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



The second part of my opinion regarding the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 is now here to shine. On my previous post, I started talking about the begining of the show + started to review the songs and its performances during the final one by one. After talking about the first 13 entries, here’s my opinion of the last 13 entries:

14: Romania – Cezar – It’s my life


A crossover opera-dance pop entry is up next to dazzle us (eventhough it’s perhaps one of the most hated entries this year by ESC fans… in general). There’s no denial that he flawlessly sings it all out (by the way, his vocals were better in the final than in his semi). Visually, though, it’s quite excessive in certain aspects that even made my eyes roll and to questionably say: “Huh?”

15: United Kingdom – Bonnie Tyler – Believe in me


A pop-rock ballad with some country influences sung by one of the most iconic singers of the 70’s and 80’s is coming out. She may not be in her best years anymore, but her voice still lingers on and she proved it with a very competent performance (maybe some little flaws here and then, but it’s nothing to worry about). The simplicty of the visual performance was a good key for this kind of song. Nice use of the platform as well

16: Sweden – Robin Stjernberg – You


The host country has brought the alternative pop scene to this ESC‘s edition. Visually, it was well choreographed and the backing singers did a very good job. A pity, though, that Robin‘s vocals were just okay: quite nervous several times and he even flubbed a line of the chorus during its first instance (If that was intentional or not, it’s something I don’t know. But it’s quite a fault)

17: Hungary – ByeAlex – Kedvesem


A different kind of alternative music is on the roll with the next entry to be performed. Like the song, the performance was somewhat soothing and relaxing (it even was much better than in his semi), altough there was a few missing notes (they’re not really bothersome, though). Loved the background that reminds me of the song’s video, as well as the female backing singer

18: Denmark – Emmelie de Forest – Only teardrops


Big favourite to win the competition is this power pop-folk entry. Might not be the best ESC entry of all times for me, but this without a doubt does have “winning performance” as its label: great vocal performance, sublime visual performance (liked the interaction between the singer and the flautist in the middle of the song, just after the chorus is first sung), clever camera interactions, visual effects and also use of confettis as the song comes to an end

19: Iceland – Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson – Ég á líf


After some non-ballad songs, we are back to the ballads section. There’s some kind of mystical nordic feel in the performance that doesn’t only flow, but also interacts well with the entry and its hearfelt lyrics. A superb vocal and visual performance by the singer, as well as a nice moment when the chorists appeared in the climax of the song (reminding of Spain 2012, when the backing vocalists also appeared during the climax of the song)

20: Azerbaijan – Fərid Məmmədov – Hold me


More ballads are coming our way, this one being a midtempo one and a favourite to win as well. Vocally, it was good, but not really perfect. Visually, though, it’s really impressive: the “glass box” gimmick with the dancer doing the backward moves and the luxurious female dancer using the long red dress were really spot on. By the way, Fərid reminds me of someone famous, but I don’t remember who

21: Greece – Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis – Alcohol is free


A ska entry with the traditional greek music sounds (mostly “rebetiko“) is going to make us party for more. And what a party: this is highly entertaining, fun and tasteful to watch (the cameras were quite busy in this song, but they really captured the crazyness of the song) and to hear (there’s not much to complain, vocally wise. They worked it out like  professionals that they really are). All in all, it makes you smile of happiness

22: Ukraine – Zlata Ognevich – Gravity


Also a favourite to win is this midtempo (that almost crosses the uptempo border) ballad entry. In a way, ferocious and classy vocal and visual performance by Zlata, elevating the entry to higher grounds. Much was commented (and made fun of) during the rehearsals due to the appearance of Igor Vovkovinskiy (tallest living ukrainian person), but it was actually a tender touch for the begining of the song

23: Italy – Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale


A romantic pop-rock ballad in italian is what comes out next. One of the charms of the song is  this pure emotion the entry brings and Marco only confirmed that inner emotion with his soulful vocal performance in a simple but effective visual performance (the only minor flaw was singing the wrong final second verse (out of 4) in the climax of the entry: compare the official CD version with the live and you’ll see what I mean)

24: Norway – Margaret Berger – I feed you my love


Dark electro-pop sounds are lurking into the stage like a bang. Everything in its performance is as highly interesting as the song: from the mystic vocal performance to the mesmerizing lighting + background and from the fiercy visual performance to the supremacy of the backing singers. All in all, a performance to not miss in every detail. Only one more thing: this was a much better performance than in her semi where she seemed quite nervous

25: Georgia – Nodi Tatishvili & Sopho Gelovani – Waterfall


The last ballad of the evening and… a favourite to win, according to the betting odds. The visual performance seems like a rehash of a few previous recent ESC songs, including Azerbaijan 2011 (the “waterfall” gimmick at the climax, for example), but it still is quite effective anyway. However, if I had to say who won the battle of voices in this duo, I’d have to say Sopho: her voice gave an ethereal feeling to the song, something Nodi couldn’t achieve

26: Ireland – Ryan Dolan – Only love survives


And here comes the last uptempo (dance pop) entry of the evening and the last song to be performed overall. The visual performance is colorful and vibrant, but the vocal performance was a bit disapointing (well, they were stable and I know it’s a very demanding entry vocally, but… there were times he wasn’t at his really best). At least there was a lot of energy going on, greatly captured by the cameras

After the songs have been performed, several interval acts were done between the time when the televoting lines were open and the time before going to the results presentation: the 1st act being Loreen, performing a medley of three songs (her latest single, “We got the power”, her MF 2011 entry, “My heart is refusing me” (in a different mix) and the winning entry of ESC 2013), “Euphoria”)

The televoting lines were closed and Petra Mede gave her satricial act about Sweden and its sterotypes called “Swedish smörgåsbord”. Then, just before the results presentation, Sarah Dawn Finer (who had performed, during the interludes, her alter-ego Lynda Woodruff) gave her sweet and strong rendition of ABBA‘s classic 1980 hit, “The winner takes it all”

P.S.: Sadly, I couldn’t see much of Petra‘s satirical act as I was following it via RTP 1 HD and they usually make a commercial break when a interval act is being performed, so I can’t say much of it

There’s always suprises and none during the results and this year’s ESC is no exception. High favourite to win, Denmark won (without much suprise) with 281 points. Azerbaijan made a personal trivia by reaching all the places from the top-5 in five consecutive years (out of 6 participations), while Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary gave the suprises of the night by reaching the places between 8th and 10th. On the other hand, Moldova repated their second best placing ever in ESCGeorgia and Germany, favourites to win, became the flops of the year and Ireland got their 2nd last placer in the history of ESC (they are also the second country to do the unthinkable: last to perform, last in the final results. In 1990, Finland was the first country to do the unprecedent with the catchy song “Fri?” sung by Beat, eventhough it was a shared last with Norway)

But the strangest surpise of all was announcing the winner before the results: yes, it was impossible for some country to get past Denmark with just 4 set of votes remaining. But I don’t know if this was the right thing to do… except for the fact that the greenroom was far from the stage and they had to give enough time for Emmelie to come onto the stage (that should be the only reason why there was such an unprecedent announcement: until then, the winner was only announced after the results presentation was over). All in all, the end of the show ended up as a bit confusing (the transmission of the show ended without the end of the reprise performance)

Anyway, next year, we’ll go to ??? (destination still unknown, eventhough the country has hosted the contest in the same city: Copenhagen (1964 and 2001). Then again, we never know what’s going to happen). Until then, I hope next year’s ESC will be as wonderful as this one was. And hoping Portugal will return to ESC next year (and maybe to the final, if we have a great song) after their withdrawal this year due to economic crisis

A last treat – the reprise performance of the ESC 2013 winner (it’s quite incomplete at the end due to transmission issues):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 25 de May de 2013, in Eurovision Song Contest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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