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Eurovision 2023. Results of the final vote. Loreen won, Blanka took a distant place

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Eurovision 2023 is behind us. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was held in Liverpool, Great Britain, and the winner of this edition was the representative of Sweden – Loreen. Blanka representing Poland with the song “Solo” took 19th place.

Eurovision 2023 has come to an end. The grand finale of the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Liverpool Arena, and the evening was hosted by British television star Graham Norton, outstanding theater and television actress Hannah Waddingham (“Game of Thrones”, “Ted Lasso”), Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina ( leader of the band The Hardkiss) and British singer and TV star Alesha Dixon.

Eurovision 2023. Voting results

The 67th Eurovision Song Contest was won by the song “Tattoo” performed by Loreen, who represented Sweden. She scored a total of 583 points, ahead of second-ranked Finnish artist Käärijä, who scored 526 points. They were followed by the singer from Israel – Noa Kirel, with 362 points.

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Blanka representing Poland with the song “Solo” took 19th place out of 26 countries participating in the competition.

Blanka in the Eurovision finalPAP/EPA/ADAM VAUGHAN

The winner of the 67th edition of Eurovision was not known until the last seconds. The Finnish performer Käärijä was at the top of the table almost until the end, receiving as many as 376 points from the viewers.

This year, the changes to the voting system that the EBU announced in November last year came into force. It was decided that the results of both semi-finals – as it was in the years 2004-07 – will be decided only by votes of viewers and spectators (voting by SMS or via a special application).

In the case of the final results, there have also been changes here. The structure adopted in 2009, which is a combination of voting by jury panels from each country participating in the competition, and voting by spectators and spectators, has been retained. However, new rules have been adopted regarding the situation in which the vote of the jurors or the vote of the audience will be invalidated. In the event that it is not possible to provide the results of the audience vote, points will be awarded on the basis of the result, generated from the average of the points of other countries in the same Semi-Finals draw basket. However, if the score given by the jury is incorrect, the points from the audience vote will be doubled.

The novelty is that viewers from countries that do not participate in a given edition of Eurovision could also indicate their favorites. The EBU prepared an application for them, in which the user’s identity was verified on the basis of the provided credit/debit card details. The results of the votes from countries not participating in the Eurovision Song Contest have been added together and reported as “rest of the world”. The voting time has been extended to 40 minutes.

Eurovision 2023. Who is Loreen?

Loreen is a Swedish singer of Moroccan-Berber descent. She was the favorite of bookmakers, according to which the probability of her winning this year’s Eurovision was 44 percent. In addition to her, potential winners were mentioned Finland, which was represented by rapper Käärijä. In the end, he took second place.

Born on October 16, 1983, the real name of the singer is Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaoui. She is a singer, but also a songwriter and composer.

This is Loreen’s second victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Swede has already won the 57th edition, organized in May 2012 in the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku. She won then with the song “Euphoria”, for which she received 372 points.

Loreen, representing Sweden at Eurovision 2023PAP/EPA/ADAM VAUGHAN

Eurovision 2023. Final concert

This year’s Eurovision was held under the slogan “United by Music”, the choice of which seems to be not accidental. In this way, the organizers of the competition wanted to mark unity with Ukraine, whose representation – Kalush Orchestra – won last year in Turin with the song “Stefania”. Let us recall that the right to host this year’s edition of the competition was won by the Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspiłne (NSTU). However, due to Russian aggression in Ukraine, in July last year the EBU announced that Eurovision 2023 would be organized by the BBC in Great Britain. This is the fifth time in history that a British broadcaster has taken over the rights to host the contest (previously in 1960, 1963, 1972 and 1974), after broadcasters from the winning countries voluntarily resigned from hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.

It was therefore obvious that the BBC worked closely with representatives of Ukrainian culture in preparing this year’s edition of the competition. Already in the logo itself, instead of the British flag, Ukrainian colors appeared, and in the graphic design, British and Ukrainian colors were combined.

Saturday’s concert was opened by the Kalush Orchestra, performing last year’s winning song “Stefania” and the new single “Changes”. The traditional “flag parade” – that is, the presentation of the finalists – was accompanied by the sounds of Ukrainian Eurovision hits: “Szum” by Go_A, “1944” by Dżamala, “Show Me Your Love” by Tina Karol and the immortal “Dancing Lasha Tumba” by Wierka Sierduczki. During the voting time, the British singer Sam Ryder, who took second place last year, appeared on the stage. The singer appeared with a new single “Moutian” featuring Roger Taylor from the group Queen. Six “Eurovision stars” – artists who took part in previous editions – prepared the “Liverpool Songbook” segment, which is a tribute to the city hosting this year’s Eurovision. On stage appeared: Mahmood, Netta, Dadi Freyr, Cornelia Jakobs, Sonia and Dauncan Laurence. Ruslana’s performance, previously recorded at the Golden Gate in Kiev, was broadcast.

Eurovision. Short story

The Eurovision Song Contest has been organized since 1956 by the European Broadcasting Network, and its formula is inspired by the oldest European song festival, the festival in San Remo. Since then, only one edition of the competition has not taken place – in 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EBU canceled the competition that was supposed to take place in the Netherlands.

Every year the final is broadcast to many countries on all continents. And according to official estimates, the competition attracts up to 600 million viewers. Interestingly, in 2015, during the 60th edition of the competition, the Australian team took part as a full participant. This was the first time that a country that is not an active member of the EBU was allowed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

This year, 37 countries took part in the competition. 26 of them qualified for the final – ten from each semi-final plus the “Big Five” (France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Great Britain) and Ukraine.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ADAM VAUGHAN

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