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International Music Festival 23
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 11 March 2015
Semi-final 2 date 11 March 2015
Semi-final 3 date 11 March 2015
Second Chance date 18 March 2015
Final date 20 March 2015
Host
Venue Sweden Friends Arena,Stockholm
Presenter(s) Sweden Sanna Nielsen, Eric Saade
Broadcaster SVT
Participants
Entries 56
Debuting Flag of Ghana Ghana
Flag of Honduras Honduras
Nigeria Nigeria
Syria Syria
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
Returning Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of China China
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Indonesia Indonesia
Flag of Israel Israel
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Flag of Thailand Thailand
Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
Withdrawing Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Cuba Cuba
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador
Flag of Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Flag of India India
Flag of Japan Japan
Flag of Mexico Mexico
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Flag of South Africa South Africa
Voting
System Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favorite songs
Winner Malta "Comeback"
International Music Festival
◄ 22 Eurovision Heart 24 ►


International Music Festival 23, often referred to as IMF #23, is the up-coming 23rd edition of International Music Festival. It will be held in Sweden, after the victory of Molly Sandén with "Phoenix".

VenueEdit

Friendsarena

The Friends Arena at night, venue of IMF 23.

Friends Arena, the football national arena of Sweden, is a retractable roof multi-purpose stadium located next to the lake Råstasjön in Solna, just north of Stockholm City Centre. The main tenants of the stadium are Sweden's national football team and Allsvenskan football club AIK. Both relocated from their previous home at the Råsunda Stadium. The venue has a total capacity of 65,000 at concerts and 50,000 seated at football matches, but the stadium can be scaled down to accomplish a more intimate setting to host smaller events with a capacity of approximately 20,000 guests. Friends Arena is the biggest football stadium, and indoor venue, in the Nordic countries.

LocationEdit

Stockholm (/ˈstɒkhoʊm, -hoʊlm/; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈstɔkːˈɔlm, ˈstɔkˈhɔlm] (About this sound pronunciation)) is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic region,with 911 989 people living in the municipality,approximately 1.4 million in the urban area,and a total population close to 2.2 million in the metropolitan area.The city is spread across 14 islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago and the Baltic sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Birger Jarl.

Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The region alone accounts for over a third of the country's GDP,and is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita.It's an important global city,and the main centre for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region.The city is home to some of Europe's top ranking universities, such as the Karolinska Institute,and hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city's most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia.The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for its decoration of the stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world.Sweden's national football arena is located north of the city centre, in Solna. Ericsson Globe, the national indoor arena, is in the southern part of the city. The city was the host of the 1912 Summer Olympics, and hosted the equestrian portion of the 1956 Summer Olympics otherwise held in Melbourne, Australia.

Stockholm is the seat of the Government of Sweden and most government agencies,including the highest courts in the Judiciary,and the official residencies of the Swedish monarch and the Prime Minister. The Government has its seat in the Rosenbad building, the Riksdag is seated in the Parliament House, and the Prime Minister's residence is adjacent at the Sager House.The Stockholm Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the Swedish monarch, while the Drottningholm Palace, a World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Stockholm, serves as the Royal Family's private residence.

ResultsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Kristína "Ta Ne" 01 118
02 Flag of Ghana Ghana Kwabs "Walk" 07 73
03 Flag of Canada Canada Cory Lee "Shot to my heart" 08 67
04 Flag of Georgia Georgia Ani Lorak & Grigory Lips "Zerkala" 11 55
05 Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Firyuza "Yana Yana" 12 52
06 Syria Syria Helly Luv "Risk It All" 02 92
07 Flag of Brazil Brazil Vandroya "Why Should We Say Goodbye" 09 59
08 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha "Take Me Home" 06 79
09 Flag of China China Alan "My Moonlight" 14 48
10 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Verka Serduchka "Dolce & Gabbana" 18 19
11 Flag of Ireland Ireland Donna Dunne "Woman in Black" 15 30
12 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Afërdita Dreshaj "Komplikim" 17 22
13 Flag of Spain Spain Auryn "Breathe your fire" 05 80
14 Flag of Belarus Belarus Milki "Accent" 04 85
15 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Jess Glynne "Hold My Hand" 03 88
16 Flag of South Korea South Korea VIXX "Error" 13 48
17 Flag of Poland Poland Honorata Skarbek "Naga" 10 56
18 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Vi-Em "Nada Formal" 16 31

Semifinal 2Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Armenia Armenia Tamar Kaprelian "New Day" 06 79
02 Flag of Croatia Croatia Luminize "Kill It With Love" 01 115
03 Flag of Greece Greece Giorgos Sabanis "Poion Agapas" 14 44
04 Flag of Belgium Belgium Emma Bale "All I Want" 03 94
05 Flag of Taiwan Taiwan Jolin Tsai feat. Namie Amuro "I'm Not Yours" 11 47
06 Flag of Latvia Latvia Markus Riva "Take Me Down" 08 79
07 Flag of Indonesia Indonesia Agnes Monica "Rindu" 17 34
08 Flag of Denmark Denmark Sara Sukurani "Love Me Love Me" 07 79
09 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Maya "Svajonės" 12 46
10 Nigeria Nigeria Yemi Alade "Kissing" 18 13
11 Flag of Austria Austria Anna F. "Too Far" 05 81
12 Flag of Finland Finland Stina Girs "Mä tahdon tietää mitä rakkaus on" 13 44
13 Flag of Israel Israel Kokoro "Tasmanian Devil" 02 107
14 Flag of France France M. Pokora "On Danse" 16 40
15 Flag of Germany Germany Jörn Schlönvoigt "Alle Deine Küsse" 15 41
16 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Eliane "Leave A Light On" 09 68
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson "Leya" 04 90
18 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic AquaBabes "Neříkej mi baby" 10 59

Semifinal 3Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Norway Norway Served "Få Meg Til Å Le" 18 32
02 Flag of Sweden Sweden Young Squage "Transformer" 11 52
03 Flag of Turkey Turkey Hadise "Superman" 12 51
04 USA United States Calexico "Para" 19 13
05 Flag of Italy Italy Osvaldo Supino "Stop the Rain" 03 89
06 Flag of Australia1 Australia Reigan "All of the Pieces" 01 120
07 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Leonie Meijer "Niemand Als Jij" 07 80
08 Flag of San Marino San Marino Tony Maiello "Farsi del male x sempre" 08 79
09 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Aigul Imanbaeva "Sen" 05 82
10 Flag of Honduras Honduras Sherry and Sheyla "Fun Ride (Na Na Na)" 17 39
11 Flag of Hungary Hungary Gigi Radics "Over You" 15 47
12 Flag of Albania Albania Miriam Cani "Shiu Im" 06 82
13 Flag of Estonia Estonia Elisa Kolk "Superlove" 10 53
14 Flag of Morocco Morocco Sofia Marikh "I Love You" 09 53
15 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Jackie Thomas "It's Worth It" 13 50
16 Flag of Moldova Moldova Adriana Rusu "Arde" 14 50
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Mixalis Xatzigiannis "Plai Plai" 04 85
18 Flag of Thailand Thailand Steven Skyler "The Secret" 16 46
19 Flag of Malta Malta Ella Eyre "Comeback" 02 115

Second ChanceEdit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Votes
01 Flag of Brazil Brazil Vandroya "Why Should We Say Goodbye" 01 09
02 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Eliane "Leave A Light On" 02 07
03 Flag of Morocco Morocco Sofia Markih "I Love You" 03 03

Grand FinalEdit

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Australia1 Australia Reigan "All of the Pieces" 02 228
02 Flag of Armenia Armenia Tamar Kaprelian "New Day" 10 140
03 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha "Take Me Home" 22 68
04 Flag of Malta Malta Ella Eyre "Comeback" 01 228
05 Flag of Denmark Denmark Sara Sukurani "Love Me Love Me" 08 157
06 Flag of Italy Italy Osvaldo Supino "Stop The Rain" 25 46
07 Flag of Spain Spain Auryn "Breathe your fire" 26 39
08 Flag of Russia Russia MakSim "God" 24 49
09 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Leonie Meijer "Niemand Als Jij" 13 125
10 Flag of Ghana Ghana Kwabs "Walk" 19 108
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Luminize "Kill It With Love" 06 173
12 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Jess Glynne "Hold My Hand" 20 95
13 Flag of Latvia Latvia Markus Riva "Take Me Down" 09 144
14 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Kristína "Ta Ne" 07 160
15 Flag of Austria Austria Anna F. "Too Far" 03 188
16 Flag of Belarus Belarus Milki "Accent" 15 115
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Mixalis Xatzigiannis "Plai Plai" 12 133
18 Flag of Canada Canada Cory Lee "Shot to my heart" 16 115
19 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Aigul Imanbaeva "Sen" 18 110
20 Flag of Belgium Belgium Emma Bale "All I Want" 05 186
21 Flag of Iceland Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson "Leya" 21 75
22 Flag of Albania Albania Miriam Cani "Shiu Im" 11 139
23 Syria Syria Helly Luv "Risk It All" 14 117
24 Flag of Israel Israel Kokoro "Tasmanian Devil" 04 187
25 Flag of Brazil Brazil Vandroya "Why Should We Say Goodbye" 17 112
26 Flag of San Marino San Marino Tony Maiello "Farsi del male x sempre" 23 67