Sweden and Romania have chosen who they will send to Malmö, leaving only Moldova, Azerbaijan and Italy to reveal the song they will send to Sweden.

 

SwedenSweden – Melodifestivalen 2013 is over! Robin Stjernberg will represent the home country in 68 days time. He will sing the song “You” in the Malmö Arena, where he competed in his heat of Melodifestivalen. In the show itself, we saw the return of the beloved Lynda Woodruff (who, by the way, still can’t say Azerbaijan, but still Azerjaban). Also, children performed last year’s winning song “Euphoria” with Loreen, while they signed the lyrics of the song. When it came to the voting, it was a close race with Stjernberg and Ulrik Munther. Munther was given only 44 points from the public, leaving the battle between Stjernberg and fan favourite YOHIO. Robin had only collected 75 points from the public, but by that time, it was clear that he had won. YOHIO was at the bottom of the scoreboard when he collected the remainder of the points. Stjernberg had won by a margin of 33 points, with YOHIO coming in second. Congratulations Robin and lycka till Sverige!

Robin giving an interview to SVT.

Robin giving an interview to SVT.

 

RomaniaRomania – The final of Selecția Națională 2013 was taking place at the same time as Melodifestivalen and Cezar Ouatu will represent Romania in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with his song “It’s My Life“. Congratulations Cezar!! Twelve songs were battling it out to win the chance of representing Romania, but only one would win. Tonight, a mixture of both a jury and televoting decided that Cezar would go to Malmö, with band Electric Fence coming in second place. Cezar will compete in the second semi-final of the Contest, which is on the 16th of May. Good luck Cezar!!

Cezar will represent Romania with "It's My Life"

Cezar will represent Romania with “It’s My Life”