2013: Malmö, SwedenWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Euphoria, co-written by Thomas G:Son and Peter Bostrom with vocals provided by Loreen proved to be the stepping stone required for Sweden to acquire yet another victory and elevating them on the list of nations with multiple victories. As a matter of fact, the country had been lacking in positive results and therefore, despite coming in as a major favourite, Euphoria was still competing in what many had coined to be an extremely difficult competition. The last time that Sweden hosted was back in 2000 when the international spectacle took place in Stockholm but the host city this time round is Malmö which last hosted the event back in 1992, when Malta had finished in third place with Little Child performed by Mary Spiteri.
Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and one of the largest ones in Scandinavia with a metro population of 664,000 people. It has easy access to Denmark via the Øresund bridge which is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. The city is part of the expanding Öresund region and is joined to Copenhagen in Denmark by the mighty, arching Öresund bridge. For all the expansion, Malmö is a small, friendly city with a good choice of cultural attractions, including the new Moderna Museet Malmö. Look out for Malmö’s many quality restaurants and bistros and great cafés. And the shopping isn’t bad either, especially if you’re looking for Swedish design-ware and hip, new Swedish fashion labels. Malmö has already hosted the contest once, back in 1992 after the Swedish pop-star Carola won the contest in 1991 with Fångad Av En Stormvind.
The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group is the executive Expert Committee for all Members, its purpose being to control and guide the Eurovision Song Contest. The Reference Group was established by the European Broadcasting Union's Television Committee in 1998 and its main tasks are approving the development and future format of the Eurovision Song Contest, securing the financing, modernising the brand and raising awareness and overseeing the yearly preparation by the Host Broadcaster.
The Reference Group meets four to five times each year on behalf of all Participating Broadcasters, and is required to take decisions in the general interest of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Reference Group is composed of a Chairman, three elected members of the Entertainment Experts Group of the EBU, two Executive Producers from previous host countries, as well as the Executive Producer of the current Host Broadcaster and the EBU Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor. The Current Team is Made up of: Dr.Frank-Dieter Freiling, Jon Ola Sand, Christer Bjorkman, Thomas Schreiber, Maarten Verhaeghen, Nicola Caligore and Aleksander Radic.