The 2013 Eurovision Results
Very Disappointing Results for Ireland and UK
Bonnie Tyler was unable to end the UK's Eurovision drought as she came 19th in Malmo. The 61-year-old gave a good performance which seemed to be well received in the arena but it failed to find favour with Europe's voters. The Welsh singer did beat Engelbert Humperdinck's score from last year as she picked up 23 points. Ireland fared even worse, with Ryan Dolan finishing bottom with just five points despite putting on an entertaining show.
Why did things go wrong for Ireland and the UK
Neither Ireland's nor England's songs were very bad. Indeed Bonnie's song had probably the best lyrics and musical quality amongst all the other contestants. However, this song perhaps would be best sung by a young female performer with a pretty face that could appeal to wider audience. (Bonnie looks very pretty but I dont think anyone under the age of 35 would vote for her) Is it a coincidence that recent winners were of all younger singers such as Loreen, Ell/Niki, Lena, Alexander, Dima etc...Not being sexist or agest here but I think Engelbert and Bonnie could have been much better off if they had shared their experience and supported the younger singers instead. Another big mistake made by the UK is that noone seems to take the competition seriously enough. Other countries such as Greece, Azerbaijjan, Ukraine, Norway, Netherlands had tried their best before the competition. They had presented their songs in other countries and openly asked support from the countries they had visited. VERDICT: Relying on the BIG 5 RULE will keep the UK in the bottom 5 for years to come.
Ireland had a good song; but my Lord...Didn't anyone tell them to put on something less gay, less leathery...Open tops, greasy chests and tattoos will only put you at the very bottom. Your audience are not just from the corner bars of Soho guys. VERDICT: Take it more naturally but less leathery next time!
Denmark were convincing winners, with Azerbaijan second and Ukraine finishing third.The UK performance was pared-down compared to many in the competition with Bonnie accompanied by backing-vocalists but no dancers. Her off-the-shoulder black outfit with silver detail was also subdued. The high point came as she which often characterises the contest was Tyler being lifted up on a platform in the middle of the 11,000-crowd for the end of the song.
The performance was watched by an estimated international audience of 120 million. But despite topping charts around the world in her heyday, bookies gave the UK entry odds of 50/1 to win the contest. Speaking immediately after her performance, Bonnie said:
"What an incredible atmosphere. I really enjoyed that performance, I got out there and gave it some welly. When all those lights came on it felt like magic, all twinkling lights everywhere. I really hope Europe enjoyed it." (Well done Bonnie, I love the song!)
Bucks Fizz singer Mike Nolan, whose group won the contest in 1981, said on Twitter:
"Well done Bonnie. She gave it her all. Good luck girl..." while his former bandmate Cheryl Baker posted: "The audience love you Bon!
Even Tory MP Damian Green joined in, writing:
"Audience loves our girl. Go Bonnie!"
But many Twitter users were less impressed by the UK's performance, with some saying they were "holding out for a zero" when the votes came in.
Ex-Conservative MP Edwina Currie agreed, tweeting after Tyler's entry:
"Dog keeps howling. Like she thinks she could be on #eurovision2013 too. Improvement?" (Your dog probabaly needed to take a crap Mrs Currie, you should have taken her out!)
The 2013 Eurovision Full results:
- Denmark: Emmelie de Forest, Only Teardrops - 281 points
- Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov, Hold Me - 234 points
- Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich, Gravity - 214 points
- Norway: Margaret Berger, I Feed You My Love - 191 points
- Russia: Dina Garipova, What If - 174 points
- Greece: Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis, Alcohol Is Free - 152 points
- Italy: Marco Mengoni, L'Essenziale - 126 points
- Malta: Gianluca, Tomorrow - 120 points
- Netherlands: Anouk, Birds - 114 points
- Hungary: ByeAlex, Kedvesem - 84 points
- Moldova: Aliona Moon, O mie - 71 points
- Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa, Love Kills - 71 points
- Romania: Cezar, It's My Life - 65 points
- Sweden: Robin Stjernberg, You - 62 points
- Georgia: Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani, Waterfall - 50 points
- Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya, Solayoh - 48 points
- Iceland: Eythor Ingi, Eg a lif - 47 points
- Armenia: Dorians, Lonely Planet - 41 points
- UK: Bonnie Tyler, Believe In Me - 23 points
- Estonia: Birgit, Et uus saaks alguse - 19 points
- Germany: Cascada, Glorious - 18 points
- Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis, Something - 17 points
- France: Amandine Bourgeois, L'enfer et moi - 14 points
- Finland: Krista Siegfrids, Marry Me - 13 points
- Spain: ESDM, Contigo hasta el final - 8 points
- Ireland: Ryan Dolan, Only Love Survives - 5 points