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I first heard Only Teardrops back in January after it had won the Danish national final. At no point during those three minutes did the words 'Eurovision winner' flash across my mind. Fair play to Emmelie though, she won it well and thank all that has breath that we're not off to Azerbaijan again next year (perhaps missing out on the 2020 Olympics shortlist has made them more determined to host every Eurovision ever between now and Doomsday).
This truck with a cheeky hoarding was parked outside the Malmo Arena after the show. Even if it had left Copenhagen halfway through the voting it still would have made it before Emmelie lifted the trophy. This is third time Denmark has won Eurovision. It took 37 years after their maiden win in 1963 for the Olsen Brothers to take the title, so with only 13 years between Fly On the Wings of Love and Only Teardrops, they're getting a bit quicker at winning. It's likely to be Copenhagen 2014 and after all the fun and self depreciation that Sweden entertained us with last night, I wouldn;t be surprised if Sofie Grabol turned up in a woolly jumper for a deadpan skit at some point during next year's proceedings.
I'll admit I did this in a rush and the internet kept cutting out with half an hour to go before the show but that was no excuse for me to leave out those dead certs Greece and Azerbaijan. I'm a bad fan. Well done Glyn for picking nine correctly. That gives him 15/20 correct predictions for this year and me 14.
In a few hours from now we will know the running order for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and the first full rehearsals start tomorrow. We're almost there. Where do you think we'll be off to next year?
Netherlands is through! Netherlands is through! And Belgium! My flutters have already been more successful than last year. As regards the predictions we made before the show, I got eight right and Glyn called six. I don't think I would ever have called Lithuania as a qualifier in a million years.
If you didn't see it, here are the 10 nations which will be taking part in Saturday's final: Moldova, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, Belarus, Denmark, Russia, Belgium, Ukraine and the NETHERLANDS! I thought Anouk oozed class this evening and I really hope she can bring in the votes on Saturday evening. Thought it was a great show from SVT too. Far more intimate than in recent years and the acts didn't look so lost on stage (for an example of acts who have looked lost in the past, check out Poland's 2011 performance). I hope this is the way forward for future hostings.
Roll on Thursday.
Thank you for all your votes. On the day the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 kicks in proper with the first semi-final in Malmo this evening, it's time to find out who the good readers of Boom Bang a Blog have picked as their favourite.
These are the results of the Big Vote. Click 'Continue Reading' to find out more.
I have to be honest. I never got Euphoria from the moment I heard it. At Melodifestivalen it just looked and sounded like a woman mumbling in her pyjamas while doing yoga. My appreciation for it never exactly sprouted from there.
However. When I first saw it performed on stage at Thursday's semi final with the intimate camerawork and unexpected outbreak of flakes (you can get a medicated shampoo for that), something suddenly made sense. I still didn't reeeeeally like it but I suddenly understood why so many other people loved it. And if a song that's loved by loads of people goes on to win the Contest that's fine by me because that's what it should be about.
But the best thing about Eurovision is that even after the show is over there are still stories to tell. As I type, Loreen and her Euphoria has gone all the way u-u-u-u-u-up-up to #1 on the iTunes charts in the UK and bags of other European countries too - including Luxembourg who don't even enter the Contest anymore.