Malmö, Sweden – the 2013 Eurovision Grand Final has taken place in the Malmö Arena, with 26 countries performing in front of a live audience and millions of TV viewers. Congratulations to the new winner! And here is a brief overview of the spectacular event we have witnessed.
Amandine Bourgeois – L’enfer Et Moi – France
Amandine Bourgeois started the show with her song L’enfer Et Moi. We remind you that the country was automatically qualified for the Grand Final. The singer enchanted the audience with the husky jazz sounding of her voice and the emotional performance.
Andrius Pojavis – Something – Lithuania
The 30-year-old competitor from Lithuania, Andrius Pojavis, picked up the baton and performed the song Something. He looked casual and sincere, dressed in a black leather jacket and a white T-shirt, as he was telling Europe his story.
Aliona Moon – O Mie – Moldova
Aliona Moon from Moldova was the third to perform with the song O Mie. Though she has no music education, the singer owns a unique voice, which mesmerized the listeners throughout the little romantic 3-minute show. Noteworthy is the singer’s dress – the longest among all the dresses at this year’s Eurovision and gleaming with visual effects of thunder, flames, and smoke.
Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me – Finland
Finland’s representative, Krista Siegfrids, raised everyone’s mood with a cheerfully provocative request, ‘Marry Me’. Krista was dressed as a bride, wearing a short wedding gown with a pink garter and bright pink shoes, and spread glee on stage, with her grotesque image and joyful dancing.
ESDM – Contigo Hasta El Final (With You Until The End) – Spain
ESDM from Spain performed the song, Contigo Hasta El Final, which means ‘With You Until The End’ in English. By the way, the female vocalist of the band, Raquel del Rosario, is the ex-wife of the Spanish Formula 1 champion driver Fernando Alonso.
Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills – Belgium
One of this year’s Eurovision favourites and the youngest participant at the 2013 Song Contest, Roberto Bellarosa, was met with an ovation when he performed his song, Love Kills. The female part of the audience must have been frenetic during the performance of this young singer from Belgium.
Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse – Estonia
Birgit from Estonia represented the country with a lyrical ballad Et Uus Saaks Alguse. The singer looked happy and inspired when she performed on the Eurovision stage. It should have been because of her special state – the singer will soon become a mother.
Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh – Belarus
Alyona Lanskaya from Belarus took the floor and performed a song called Solayoh, which runs about the life on an imaginary planet. The singer managed to ignite the audience with her vigorous dance moves and boundless energy.
Gianluca – Tomorrow – Malta
Then it was time for Malta to compete, and Gianluca performed the song Tomorrow. The singer is a surgeon for whom music is a hobby. Still, he looked balanced and harmonic on stage, charming the audience with a smile throughout his life-asserting performance.
Dina Garipova – What If – Russia
Another Eurovision 2013 favourite – Dina Garipova from Russia – performed next. In her lyrical song, What If, the singer reflected about what life could be like if people were kinder and stood together. That was really motivating and inspiring, especially when numerous lights rose up in the air!
Cascada – Glorious – Germany
Germany was an automatic participant of the Grand Final. Cascada brilliantly performed her song Glorious, which could not leave anyone standing. The hall was cheering as the German representative set the stage on fire.
Dorians – Lonely Planet – Armenia
The Armenian representative – Dorians – sang about the ecological problems of nowadays encouraging people to change their attitude to nature in their song Lonely Planet. It has reminded us of one of the performances of the previous years – Alyosha’s ‘Sweet People’.
Anouk – Birds – The Netherlands
Anouk from the Netherlands competed with a song Birds. Her performance marked off the equator of the Eurovision’s Grand Final. Anouk’s low timber and powerful voice penetrated into the depth of every listener’s soul.
Cezar – It’s My Life – Romania
Cezar from Romania sang a song titled It’s My Life. This all-round singer has a wide repertoire, which includes numerous opera roles. In his Eurovision entry, the singer demonstrated the wide range of his voice. We felt as if we were at a real opera.
Bonnie Tyler – Believe In Me – United Kingdom
A senior representative of the Song Contest 2013, Bonnie Tyler from the United Kingdom, performed a love ballad Believe In Me. It must have been her experience and deep understanding of feelings that made her performance so believable and convincing.
Robin Stjernberg – You – Sweden
The host country, Sweden, was represented by the 22-year-old Robin Stjernberg with a song You. Smoke effect and the dancers’ performance made the show complete.
ByeAlex – Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix) – Hungary
ByeAlex from Hungary came next onto the stage to perform the song Kedvesem. The artists’ casual images and animated background visual effects made the performance memorable.
Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops – Denmark
Emmelie de Forest was spoken of as a potential winner even before the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2013. It was easy to notice by the roar and cheers of the audience when the singer appeared on the stage to perform her entry, Only Teardrops.
Eythor Ingi – Ég Á Líf – Iceland
Eythor Ingi from Iceland sang a heartfelt ballad, Ég Á Líf (I’m alive). Visual images of a starry night and houses with lit windows created an atmosphere of warmth and home here in Malmö.
Farid Mammadov – Hold Me – Azerbaijan
It was time for the Azerbaijani contestant Farid Mammadov to appear on the stage. He performed the powerful lyrical song Hold Me, which really gave everyone shivers. The only special equipment on stage was a transparent rectangular glass case with a dancer inside.
Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free – Greece
Greek representatives Koza Mostra and Agathon Iakovidis gave a performance using numerous national instruments, which created a real orchestra. Their joyful entry, Alcohol Is Free, asserts simple life pleasures.
Zlata Ognevich – Gravity – Ukraine
The Ukrainian representative Zlata Ognevich made the Malmö Arena plunge into the atmosphere of fantasy and fairy-tale with her song Gravity. The air was suddenly filled with magic, and the feeling of wonder touched the heart of every listener and viewer of this amazing performance.
Marco Mengoni – L’Essenziale – Italy
The 24-year-old Marco Mengoni from Italy gave an emotional delivery of the ballad Essenziale. It was difficult to remain indifferent to such a range of feelings which the singer managed to express during his 3-minute show.
Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love – Norway
Margaret Berger from Norway shook up the Malmö Arena when after a series of love ballads a rock song was performed – I Feed You My Love.
Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani – Waterfall – Georgia
Georgia was represented by a duet – Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani. The music to their song Waterfall was written by the composer of the 2012 winning Euphoria by Loreen.
Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives – Ireland
The majestic Eurovision 2013 Grand Final was closed by the Irish representative Ryan Dolan who confidently claimed – Only Love Survives. A powerful dance performance and the singer’s strong vocals completed the inspiring message of the song. It has been an epic closure of the Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.
With 26 striking performances to choose from, it has been difficult to identify the best ones. Still, Europe has made its choice, and we can announce the results of the most long-awaited music event of the year!
Eurovision 2013 Winners
Here is the top ten of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest:
- The Netherlands
Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops – Denmark – Video