REACTIONS ALL OVER EUROPE
There are various press reactions all over Europe about the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and the winner, Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest. In this post you can see publications by various press sites.
Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler said Eurovision 2013 was ‘a night to remember’ – despite the UK languishing near the bottom of the table. The 61-year-old singer, who represented the UK with ‘Believe In Me’, finished 19th out of 26 acts at the Malmö Arena in Sweden with 23 points. “I’m sure a lot of people will be disappointed on my behalf but I have really enjoyed my Eurovision experience. I did the best that I could do with a great song. I don’t feel down and I’m ready to party. The songs at the top of the table totally deserve to be up there. Of course I would have liked to bring it back to the UK but it’s been a night to remember” said Bonnie.
Paddy Power are today refunding all win and each way singles to customers who backed Ireland’s Ryan Dolan for last night’s Eurovision. The Tyrone singer finished rock bottom last night and the bookmaker has made the decision to refund more than €15,000 to the disappointed punters who backed him. A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “Ryan genuinely didn’t deserve to finish last, he was well backed from the off but punters never got a run for their money and the only fair thing to do is to refund them their money.”
It was a disappointing night for Ireland in the Eurovision (we still think it was a conspiracy) but there were some great performances from some of Europe’s most beautiful women to feast our eyes on. While Denmark’s Emmelie De Forrest walked away with the title, Finland, Norway and Ukraine all gave a good show, in our humble opinion anyway.
Germans lamented their unexpectedly poor showing at the Eurovision Song Contest, blaming Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tough stance in the euro zone crisis for their failure to win any points from 34 of the 39 countries voting. Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won the event, watched by around 125 million people across Europe, with 281 points while German act Cascada was 21st out of 26 countries, getting just 18 points from Austria, Israel, Spain, Albania and Switzerland. “There’s obviously a political situation to keep in mind – I don’t want to say ‘this was 18 points for Angela Merkel’,” said Germany’s ARD TV network coordinator Thomas Schreiber. “But we all have to be aware that it wasn’t just Cascada up there on stage (being judged) but all of Germany.”
Merkel is popular in Germany for her firm position during the euro zone crisis. But she is loathed in parts of Europe for her insisting on painful austerity measures in countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy in exchange for rescue packages. “It’s unexplainable,” said ARD expert commentator Peter Urban on Sunday after Cascada singer Natalie Horler was 21st even though German media had touted her as a favourite. More than 8 million Germans watched, a 44 percent market share. “Is it that people just don’t like us?” Urban was asked on ZDF TV. “There’s some truth to that,” he said. “There will be two German soccer teams in the Champions League final next week and maybe people didn’t want Germany to win Eurovision too.”
Immediately after the semifinal, Cypriot composer for Eurovision 2013 talked to ShowTime CY and accused the organizers for lack of professionalism during the hosting of their entry and the performance of Despina Olympiou. A usual tactic by Greek / Cypriot artists when bad ranking occurs.
Dutch newspaper publishes that NOS has made claims that the 2013 winning entry “Only teardrops” is a copy of K-otic’s 2002 song “I surrender”. K-otic is a Dutch band. However, a member of K-otic says that while there are some similarities it can hardly be called plagiarism. Dutch producer and talent show judge Eric van Tijn says, “Eurovision songs should be new compositions. The [flute] melody is clearly one-on-one, that is undeniable. Still, I think it a storm in a glass of water, because it is only similar in the intro”. Sietse Bakker from the EBU says, “There is a difference between plagiarism and songs that sound similar. Such claims are made every year. From my experience, the conclusion always is that the songs sound alike, but it’s not plagiarism”.
Hanna Mancini message on Facebook: “Ouch, I won’t lie – those results hurt. but it is what it is. i still had an AMAZING time through this whole process and fully stand behind our song 100%. the people who worked with me, the support here and abroad was truly inspiring. i appreciate this whole experience with all my heart and always will.. Those who know me and what i’m capable of might agree i wasn’t up to my full potential, but i truly worked hard and gave it my all and i honestly believe that didn’t affect much the final result for reasons not worth getting into.. WE had a great performance and i want to thank Maestro Crew for their phenomenal job! And thank you all again for the love and support! In the end what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. My life still has plenty of blank pages ahead, and that means room to write and epic ending!”
The Maltese representative at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca, has received a hero’s welcome home after arriving from Malmo where he finished 8th in the final, giving his country the best placing since 2005. “Security officers had to struggle to control people as they surged towards the young doctor when he showed up at the arrivals lounge, applauding and cheering”, the Times of Malta writes. Ginaluca was surprised by all the attention and well wishers who have gathered saying he never expected it. He added that Eurovision was an overwhelming experience and an excellent opportunity to meet many new people.
Belgium’s representative at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest , Roberto Bellarosa, says he is extremely happy with his result. “Love Kills”, which placed 12th in Malmo is Belgium’s best result at the contest since 2010 and the first time the country has managed to qualify to the final since then. “I am very pleased and proud that I have been able to bring Belgium in the final of Eurovision. I have shown to all my critics that Belgium does have its place in such an event. Saturday I put my best performance down and I can prove that despite my young age, I can handle such responsibility”, Roberto said.
Despite the fact that the flight was delayed for more than an hour, fans and journalists were waiting for the Eurovision finalist. Upon arrival Alyona Lanskaya received gifts from her fans and spoke to the media. According to the singer, she was satisfied with the 16th place considering it to be a good result. This performance is just a warm-up before the future Eurovision contests, Lanskaya confessed.
President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has urged to stay cool and calm no matter what Eurovision results are. The head of state said it on 21 May as he met with gifted students and talented youth, including Belarusian contestant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Alyona Lanskaya, BelTA learned.
“No matter how our representative has performed at such public events watched by millions of people, we should be very appreciative. After all, there were many great things about the performance of our girl at this contest. However, you should never take such results too close to heart,” the head of state said.
“I know what you feel, Alyona, about the way Russia voted. You can take these 12 points, not less. This demonstrates how politicized and even falsified this contest is. Those who read news have probably learnt about a scandal around the falsification of voting results that broke out in one of the participating states. I am not even talking about the geographical voting principle,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
“Therefore, you should take it easy, just listen and enjoy the music and performers. I do not want to cast a doubt and question the winning entry. Indeed, the girl from Denmark was very good and her performance was great. However, our girl was just as good. Therefore, I suggest we should stay cool and calm regarding such voting results,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
According to majority of Serbian Media, similar concerns were already stated by Serbian Composer Saša Milošević Mare, whose song “Love is everywhere”, was performed in Malmö by “Moje3″. “We have received calls from Sweden, Estonia, Austria and other countries, and people told us that SMS votes they have sent – bounced back. There is also evidence for this, because we saw their messages and notification that the votes are not accepted.” Milosevic told to Serbian Media. He explained that the voting and counting of votes was performed under the veil of mystery, so they will not be able to do anything regarding this issue, and the only thing left for them is to “turn their backs on the past and move forward.”
According to Serbian media, Milosevic also said that he is not disappointed, because the girls have justified his expectations, but that all agree on one thing: Eurovision has started being pointless. The song from Saša Milošević Mare (with Vladimir Graić as co-author) already won on the Eurovision once, when Marija Serifovic performed his song “Molitva” in Finland 2007. According to Serbian Daily “Blic”, even Marija Serifovic has raised doubts about lobbying at Eurovision 2013. Obviously disappointed by voting, the singer announced via her Twitter profile that “there was huge lobbying”.
There is no doubt that the voting of this year’s contest was done under a veil of mystery. Another problem is now revealed in Montenegro. When the Grand Final was finished, EBU published the scoreboards from the semifinals. There we saw that Montenegro gave its 12 points to Ukraine and while voting procedure in the finale Ukraine didn’t get any. A website from Montenegro reports that the jury gave its highest ranks to Ukraine in both shows, so it is very odd that no points were awarded to the country. Second problem is coming from Slovenia. Slovenia only gave 5 points to Serbia and none to Montenegro and Croatia. That is even more strange as we all know that ex-Yugoslav countries are all giving highest ranks to each other. With the new voting system it is possible that there were some mistakes in calculations, but that opens a huge discussion, how someone can make a mistake, what is a common thing to a 7 year old child. This contest is full of speculations so we can just hope that EBU will make some kind of investigation to find out if everything is OK, or maybe then they will see that after all something was wrong.
Meanwhile the Finnish jury told that they had actually a police around all time of the voting, and they couldn’t even excuse themselves to go to the bathroom alone…. Serious stuff. Today also Kuunkuiskaajat throw some wood to the fire. They told there were asked to talk to the Finnish jury members in Eurovision 2010 to vote for a certain country and they would then do the same favour for them. And Kjell Ekholm, who was in charge for Eurovision 2007 in Helsinki, told that he has also been asked before this kind of favours, especially before televoting came along fully. What to think about all this? (source: ilkar.blogspot.fi)