The organisers of the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö have involved schoolchildren and students from Malmö and the Skåne (Scania) region in the event.
The winning song will be performed on stage by pupils from the Heleneholm school in Malmö during the live show in May.
The host broadcaster SVT needs to rehearse the camera angles in advance, so 300 pupils from the school have auditioned already now to be part of the act.
About 50 pupils will be selected to rehearse all the entries as they get decided by the different participating countries, according to Malmö newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet.
In the auditions today the students were coached by Mattias Carlsson, responsible for choreographing amongst others the Norwegian winning entry from 2009 by Alexander Rybak as well as Mattias Kagemark, who has been a backing singer and dancer at both the Swedish Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest many times. See video from the auditions here
The regional authority Region Skåne is also arranging Eurovision School Contest for school children living in the area.
The children can express themselves through pictures, poetry, film, song, music and dance.
The younger children will have their artwork decorate the regional buses and coaches during the Eurovision Song Contest weeks.
Colourvision is another art project, where students and artists from a Malmö vocational college will have their artwork placed on building walls around Malmö city centre during the Eurovision weeks.
The online voting for these artworks is on until 3 March on the colourvision.eu website.