This is the 58th Eurovision Song Contest. Host city is Malmö, following Sweden’s victory in Eurovision 2012 with Euphoria by Loreen. The host venue is the Malmö Arena. The show will be hosted by Swedish comedienne Petra Mede.
Thirty-nine countries will participate overall. Countries not participating in Eurovision 2013: Bosnia Herzegovina, Turkey, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia. Despite media claims, Greece and Cyprus are participating.
As one of the 'Big Five' countries (UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy), the United Kingdom gain automatic access to the Saturday grand finale, as do Sweden as the incumbent champion. The United Kingdom will be able to vote for the entries in the first (Tuesday) semi-final.
In 2009 a new voting system was introduced. The points each country awards are based upon a 50/50 system, combining the scores of a national jury (50 per cent) and the viewer’s votes (50 per cent)
Semi Final 1 – Tuesday 14 May (BBC Three, 8pm)
Sixteen countries will perform, 10 will be voted through to Saturday’s final. The United Kingdom will vote for countries in this semi-final.
Semi Final 2 – Thursday 16 May (BBC Three, 8pm)
Seventeen countries will perform, 10 will be voted through to Saturday’s final. The United Kingdom will not be able to vote in this semi-final.
Jury Final – Friday 17 May (Non televised)
All 26 qualified countries perform and each national jury awards their scores based upon this performance.
Eurovision 2013 Grand Final – Saturday 18 May (BBC One, 8pm)
All 26 countries perform. The 20 countries voted through from Semi-finals 1 and 2, along with the Big Five countries and Sweden. The order will be decided by the producers, rather than by random draw.
The new voting system and its impact on the UK. Since 2009:
Forty-six countries (excl. UK) have taken part in Eurovision. Forty of them have awarded points to UK
Three of four winners have been from Western Europe: Norway (2009), Germany (2010), Sweden (2012)
In 2009, Jade Ewen (UK) placed 5th.
Thirty-one countries gave Jade Ewen (UK) points in 2009
Twenty-five countries gave Blue (UK) points in 2011
Staging & Styling
Bonnie will appear on stage with a five-piece band, of which four will provide backing vocals. Staging wise the BBC and Bonnie are currently putting plans together for Malmö.
Bonnie and a stylist are currently coming up with the outfit she will wow Europe with on stage in Malmö.
Eurovision through the decades
The first ever Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Teatro Kursaal in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1956. Lys Assia won the contest for the host country Switzerland with the song Refrain
The United Kingdom first appeared the following year, when Patricia Bredin performed All, ending up in 7th position, and was next represented in 1959, when Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson’s Sing Little Birdie was the UK’s first (of 16) 2nd place results
Italy’s Domenico Modugno finished 3rd in 1958 with Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu, better known as Volare. It would become the most covered song in the history of Eurovision
The United Kingdom hosted the contest three times in the 1960s, from the Royal Festival Hall in 1960, BBC Television Centre in 1963, and the Royal Albert Hall in 1968 – which was also the first ESC broadcast in colour
A demonstrator managed to reach the stage during the live broadcast of the 1964 contest
The United Kingdom celebrated its first victory in 1967 with Sandie Shaw’s Puppet On A String, getting 47 points from 17 countries
In 1969 Spain, the United Kingdom (with Lulu’s Boom Bang A Bang), the Netherlands and France all finish first – the only draw in the history of Eurovision
ABBA won for Sweden in 1974, and went on to become the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winners in the history of the contest. Olivia Newton John represented the UK, finishing a respectable 4th with Long Live Love
A new voting system was introduced in 1975. Each country gives 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points
The United Kingdom won again with Brotherhood of Man in 1976. Ireland had celebrated their first victory with Dana’s All Kinds of Everything in 1970
The 1977 contest had to be postponed from April to May due to a BBC cameraman strike
Luxembourg and Israel both won the contest twice this decade in successive years, in 1971 & 1973 (Luxembourg) and 1978 & 1979 (Israel)
Johnny Logan took home Ireland’s second victory in 1980 with What’s Another Year, he later won again in 1987 with Hold Me Now
Bucks Fizz became the United Kingdom’s fourth ESC winner in 1981
13-year old Sandra Kim, who earlier claimed to be 15, wins for Belgium in 1986 becoming the youngest winner ever
Canadian singer Céline Dion wins for Switzerland in 1988, beating the UK entry – Scott Fitzgerald’s Go, which was written by Bruce Forsyth’s daughter – by a single point on the final vote. This was the shortest winning margin in the contest history
The Eastern Bloc arrived in Eurovision in the early 1990s, with Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, and others all represented for the first time
Ireland dominated the decade, winning in 1992 (with a song written by former Irish champion Johnny Logan), 1993 and 1994 and again in 1996
Katrina & The Waves became the United Kingdom’s fifth and final victory to date in 1997, and also public televoting is introduced for the first time. Dana International’s victory with Diva in 1998 for Israel made headlines around the world when it was revealed that Dana was a post-operative transsexual
A record 38,000 people attended the contest at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium in 2000 and in 2004 a televised semi-final took place in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest, before a 2nd semi-final is added in 2008, as a record 43 countries were represented
The United Kingdom slipped to the bottom half of the scoreboard regularly this decade, gaining the infamous 'Nul Points' in 2003 and coming in last place in 2008 and 2010
In 2005 the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest was celebrated with a live show from Copenhagen. ABBA’s Waterloo was chosen as best Eurovision Song Contest song from the first 50 years
Finland won the contest in 2006 with Lordi’s Hard Rock Hallelujah after waiting for victory a record 45 years. Ireland’s Brian Kennedy performed the 1,000th song at the Eurovision Song Contest
Some 124 million viewers tuned in to the 2009 contest, and cast a record 10 million votes by phone and SMS. Professional juries were reintroduced in the final having a 50 per cent stake in the outcome. Internationally renowned theatre producer Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber composed the UK entry It’s My Time performed by Jade Ewen, which briefly turned around the UK’s recent poor form with a respectable 5th placed result.
Eurovision was back in hitmaking form with Alexander Rybak’s Norwegian victor Fairytale in 2009 turning out to be the biggest European chart hit since Love Shine A Light in 1997
Lena, the German winner of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, decided to defend her title on home ground in 2011 - something only two people have done in the history of the contest
Loreen’s Euphoria, which won for Sweden in 2012, became an even bigger international hit, going to number one in 18 countries and being certified nine times Platinum in her native Sweden.
Sweden’s landslide victory in 2012 with Euphoria marked their 5th victory, equalling the record of Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom, and behind only Ireland, who retain pole position with seven wins