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Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-11-29, 23:14

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I though I'd open this thread now since next week we'll already know the first song. :D

Eurovision Song Contest is an annual music competition that has been held every year since 1956. In 2013 the host country will Sweden since their entry Euphoria achieved a spectacular victory in May this year. The 58th edition of the contest will be held in the Swedish town Malmö. The first semifinal will be held on Tuesday, May 14, the second semifinal is on Thursday, May 16, and the final will be held on Saturday, May 18. This is Sweden's fifth time to host the contest and Malmö will be the host city for the second time (the first time being in 1992).

As the countries select their songs, I will put them here. I hope the Unilang ESC fans are ready for the 2013 season :mrgreen:

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Songs:

Semi-final 1

(1-8). [flag]de-at[/flag] Austria: TBD 15 February 2013
(1-8). [flag]hr[/flag] Croatia: TBD February 2013 - Mižerja
(1-8). [flag]dk[/flag] Denmark: Emmelie de Forest - Only teardrops
(1-8). [flag]et[/flag] Estonia: TBD 2 March 2013
(1-8). [flag]nl[/flag] Netherlands: Anouk - TBD February 2013
(1-8). [flag]ru[/flag] Russia
(1-8). [flag]sl[/flag] Slovenia
(1-8). [flag]uk[/flag] Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich - Gravity

(9-16). [flag]be[/flag] Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya - Rhythm of Love
(9-16). [flag]fr-be[/flag] Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa - Love Kills
(9-16). [flag]el-cy[/flag] Cyprus
(9-16). [flag]en-IE[/flag] Ireland: TBD 22 February 2013
(9-16). [flag]lt[/flag] Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis - Something
(9-16). [flag]mo[/flag] Moldova: TBD 2 March 2013
(9-16). Image Montenegro: Who See
(9-16). [flag]sr[/flag] Serbia: TBD 3 March 2013

Semi-final 2

(1-8). [flag]az[/flag] Azerbaijan
(1-8). [flag]bg[/flag] Bulgaria
(1-8). [flag]fi[/flag] Finland: TBD 9 February 2013
(1-8). [flag]is[/flag] Iceland: TBD 2 February 2013
(1-8). [flag]lv[/flag] Latvia: TBD 16 February 2013
(1-8). [flag]mk[/flag] Macedonia: Vlatko Lozanoski & Esma Redžepova - TBD February 2013
(1-8). [flag]mt[/flag] Malta: TBD 2 February 2013
(1-8). Image San Marino: TBD 30 January 2013

(9-17). [flag]sq[/flag] Albania: Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko - Identitet
(9-17). [flag]hy[/flag] Armenia: Gor Sujyan - TBD 2 March 2013
(9-17). [flag]ka[/flag] Georgia: Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili - TBD February 2013
(9-17). [flag]el[/flag] Greece: TBD 18 February 2013
(9-17). [flag]hu[/flag] Hungary: TBD 2 March 2013
(9-17). [flag]he[/flag] Israel: TBD 7 March 2013
(9-17). [flag]no[/flag] Norway: TBD 9 February 2013
(9-17). [flag]ro[/flag] Romania: TBD 9 March 2013
(9-17). [flag]de-ch[/flag] Switzerland: Heilsarmee - You and Me


Finalists

[flag]fr[/flag] France: Amandine Bourgeois - L'Enfer Et Moi
[flag]de[/flag] Germany: TBD 14 February 2013
[flag]it[/flag] Italy: TBD 16 February 2013
[flag]es[/flag] Spain: ESDM - El Sueño de Morfeo - TBD February 2013
[flag]sv[/flag] Sweden (host): TBD 9 March 2013
[flag]en[/flag] United Kingdom
Goals:
[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-11-29, 23:15

It seems that the ESC season kicked off very early this year. Unlike previous years, now we will know 6 entries before the year 2012 ends. Lithuania and Switzerland already held some parts of their national selection, and Belgium and the Netherlands already chose the artists. I'll try to summarize all the known info and rumours. :P

[flag]nl[/flag] The Netherlands has chosen Anouk for their representative in Malmö. This is a huge step for the Netherlands since for the first time in years they are sending a super star and someone who is known outside of the Netherlands. Anouk will present her song in February, and until then you can listen to the songs which made her famous, like Nobody's Wife or Lost. I really have high expectations from the NL this time.

[flag]fr-BE[/flag] Belgium has chosen a young artist, Roberto Bellarosa, the winner of this year's The Voice Belgique. The exact will be known on December 16 (so in almost two weeks) when the audience will choose one of the 3 songs which will be presented. Bellarosa recently publish his first CD. Here's one of his songs: Je Crois

[flag]be[/flag] Belarus will chose their song on December 7 (next Friday). Here you can listen to the 10 songs that will compete in their national selection. Alyona Lanskaya, the participant of this year's Belarusian NF that originally won but was later disqualified, is back and apparently she has a lot of chances of winning again.

[flag]de-CH[/flag] Switzerland will choose their song on December 15 on a competition called Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow that will be held in Kreuzlingen like the previous two years. 9 songs will compete: 4 will be delegated by the German-speaking SF, 3 by the French-speaking RTS and 2 by the Italian-speaking RSI. You can listen to the songs here. Melissa (who ended up 3rd in the Spanish NF in 2011) is among the participants. The Salvation Army (Heilsarmee) is considered a huge favourite. My own favourite is Carrousel. It's interesting that Lys Assia (the winner of the first ESC in 1956) failed to qualify for the final :shock:

[flag]sq[/flag] Albania will choose their song on their traditional Festivali i Këngës. There will be two semifinals (December 20 and 21) and a final (December 22) Only the names of the participants and the composers are known so far. Among the participants are Anjeza Shahini (2004) and Kejsi Tola (2009).

[flag]lt[/flag] Lithuania will also choose their song on December 22. Their national selection is already in progress and apparently it's the complicated one this year. The selection consists out of 5 heats with 8 songs. From each heat 3 songs will pass into two semifinals. And finally the final will be held on December 22. This saturday is the last heat. You can listen to the songs that has participated in heats 1-4 on LRT's official Youtube channel.

[flag]uk[/flag] Ukraine will choose their song on December 23. Not much else is known about their selections so far.

[flag]sv[/flag] Sweden will continue to choose their song at the tradional Melodifestivalen. The current format of Melodifestivalen (adopted in 2002) will be continued next year too. There will be four heats (Karlskrona, Göteborg, Skellefteå & Malmö) that will be held on every Saturday in February. From each heat 2 songs will pass directly into the final and 2 songs will continue to compete in the Second Chance that will be held in Karlstad on March 2. The Final will be held on March 9 in Stockholm and for the first time it will be in the new Friends Arena. SVT revealed the list of artists and songs. 23 artists will participate for the first time in the MF. It's interesting that Army of Lovers is participating too.

[flag]mt[/flag] Malta will choose their song in late January. So far 69 songs have made it into the current stage of the selection and tomorrow it is expected that the Maltese PBS will narrow the list down to 24 finalists.

[flag]sr[/flag] my own country Serbia has decided to bring back the festival as a way of choosing the ESC song. The last time we used a full-scale festival was in 2009. In 2010 we had a selection between 3 songs by the same composer. In 2011 we had a selection between 3 composers who were related. And this year we chose the artist and the song internally. For next year RTS will hold a festival in early March (the dates will be revealed on Saturday). The festival will be called Beosong and it will consist of one semifinal with 15 songs and one final with 5 songs. The audience alone will choose the song.

[flag]hr[/flag] Croatia has decided to be very genre-specific in 2013. HRT has decided to send a klapa song to Malmö and is currently looking for the composers and artists. This is a very bold decision because it is not known how the European audience will react to such an "exotic" musical style. It will most probably be very similar to the klapa songs that have participated in the previous editions of Dora (like this, this or this)

[flag]dk[/flag]Denmark will choose their song on January 26, [flag]is[/flag] Island on February 2nd, [flag]fi[/flag] Finland and [flag]no[/flag] Norway on February 9, [flag]de[/flag] Germany on February 14, [flag]de-AT[/flag] Austria on February 15, [flag]lv[/flag] Latvia on February 16, [flag]en-IE[/flag] Ireland on February 22 and [flag]et[/flag] Estonia on March 2. [flag]he[/flag] Israel will probably hold their selection in January too.

[flag]hy[/flag] Armenia will return after being absent this year. There is a rumour that Sirusho will represent them.

Other countries that have confirmed their participation are [flag]az[/flag] Azerbaijan, [flag]bg[/flag] Bulgaria, [flag]fr[/flag] France, [flag]ka[/flag] Georgia, [flag]it[/flag] Italy, [flag]hu[/flag] Hungary, [flag]mk[/flag] Macedonia, [flag]mo[/flag] Moldova, [flag]ro[/flag] Romania, [flag]ru[/flag] Russia (they might send the winner of The Voice), Image San Marino, [flag]es[/flag] Spain, [flag]tr[/flag] Turkey and [flag]en[/flag] the UK.

Unfortunately some countries have decided to withdraw from the contest or are considering doing so. :(

[flag]pt[/flag] Portugal has decided to withdraw. It's a real pity :(

[flag]el[/flag] Greece and [flag]el-CY[/flag] Cyprus are thinking of withdrawing because of financial reasons.

[flag]sl[/flag] Slovenia is also not a sure participant. TV SLO announced that they lack the necessary 60,000 EUR for the participant fee.

[flag]pl[/flag] Poland and [flag]cs[/flag] Czech Republic decided not to return. [flag]sk[/flag]Slovakia hasn't decided anything yet and [flag]bs[/flag] Bosnia-Herzegovina and Image Montenegro have sort of semi-confirmed their participation, but it's not yet sure that they will participate.

The definite list of participants will be known on December 15.
Goals:
[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-11-29, 23:17

And this post is dedicated to the host city, the venue and the general aspects of the organization.

As you know the contest will be held in Malmö, in the Malmö Arena

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Malmö was chosen for the host city in July. Apparently, both EBU and SVT wanted a smaller venue in order to reduce the cost of the contest. There are also other changes. The EBU and SVT announced that they won't be using LED screens, that there will be only host (for the first time since 1995) and that there won't be a slogan.

Perhaps the most controversial change is about the running order. The EBU decided to abolish the traditional running order draw and instead of that the host broadcaster will decide which country will perform on which position. Only the host broadcaster's position will be decided by a draw. This is to prevent similar songs from going one after another. This change did not go well with the fans. Many people are afraid of manipulation and even those who don't believe that something fishy is going on think that it would be much more fair for the running order to be decided by chance like up until now.

The good news is that the allocation into semifinals will still be decided by a draw (scheduled for late January as always), except for [flag]dk[/flag] Denmark (which has been placed in the first seminal) and [flag]no[/flag] Norway (which has been placed in the second semifinal). Since Malmö is close to both Denmark and Norway, it was decided that they will perform in different semi-finals to maximize availability of tickets for visitors from both countries.

The tickets have been put into sale this Monday. They can be bought at http://www.ticnet.se As always the tickets for the Grand Final have been sold out very fast, but there might be more. "When cameras and cranes have been placed and the set design is finalized, more tickets will be available." As always there will be a separate fan area in the center of the arena, those tickets are available via the fan organizations. Another change concerning this is that the fan area will not have any seats. Instead, the fans will have to stand. There will be a bank with 68 seats in the back "for fan club members with genuine mobility problems or fans wanting to bring small children to the concert". The overall capacity is estimated to 11500 people.

Is anyone going? :P
Goals:
[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Postby Varislintu » 2012-11-30, 7:17

Coooooool. :thread:
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-12-01, 12:04

Beosong will be held on March 2nd and 3rd 8-)

Malta has also announced their list of finalists. Fabrizio Faniello didn't make it through. :lol: Their selection will be on February 1st and 2nd.

Oh and JESC is tonight, but probably nobody but me cares about that :P
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[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-12-07, 21:17

[flag]be[/flag] Belarus has chosen: Alyona Lanskaya - Rhythm Of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FmkrrSFe2w

(it's awful :lol: :roll: )

In other news: Finland has announced its finalists and you can hear 30 seconds of each song here

Cyprus decided to participate and Slovakia withdrew.
Goals:
[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby Mert » 2012-12-14, 17:12

Turkey won't attend 2013 Malmö.
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-12-14, 17:27

WTF?

I'm still in shock because of Bosnia :shock:
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[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby Mert » 2012-12-14, 18:14

Mert wrote:Turkey won't attend 2013 Malmö.


The reason of Turkey's withdrawing is that Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy participate in the contest directly. The head office of TRT said that is an unfair situation. :|
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Postby kibo » 2012-12-14, 19:44

Turkey's withdrawal is very bad news. :(

There is still hope that Bosnia will participate. RTRS, the TV of the Serbian part of Bosnia wants to sponsor all the costs.

Montenegro confirmed their participation.
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[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby Mert » 2012-12-20, 13:56

TRT and EBU are going to meet in conference next week. The subject of the meeting is that Turkey withdraws eurovision. EBU doesn't want to lose Turkey, because Turkish diaspora is one of the biggest groups that send sms during voting. :D
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-12-21, 15:40

The final list has been established today. 39 countries, just like in 2010

The following 39 broadcasters have signed up: Albania (RTSH), Austria (ORF), Armenia (AMPTV), Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV), Belarus (BTRC), Belgium (RTBF), Bulgaria (BNT), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CyBC), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Finland (YLE), France (France3), Georgia (GPB), Germany (NDR), Greece (ERT), Hungary (MTV), Iceland (RÚV), Ireland (RTÉ), Israel (IBA), Italy (RAI), Latvia (LTV), Lithuania (LRT), FYR Macedonia (MKRTV), Malta (PBS), Moldova (TRM), Montenegro (RTCG), the Netherlands (TROS), Norway (NRK), Romania (TVR), Russia (C1R), San Marino (SMTV), Serbia (RTS), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Spain (TVE), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRG SSR), Ukraine (NTU) and the United Kingdom (BBC).


We now have 3 more songs

[flag]de-ch[/flag] Heilsarmee (The Salvation Army) - You And Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKbzOIab0yM

(they will have to change their name and uniforms though, because the EBU doesn't allow organizations to take part as performers. It might be seen as advertising)

[flag]fr-be[/flag] Roberto Bellarosa - Love Kills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy5BhNe4g-4

[flag]lt[/flag] Andrius Pojavis - Something

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMRSfoesNoY

I like Lithania, so far my #1. Switzerland is ok and Belgium sucks but still better than Belarus.

Also two more countries revealed their representatives

[flag]es[/flag] Spain will be represented by El sueño de Morfeo. I like this band and it will surely have a great song.

Image Montengro will be represented by a hip-hop duo called Who See. They became quite famous this year because they won an MTV award. Here's one of their songs.
Goals:
[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby Reinder » 2012-12-21, 16:07

Oh, so early!
Does Switzerland realize that the name of the song wasn't really successful last year? :lol:
The song of Belgium may suck, but they're very smart to send in a cute boy for all the gay voters, that will definitely help them. :)
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby Iván » 2012-12-21, 21:22

Oh, really? Time flies.

[flag]es[/flag] El Sueño de Morfeo. I think they will have a nice song. I'd have chosen another band/artist, though.
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-12-22, 23:41

Indeed, the national selections have been shifted quite early this year. For years Albania used to be the first one to pick a song, but now 4 countries beat them to it.

And speaking of them

[flag]sq[/flag] Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Identitet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqZixWuf2ns

I don't know whether to label it as "epic" or "dafuq". :lol:

Ukraine pics tomorrow too.

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I don't find him particularly cute, he's like a mixture between Eric Saade and Marija Šerifović :P
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[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Postby Reinder » 2012-12-23, 10:29

kibo wrote:I don't know whether to label it as "epic" or "dafuq". :lol:
I would label it as "dafuq". It's terrible.

kibo wrote:I don't find him particularly cute, he's like a mixture between Eric Saade and Marija Šerifović :P
Well, he's young and not ugly, which equals cute to me. Eric Saade is cute as well. I don't know what to say about Marija Šerifović's cuteness though, haha. :P
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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2012-12-23, 12:56

[flag]uk[/flag] Zlata Ognevich - Gravity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdCKbu6-bFI

This sounds like something from the Disney's Lion King, but it's not bad. Just after Lithuania on my ranking.
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[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby kibo » 2013-01-26, 23:57

Bah, my thread went to the second page. Not many people interested in ESC this year, huh?

Anyway, [flag]dk[/flag] Denmark selected their song tonight. It's Emmelie de Forest with the song Only Teardrops. It's very nice actually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL17Pdghdvo

A bunch of countries selected their artists but are yet to reveal the songs.

[flag]mk[/flag] Macedonia will be represented by Vlatko Lozanoski & Esma Redžepova. The song will be announced in late February. They had the misfortune to be allocated in the second semi, while all the other former Yugoslav countries are in the first semifinal, but since Esma is a true artist and really famous, I hope they will make it to the final.

[flag]hy[/flag] Armenia will be represented by Gor Sujyan, the leader of the band Dorians. Many fans have been hoping for Sirusho (Armenia 2008) to be back again, but the Armenian TV opted for a rock singer this time. Dorians almost made it to the ESC in 2009 and Gor was a backing vocalist for Eva Rivas in 2010.

[flag]ka[/flag] Georgia will be represented by Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili. Yes, a 4th Sopho for Georgia. :shock: Their song will be composed by Thomas G:son, the author of Euphoria. We might expect something like Denmark 2010.

[flag]fr[/flag] France will be represented by Amandine Bourgeois who will sing a song called L'Enfer Et Moi. Amandine won the competition Nouvelle Star in 2008 and apparently her career has flopped recently so she's trying to get back into business. I don't know what to expect from her but her earlier songs sound something like Zaz.

[flag]hr[/flag] Croatia picked a song called Mižerja, but is yet to gather up a klapa ensemble that will sing it.

In case you missed it, there was an allocation draw for the semifinals 10 days ago. All countries except for the Big 5 (UK, DE, FR, ES & IT) and Sweden have been put into one of the two semifinals. The red fields mean that the country will participate in the first half of the semifinal, while the green fields mean they will act in the second part. Please not that this is not the actual running order. As of this year, the running order will be determined by the host country and it will probably be known in April.

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Also the artistic theme has been revealed (see it here - the butterfly is so kitschy) and the slogan for this year is "We Are One".
Goals:
[flag=]es[/flag] ➜ C1 (DELE)
[flag=]de[/flag] ➜ B2 (Goethe-Zertifikat) / C1
[flag=]sv[/flag] ➜ B1/B2

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 - Malmö, Sweden

Postby Aleco » 2013-01-27, 13:09

kibo wrote:and the slogan for this year is "We Are One".

I couldn't help myself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glDGAo9SIqs
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