Malmö live: First dress rehearsal of the grand final

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Today we get to see the whole of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest final in its entirety as the first dress rehearsal of the grand final is taking place in Malmö Arena.

The show got to a late start this afternoon, and was eventually kicked off with the opening act, combining the musical skills of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA and house producer Avicii.

We see a bit caterpillar, that develops into a butterfly and then all the participating countries march to the arena.

There is a film insert of international football star Zlatan Ibrahimović who also hails originally from Malmö.

Petra Mede is welcoming us today in her now almost trademark natural state, with no make-up and with rollers on her head.

Thos hoping for anything like an ABBA reunion will be disappointed, as not even Björn or Benny take to the stage, but are only seen sitting in the audience after the opening act.

See photos of the opening number and the final on the SVT website here

Then the actual songs will be performed with the postcards preceding the performances, started off by Amandine Bourgeois of France.

The main break happens before song 13, The Netherlands and we see the comedy character Lynda Woodruff travel to Stockholm.

After all the songs have been performed Petra Mede opens the voting, and we say hello to fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier in the audience.

The first recap follows.

Then last year’s winner Loreen returns to perform her new song We got the power. Then we get also the original version of Euphoria while Loreen gets lifted on a raised platform.

The second recap of all the songs follows.

Then Petra Mede introduces another film insert which is a comic look at Sweden and Swedes.

This in turn changes into a song and dance number full of Swedish cliches  from Petra Mede.

It is during this number also Carola makes her comic cameo visit to the final!

The next bit is another episode in Petra’s Eurovision journey through the history of the song contest with a selection of clips from past years.

Eric Saade, the Swedish representative from 2011, is then introducing himself as the Green room reporter.

And now we are treated Sarah Dawn Finer as herself, rather than Lynda Woodruff singing ABBA tune The winner takes it all.

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