| Forum Song Contest #88|
|Host||Llandudno, United Kingdom|
|Returning countries|| Austria|
|Withdrawing countries|| Bosnia and Herzegovina|
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33 countries participated in this edition, two more than in the previous edition. There was a lot of movement in the participants, though. While Bosnia and Herzegovina - after their one edition return in FSC 87 -, Morocco and the Philippines did not send an entry, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the United States returned to the FSC stage.
At the end of the voting, Germany emerged as the winner with 122 points, thanks to Alvaro Soler and his song "Sofia". Soler thus joined the group of artists having won FSC more than one time, previously taking the top spot in FSC 76 for Spain. Taiwan took the second place, only one point behind Germany. Russia completed the top three.
The Host City Edit
Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. In the 2011 UK census, the community had a population of 20,701. The town's name is derived from its patron saint, Saint Tudno. Llandudno, "Queen of the Welsh Resorts", a title first applied as early as 1864, is now the largest seaside resort in Wales.
The Venue EditVenue Cymru is a theatre, conference centre and arena in Llandudno, Conwy county borough, North Wales. Formerly known as the Aberconwy Centre and the North Wales Theatre and Conference Centre, it is now a large arts, conference and events venue. Venue Cymru has a theatre, conference centre, and arena.
After redevelopment, the venue hosts a new 1,550 square metres arena, capable of hosting 1,800 seated, or 2,500 standing people, increasing the overall capacity of the venue to over 5,000 people. The western extension incorporates a cafe, restaurant and a box office, as well as office space.
The Hosts Edit
James Fox (born James Richard Mullett, 6 April 1976) is a Welsh pop singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist. He represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul. In 2008 he wrote and recorded the Cardiff City F.C. FA Cup Final song, "Bluebirds Flying High".
Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer, known for her distinctive husky voice. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and its singles "Lost in France" and "More Than a Lover". Her 1978 single "It's a Heartache" reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In the 1980s, Tyler ventured into rock music with songwriter and producer Jim Steinman. He wrote Tyler's biggest hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart'", the lead single from her 1983 UK chart topping album Faster Than the Speed of Night. Steinman also wrote Tyler's other major 1980s hit "Holding Out for a Hero". She had success in mainland Europe during the 1990s with Dieter Bohlen, who wrote and produced her hit "Bitterblue". In 2003, Tyler re-recorded "Total Eclipse of the Heart" with singer Kareen Antonn. Their bilingual duet topped the French charts.
Her latest album Rocks and Honey was released in 2013 and features the single "Believe in Me" which she performed representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Both "It's a Heartache" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" are among the best-selling singles of all time, with sales in excess of six million each. Her work has earned her three Grammy Award nominations and three Brit Award nominations, among other accolades.
The Show Edit
|02||United Kingdom||Busted||Coming Home||17.||47|
|05||Netherlands||Anouk||Run Away Together||4.||85|
|07||Estonia||Elisa Kolk||Mis ootab ees||23.||39|
|08||South Africa||Jesse Clegg||Use Me||22.||39|
|09||Poland||Antek Smykiewicz||Pomimo Burz||26.||26|
|10||Sweden||Elliphant||Spoon Me (feat. Skrillex)||18.||46|
|12||Serbia||Pamela Ramljak & Dzenan Loncarevic||Ne Govori Mi To||12.||68|
|14||Bulgaria||Deep Zone & Vessy Boneva||Leten Kadur||29.||19|
|17||Australia||Bonnie Anderson||The Ones I Love||13.||62|
|18||Finland||Emma Salokoski||Kielletyja asioita||27.||22|
|19||Israel||Dudu Aharon||Katzefet im Tut||25.||30|
|21||United States||Explosions in the Sky||Losing the Light||19.||45|
|24||Croatia||Lidija Bacic||Prokleto dobro ljubis||24.||31|
|25||Mexico||Alejandra Guzman||No Puedo Parar||30.||9|
|26||Turkey||Mahmut Orhan & Sena Sener||Feel||6.||81|
|27||Latvia||Rassell, E. Grieze & S. Berezina||Ziema||21.||42|
|28||Denmark||Volbeat||For Evigt (feat. Johan Olsen)||14.||57|
|29||Spain||Vanesa Martin||Dice la Nostra Novia||32.||50*|
|30||Indonesia||Dipha Barus & Kallula||No One Can Stop Us||28.||20|
|32||Russia||Sergey Lazarev||Eto vse ona||3.||90|
|33||Malaysia||Forteen||Dekat Tapi Jauh||31.||8|
- Note: Austria and Spain failed to vote, so these countries were moved down to the bottom, while retaining their original score.
The Results Edit
The Winner Edit
Alvaro Soler - Sofia:
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