The contest was held at the Palace of Sports where the Eurovision Song Contest was stated in 2005. The theme for the 2013 event was For The Joy Of People. 13 countries participated in total. Ani Lorak, who finished second for Ukraine in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, performed her song Shady Lady during the interval.
Ralf Mackenbach won the contest for The Netherlands with his song Click Clack. Russia finished joint second along with Armenia.