The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was the 58th Eurovision Song Contest since 1956. The contest took place in Malmö, Sweden, following Loreen's win in the 2012 contest with the song Euphoria. It was the fifth time that Sweden had hosted the contest, the last time being in 2000 in the capital, Stockholm.  Additionally, it was the second time Malmö hosted the contest, previously being the host city in 1992.  The host for the contest was Petra Mede, who was the first solo presenter since Mary Kennedy in 1995. The 2013 Contest is the longest in Eurovision history, with the Grand Final lasting 3 hours and 30 minutes.

39 countries participated. Armenia returned after a year away, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal and Slovakia withdrew. Also withdrawing was Turkey, citing the unfairness of the Big Five rule and the 50:50 vote split. They have not returned to the contest since.

While Petra handled much of the main hosting duties, she was assisted in the Green Room by 2011 Swedish representative Eric Saade.

The winner for 2013 was Denmark with the song Only Teardrops sung by Emmelie de Forest, which scored 281 points, beating Farid Mammadov from Azerbaijan with a margin of 47 points. This makes it the second time that Denmark won on Swedish ground, the last time being in 2000 with the Olsen Brothers. But unlike 2000, Denmark had gone into the 2013 contest as the heavy favorite.

Ukraine finished in third place and Norway in fourth. Out of the countries with the Big Five status, only Italy managed to finish in the top ten, coming seventh. The Netherlands finished ninth in their first participation in a final since 2004. A reported 170 million people watched both the semifinals and final of the 2013 edition. For the first time since 1985, no country of former Yugoslavia participated in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

To this day, there has been no official breakdown of jury and televote points from the 2013 contest, the split vote contained only averages.

Format

Allocation draw change

Beginning in 2013, the allocation draw for the semifinals took on a new format. All of the countries participating in the semifinals were placed in several bowls representing their various pots according to past voting patterns. The first draw presenter then does several rounds of each of the pots: one round would go to semifinal 1, the next to semifinal 2 and so on until all the bowls are empty. The automatic qualifiers draw their semifinal allocations as usual.

When a country is drawn for a semifinal, the second draw presenter draws a slip from another bowl for that particular semifinal which then allocates that country to either the first half or the second half of the show. After all countries are allocated, the producers finalize the running order so all delegations know when to start traveling to the host city for rehearsals. In this way, songs of similar genres aren't placed close to each other and are given the ability to stand out.

For the Big Five, a separate draw is held during their second press conference to allocate their spots to the final, the host country has already been assigned its running order spot. Another draw takes place after each semifinal during the qualifiers' press conference to allocate the remaining 20 places in the final, and soon after that the final running order is completed by the producers some time between the end of the semifinal 2 press conference and the start of the grand final rehearsals.

Postcards

Compared to previous contests, rather than focusing on promoting its own country, Sweden chose to lay focus on the artists and their respective countries. The postcards presented before every song which have traditionally been used to show the host country's nature, culture and social life, were changed to show the typical everyday life of each individual artist in their home countries scattered around Europe, with their country's flag in the shape of a butterfly.

Returning Artists

Artist Year
Valentina Monetta 2012
Aliona Moon 2012 (backing for Pasha Parfeny)
Elitsa and Stoyan 2007

Gallery

Results

Semi Final One

IconItaly.png Italy, IconSweden.png Sweden and the IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. It was held on 14 May 2013.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconAustria.png Austria Natália Kelly Shine English -- 14 27
02 IconEstonia.png Estonia Birgit Õigemeel Et Uus Saaks Alguse Estonian So there can be a new beginning 10 52
03 IconSlovenia.png Slovenia Hannah Mancini Straight Into Love English -- 16 8
04 IconCroatia.png Croatia Klapa s Mora Mižerja Croatian Misery 13 38
05 IconDenmark.png Denmark Emmelie de Forest Only Teardrops English -- 1 167
06 IconRussia.png Russia Dina Garipova What If? English -- 2 156
07 IconUkraine.png Ukraine Zlata Ognevich Gravity English -- 3 140
08 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands Anouk Birds -- 6 75
09 IconMontenegro.png Montenegro Who See Igranka Montenegrin The party 12 41
10 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Andrius Pojavis Something English -- 9 53
11 IconBelarus.png Belarus Alyona Lanskaya Solayoh -- 7 64
12 IconMoldova.png Moldova Aliona Moon O Mie Romanian A thousand 4 95
13 IconIreland.png Ireland Ryan Dolan Only Love Survives English -- 8 54
14 IconCyprus.png Cyprus Despina Olympiou An me thimase Greek If you remember me 15 11
15 IconBelgium.png Belgium Roberto Bellarosa Love Kills English -- 5 75
16 IconSerbia.png Serbia Moje 3 Ljubav Je Svuda Serbian Love is everywhere 11 46

Semi Final 2

IconGermany.png Germany, IconFrance.png France and IconSpain.png Spain voted in this semi-final. It was held on 16 May 2013.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconLatvia.png Latvia PeR Here We Go! English -- 17 13
02 IconSan Marino.png San Marino Valentina Monetta Crisalide (Vola) Italian Chrysalis (Fly) 11 47
03 IconNorth Macedonia.png North Macedonia Esma and Lozano Pred da se razdeni Macedonian, Romani Before dawn 16 28
04 IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov Hold Me English -- 1 139
05 IconFinland.png Finland Krista Siegfrids Marry Me English -- 9 64
06 IconMalta.png Malta Gianluca Tomorrow -- 4 118
07 IconBulgaria.png Bulgaria Elitsa and Stoyan Samo shampioni Bulgarian Only champions 12 45
08 IconIceland.png Iceland Eythor Ingi Ég á líf Icelandic I am alive 6 72
09 IconGreece.png Greece Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis Alcohol is Free Greek -- 2 121
10 IconIsrael.png Israel Moran Mazor Rak Bishvilo Hebrew Only for him 14 40
11 IconArmenia.png Armenia Dorians Lonely Planet English -- 7 69
12 IconHungary.png Hungary ByeAlex Kedvesem Hungarian My darling 8 66
13 IconNorway.png Norway Margaret Berger I Feed You My Love English -- 3 120
14 IconAlbania.png Albania Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko Identitet Albanian Identity 15 31
15 IconGeorgia.png Georgia Sophie & Nodi Waterfall English -- 10 63
16 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Takasa You and Me -- 13 41
17 IconRomania.png Romania Cezar It's My Life -- 5 83

Grand Final

All countries voted. It was held on 18 May 2013.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconFrance.png France Amandine Bourgeois L'Enfer et Moi French Hell and Me 23 14
02 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Andrius Pojavis Something English -- 22 17
03 IconMoldova.png Moldova Aliona Moon O Mie Romanian A thousand 11 71
04 IconFinland.png Finland Krista Siegfrids Marry Me English -- 24 13
05 IconSpain.png Spain ESDM Contigo Hasta el Final Spanish With you until the end 25 8
06 IconBelgium.png Belgium Roberto Bellarosa Love Kills English -- 12 71
07 IconEstonia.png Estonia Birgit Õigemeel Et Uus Saaks Alguse Estonian So there can be a new beginning 20 19
08 IconBelarus.png Belarus Alyona Lanskaya Solayoh English -- 16 48
09 IconMalta.png Malta Gianluca Tomorrow -- 8 120
10 IconRussia.png Russia Dina Garipova What If? -- 5 174
11 IconGermany.png Germany Cascada Glorious -- 21 18
12 IconArmenia.png Armenia Dorians Lonely Planet -- 18 41
13 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands Anouk Birds -- 9 114
14 IconRomania.png Romania Cezar It's My Life -- 13 65
15 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Bonnie Tyler Believe in Me -- 19 23
16 IconSweden.png Sweden Robin Stjernberg You -- 14 62
17 IconHungary.png Hungary ByeAlex Kedvesem Hungarian Darling 10 84
18 IconDenmark.png Denmark Emmelie de Forest Only Teardrops English -- 1 281
19 IconIceland.png Iceland Eythor Ingi Ég á líf Icelandic I am alive 17 47
20 IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov Hold Me English -- 2 234
21 IconGreece.png Greece Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis Alcohol is Free Greek -- 6 152
22 IconUkraine.png Ukraine Zlata Ognevich Gravity English -- 3 214
23 IconItaly.png Italy Marco Mengoni L'Essenziale Italian Essential 7 126
24 IconNorway.png Norway Margaret Berger I Feed You My Love English -- 4 191
25 IconGeorgia.png Georgia Sophie & Nodi Waterfall -- 15 50
26 IconIreland.png Ireland Ryan Dolan Only Love Survives -- 26 5
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