Eurovision Song Contest 2013
|Eurovision Song Contest 2013|
|Semi-final 1||14 May 2013|
|Semi-final 2||16 May 2013|
|Final||18 May 2013|
|Venue||Malmö Arena, Malmö, Sweden|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer||Martin Österdahl|
|Host broadcaster||Sveriges Television (SVT)|
|Number of entries||39|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was the 58th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Malmö, Sweden, following Loreen's win at the 2012 contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song "Euphoria". It was the fifth time that Sweden had hosted the contest, the last time being in 2000. Sveriges Television (SVT) chose Malmö Arena as the venue following the consideration of several venues in Sweden. The host for the contest was Petra Mede. Thirty-nine countries participated, including Armenia, which was last represented in 2011. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Slovakia and Turkey announced their withdrawal from the 2013 Contest.
The design of the contest was built around the theme "We Are One" – highlighting equality and unity of all the participating countries alongside the cultural diversity and influence of each participant. Compared to many of the previous contests in the history of Eurovision, rather than focusing on promoting its own country, Sweden chose to lay focus on the artists and their respective countries. The postcards presented before every song which have often been used to show the host country's nature, culture and social life, were changed to show the typical everyday life of each individual artist in their home countries scattered around Europe.
The winner for 2013 was Denmark with the song "Only Teardrops" sung by Emmelie de Forest, which scored 281 points, beating Azerbaijan with a margin of 47 points. This makes it the second time that Denmark won on Swedish soil. Ukraine finished in third place and Norway in fourth, while Russia finished in fifth place. Out of the countries with the 'Big Five' status, only Italy managed to finish in the top ten, third in a row since its return, coming seventh with 126 points, exactly double of remaining ones' sum. The Netherlands finished ninth in their first participation in a final since 2004. 170 million viewers watched the semifinals and final of the 2013 edition. For the first time since 1985, no country of the former Yugoslav federation participated in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
This year was the first time adult Eurovision displayed the "Parade of Nations", which already existed in Junior Eurovision since 2004, an idea introduced by Sweden to become a new Eurovision tradition. The concept sees all countries performing in the Grand Final present 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 was continued the following years by Denmark and Austria, the hosts of Eurovision 2014 and 2015 respectively.
- 1 Location
- 2 Format
- 3 Participating countries
- 4 Results
- 5 Scoreboard
- 6 Other countries
- 7 Incidents
- 8 Other awards
- 9 International broadcasts and voting
- 10 Official album
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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, 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. Øresund bridge was eventually also used as the main artistic medium for the theme of the contest, as an expression of binding cultures.
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. 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. This proposal was dismissed as unfeasible by SVT, which declared that the contest would be hosted in only one city.
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. 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". SVT also claimed that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) wanted the 2013 Contest to be "smaller" due to the escalating costs of previous contests.
The following candidate cities had provisionally reserved venues and hotel rooms, as part of their bids to host the 2013 Contest. 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.
|Stockholm||Friends Arena||67,500||Opened in October 2012; hosted the final of Melodifestivalen in March 2013.|
|Malmö||Malmö Arena||15,400||The venue has served as the host of the Melodifestivalen semi-finals for the past four years.|
|Gothenburg||Scandinavium||14,000||The venue hosted the 1985 Contest.|
|Swedish Exhibition Centre||–||Withdrew on 20 June 2012.|
The combination of televoting and jury voting results underwent changes that were detailed in the official rules for the 2013 contest. 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.
Official sponsors of the broadcast were the main Swedish-Finnish telecommunication company TeliaSonera, and the German cosmetics company Schwarzkopf. The competition sponsors were the makeup company IsaDora cosmetics, the supermarket ICA and Tetra Pak.
The singer and actress Sarah Dawn Finer also appeared in both semifinals and the final in sketches as the comic character Lynda Woodruff. "Lynda" presented the votes for Sweden at the previous contest in Baku. Finer also appeared in the final as herself performing the ABBA song "The Winner Takes It All" before the results were announced. The footballer 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. The 2011 Swedish entrant Eric Saade was the host of the green room during the final.
Semi-final allocation draw
The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 17 January 2013 at the Malmö City Hall. 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. 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 semifinal. 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.
The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5|
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. The decision elicited mixed reactions from both fans of the contest and participating broadcasters.
The running order for the semi-finals was released on 28 March 2013. The running order for the final was determined on 17 May 2013. 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. 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. 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. Sweden was drawn to perform 16th in the 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 semifinal 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". 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.
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. They were produced by a company called Camp David. 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. 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.
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. 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. On 21 November 2012, SVT officially announced the launch of ticket sales.
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 Contest, in Dublin, Ireland, when the solo host was Mary Kennedy. Petra Mede was announced as the host for the 2013 contest on 28 January 2013.
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. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Portugal both withdrew from the 2013 Contest due to financial difficulties, whilst Slovakia and Turkey withdrew for different reasons.
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.
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.
|02||Estonia||Birgit||"Et uus saaks alguse"||Estonian||10||52|
|03||Slovenia||Hannah||"Straight Into Love"||English||16||8|
|04||Croatia||Klapa s Mora||"Mižerja"||Croatian||13||38|
|05||Denmark||Emmelie de Forest||"Only Teardrops"||English||1||167|
|06||Russia||Dina Garipova||"What If"||English||2||156|
|09||Montenegro||Who See||"Igranka" (Игранка)||Montenegrin||12||41|
|12||Moldova||Aliona Moon||"O mie"||Romanian||4||95|
|13||Ireland||Ryan Dolan||"Only Love Survives"||English||8||54|
|14||Cyprus||Despina Olympiou||"An me thimasai" (Aν με θυμάσαι)||Greek||15||11|
|15||Belgium||Roberto Bellarosa||"Love Kills"||English||5||75|
|16||Serbia||Moje 3||"Ljubav je svuda" (Љубав је свуда)||Serbian||11||46|
- 1.^ 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.
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semifinal:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||Ukraine||Belarus, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovenia|
|Denmark||Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|Semi final 2|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semifinal:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||Azerbaijan||Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Malta, Romania|
|3||Malta||Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Norway|
|Norway||Iceland, Latvia, Spain|
|Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|10||Azerbaijan||Austria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Russia|
|8||Denmark||France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, United Kingdom|
|5||Ukraine||Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Moldova|
|3||Italy||Albania, Spain, Switzerland|
|Norway||Denmark, Finland, Sweden|
|2||Greece||Cyprus, San Marino|
- Andorra – At a meeting with the head of the EBU, Ingrid Deltenre, the Andorran Prime Minister Antoni Martí said that Andorra would not return for the 2013 Contest due to investment cuts.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Bosnian broadcaster Radiotelevizija Bosne i Hercegovine (BHRT) announced that the country would not participate in the 2013 Contest due to economic difficulties. BHRT broadcast the 2013 Contest despite their withdrawal.
- Czech Republic – The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) announced that they had no intention of participating in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
- Liechtenstein – The head of 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV), Peter Kölbel, had said that due to a lack of financial subsidies from the Government of Liechtenstein, participation would be impossible until 2013 at the earliest. 1FLTV have been trying to join the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 2010, but the government has not granted the nation's only channel the necessary subsidies. Kölbel stated that the country had a good chance of joining the contest in 2013, if funding was approved, but it was later announced that it would not be participating.
- Luxembourg – On 13 September 2012, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg announced that they would not return to the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö due to a lack of available resources.
- Monaco – On 24 September 2012, Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed that Monaco would not return to the 2013 Contest for unspecified reasons.
- Morocco – On 20 September 2012, Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed Morocco would not be returning for the 2013 Contest, although reasons for this decision have not been published.
- Poland – On 22 November 2012, Telewizja Polska (TVP) announced that Poland would not be returning to the contest in 2013. Poland withdrew in 2012 due to the broadcaster's primary financial focus being on the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine) along with the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Portugal – On 22 November 2012, the Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) confirmed that Portugal would not be taking part in the 2013 Contest for financial reasons. RTP broadcast the 2013 Contest despite their withdrawal.
- Slovakia – On 4 December 2012, the Slovakian broadcaster Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS) announced that Slovakia would not be participating in the 2013 Contest.
- Turkey – On 14 December 2012, the Turkish broadcaster Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT) announced their withdrawal from the contest, citing dissatisfaction with the introduction of a mixed jury/televote voting system and the current status of the "Big Five". This ended with that Turkey created their own singing competition called "Turkvision Song Contest", which started in December 2013.
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. 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. 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".
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. 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.
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. In June 2013, UK entrant Bonnie Tyler also claimed she overheard Russians complaining that Azerbaijan did not "give us the ten points we paid for." Event supervisor Sietse Bakker said the claims were being investigated by the European Broadcasting Union as well.
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. 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." Following an independent audit, "Glorious" was found not to have plagiarized "Euphoria".
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".
Finland's same-sex kiss
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. According to Gay Star News, the Turkish Eurovision broadcaster TRT, who had earlier withdrawn from competing in the contest for 2013, initially indicated that they would still broadcast the contest, but made a late decision not to do so. 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. In China, it was completely removed from the pre-recorded broadcast due to the branch of television censorship in Mainland China.
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. 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.
Marcel Bezençon Awards
The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and the current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys and the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon. The awards are divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award.
|Artists Award||Azerbaijan||"Hold Me"||Farid Mammadov||John Ballard, Ralph Charlie|
|Composer Award||Sweden||"You"||Robin Stjernberg||Robin Stjernberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas|
|Press Award||Georgia||"Waterfall"||Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani||Thomas G:son|
Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen. The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company. In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from thirty-nine clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2013 contest. Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.
|Denmark||"Only Teardrops"||Emmelie de Forest||Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard||374|
|San Marino||"Crisalide (Vola)"||Valentina Monetta||Mauro Balestri, Ralph Siegel||282|
|Norway||"I Feed You My Love"||Margaret Berger||Karin Park, MachoPsycho||269|
|Germany||"Glorious"||Cascada||Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas, Tony Cornelissen||195|
|Italy||"L'essenziale"||Marco Mengoni||Marco Mengoni, Roberto Casalino, Francesco De Benedettis||177|
Barbara Dex Award
The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed (awful) dress.
|4||Albania||Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko||150|
International broadcasts and voting
It was reported by the EBU that the 2013 Contest was viewed by a worldwide television audience of a record breaking 170 million viewers.
Voting and 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.
- San Marino – John Kennedy O'Connor
- Sweden – Yohio
(Runner-up at Melodifestivalen 2013)
- Albania – Andri Xhahu
- Netherlands – Cornald Maas
- Austria – Kati Bellowitsch
- United Kingdom – Scott Mills
- Israel – Ofer Nachshon
- Serbia – Maja Nikolić
- Ukraine – Matias
- Hungary – Éva Novodomszky
- Romania – Sonia Argint
- Moldova – Olivia Furtună
- Azerbaijan – Tamilla Shirinova
- Norway – Tooji
(Norwegian representative in the 2012 Contest)
- Armenia – André
(Armenian representative in the 2006 Contest)
- Italy – Federica Gentile
- Finland – Kristiina Wheeler
- Spain – Inés Paz
- Belarus – Darya Domracheva
- Latvia – Anmary
(Latvian representative in the 2012 Contest)
- Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva
(Bulgarian representative in the 2008 Contest
as part of Deep Zone Project)
- Belgium – Barbara Louys
- Russia – Alsou
(Russian representative in the 2000 Contest
and co-presenter of the 2009 Contest final)
- Malta – Emma Hickey
- Estonia – Rolf Roosalu
- Germany – Lena
(Winner of the 2010 and representative of the 2011 Contest)
- Iceland – María Sigrún Hilmarsdóttir
- France – Marine Vignes
- Greece – Adriana Magania
- Ireland – Nicky Byrne
(Irish representative in the 2016 Contest)
- Denmark – Sofie Lassen-Kahlke
- Montenegro – Ivana Sebek
- Slovenia – Andrea F
- Georgia – Liza Tsiklauri
- Macedonia – Dimitar Atanasovski
- Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
- Croatia – Uršula Tolj
- Switzerland – Mélanie Freymond
- Lithuania – Ignas Krupavičius
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.
- Participating countries
The commentators of the 39 participating countries are as follows:
|Country||SF1 / SF2 / Final||Commentator(s)|
|Albania||All||Andri Xhahu (TVSH, TVSH 2, RTSH Music and RTSH HD)|
|Armenia||Semi finals||André (Armenia 1)|
|Arevik Udumyan (Armenia 1)|
|Final||Erik Antaranyan (Armenia 1)|
|Anna Avanesyan (Armenia 1)|
|Austria||All||Andi Knoll (ORF eins)|
|Azerbaijan||All||Konul Arifgizi (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)|
|Belarus||All||Evgeny Perlin (Belarus 1 and Belarus-24)|
|Belgium||All||Maureen Louys (French, La Une)|
|Jean-Louis Lahaye (French, La Une)|
|André Vermeulen (Dutch, één) (Dutch, Radio 2)|
|Tom De Cock(Dutch, één) (Dutch, Radio 2)|
|Bulgaria||All||Elena Rosberg (BNT 1)|
|Georgi Kushvaliev (BNT 1)|
|Croatia||All||Duško Čurlić (HRT2, semi finals) (HRT1, final)|
|SF1 & Final||Robert Urlić (HR 2)|
|Cyprus||All||Melina Karageorgiou (RIK 1) (RIK Trito)|
|Denmark||All||Ole Tøpholm (DR1)|
|Estonia||All||Marko Reikop (ETV)|
|SF1 & Final||Mart Juur (Raadio 2)|
|Andrus Kivirähk (Raadio 2)|
|Finland||All||Aino Töllinen (Finnish, Yle TV2, Yle HD)|
|Juuso Mäkilähde (Finnish, Yle TV2, Yle HD)|
|Sanna Kojo (Finnish, Yle Radio Suomi)|
|Jorma Hietamäki (Finnish, Yle Radio Suomi)|
|Eva Frantz (Swedish, Yle Fem) (Yle Radio Vega)|
|Johan Lindroos (Swedish, Yle Fem) (Yle Radio Vega)|
|France||SF2||Audrey Chauveau (France Ô)|
|Bruno Berberes (France Ô)|
|Final||Cyril Féraud (France 3)|
|Mireille Dumas (France 3)|
|Georgia||All||Temo Kvirkvelia (GBP 1TV)|
|Germany||All||Peter Urban (EinsFestival, first semi-final, second semi-final (delayed); (Phoenix), second semi-final; (NDR), semi-finals (delayed); (Das Erste), final)|
|Greece||All||Maria Kozakou (NET) (ERT HD)|
|Giorgos Kapoutzidis (NET) (ERT HD)|
|Hungary||All||Gábor Gundel Takács (M1)|
|Iceland||All||Felix Bergsson (RÚV) (Rás 2)|
|Ireland||All||Marty Whelan (RTÉ Two) (semi finals), (RTÉ One) (final)|
|SF1 & Final||Shay Byrne (RTÉ Radio 1)|
|Zbyszek Zalinski (RTÉ Radio 1)|
|Israel||All||Hebrew/Arabic subtitles (Channel 1) (Channel 33)|
|All||Kobi Menora (88 FM)|
|SF1||Ofer Nachshon (88 FM)|
|SF2||Amit Kotler and Yuval Caspin (88 FM)|
|Final||Ron Levinthal, Kobi Oshrat and Yhaloma Bat Porat (88 FM)|
|Italy||SF1||Federica Gentile (Rai 5)|
|Final||Filippo Solibello (Rai 2) (Rai HD)|
|Marco Ardemagni] (Rai 2) (Rai HD)|
|Natascha Lusenti (Rai 2) (Rai HD)|
|Latvia||All||Valters Frīdenbergs (LTV)|
|Final||Kārlis Būmeistars (LTV)|
|Lithuania||All||Darius Užkuraitis (LRT) (LRT Radijas)|
|Macedonia||All||Karolina Petkovska (MRT 1)|
|Malta||All||Gordon Bonello (TVM) (TVM HD)|
|Rodney Gauci (TVM) (TVM HD)|
|Moldova||All||Lidia Scarlat (Moldova 1) (Radio Moldova)|
|Montenegro||All||Dražen Bauković (TVCG1)|
|Tamara Ivanković (TVCG1)|
|Sonja Savović (Radio Crne Gore) (Radio 98)|
|Sanja Pejović (Radio Crne Gore) (Radio 98)|
|Netherlands||All||Jan Smit (Nederland 1) (BVN)|
|Daniël Dekker (Nederland 1) (BVN)|
|Norway||All||Olav Viksmo-Slettan (NRK1)|
|Final||Ronny Brede Aase, Silje Therese Reiten Nordnes and Yngve Hustad Reite (NRK3)|
|Romania||All||Liana Stanciu (TVR1)|
|Russia||All||Yana Churikova (Channel One)|
|Yuriy Aksuuta (Channel One)|
|San Marino||All||Lia Fiorio (SMRTV) (Radio San Marino)|
|Gigi Restivo (SMRTV) (Radio San Marino)|
|Serbia||SF1||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1)|
|SF2||Marina Nikolić (RTS1)|
|Final||Silvana Grujić (RTS2)|
|Slovenia||All||Andrej Hofer (RTVSLO2 semi finals) (RTVSLO1 final)|
|Spain||SF2 & Final||José María Íñigo (La 1), (La 2) TVE HD|
|Sweden||All||Josefine Sundström (SVT1)|
|Carolina Norén (SR P4)|
|Semi finals||Ronnie Ritterland (SR P4)|
|Final||Björn Kjellman (SR P4)|
|Switzerland||German||Sven Epiney (SF zwei semi finals) (SRF 1 final)|
|French||Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner (RTS Deux SF2 and final)|
|Italian||Alessandro Bertoglio (RSI La 2, SF2 and RSI La 1, final)|
|Ukraine||All||Timur Miroshnychenko (First National TV Channel)|
|Tetiana Terekhova (First National TV Channel)|
|Olena Zelinchenko (UR1)|
|United Kingdom||Semi-Finals||Scott Mills (BBC Three)|
|Ana Matronic (BBC Three)|
|Final||Graham Norton (BBC One)|
|Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)|
- Non-participating countries
The commentators of the non-participating countries are:
|Australia ||All||Julia Zemiro (SBS)|
|Sam Pang (SBS)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||All||Dejan Kukrić (BHT1) (BH Radio 1)|
|China||All||No commentators, but multiple narrators, the voting details are ignored (CCTV-15, broadcast the three shows between 5–7 October 2013; the final was repeated on 19 January 2014)|
|Kazakhstan ||All||Roman Raifeld (El Arna)|
|Kaldybek Zhaysanbay (El Arna)|
|Portugal||All||Sílvia Alberto (RTP1) (semi finals delayed)|
|United States||Final||No commentator (Live HD broadcast at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.)|
|Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013|
|Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest|
|Released||29 April 2013|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
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. The album features all the songs from the 2013 contest, and also featured a bonus track, "We Write the Story", performed by ex-ABBA members, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and the Swedish DJ and record producer, Avicii.
|1.||"Only Love Survives" (Ireland)||Ryan Dolan||3:00|
|2.||"Rak bishvilo" (Israel)||Moran Mazor||2:59|
|3.||"Ég á líf" (Iceland)||Eythor Ingi||3:01|
|4.||"L'essenziale" (Italy)||Marco Mengoni||3:11|
|5.||"Something" (Lithuania)||Andrius Pojavis||3:06|
|6.||"Here We Go" (Latvia)||PeR||2:55|
|7.||"O mie" (Moldova)||Aliona Moon||3:03|
|8.||"Igranka" (Montenegro)||Who See||2:54|
|9.||"Pred da se razdeni" (Macedonia)||Esma and Lozano||3:05|
|10.||"Tomorrow" (Malta)||Gianluca Bezzina||3:00|
|12.||"I Feed You My Love" (Norway)||Margaret Berger||3:01|
|13.||"It's My Life" (Romania)||Cezar||3:00|
|14.||"Ljubav je svuda" (Serbia)||Moje 3||3:00|
|15.||"What If" (Russia)||Dina Garipova||3:04|
|16.||"You" (Sweden)||Robin Stjernberg||3:02|
|17.||"Straight Into Love" (Slovenia)||Hannah||3:01|
|18.||"Crisalide (Vola)" (San Marino)||Valentina Monetta||2:56|
|19.||"Gravity" (Ukraine)||Zlata Ognevich||2:59|
|20.||"We Write the Story" (bonus track)||Avicii and B & B and Choir||6:33|
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- Turkvision Song Contest 2013
- ABU TV Song Festival 2013
- Eurovision Song Contest
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