19 May 2013

Eurovision Song Contest 2013: The Final Result

1. Denmark Emmelie de Forest Only Teardrops 281 points
2. Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov Hold Me 234 points
3. Ukraine Zlata Ognevich Gravity 214 points
4. Norway Margaret Berger I Feed You My Love 191 points
5. Russia Dina Garipova What If 174 points
6. Greece Koza Mostra ft. Agathon Iakovidis Alcohol is Free 152 points
7. Italy Marco Mengoni L'essenziale 126 points
8. Malta Gianluca Tomorrow 120 points
9. The Netherlands Anouk Birds 114 points
10. Hungary ByeAlex Kedvesem 84 points
11. Moldova Aliona Moon O Mie 71 points
12. Belgium Roberto Bellarosa Love Kills 71 points
13. Romania Cezar It's My Life 65 points
14. Sweden Robin Stjernberg You 62 points
15. Georgia Nodi and Sophie Waterfall 50 points
16. Belarus Alyona Lanskaya Solayoh 48 points
17. Iceland Eythor Ingi Ég á líf 47 points
18. Armenia Dorians Lonely Planet 41 points
19. United Kingdom Bonnie Tyler Believe in Me 23 points
20. Estonia Birgit Et uus saaks alguse 19 points
21. Germany Cascada Glorious 18 points
22. Lithuania Andrius Pojavis Something 17 points
23. France Amandine Bourgeois L'enfer et moi 14 points
24. Finland Krista Siegfrids Marry Me 13 points
25. Spain ESDM Contigo Hasta El Final 8 points
26. Ireland Ryan Dolan Only Love Survives 5 points

Another Eurovision Song Contest comes to a close with the trophy remaining in Scandinavia, as Emmelie de Forest predictably wins the competition for Denmark with Only Teardrops.

As the voting began, it did not look as if the 2014 Contest would be heading to Copenhagen as many had thought. The voting pattern for Denmark got off to a sluggish and surprising start, as San Marino obviously didn't like the song and both Albania and Austria ranked it lower than expected.

This rate of points soon altered as the voting progressed, with Emmelie soon in a tussle for first place with Azerbaijan and the Ukraine. On the night, Denmark was awarded the coveted twelve points on eight occasions and managed to score points from 37 of the participating nations. Farid Mammadov did even better with the top score, receiving 12 points from 10 countries. Surprisingly, eight nations (including the UK) didn't score him at all.

Emmelie de Forest, ESC2013 press conference 12 (crop)
Denmark's Emmelie de Forest
In the same way that predictions about Denmark's runaway success did not ring true - this was no Alexander Rybak in 2009 - what seemed to be foregone conclusions about other nations also withered on the vine.

The much publicized lesbian kiss from Finland turned into a slobbering mess at the bottom of the leader board, as did the copycat Glorious from Germany's high profile Cascada. Even Ryan Dolan from Ireland, who the BBC's Graham Norton thought had a chance of capturing the crown, was left dumped in the bargain basement with only five points. So much for performing last in the running order!

The nations included in the Final that have most to think about are the Big Five - those that contribute the most to Eurovision and which earn a free pass to the endgame. While Italy may be content with its seventh place, the UK, France, Germany and Spain will once again be asking what went wrong.

In most cases, it is easy to answer. It was either the song, the singer or both. France was the first to perform  with a song that should have picked up more points, but suffered from its position in the draw. Spain came next featuring a singer that could not sing an average song live. Germany was rejected because of an all too familiar track.

This leads us to the biggest name in the Contest this year: Bonnie Tyler. Anticipation was high that the United Kingdom would be able to pull itself out of the right hand side of the scoreboard with such a well-known personality. After all, Bonnie has droves of fans across Europe and many of them were predicting either a Top 10 or Top 5 placing. It was not to be. The beginning of her performance of the country ballad Believe in Me had viewers believing otherwise. Her voice croaked and cracked through the first few bars of the song, which in itself is so laid back it was likely to send people to sleep. Unfortunately, the clever staging at the end could not disguise the damp squib that was the climax of the song. 

To have any success in Eurovision, the BBC is going to have to rethink its selection policy. It seems neither the Corporation nor the public can be trusted to pick a decent entry. But you can't blame the public entirely, when the BBC was giving it second rate songs to choose from. What is needed is younger input so that relevant tracks that reflect today's music can be put forward.

It seems that it is not only the UK which now complains about tactical or political voting. Note the furor in the Balkans over the lack of a Slav representative and the continuing moans about neighbourly votes in the final. I've been watching Eurovision since the early 1970s and it was the same back then. Scandinavia voted for Scandinavia, Greece for Cyprus and vice-versa and with the Netherlands back in the Final this year, who could forget the Dutch/Belgian connection?

There have already been rumours that various countries will withdraw from the 2014 competition because of this. As yet, not the classic "old school" Western countries, but instead the very nations that grumbled about their complaints: the Balkans. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

2014 in Denmark appears as if may turn into an interesting season. Hopefully, the Danes will put on as good a show as their Swedish counterparts and, in some respects, the quality of the songs improve in twelve months time.

Well done Denmark!

Emmelie de Forest image by Albin Olsson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.


  1. A nice summary - I don't think that the result has really been in doubt since Emmelie won her national final! A slow start for the first few juries but once she got in the lead, she was always in front due to picking up points from everyone except San Marino. Maybe not as many 12s as Loreen but regular 6-8s all the time, enough to always be 20-30 points ahead. I think it is a worthy winner, well performed and sung and Emmelie is a good ambassador for Eurovision.

    Some good results for the Netherlands (not an instant wow song, so the best it could be hoped for), Malta (even though it was one of the worst vocals on the night), Hungary and Belgium (who'd have thought after seeing his NF performance!). I was surprised Cascada did so badly, the other five not so surprised (Italy was sung well, France an acquired taste, Bonnie wasn't brilliant and Raquel was married to Fernando Alonso for her looks, not her singing).

    Bloc voting (or should that really be CULTURAL voting) has always gone on - it is funny to hear the Balkan fans all have a 'hissy fit' for a change! Ironically Bosnia have already announced they are returning next year...I suspect they will all be back, unless they have financial problems.

    I am looking forward to Denmark in 2014 - I have been on holiday in Copenhagen twice and would be happy to go there again (I had been to Malmo too and over the bridge, so it was nice to get reminders of my time in Scandanavia). There is a competing bid from Herning, where the X Factor and the Danish NF were held in 2012/13 and it is a smaller venue but is a bit remote from the capital - not sure which way they will go.

    As I said on Google+, thanks for the posts - they have been highly entertaining!

    1. Thanks, Martin. Looking forward to following the 2014 season!

  2. Cyprus was eliminated in the first final, so Greece couldn't have voted for it... Just saying

    1. Yeah, but my point was about neighbourly voting in general over the years :)


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