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Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has ordered an inquiry into why his country gave Russia “nul points” at Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest. Voters and the official Azerbaijan jury in fact gave strong backing to the Russian entry, according to officials. Azerbaijan’s state broadcaster suggested there may have been voting violations. Russia gave the maximum 12 points to Azerbaijan’s entry – a ballad by Farid Mammadov. He came second behind winner Emmelie de Forest from Denmark. Russia’s Dina Garipova came fifth at the event in the Swedish city of Malmo. Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Russia, Polad Bulbuloglu, disclosed that President Aliyev had ordered an investigation and votes were being recounted.
POSTED: 20/05/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler has said she “did the best that I could do” at the Eurovision Song Contest after her UK entry came 19th out of 26 countries. “I’m sure a lot of people will be disappointed on my behalf but I have really enjoyed my Eurovision experience,” she said in Malmo, Sweden. “I did the best that I could do with a great song. I don’t feel down and I’m ready to party.” Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won the contest with her song Only Teardrops. Denmark finished with 281 points, followed by Azerbaijan with 234 points, while Ukraine were third with 214 points.
POSTED: 19/05/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Denmark has triumphed at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Swedish city of Malmo. 20 year-old Emmelie de Forest had been the overwhelming favourite among the 26 entries, with her song Only Teardrops. Second in the vote was Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov, who was 47 points behind the winner. The UK’s Bonnie Tyler came 19th with 23 points, an improvement on last year when Engelbert Humperdinck came second from bottom. Ireland came last this year with just five points.
The Swedish city of Malmo is gearing up to host the Eurovision Song Contest final with 26 countries set to perform for millions of TV viewers. Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest is the favourite to win with Only Teardrops. Singer Bonnie Tyler will make her Eurovision debut on Saturday when she performs UK entry Believe In Me. Tyler, best known for her 1983 hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, claims she has “a fighting chance” of becoming the first British winner in 16 years. But bookmakers William Hill revealed her current odds stand at 50/1. Denmark has odds of 4/6 to win the contest, with its closest competition coming from Norway and Ukraine.
POSTED: 18/05/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Tonight in the second two hour show of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Malmö Arena, 17 countries took part in the Second Semi-Final in order to qualify for the last 10 places available in Saturday’s final.
We have another ten qualifiers, and these are as follows, in the order they were announced:
POSTED: 16/05/13 – Source: eurovision.tv
Tonight in the first two hour show of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast LIVE from Malmö Arena, 16 countries took part in the First Semi-final in order to qualify for 10 places available in Saturday’s final. We have our ten qualifiers, and these are as follows, in the order they were announced.
POSTED: 14/05/13 – Source: eurovision.tv
Engelbert Humperdinck has written an open letter to Bonnie Tyler, who will perform the British entry at this year’s contest. Humperdinck – who came second from last when he sang the UK entry in 2012 – congratulated Tyler on “being the one”. “The loss of winning had me stepping on a loose unforgiving stone on a pyramid to paradise,” he wrote. “But paradise will always be there for someone else to triumph in fair judgement to pride our country again.” The veteran crooner opened last year’s contest, in Azerbaijan, with his ballad Love Will Set You Free. But the 76-year-old failed to win over either the voting public or the juries, finishing in last but one place.
POSTED: 08/03/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Welsh pop singer Bonnie Tyler has been confirmed as the UK representative at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The 61-year-old, best known for her 1983 hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, said she was “honoured” to be asked. “I promise to give this everything that I’ve got for the UK!” she said in a statement. Tyler will be performing the song, Believe in Me, in front of an estimated 120 million viewers in Malmo, Sweden, on 18 May. “I am truly honoured and delighted to be able to represent my country at Eurovision, and especially with such a fabulous song,” said Tyler. The UK entry for the 58th Eurovision Song Contest was written by American songwriter Desmond Child with British songwriters Lauren Christy and Christopher Braide.
POSTED: 07/03/13 – Source: BBC News Online
Ryan Dolan from Strabane, County Tyrone, has been announced as Ireland’s entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. His song ‘Only Love Survives’ came first in the Eurosong competition on RTE’s Late Late Show. This year’s competition will take place in Malmo in Sweden. The first semi-final will take place on 14 May. Ryan beat four other acts – Kasey, Inchequin, Aimée and Zoë Alexis Bohorquez to secure the place. Speaking after his win, Ryan said: “I am thrilled to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for the song tonight – I really appreciate it. “I’d like to thank my family, friends and my mentor Stuart for all their support over the last few months. I can’t wait to perform in Malmo in May.”
POSTED: 23/02/13 – Source: BBC News Online
UK – Bonnie Tyler – Believe in Me