Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest 2013
We Are One
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 logo.png
Dates
Semi-final 114 May 2013 (2013-05-14)
Semi-final 216 May 2013 (2013-05-16)
Final18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)
Host
Venue Malmö Arena
Malmö, Sweden [1]
Presenter(s)
Directed by
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Martin Österdahl
Host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT)
Opening act
Interval act
Website eurovision.tv/event/malmo-2013/ OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Participants
Number of entries39
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia
Non-returning countries
  • ESC 2013 Map.svg     Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2013
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points None
Winning song
2012  Eurovision Song Contest  2014

The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was the 58th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Malmö, Sweden, following the country's victory at the 2012 contest with the song "Euphoria" by Loreen. It was the fifth time Sweden had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1975, 1985, 1992 and 2000. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), the contest was held at Malmö Arena and consisted of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2013. The three live shows were hosted by Petra Mede, while Eric Saade hosted the green room.

Contents

Thirty-nine countries participated, with Armenia returning after their one-year absence. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Slovakia and Turkey all withdrew from the contest for various reasons.

The winner was Denmark with the song "Only Teardrops" performed by Emmelie de Forest and written by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen and Thomas Stengaard. This was Denmark's third victory in the contest, following their wins in 1963 and 2000. It was the second time that Denmark won on Swedish soil. Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Norway and Russia rounded out the top five. Meanwhile, of the 'Big Five' countries, only Italy managed to finish in the top ten, third in a row since its return, coming seventh. The Netherlands finished ninth in what was the country's first appearance in a final since 2004. For the first time since 1985 (which was also held in Sweden but in Gothenburg instead of Malmö) , no country of the former Yugoslav federation participated in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

This year marked the first time that the "Parade of Nations" were displayed at Eurovision. The concept had been used in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since 2004. Now, it was introduced by Sweden to become a new Eurovision tradition. It sees all countries performing in the grand final presenting themselves with their national flags before the contest begins. This year, the contestants entered the main stage by walking across a bridge over the audience. The idea has subsequently continued in every Eurovision edition from then onwards.

The EBU reported that 170 million viewers watched the semi-finals and final of the 2013 edition.

Location

Malmo Arena, Malmo - host venue of the 2013 contest. Malmo Arena, augusti 2014-2.jpg
Malmö Arena, Malmö – host venue of the 2013 contest.

On 8 July 2012, the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) announced that Malmö Arena in Malmö would be the host venue for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. This was the fifth time after 1975, 1985, 1992 and 2000 that the competition was held in Sweden and the second time, after 1992, that it was held in Malmö. SVT had expressed the desire to host the contest at a slightly smaller venue than previous years, as well as smaller environment which is easier to dedicate and decorate for other celebrations and festivities of the event within the host city. This were factors in the choice of Malmö Arena as the host venue, [12] and Malmö as Sweden's third-largest city by population after Stockholm and Gothenburg, the two other initial location-bidders.

SVT made the advance decision to allocate Denmark at one semi-final and Norway at the other, in consideration for the number of Danish and Norwegian fans likely to come, with the arena being relatively small and so not suitable for accommodating both countries' fans at one semi-final event. The Øresund Bridge was eventually also used as the main artistic medium for the theme of the contest, as an expression of binding cultures.

Bidding phase

Square in Malmo before the finals, with time table demonstrating the countdown for the broadcast. Countdown - Eurovision 2013 - Malmo - Stortorget.JPG
Square in Malmö before the finals, with time table demonstrating the countdown for the broadcast.
Sweden relief location map.jpg
Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.

On the night of the final for the 2012 Contest, the chief executive of SVT, Eva Hamilton, stated to the Swedish media that various venues in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö were being considered for hosting the 2013 Contest. [13] One alternative put forward in the Expressen , was to hold the competition at three different venues – the semi-finals in Gothenburg and Malmö, and the final in Stockholm. [14] This proposal was dismissed as unfeasible by SVT, which declared that the contest would be hosted in only one city. [15]

On 20 June 2012, it was announced that Gothenburg had withdrawn from the bidding process due to the city being the host of the Göteborg Horse Show in late April 2013. There were also concerns about the availability of hotel rooms due to a variety of other events taking place in the same time frame as the Eurovision Song Contest. [16] The executive producer for the 2013 Contest, Martin Österdahl, told Swedish press that he did not like the decisions made by previous hosts to hold the contest in larger arenas, stating that he and SVT wanted the 2013 Contest to be "more close and personal". [12] [17] SVT also claimed that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) wanted the 2013 Contest to be "smaller" due to the escalating costs of previous contests. [17]

The following candidate cities had provisionally reserved venues and hotel rooms, as part of their bids to host the 2013 Contest. [18] On 8 July 2012, Malmö Arena was confirmed as the host venue for the contest. Malmö Arena is Sweden's fourth-largest indoor arena, after Friends Arena, Tele2 Arena and Ericsson Globe, all located in Stockholm.

Key Dagger-14-plain.png  Host venue

CityVenueNotes
Gothenburg Scandinavium The venue hosted the 1985 Contest.
Swedish Exhibition Centre Withdrew on 20 June 2012. [16]
Malmö Malmö Arena Dagger-14-plain.pngThe venue has served as the host of the Melodifestivalen semi-finals for the past four years.
Stockholm Friends Arena Opened in October 2012; hosted the final of Melodifestivalen in March 2013.

Format

The combination of televoting and jury voting results underwent changes that were detailed in the official rules for the 2013 contest. [19] [20] Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received 1-point. It was announced in the official Media Handbook that an official app would also be available for voters to vote via during the contest. [21]

Official sponsors of the broadcast were the main Swedish-Finnish telecommunication company TeliaSonera, and the German cosmetics company Schwarzkopf. [22] [23] The competition sponsors were the makeup company IsaDora cosmetics, the supermarket ICA and Tetra Pak. [24] [25]

The Stockholm based singer and actress Sarah Dawn Finer also appeared in both semi-finals and the final in sketches as the comic character Lynda Woodruff. [26] "Lynda" presented the votes for Sweden at the previous contest in Baku. [26] Finer also appeared in the final as herself performing the ABBA song "The Winner Takes It All" before the results were announced. [11] The ex Swedish football captain Zlatan Ibrahimović was revealed on 28 April to be part of the opening segment of the Eurovision final, in a pre-recorded message welcoming viewers to his home city of Malmö. [27] The 2011 Swedish entrant Eric Saade was the host of the green room during the final. [28]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 17 January 2013 at the Malmö City Hall. [29] A draw at the EBU headquarters determined that, due to their geographical proximity with Malmö, Denmark would perform in the first semi-final, while Norway would perform in the second semi-final. This provided a maximum availability of tickets for visitors from both countries. [30] The EBU also allocated Israel to the second semi-final after a request from the delegation in order to avoid complications with a national holiday coinciding with the date of the first semi-final. [31] The remaining participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), were split into five pots, based on voting patterns from the previous nine years. From these pots, 15 (in addition to Denmark) were allocated to compete in the first semi-final on 14 May 2013 and 15 (in addition to Norway and Israel) were allocated to compete in the second semi-final on 16 May 2013. [32]

The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows: [31]

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4Pot 5

Running order

Unlike previous years, the running order was not decided by the drawing of lots, but instead by the producers, with the aim of making the shows more exciting and ensuring that all contestants had a chance to stand out, preventing entries that are too similar cancelling each other out. [30] The decision elicited mixed reactions from both fans of the contest and participating broadcasters. [33] [34] [35] [36]

The running order for the semi-finals was released on 28 March 2013. [37] The running order for the final was determined on 17 May 2013. [38] [39] An additional allocation draw occurred for the final with each finalist nation drawing to perform either in the first or second half of the final. [38] The allocation draw for qualifying countries from the semi-finals occurred during the semi-final winners' press conferences following each semi-final, while the allocation draw for the Big Five countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) occurred during their first individual press conferences on 15 May 2013. [38] [40] As the host country, the running order position for Sweden in the final was exclusively determined by a draw during the heads of delegation meeting on 18 March 2013. [38] Sweden was drawn to perform 16th in the final. [38]

Graphic design

The stage with its movable parts and the audience closely surrounding it during the opening act of the second semi-final ESC2013 semi final 2 opening act 01.jpg
The stage with its movable parts and the audience closely surrounding it during the opening act of the second semi-final

As aforesaid, SVT wanted to make a good use of Malmo Arena's space to highlight the performances and increase the audience's visibility compared to previous years. SVT created a main stage and a smaller stage with higher-lower shifted floors, connected by a trail closely surrounded by a standing crowd from both sides of it and around the small stage. The main stage mobility was expressed as a main artistic medium at the opening act of the second semi-final and with highlighting Moldova's performance towards its finish, as a movable part beneath the singer's dress making her look gradually taller. The small stage mobility highlighted United Kingdom's performance towards its finish, lifted above the close-standing audience.

On 17 January 2013, at the semi-final allocation draw, the EBU revealed the graphic design, created by the Gothenburg-based branding agency Happy F&B for the 2013 contest, featuring a butterfly and slogan "We Are One". [41] The butterfly featured an array of colours and textures, it also represented something small which can start powerful and big movements, a phenomenon known as the butterfly effect, indicating that a flap from one butterfly can start a hurricane. [42] Meanwhile, the slogan, "We Are One", highlighted equality and unity of all the participating countries alongside the cultural diversity and influence of each participant.

SVT confirmed on 19 February 2013 that the postcard films, used to introduce each song in the contest, would feature each artist in their respective country, to give the viewer a personal insight of each competing participant. This broke with recent tradition of the postcards often containing short segments of life within either the host city or country of the contest. [43] They were produced by a company called Camp David. [44] The on-air graphics were produced by Broken Doll, a production company. The animation of the many butterflies was done by the visual effects studio Swiss International. [45] For example, Sweden's postcard features Robin and his friends at a funfair, having fun and meeting fans, while Ireland's postcard shows Ryan together with his family. In addition to the graphic design, there was a theme music for the contest entitled "Wolverine" composed by Adam Kafe, which was used in the intros and in-between commercial breaks. [46]

National host broadcaster

On 11 July 2012, the show producer Christer Björkman advised the public not to buy tickets for the 2013 Contest that are currently in circulation and instead to wait for tickets to be released through official channels. Björkman said that official tickets had not yet been released, as necessary decisions over the stage and seating plans had not yet been made. [47] Björkman also gave reassurance that accommodation would be available, as while the organizers had booked a large quantity of hotel rooms, some may be made available to the general public. [47] On 21 November 2012, SVT officially announced the launch of ticket sales. [48]

On 17 October 2012, the executive producer Martin Österdahl told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter that SVT plans for the 2013 Contest to have only one presenter for the entire contest, unlike previous years where there were up to three presenters per show. The last time there was just one presenter was in the 1995, in Dublin, Ireland, when the solo host was Mary Kennedy. [49] [50] Petra Mede was announced as the host for the 2013 contest on 28 January 2013. [2] [51]

Participating countries

Countries in the first semi-final
Countries voting in the first semi-final
Countries in the second semi-final
Countries voting in the second semi-final ESC 2013 Semi-Finals.svg
  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

It was announced on 21 December 2012 that 39 countries would compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Armenia, which was last represented in 2011, confirmed that it would be returning to the contest following a one-year break. [52] [53] Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal both decided not to enter the 2013 contest due to financial difficulties, [54] [55] while Slovakia and Turkey did not participate for different reasons. [56] [57]

Returning artists

Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for the second year in a row. She would also return for the 2014 and 2017 contests. [58]

Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov returned as a duo, having previously represented Bulgaria in 2007. [59]

Nevena Božović represented Serbia as part of Moje 3 and became the first contestant to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest after competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she came third in 2007. [60] She later represented Serbia in 2019.

Bledar Sejko, who represented Albania, was the on-stage guitarist for the Albanian entry in 2011.

Gor Sujyan, who represented Armenia, was a backing vocalist for the Armenian entry in 2010.

Aliona Moon, who represented Moldova, was a backing vocalist for the Moldovan entry in 2012. In addition, Pasha Parfeny, the Moldovan representative of 2012, was the composer of the Moldovan entry and he actually accompanied her on the piano.

Estonian backing vocalists Lauri Pihlap and Kaido Põldma were part of the group 2XL, which won the contest in 2001 together with Dave Benton and Tanel Padar.

Semi-final 1

Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. [32]

Draw [37] Country [61] Artist [62] Song [62] Language [63] Place [64] Points
01Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Natália Kelly "Shine"English1427
02Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Birgit "Et uus saaks alguse" Estonian 1052
03Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Hannah "Straight Into Love"English168
04Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Klapa s Mora "Mižerja" Croatian 1338
05Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Emmelie de Forest "Only Teardrops"English1167
06Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Dina Garipova "What If"English2156
07Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Zlata Ognevich "Gravity"English3140
08Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Anouk "Birds"English675
09Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Who See "Igranka" (Игранка) Montenegrin 1241
10Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Andrius Pojavis "Something"English953
11Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Alyona Lanskaya "Solayoh"English764
12Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Aliona Moon "O mie" Romanian 495
13Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Ryan Dolan "Only Love Survives"English854
14Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Despina Olympiou "An me thimasai" (Aν με θυμάσαι) Greek 1511
15Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Roberto Bellarosa "Love Kills"English575
16Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Moje 3 "Ljubav je svuda" (Љубав је свуда) Serbian 1146

Semi-final 2

France, Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final. [32]

Draw [37] Country [61] Artist [62] Song [62] Language [63] Place [65] Points
01Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia PeR "Here We Go"English1713
02Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino Valentina Monetta "Crisalide (Vola)"Italian1147
03Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Esma & Lozano "Pred da se razdeni" (Пред да се раздени) Macedonian, Romani 1628
04Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov "Hold Me"English1139
05Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Krista Siegfrids "Marry Me"English964
06Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Gianluca "Tomorrow"English4118
07Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov "Samo shampioni" (Само шампиони) Bulgarian 1245
08Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Eythor Ingi "Ég á líf" Icelandic 672
09Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis "Alcohol Is Free" Greek [lower-alpha 1] 2121
10Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Moran Mazor "Rak Bishvilo" (רק בשבילו) Hebrew 1440
11Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Dorians "Lonely Planet"English769
12Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary ByeAlex "Kedvesem" (Zoohacker Remix) Hungarian 866
13Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Margaret Berger "I Feed You My Love"English3120
14Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko "Identitet" Albanian 1531
15Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani "Waterfall"English1063
16Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Takasa "You and Me"English1341
17Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Cezar "It's My Life"English583

Final

For the first time since 1985 contest, which was, coincidentally, held in Sweden as well, no country of the former Yugoslavia participated in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. [66] [67]

Draw [39] Country [61] Artist [62] Song [62] Language [63] Place [68] Points
01Flag of France.svg  France Amandine Bourgeois "L'enfer et moi"French2314
02Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Andrius Pojavis "Something"English2217
03Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Aliona Moon "O mie"Romanian1171
04Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Krista Siegfrids "Marry Me"English2413
05Flag of Spain.svg  Spain ESDM "Contigo hasta el final"Spanish [lower-alpha 2] 258
06Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Roberto Bellarosa "Love Kills"English1271
07Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Birgit "Et uus saaks alguse"Estonian2019
08Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Alyona Lanskaya "Solayoh"English1648
09Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Gianluca "Tomorrow"English8120
10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Dina Garipova "What If"English5174
11Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Cascada "Glorious"English2118
12Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Dorians "Lonely Planet"English1841
13Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Anouk "Birds"English9114
14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Cezar "It's My Life"English1365
15Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Bonnie Tyler "Believe in Me"English1923
16Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Robin Stjernberg "You"English1462
17Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary ByeAlex "Kedvesem" (Zoohacker Remix)Hungarian1084
18Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Emmelie de Forest "Only Teardrops"English1281
19Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Eythor Ingi "Ég á líf"Icelandic1747
20Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov "Hold Me"English2234
21Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis "Alcohol Is Free"Greek [lower-alpha 1] 6152
22Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Zlata Ognevich "Gravity"English3214
23Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Marco Mengoni "L'essenziale"Italian7126
24Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Margaret Berger "I Feed You My Love"English4191
25Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani "Waterfall"English1550
26Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Ryan Dolan "Only Love Survives"English265

Scoreboard

The EBU published the split results of the semi-finals and final on 29 May 2013. Unlike in previous years a full points breakdown of the jury and public voting was not revealed, instead an average rank was provided for each country based on the votes of the juries and televote in isolation. [69]

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1 voting results [70]
Total score
Austria
Estonia
Slovenia
Croatia
Denmark
Russia
Ukraine
Netherlands
Montenegro
Lithuania
Belarus
Moldova
Ireland
Cyprus
Belgium
Serbia
Italy
Sweden
United Kingdom
Contestants
Austria2711443423221
Estonia523151445581564
Slovenia853
Croatia3852463511110
Denmark167121281210412868712810861212
Russia1561010108127771010810107641010
Ukraine1402612787812121212212851212
Netherlands75873103275121188
Montenegro4165826122
Lithuania53421572636107
Belarus644212268103647
Moldova95737161210643655785
Ireland545236355417436
Cyprus1112233
Belgium75486378101234775
Serbia46651021101434

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
7Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus, Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova, Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
1Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2 voting results [71]
Total score
Latvia
San Marino
Macedonia
Azerbaijan
Finland
Malta
Bulgaria
Iceland
Greece
Israel
Armenia
Hungary
Norway
Albania
Georgia
Switzerland
Romania
France
Germany
Spain
Contestants
Latvia132371
San Marino4735116144214510
Macedonia28255124
Azerbaijan139738312128121212581231282
Finland6487317158123738
Malta118610121256527812667725
Bulgaria458342101144116
Iceland7210121101010127
Greece1215126777102683710261085
Israel4062416352443
Armenia69188784105126
Hungary6624863273126310
Norway120125751037124557888212
Albania31610285
Georgia6341410434671244
Switzerland41621532632101
Romania83184102101010365671

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
7Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia, Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
3Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan, Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
2Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Flag of Albania.svg  Albania

Final

Final voting results [72]
Total score
San Marino
Sweden
Albania
Netherlands
Austria
United Kingdom
Israel
Serbia
Ukraine
Hungary
Romania
Moldova
Azerbaijan
Norway
Armenia
Italy
Finland
Spain
Belarus
Latvia
Bulgaria
Belgium
Russia
Malta
Estonia
Germany
Iceland
France
Greece
Ireland
Denmark
Montenegro
Slovenia
Georgia
Macedonia
Cyprus
Croatia
Switzerland
Lithuania
Contestants
France1482211
Lithuania17136511
Moldova7121681214243364357
Finland1334132
Spain862
Belgium7157123334332825452
Estonia196103
Belarus48312475213551
Malta1201087285810610175555234333
Russia17454107847726812541221610771066567
Germany1836531
Armenia4116312821710
Netherlands114848652881237861072244
Romania65454410661761101
United Kingdom231345712
Sweden623151244411345861
Hungary84638722310641224105
Denmark2811011051281251066574127816210468101212712101271271032
Iceland476264568145
Azerbaijan234272121251012108710312512124781221231287612
Greece152121017821745871617210466841258
Ukraine21451510107412121125101271081101038838101210
Italy126412104111268106682106812
Norway19171226673282238125381773371041245484376
Georgia507310105528
Ireland5212

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final: [73]

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
10Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia, Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro, Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
8Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia, Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
5Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia, Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan, Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
2Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
1Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Norway.svg  Norway

Other countries

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons

It was reported by the EBU that the 2013 Contest was viewed by a worldwide television audience of a record breaking 170 million viewers. [86]

Spokespersons

The order in which each country announced their votes was determined in a draw following the jury results from final dress rehearsal. Similar to the 2012 contest an algorithm was used to generate as much suspense as possible. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country. [87]

  1. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino   John Kennedy O'Connor
  2. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden   Yohio
  3. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania   Andri Xhahu
  4. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands   Cornald Maas
  5. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria   Kati Bellowitsch
  6. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom   Scott Mills
  7. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  Ofer Nachshon
  8. Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  Maja Nikolić
  9. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  Matias
  10. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary   Éva Novodomszky
  11. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  Sonia Argint
  12. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  Olivia Furtună
  13. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  Tamilla Shirinova
  14. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway   Tooji (Norwegian representative in 2012)
  15. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia   André (Armenian representative in 2006)
  16. Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  Federica Gentile
  17. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland   Kristiina Wheeler
  18. Flag of Spain.svg  Spain   Inés Paz
  19. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus   Darya Domracheva
  20. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia   Anmary (Latvian representative in 2012)
  21. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  Joanna Dragneva (Bulgarian representative in 2008 as part of Deep Zone Project)
  22. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  Barbara Louys
  23. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia   Alsou (Russian representative in 2000; co-presenter of the 2009 contest final)
  24. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta  Emma Hickey
  25. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia   Rolf Roosalu
  26. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany   Lena (Winner of the 2010 contest; German representative in 2011)
  27. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland  María Sigrún Hilmarsdóttir
  28. Flag of France.svg  France  Marine Vignes
  29. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  Adriana Magania
  30. Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland   Nicky Byrne (Irish representative in 2016)
  31. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  Sofie Lassen-Kahlke
  32. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro  Ivana Sebek
  33. Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  Andrea F
  34. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  Liza Tsiklauri
  35. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia  Dimitar Atanasovski
  36. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus  Loukas Hamatsos
  37. Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  Uršula Tolj
  38. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  Mélanie Freymond
  39. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  Ignas Krupavičius

Broadcasters and commentators

Most countries sent commentators to Malmö or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
CountryShow(s)Broadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Albania.svg AlbaniaAll shows TVSH, TVSH 2, RTSH Music Andri Xhahu [88] [89]
Flag of Armenia.svg ArmeniaSemi-finals Armenia 1 André and Arevik Udumyan [90]
FinalErik Antaranyan and Anna Avanesyan
Flag of Austria.svg AustriaAll shows ORF eins Andi Knoll [91]
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg AzerbaijanAll shows İctimai Televiziya Konul Arifgizi [92]
Flag of Belarus.svg BelarusAll shows Belarus 1, Belarus 24 Evgeny Perlin [93]
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumAll shows La Une French: Maureen Louys and Jean-Louis Lahaye [94] [95]
één, Radio 2 Dutch: André Vermeulen and Tom De Cock
Flag of Bulgaria.svg BulgariaAll shows BNT 1 Georgi Kushvaliev and Elena Rosberg
Flag of Croatia.svg CroatiaSemi-finalsDuško Čurlić HRT 2 [96] [97]
Final HRT 1
SF1/Final HR 2 Robert Urlić [98]
Flag of Cyprus.svg CyprusAll shows RIK 1, RIK Triton Melina Karageorgiou [99]
Flag of Denmark.svg DenmarkAll shows DR1 Ole Tøpholm [100]
Flag of Estonia.svg EstoniaAll shows ETV Marko Reikop [101]
SF1/Final Raadio 2 Mart Juur and Andrus Kivirähk [102]
Flag of Finland.svg FinlandAll shows YLE TV2 Finnish: Aino Töllinen and Juuso Mäkilähde [103] [104]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki
YLE TV2, Yle Radio Vega Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
Flag of France.svg FranceSF2 France Ô Audrey Chauveau and Bruno Berberes [105]
Final France 3 Cyril Féraud and Mireille Dumas [106]
Flag of Georgia.svg GeorgiaAll shows GPB 1TV Temo Kvirkvelia [107]
Flag of Germany.svg GermanySemi-finals [lower-alpha 3] Einsfestival Peter Urban [108]
NDR
SF2 Phoenix
Final Das Erste
Flag of Greece.svg GreeceAll shows NET, First Programme, Second Programme, Voice of Greece Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis [109] [110] [111]
Flag of Hungary.svg HungaryAll shows M1 Gábor Gundel Takács [112]
Flag of Iceland.svg IcelandAll shows RÚV, Rás 2 Felix Bergsson [113]
Flag of Ireland.svg IrelandSemi-finals RTÉ Two Marty Whelan [114]
Final RTÉ One
SF1/Final RTÉ Radio 1 Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski [115]
Flag of Israel.svg IsraelAll shows Channel 1 No commentator; Hebrew subtitles [116]
Channel 33 No commentator; Arabic subtitles
IBA 88FM Kobi Menora [117]
SF1Ofer Nachshon (88 FM)
SF2Amit Kotler and Yuval Caspin
FinalRon Levinthal, Kobi Oshrat and Yhaloma Bat Porat
Flag of Italy.svg ItalySF1 Rai 5 Federica Gentile [118] [119]
Final Rai 2 Filippo Solibello, Marco Ardemagni and Natascha Lusenti
Flag of Latvia.svg LatviaAll shows LTV Valters Frīdenbergs [120]
Final Kārlis Būmeisters
Flag of Lithuania.svg LithuaniaAll shows LRT, LRT Radijas Darius Užkuraitis [121]
Flag of North Macedonia.svg MacedoniaAll shows MRT 1 Karolina Petkovsk [122]
Flag of Malta.svg MaltaAll shows TVM Gordon Bonello and Rodney Gauci [123]
Flag of Moldova.svg MoldovaAll shows Moldova 1, Radio Moldova Lidia Scarlat [124] [125]
Flag of Montenegro.svg MontenegroAll shows TVCG 1 Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković [126]
Radio Crne Gore, Radio 98 Sonja Savović and Sanja Pejović
Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsAll shows Nederland 1, BVN Jan Smit and Daniël Dekker [127]
Flag of Norway.svg NorwayAll shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan [128]
Final NRK P3 Ronny Brede Aase, Silje Therese Reiten Nordnes and Yngve Hustad Reite [129]
Flag of Romania.svg RomaniaAll shows TVR1 Liana Stanciu [130]
Flag of Russia.svg RussiaAll shows Channel One Yana Churikova and Yuriy Aksuuta [131]
Flag of San Marino.svg San MarinoAll shows SMRTV Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo [132]
Flag of Serbia.svg SerbiaSF1 RTS1 Duška Vučinić-Lučić [133]
SF2Marina Nikolić [133]
Final RTS2 Silvana Grujić [134]
Flag of Slovenia.svg SloveniaSemi-finals TV SLO 2 Andrej Hofer [135]
Final TV SLO 1
Flag of Spain.svg SpainSF2 La 2 José Luis Uribarri [136]
Final La 1
Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenAll shows SVT1 Josefine Sundström [137]
SR P4 Carolina Norén [138]
Semi-finalsRonnie Ritterland
Final Björn Kjellman
Flag of Switzerland.svg  SwitzerlandSF2 SRF zwei German: Sven Epiney [139]
Final SRF 1
SF2/Final RTS Deux French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner [140]
SF2 RSI La 2 Italian: Alessandro Bertoglio [141]
Final RSI La 1
Flag of Ukraine.svg UkraineAll shows Pershyi Natsionalnyi Timur Miroshnychenko and Tetiana Terekhova [142] [143]
UR-1 Olena Zelinchenko [144]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United KingdomSemi-finals BBC Three Scott Mills and Ana Matronic [145]
Final BBC One Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
CountryShow(s)Broadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg AustraliaAll shows SBS One Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [146]
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and HerzegovinaAll shows BHT 1, BH Radio 1 Dejan Kukrić [147] [148]
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaAll shows [lower-alpha 4] CCTV-15 No commentator [149]
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg KazakhstanAll showsArna MediaRoman Raifeld and Kaldybek Zhaysanbay [150] [151]
Flag of Portugal.svg PortugalAll shows [lower-alpha 5] RTP1 Sílvia Alberto [152]
Flag of Slovakia.svg SlovakiaFinal Radio FM Daniel Baláž and Pavol Hubinák [153]

Incidents

Azerbaijan vote rigging

Prior to the finals, the Lithuanian media outlet 15 min released an undercover video suggesting that representatives from Azerbaijan were trying to bribe Lithuanians for votes in the tele/smsvoting. [154] The video detailed the plan, which involved recruiting groups of 10 people each, and supplying them with SIM cards so they could vote multiple times during the voting window in the tele/smsvoting. It was also suggested that similar activity was taking place in a total of 15 countries including Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Croatia and Switzerland. [155] In response to the allegations, Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand reaffirmed the contest's commitment to a "fair and transparent result." He stated that while Eurovision organisers were looking into the case, they "[emphasised] that the intention of these individuals have not yet been clarified, and nor has a link been established between the individuals in the video and the Azeri delegation, the Azeri act or the Azeri EBU member Ictimai TV." He added that, since 1998, when he was first involved with the contest, "every year there are rumors about irregularities in the voting". [154]

The EBU later confirmed an attempt of cheating in the contest, which was unsuccessful according to EBU as the EBU's system prevent fraud. According to the EBU, there is no evidence that any broadcaster has been involved in cheating. The rules were changed the next year to ensure that all broadcasters would be responsible for preventing fraud to their advantage or face a three-year suspension if fraud is revealed. [156] However, in May 2015 a member of The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group confirmed that Azerbaijan had cheated and that it was organized and very expensive. [157]

When Azerbaijan officially awarded no points to Dina Garipova of Russia, despite Garipova having reportedly come second in the country's phone poll, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev ordered an inquiry. The Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that the result had been falsified, and stated that "this outrageous action will not remain without a response". He promised a co-ordinated response with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov. Simultaneously, the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed that his own country having received no points from Russia showed that the result must have been falsified. [158]

Plagiarism allegations

Cascada's entry for Germany, "Glorious", was the subject of investigation by NDR following allegations that it was too similar to the 2012 winner, "Euphoria" by Loreen. [159] NDR spokeswoman Iris Bents played down the allegations, stating that "Every year there are attempts to create scandals around the Eurovision Song Contest and the participants." [160] Following an independent audit, "Glorious" was found not to have plagiarized "Euphoria". [161]

Allegations of plagiarism against the winning Danish entry surfaced after Eric van Tijn, a notable Dutch music producer, mentioned the opening flute solo's similarity to "I Surrender", a 2002 song by the Dutch band K-Otic. However Eric van Tijn also stated that the flute solo was the only similarity between the two songs, thus calling it "a storm in a teacup". [162]

Finland's same-sex kiss

Finland's contestant Krista Siegfrids kissing one of her backing singers. ESC2013 - Finland 07 (crop).jpg
Finland's contestant Krista Siegfrids kissing one of her backing singers.

The performance of the Finnish entry, "Marry Me", caused controversy in certain more socially conservative countries broadcasting the contest. The act featured the female singer Krista Siegfrids and one of her female backing singers kissing each other at the end, widely labelled in media as Eurovision's first "lesbian kiss". Siegfrids stated to the media that the act was done to encourage Finland to legalise same sex marriage. It was reported that Turkish and Greek media reacted negatively to Siegfrids' act. [163] According to Gay Star News, the Turkish Eurovision broadcaster TRT, who had previously decided not to participate itself, initially indicated that they would still broadcast the contest, but made a late decision not to do so. [164] A number of media reports directly linked this decision to the kiss in the Finnish performance, although TRT stated the reason was low viewing figures for the contest. [165] [166] In China, it was completely removed from the pre-recorded broadcast due to the branch of television censorship in Mainland China.

Eric Saade

Green room host Eric Saade referred to Petra Mede as a "MILF" on air during the break between the first and second halves of the voting, saying "Back to you, Petra. #MILF". When the broadcaster for the United Kingdom, BBC aired this, the sound was lost. It remains unknown whether this was just an accident, or if the BBC did it purposely. [167] While the statement was supposedly scripted and SVT were aware of Saade's plan, some on social media were confused and offended by the comment. [168]

Other awards

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) voting poll also took place before the contest.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards honour the best competing songs in the final. Named after the founder of the contest, the awards were created and first handed at the 2002 contest by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 contest and the country's current Head of Delegation), and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys who won the 1984 contest for Sweden). [169] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award. [170]

CategoryCountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)
Artistic AwardFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan "Hold Me" Farid Mammadov John Ballard, Ralph Charlie
Composers AwardFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden "You" Robin Stjernberg Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas
Press AwardFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia "Waterfall" Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani Thomas G:son

OGAE

OGAE is an international organisation which conducts a voting poll for the favourite songs among its members before the annual contest. It consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, with thirty-nine clubs taking part in the survey this year. [171] [172] Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast. [173]

CountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)OGAE result
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark "Only Teardrops" Emmelie de Forest Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard374
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino "Crisalide (Vola)" Valentina Monetta Mauro Balestri, Ralph Siegel 282
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway "I Feed You My Love" Margaret Berger Karin Park, MachoPsycho 269
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany "Glorious" Cascada Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas, Tony Cornelissen195
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy "L'essenziale" Marco Mengoni Marco Mengoni, Roberto Casalino, Francesco De Benedettis177

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017. [174]

PlaceCountryPerformer(s)Votes
1Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Moje 3967
2Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Cezar544
3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Moran Mazor296
4Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko150
5Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Who See110

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013
ESC 2013 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released29 April 2013
Genre Pop
Length
  • 60:01 (CD 1)
  • 63:51 (CD 2)
Label CMC, Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012
(2012)
Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013
(2013)
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014
(2014)

Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013 was a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and released by CMC International and Universal Music Group on 29 April 2013. [175] The album featured all 39 songs that entered in the 2013 contest including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final. The digital version featured a bonus track, "We Write the Story", performed by ex-ABBA members, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and the late Swedish DJ and record producer, Avicii. [176]

Charts

Chart (2013)Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [177] 2

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 The song is in Greek; however, the titular English phrase is repeated throughout the song
  2. The song is Spanish; however the last phrase was sung in English
  3. Germany provided a deferred broadcast of semi-final 2 on Einsfestival and of the semi-finals on NDR
  4. Broadcast between 5 and 7 October 2013
  5. Portugal provided deferred broadcast of the semi-finals

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