Esma and Lozano couldn’t caterwaul their way out of the Eurovision 2013 semi-finals, but at least they now have one victory to be proud of. The duo from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have won our poll for the withdrawn song you most wanted to see in Eurovision. “Imperija,” an ethnic club number, beat out four other withdrawn songs for the win.
The duo received 262 votes, or 37% of the total. Although it was withdrawn because of harsh criticism from musical “experts”, we here at wiwibloggs preferred it to “Pred da se razdeni,” and a former poll shows reflects that opinion.
In second place, with 182 votes (26%), is Alyona Lanskaya’s “Rhythm of Love.” It was originally selected in Belarus for the contest in Malmö. Lanskaya later replaced it with “Solayoh,” believing it would fare better. Given that it gave Belarus its second-best placing ever (later matched by Teo), we can’t complain too much (there’s still that whole homophobic dictatorship thing though). But would this have fared better? We will never know.
Missing out on second place by two votes is Lebanon’s sole attempt at the contest, the French-language “Quand Tout S’Enfuit,” sung by The Voice of France contestant Aline Lahoud. She received 180 votes, or 25%. She was the unfortunate victim of an early withdrawal, when Lebanon refused to broadcast Israel’s entry (Shiri Maimon’s “Hasheket shenish’ar,” which placed fourth) and was barred from the contest for three years.
- Esma and Lozano’s Imperija: 262 votes (37%)
- Alyona Lanskaya’s Rhythm of Love: 182 votes (26%)
- Aline Lahoud’s Quand Tout S’Enfuit: 180 votes (25%)
- 3+2’s Far Away: 46 votes (6%)
- Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov’s Kismet: 41 votes (6%)