Tonight: First semi-final live from Malmö!

Hostess Petra Mede on stage in the rehearsals | Picture: SVT

Tonight, the highlight of the spring really kicks off in Malmö! 16 acts from around Europe gather together in Malmö Arena to compete for the ten tickets for Saturday night’s grand final.

Below you find the running order for tonight’s show. As known, each country was drawn either into the first or second semi-final and again into the first or second half of the show. Then the producers determined the exact draw.

  1. Austria: Natália Kelly – Shine
  2. Estonia: Birgit – Et Uus Saaks Alguse
  3. Slovenia: Hannah – Straight Into Love
  4. Croatia: Klapa s mora – Mižerja
  5. Denmark: Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops
  6. Russia: Dina Garipova – What If
  7. Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich – Gravity
  8. The Netherlands: Anouk – Birds
  9. Montenegro: Who See – Igranka
  10. Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis – Something
  11. Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya – Solayoh
  12. Moldova: Aliona Moon – O Mie
  13. Ireland: Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives
  14. Cyprus: Despina Olympiou – An Me Thimasai
  15. Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa – Love Kills
  16. Serbia: Moje 3 – Ljubav Je Svuda

All of these 16 countries as well as Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom of the direct finalists participate in combined televoting and jury voting. The juries already voted based on last night’s dress rehearsal.

Loreen opens the show

In the opening act we’ll get to travel across Europe and finally arrive in Malmö to underline the slogan ‘We Are One’. In the arena, Loreen performs last year’s winning song ‘Euphoria’ together with over 60 students from nearby schools. Among them are students who will interpret the song in sign language.

‘Northern Lights’ is the name of the interval act which starts in a frozen landscape. The northern lights illuminates the arena. On stage some of the best dancers portrays the northern lights, the performance is directed by Fredrik ‘Benke’ Rydman whose direction of Swan Lake tours across Europe at the moment. Benke has directed the scene together with Jennie Widegren. The music for the act is composed by Andreas Kleerup who recently collaborated with Loreen for ‘Requiem Solution’.

Print out scorecards for tonight

Because ranking songs is essential part of Eurovision Song Contest, we have made scorecards for both semi-finals. You can give points from 1 to 10 (or whatever you like) according to the visual performance, vocals and the song itself. Then count the points together and surprise, surprise, you find out which countries are your favorites.

And why not to print out one for your possible fellow viewers as well and then compare the results. You can download and print out the scorecards by following the links below.



One response to “Tonight: First semi-final live from Malmö!

  1. Hi everyone!

    After the long wait it is finally here: the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest Malmö 2013! I think this is a much stronger semi-final in contrast to the second semi-final on Thursday which is weaker imo.

    This is my top 16 of the first semi-final tonight:

    01. Ukraine
    02. Russia
    03. Moldova
    04. Serbia
    05. Belarus
    06. Estonia
    07. Netherlands
    08. Croatia
    09. Belgium
    10. Slovenia
    11. Ireland
    12. Denmark
    13. Cyprus
    14. Austria
    15. Lithuania
    16. Montenegro

    I vote for my entire top 6: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Serbia, Belarus and Estonia.

    Of course I hope that my top 10 qualifies, but I think the following 10 countries will qualify for the final (if that has something to do with the quality of the song or anything else is obviously debatable, but I leave that in the middle ;-)):

    01. Belgium
    02. Denmark
    03. Estonia
    04. Ireland
    05. Moldova
    06. Netherlands
    07. Ukraine
    08. Russia
    09. Serbia
    10. Belarus

    Let’s see how many countries I correctly predict this time. Last year I predicted 9 out of 10 countries correct. Not bad huh ;-)

    Lots of luck to all participants! Do your best and enjoy your moment on stage! Winning is always (a little bit) important, but especially to prove yourself. Don’t forget that all of you are actually already a winner because you have won the right to represent your country at the biggest, most acclaimed, most popular music festival in the world! May the best win! And eventually quality always comes floating to the surface, isn’ it?!

    I’d like to wish everyone who will be watching and will be listening all over the world, lots of listening and viewing pleasure tonight! Enjoy the show, the spectacle, the atmosphere, the magic …!

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