Ten countries and artists qualified from the Second Semifinal to the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and now we are going to meet them through the special press conference and the draw for the final halfs.
THE DRAW FOR THE FINAL
AZERBAIJAN DRAWN IN THE DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
FINLAND DRAWN IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINAL
MALTA DRAWN IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINAL
ICELAND DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
GREECE DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
ARMENIA DRAWN IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINAL
HUNGARY DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
NORWAY DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
GEORGIA DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
ROMANIA DRAWN IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINAL
Directly after the second semi final ended, the 10 finalists made their way to the press centre for the winners conference. Due to limited time, the journalists were only able to ask two questions per winning country (one from their own country and one from International press). Each artist then selected their “winning” number to determine whether they compete in the first or second half of the final on Saturday. The two questions/answers asked for each finalist are as follows:
Hungary – ByeAlex (Kedvesem)
“ByeAlex it was a pleasure, “Life would be a mistake without music“.
Q1. You were almost unknown in Hungary 4 months ago, what is your secret?
A1. It will be hard to tell, but it must be something in my song and even
in Hungarian language people got the song.
Q2. You looked calm on stage, were you not nervous at all?
A2. Yes I was nervous, I almost faninted, but then I didn’t eat again, so I must work on that in future.
Azerbaijan – Farid Mammadov (Hold me)
“Farid did a backward flip as he promised to do so if he qualified. He felt nothing before he performed, he just thought positive thoughts for final.“.
Q1. What about taking back the Eurovision to “The Land of Fire” in 2014?
A1. Why not? That would be great, but I just focus on being the best performer that I can be.
Q2. What is the message behind your song? We know the composers are from Greece.
A2. Firstly, thank you for amazing composers, it’s been a great experience, no answer was given about the message behind the song.
Georgia – Nodi Titusville & Sophie Gelovani (Waterfall)
“Before they went on stage they told each other “I love you“! feeling was great“.
Q1. What does it mean for you to be in the grand final?
A1. This is very important for not just us, but for the people of Georgia, especially because today as it was day of mourning after 3 soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.
Q2. A journalist asked, If Georgia wins, what can I pass on to my wife so that I can convince her to come to Georgia?
A2. We have great nature and are very loving people.
Romania – Cezar (It‘s my Life)
“You are different, did you expect this? I am already a winner because I am already in final. I put all my power in to the performance on Saturday. Thank you Romania for believing in me“.
Q1. Is there any special person in your life?
A1. My father, who I lost 3 years ago, but I dedicate this victory tonight to my father.
Q2. Who will be on the winners table on Saturday night / Sunday morning?
A2. Cezar replies it’s not clear, this year standard is high, my favourites are Georgia, Ukraine, Norway & Malta.
Norway – Margaret Berger (I feed you my Love)
“Feels so grateful and can now go back to Norway with her head held high, Margaret will practise over and over again before Saturday and get lots of sleep which is great for the voice“.
Q1. Apparently looks like Lady Gaga, what do you think about that?
A1. Margaret replied that if you go to YouTube and look for my 2006 song, Lady Gaga looks like her. The room erupted.
Q2. National day of Norway and how will you celebrate? A2. It feels great to be in Norwegian delegation on May 17th, she will celebrate with a red, blue and white dress that she bought a few months ago and have a glass of champagne.
Iceland – Eythor Ingi (Eg a Lif)
“Last time the host and Eythor met, she called him Jesus, he is very grateful and looks forward to doing it all over again“.
Q1. Was it as easy on stage as you it looked? A1. Eythor said he was very relaxed because he had a great team around him and very grateful to the Swedish organisers. Thanks to his hometown of Dalvik and to the Icelandic people for all their support.
Q2. What do you think of Robin Stjernberg’ chances in the final?
A2. Eythor think he has great chances, he likes Robin, but anyone of us could win. Eythor was asked if he likes the song or the artist? Eythor replied “You decide”.
Armenia – Dorians (Lonely Planet)
“We are surprised, we were not expecting to qualify“.
Q1. One of your goals was to send a message to the world, do you think now you have achieved that and what are your thoughts about Saturday?
A1. People like honest music and we have the chance to do that again on Saturday.
Q2. Who in the band is Dorian Gray?
A2. No one.
Finland – Krista Siegfrids (Marry me)
“Will you get marred now? Krista says maybe Farid would like to marry me? Farid replies that maybe she “Holds me“ first? She felt amazing on stage and had a fun time.
Q1. Will her new album be released on iTunes?
A1. She hopes the album will be released internationally, but it can be found on iTunes and spotify.
Q2. Have you spoken to your boyfriend yet? Has he texted yet? Has he asked you to marry him yet? A2 . She hasn’t had time to check her cell phone, but if he hasn’t, then she will marry some man or girl here instead.
Malta – Gianluca (Tomorrow)
Q1. How did you feel on stage? There was a positive feel in the arena when you sang your song? As a Doctor, did you check your heart rate?
A1. I drank water before I went on to stage, but I forgot how things were, I was on a high of “Euphoria”, I just focused, but it was the best experience of my life. As a Doctor, I didn’t check my heart rate as I‘d be scared.
Q2. You went to a children’ hospital, how did you feel? A2. It was a great experience and he would do it over and over again. The children recorded a version of “Tomorrow” with Gianluca.
Greece – Kosa Mostra Feat. Agathon Iakovidis (Alcohol is free)
“People were maybe drunk when voting, but we are very proud to be through to final“.
Q1. Could you please tell me, it’s been asked many times before that Greece since 2004 goes to final because of friendly neighbouring votes?
A1. I am a very keen footballer and prefer fair play, I don’t care if Cyprus don’t give us 12 points, I believe in fair play in Eurovision too.
Q2. You countries name was called last, did you think at any point your country was not through and what were your thoughts? A2. He had been saying many bad words, which can’t be repeated here, I was sad about Albania not going through, but for us we just hugged each other and are grateful to Swedish organizers.
We wish the 10 winners all the very best of luck in the final on Saturday and are now two steps closer to finding out who the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 will be. Watch this space!