And the winner of Luxembourg Euro Gala Night 2013 is...
(ADW) It was in front of a packed hall of more than 300 people that the sixth edition of Luxembourg’s very own Eurovision contest “Euro Gala Night” took place on Saturday.
This year six countries were represented in the event, but all of them had one thing in common; they are Luxembourg residents. Performing a song from the vast Eurovision repertoire, one by one they took to the stage, scrutinised by a panel of 12 judges from as many countries, as well as the large audience.
Competing countries were Portugal, France, Estonia, Italy, Switzerland and the winner by a clear margin, Sweden. Nadine Rodrigues who recently came second in RTL Luxembourg’s “The One” contest (similar to The Voice) was victorious singing “Moving On” for Sweden.
Originally written and performed by well-known Swedish singer Sarah Dawn Finer “Moving On” was entered into Sweden’s Melodifestivalen in 2009 but didn’t quite make it into the Eurovision final. However, Nadine Rodrigues certainly made it a winner in Luxembourg making the song her own to perform a magnificent rendition.
As part of contest outcome, the audience were able to vote for their favourites by placing money in one of six tins each representing a contestant. All proceeds collected not only went towards the final contest decision, but also to the Télévie charity.
Ex-Eurovision contestants perform
The night proved an eye (and ear) opener with previous Eurovision contestants invited to perform in Roeser. First up was Roberto Bellarosa, who not only sang “Love Kills” for Belgium this year but won the country’s “The Voice” contest. He certainly had his followers in the audience and even his fan club had made the trip from Belgium.
Tim Schou from Denmark, who was part of the band “A Friend in London” for the Danish 2011 Eurovision entry, surprised the audience when he tossed away his microphone and performed his songs admirably and acoustically with just his guitar. Walking amongst the audience was certainly appreciated and a change to the programme, proving to be one of the evening’s highlights.
Anna Sahlene from Sweden, who actually competed for Estonia in 2002 with “Runaway”, after a lively performance was asked by the night’s compères how a singer from Sweden managed to compete for another country. Anna, obviously anticipating the question, broke into what could be described as a routine. For ten minutes she amusingly explained her Eurovision journey to represent Estonia. The audience seemed to enjoy this diversion from musical proceedings.
Zlata Ognevich from the Ukraine, who performed “Gravity” at this year’s Eurovision, was the last act on the Euro Gala stage. After singing the hit that made her famous, she went on to sing several beautiful songs proving that there is life and talent beyond Eurovision.
All in all the night proved extremely popular and murmurs that could be heard around the hall all seemed to saying the same thing: “we’ll be coming back next year”.