Malmo 2013: Two More Countries ConfirmWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Sweden were the proud winners of the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan with Loreen and her track Euphoria sweeping the board by virtue of winning both the jury and televoting as revealed in the weeks following the competition. There are high expectations in store noting that the Scandinavian country has always hosted with renewed interest and vigour and this will be putting everything at their disposal to good use and making sure that people would remember the 2013 edition. The very fact that such a country takes it so seriously bodes well for participating nations whose confirmations are coming in extremely quick this time round. Another two countries have just confirmed that they will be in attendance and these are Estonia and Lithuania.
The first nation mentioned is Estonia who this year were represented by none other than Ott Lepland and his beautiful ballad Kuula which despite having sounded somewhat funny in certain countries for being in a national language, it was heartfelt and performed with warmth and perfection. The song was well respected when it came to results noting that for the second time in three years, the country has managed to finish in the top ten, moreover in sixth place. It is suspected that Eesti Laul will return in order to select both the track and the entry. It has somewhat proven successful with Estonia making it to the final in the past three years. On other hand, the second country mentioned is seeing a renewal in terms of results, noting that Lithuania have now made it through to the final for two years in a row and when one considers that they have not really managed to make an impact throughout the years, the result would be even more intriguing. Represented by Donny Montell and his track Love Is Blind, the broadcaster was content with the final result and whilst the format is yet to be discussed, it will surely be another form of national selection involving both the singer and the song.