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SVT excel themselves with Eurovision postcards

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ©  EBU

Throughout much of the contest's history, the opening sequence of each entry has been portrayed with a postcard. Whereas the trend used to be to use postcardsto show off the country's sights and nature for what it was worth, SVT have made the postcards more personal, following each artist at home. 

The Qualifiers From the First Semi-Final will be……

The question on the lips of every Eurovision Song Contest fan is who will qualify for the final from Tuesday’s semi-final. Well, I’m going to stick my neck out, put my reputation on the line and other clichés to predict who I think will be celebrating and who will be drowning their sorrows.

Eurovision 2013: 1st dress rehearsal of 1st semi-final

1st dress rehearsal Ukraine (c) Tommy Engström (EuroVisionary)

Today it was time for the very first dress rehearsal in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. We are of course starting with the first semi-final. Which 10 songs will qualify and which 6 must go home?

The First Semi-Finalists Meet the Press

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The fifth day of rehearsals also saw the acts competing in the first semi-final on Tuesday meet the press for the first round of press conferences. All sixteen countries should have given conferences today. However, the Moldovans cancelled their conference to express their unhappiness with the production.

Eurovision 2013 day 5 - Estonia´s second rehearsal

Estonia's Birigit © Frank Holm, EuroVisionary

Estonia with a strong ballade. Birgit makes it shine with a beautiful vocal perfomance.

Video: Eurovision 2013: Impressions from the first rehearsal day

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Yesterday the first eight countries taking part in the first semi-final rehearsed on the stage in Malmö for the first time. Here we bring you a video update of how it all went.

Eurovision 2013 day 1 - Part 1: The first four countries rehearse on stage

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ©  EBU

Austria's Natália Kelly was the first of the artists to rehearse on the Malmö stage today. She will be followed by participants from Estonia, Slovenia and Croatia in the first half of the day. In this article, which will be updated after each rehearsal, you can read all about how their first encounters with the stage went.

Emmelie de Forest with a clear lead in the OGAE fanclub voting

Emmelie de Forest ©  Michael Søndergaard

The bookmakers have Denmark as their top favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest next month in Malmö - and so far the fans are pretty much in agreement with this. After the points from five of the fan clubs Emmelie de Forest has a clear first position as the fan favourite of the year.

2013 semi-final running order announced

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ©  EBU

Today came what many had been waiting for; the exaxt running order of the two semi-finals. For the first time it was decided by the producers together with EBU, instead of the usual draw. Austria will be opening the first semi-final while Latvia will kick off the second one. 

Summary from Head of Delegation meeting today

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ©  EBU

Today the Head of Delegation meeting took place in Malmö. All the participating entries have now been officially handed it to EBU, the Reference Group got three new members, the starting position in the final for the host country was drawn and the premiliminary dates for next year's contest announced. 

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