ESC 2013: My opinion about the Final (Part I)



Last Saturday’s show was something out of this world: it all started with images of the final moments from last year’s edition held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Then we’d move on to Sweden, especially to where ESC 2013 was held this year: Malmö in the form of butterflies in an amazing display of colorfull imagery

As we move on to the Malmö Arena, a ensemble choir sung Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson (half of ABBA) & Avicii‘s special endearing song for the ESC 2013 edition (for example, the portuguese commentator for the edition, Sílvia Alberto, even said this could become an ESC hymn): “We write the story”. At the same time this was going on, there was time for a parade of nations, just like the Olympic Games (the last time something on those lines had been done, we had to go back to 1983, when all the artists, backings, composers and lyricists would be called out by Marlene Charell (ballet dancer), the host presenter that year, by the countries names and order of appearance. But ESC 1983 will have its say on my blog in a future time): totally symbolic (Anouk was pretty funny to see, by the way)

The presenter of the show, Petra Mede, then comes out after the opening act is finished. What I can say more about her that hasn’t been said? Well, she’s everything last year’s host presenters weren’t: fluent in languages, cordial and effective in her presenting way, funny in her comedy moments, etc… the reasons why I liked her presentation in the 2009 edition of Melodifestivalen. After that, the songs…

Unlike my previous posts about the semi-finals and also unlike my posts of all the ESC 2013 songs, I’ll do a one by one opinion more concerning the performance than everything else – in this case, this is the first of two parts including the first 13 entries. The last 13 will be posted in the next blog post:

01: France – Amandine François – L’enfer et moi


The first entry of the final is an alternative pop-rock entry, a current style of music these days that can be listened on radio stations. Strong, sassy and solid performance without being too histronic, vocally and visually speaking. In a way, just what it was needed for a song of its nature

02: Lithuania – Andrius Pojavis – Something


Indie stuff (much at the likes of The Editors, Snow Patrol or The Killers) comes out next. Visually simplistic for a song of its nature (with a good visual effect in the middle of the performance), his vocals were miles better than in his semi. P.S.: thank God he didn’t think of using the clothes he wore in the final of the Lithuanian NF 2013 and went with a more casual look. It’d look too strange and would made it look like a comedy stunt

03: Moldova – Aliona Moon – O mie


Just like last year, the first ballad of the competition starts at this position. A competent vocal performance (bar a noticable error that she made during the chorus the first time she sings it) like in the semi. The impressive visual performance (with the projectors giving life to her clothes as well as lifting up in the air during the climax of the song) complemented the song even more

04: Finland – Krista Siegfrids – Marry me


It’s said the singer has comparsions with Lady Gaga for its extravagant personality, but the uptempo pop entry that is coming up next sounds more like a song that could have been writtent and sung by Katy Perry. There’s only a few words for the performance she gave: radiant and full of live. The controversial “lesbian kiss” was cute, as well as Krista saying by the end of her performance: “Thank God!” and jumping around with joy and happiness

05: Spain – ESDM – Contigo hasta el final


The celtic sounds also gave their appearance in this edition of ESC in the shape of a pop-rock entry. Eventhough the scenical effect during the middle of the song was beautifully concieved, Raquel‘s vocal performance was suprisingly shaky at times (and normally, she could be better vocally than what she gave that night). The fact that the competition was quite tough this year didn’t help them to stand out. I liked Raquel‘s dress, though

06: Belgium – Roberto Bellarosa – Love kills


An uptempo entry with dubstep sounds included is the country’s contribution for this year’s edition. Like in the semi, the vocal performance started out quite stiff, but his confidence throughout the song grew and grew to a point when he managed to control himself vocally. Great work from the chorists and the two female dancers as well

07: Estonia – Birgit Õigemeel – Et uus saake alguse


The second pure ballad of this edition made its appearance in this edition. Like the song, its visual performance is quite angelic and postive (the “black and white” effect at the begining of the song gives it a bit of nostalgy (the song was already like that, but that effect only gave more evidence to its retro feeling). There ain’t much flaws on Birgit‘s vocals during the performance: she sung it effortlessly

08: Belarus – Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh


A ethno-pop song is the next entry to be performed. Good choreography and nice use of the disco ball, eventhough it was quite predictable for a song of that type. One positive thing about this: I thought Alyona sung better in the final than in her semi, eventhough she got a rough start. I still think, though, that sending a song of that calibre is a step back from what’s currently heard on ESC

09: Malta – Gianluca Bezzina – Tomorrow


Laid back midtempo alternative entry is coming to the rescue… or maybe not (in my opinion, that is). A very “happy-go-lucky” performance… maybe a bit too much (it cringes me a bit to a certain point. I don’t mind that kind of performance as long as they’re not excessive). I don’t think Gianluca‘s vocals were as good as many would’ve say it was, but he (and his backing singers) sold the song well due to his shining personality

10: Russia – Dina Garipova – What if?


The “ESC tailored ballad” (the reason why I said that is mostly because of the lyrics and its ending that gave me a “dejà-vu” moment (a mix of Israel 1995 (Liora, “Amen”) and Switzerland 2000 (Jane Bogaert, “La vita cos’è”) is the next one to appear. Dina gave it the power house performance it needed (the “holding hands” part at the climax of the song is maybe a cliché, but I don’t mind that), while the visual props at the last segment of the song were beautifully captured on celluloid

11: Germany – Cascada – Glorious


After a few slow songs, we get finally to a uptempo dance track, seeminglessly one of the favourites to win the contest. Suprisingly, Natalie‘s vocal performance didn’t seem up to that favouritism: quite poor at times, mostly after coming down from the ladder prop (eventhough it was visually a very good concept for the performance). That factor was perhaps one of the reasons why it made it more difficult to get a good placing

12: Armenia – Dorians – Lonely planet


The rock song of this edition’s final (although many fans don’t consider it as such) comes at this starting position. A simple but effective performance from the group and from its vocalist, Gor (the fire pyrotechnics were good there, eventhough Albania had it better visually). Quite better, actually, than the performance they gave in their semi. All in all, they did justice to the song

13: The Netherlands – Anouk – Birds


Another kind of alternative music is brought to us by this country: in another words, a retro-alternative ballad. Her performance is definitively better than what she gave in her semi (nerves free, vocally wise), but it still was as mystical and as mesmerizing as usual. Many fans were concerned that she wouldn’t connect her eyes with the camera, but maybe that was part of the performance’s charm as well. Really happy to see The Netherlands back in the Final

Before ending this first part of my opinions regarding ESC 2013’s Final, a special treat – the performance of my favourite entry in ESC 2013 (my opinion of it will, however, be done in the next post):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 21 de May de 2013, in Eurovision Song Contest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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