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We welcome all participants and guests to the 147th edition of the Forum Song Contest here in Kiruna, the northernmost Swedish town.

The town is the site of the world's largest and most modern underground iron ore mine, and is located 145 km north of the Arctic circle. In summertime it experiences the midnight sun between 28 May and 16 July, as well as polar night from 11 December to 1 January. In addition it is a prime location to witness the spectacle of the Northern lights or Aurora Borealis.


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The reason we have returned to Sweden, and are all gathered here in Kiruna, is because of Sweden's victory in FSC #146, with Agnes and her latest hit song Fingers Crossed.



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Kiruna is the northernmost town in Sweden, and is situated in the province of Lapland. It is the seat of the Kiruna municipality in the Norrbotten county, and boasts about 18,000 inhabitants. The city was built in the 1890's to serve the Kiruna mine. In 2004, it was decided that the present centre of the municipality would have to be relocated to counter mining-related subsidence. As a result the entire city centre will be moved 3km to east in a process that started in 2014, and will continue until 2100.

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The presence of iron ore in the area had been known to the local Saami people for centuries. In 1736 the Swedish authorities became aware of the iron ore after it was reported to them by Mangi, a Sami Man. This led to the area being mapped, but despite the findings of large amounts of ore, no mining was initiated because of the remote location and the harsh climate. In the 1800's some ore was being extracted in summer, and transported in winter using sleds drawn by reindeer and horses.

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Large-scale mining could only begin after the railway reached Kiruna in 1899, and in 1903 the new railway line was officially opened linking Kiruna to the ice-free harbour in Narvik, Norway, and in the other direction to the rest of Sweden via Luleå. With mining now possible, it was time to design and build a town, and plans were approved on 27 April 1900. It was decided to name the new town Kiruna, a short and practical name that could also be pronounced by Swedish speaking inhabitants. Kiruna is the name of a bird, the rock ptarmigan, in Saami and Finnish.

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The town's population increased from 18 in 1899 to 7,438 in 1910 and 12,884 in 1930. During this time official housing was built, as well as roads, a hospital, a fire station and church. The town also had a tram from 1907, transporting workers between the town and the mine. By 1926 Kiruna was also connected by road to the rest of Sweden.

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In 1948, Kiruna gained city rights and started to receive large amounts of money from the mine. The city centre was renovated starting in 1953; most buildings built before 1920 were demolished and replaced, and many of the current buildings were built in the following period. The town grew and new neighborhoods were built, as well as new apartment buildings and villas in existing neighborhoods. Kiruna airport opened in 1960, and the increased communications were also beneficial for tourism.

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Until the 1980s, tourism had been mainly a summer business, but touristic exploitation of dog sledging was started in 1983 in Jukkasjärvi. In 1990, the first Icehotel was built in Jukkasjärvi and advertised as the world's largest igloo. Since 1998, a special tourist area exists in the mine and since 1999, tourists can visit the various areas of research going on in Kiruna.

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In 1957, the Kiruna Geophysical Observatory was founded and established by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Esrange Space Centre is established in 1966. Here, rocket operations and ground-based observations are carried out since 1966, balloon operations since 1974, satellite operations since 1978 and testing operations since 2000. In 1987, Umeå University started a space engineering program in Kiruna. In 1993, The Umeå space engineers moved to the same building housing IRF and a year later another Luleå University programme, civil engineering with specialisation in space technology, started at the same location.

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Kiruna church is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings. The exterior is built in a Gothic Revival style, while the altar is Art Nouveau. In 2001, Kiruna Church was voted the most popular pre-1950 building in Sweden, in a country-wide poll conducted by the Swedish Travelling Ex-hibitions, a government agency connected to the Ministry of Culture. It is considered to be "the Shrine of the Nomadic people." Because of the expansion of the Kiruna mine, the church is planned to be moved to a new site in 2025-2026.

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Our host venue for this 147th edition of the Forum Song Contest is the Arena Arctica.

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Arena Arctica is a modern aircraft hangar in Kiruna Airport for fixed-wing aircraft, and is also used for events. It has a maximun capacity of 5,000 for events and concerts. The arena hosted the Second chance round of Melodifestivalen 2008. It is a flexible multi-arena that is excellent for both large and small events - everything from climate research and cold testing of aircraft to product launches, company parties, concerts, ex-hibitions and fairs.


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Time to be introduced to our stylish hosts who will keep us entertained and informed: Let me introduce Carina Berg and Linus Wahlgren.

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Carina Lilly Berg Luuk (born 11 November 1977) is a Swedish comedian and television presenter. Berg grew up in Åkersberga, studied the aesthetics program at Danderyds gymnasium and then went on to study radio at Kaggeholms folkhögskola. She used to be married to and has son with Kristian Luuk, who she met in 2005 when they shared presenter duties for the TV4 show God natt, Sverige, Berg's television debut. Along with Christine Meltzer she won a Kristallen-award in 2015 for "Best female television presenter". Berg is since December 2018 married to footballer Erik Berg.

Linus Carl Henrik Wahlgren (born 10 September 1976) is a Swedish actor. He is the son of actors Christina Schollin and Hans Wahlgren and brother to actors and singers Pernilla and Niclas Wahlgren. He has also appeared in a few episodes of his sister Pernilla Wahlgrens TV-series Wahlgrens värld which is broadcast on
Kanal 5. He has starred in several Swedish films and tv series, and has provided voice-over dubbing in Swedish for movies like 101 Dalmatians, Robots and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.


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To set the tone for tonight's show, it is my pleasure to introduce our opening acts. We have two special performances by past FSC contestants, which are certain to get all guests in the festive mood!


Our first performer from Romania is Dan Balan performing Lendo Calendo:




And performing next, all the way from Israel, is Noa Kirel performing SLT:




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And now, without any further ado, please welcome the first half of the performers of FSC #147:























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We have already seen half of our participants performing, but now it is time to take a little break. To keep us entertained we have two interval acts by previous Swedish FSC participants.


First up is Swedish Sami singer Sofia Jannok, who participated in FSC #55, and finished in third place, with Jávrrit Juiget (Lakes Are Singing):




Our second interval act is Lykke Li, the winner of FSC #66, performing I Follow Rivers:




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Now let's continue to enjoy the second half of our performers:





















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Unfortunately we have reached the end of this edition, but before we conclude the proceedings, we have two more closing acts lined up to round off this edition.


Firstly, please welcome Måneskin performing Morirò da Re:




And lastly to bid you all farewell, another performance by our reigning champion, please welcome Agnes with her everpopular worldwide hit Release me:




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And that concludes the 147th edition of FSC.

We will now observe the 7 day Evaluation period. During this period, if you suspect any entry of being in violation of the FSC rules, please report it to one of the FSC Moderators. No discussions in this regard are to had in the public FSC Forums.

After completion of the Evaluation Period, the Voting Deadline and Voting Procedure will be announced by the Vote Collector.

Have fun in Kiruna and good luck to all participants!
 
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Great show! 😀 Well done!
 

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FYI: The FSC May 2021-entry from Mexico has been contested in the Evaluation Period and is under review by the FSC Mod team.

We will consider the case with a view to the FSC Rules and eligibility and once a final decision has been made an announcement will be made in this thread.
 

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Great Show! I want to go Kiruna now. xbike Good Luck everyone! x12points
 

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Announcement: FSC #147 May 2021 - Mexico - MORVN - El Ritmo Popular

The Mexican entry for FSC #147 May has been contested during the Evaluation Period for being in violation of the FSC Rules and has therefore been under review by the FSC Mod Team. The FSC Mod team has investigated the matter and also contacted the Mexican HOJ for information but she has been unavailable.

Final Decision: We have found the entry to be in violation of the FSC Rules regarding Covers/Samples (ref. FSC Rules, Entries pt 10 a1/d2) and the entry has therefore sadly been disqualified.

It will be replaced by the Mexican Back Up entry which becomes the New entry for Mexico. The FSC #147 May Show banners/graphics with video and the MP3-archives will be updated accordingly.


On behalf of the FSC Mod team,

Regards,

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:no: For May 2021 Norway brings the talented Norwegian Electro-pop artist, DJ and songwriter Annie back to FSC after 5 months! xup This is another cool Synthwave-song taken from her popular 2020-album “Dark Hearts”. It is the title track released late last summer which I wanted to share with everyone. For more information and promotion of the entry (including lyrics in English) please check out the FSC Norway-thread and/or the FSC Promotions-thread! Hope you’ll enjoy it!

Great Show, @aardvark - and Good luck to all entries this month!
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We have a nice surprise for you, guys! We will have the 2nd FSC Spin-Off of 2021 now in May. This will give you some more contest-fun in the lead-up to ESC-week. Submissions have opened, for more info and details please check out the FSC Spin-Off Forum - we hope several of you will join us! xcheer
 

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The evaluation period has ended, and you may now begin to send your votes for this edition. You can send in your votes either directly to me by PM, or by posting them in your Country's Private Forum.

Please make sure to send in your complete vote before the deadline:

Thursday, May 27 @ 23:59 CET

No late votes will be accepted once the deadline has passed!

Votes Received (37/37):
:lv: :mx: :tr: :se: :rs: :ba: :no: :at: :my: :pl:
:gr: :az: :br: :fi: :it: :il: :es: :ua: :tw: :hr:
:cy: :id: :ro: :pt: :ee: :nl: :dk: :cz: :de: :me:
:za: :ch: :us: :ca: :ma: :uk: :bg:
 
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:se: votes have been PM'ed @Marite !

Hope y'all have a nice stay in Kiruna, Sweden :)

And good luck and may the best song win (y)(y)(y)
 

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:no: The Norwegian votes for FSC #147 May have been sent
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