Twitter – There have been several academic research projects in the past based on Eurovision, but the latest shows some interesting facts about Eurovision and the use of the social networking site Twitter in last year’s contest in Baku. The annual Internet Research conference, which is being held in the UK today, saw a paper presented on this subject. Can you guess who the acts were that were most tweeted about? (more…)
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Voting Analysis – We already looked at Sweden, Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Estonia and the Top 15. Today we continue with the countries that achieved the places 15-26. Who voted for them, why and how important were traditional voting patterns. Here we go: (more…)
Voting Analysis – We already looked at Sweden, Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Albania and Estonia. Today we continue with the countries that achieved the places 7-15. Who voted for them, why and how important were traditional voting patterns. Here we go: (more…)
Voting Analysis – Two ballads, two small countries. Albania achieved its best result a week ago, when Rona Nishliu came 5th. Estonia repeated their good place from Moscow and came 6th. Both entries were entirely performed in the national language. But who voted for the two entries? And why? (more…)
Voting Analysis – The Eurovision voting is infamous for its exchange of 12 points between neighbors. The most well-known example being the couple Greece-Cyprus. Recently Romania-Moldova and Turkey-Azerbaijan have been added to the harmonious couples. There is one pair however that seems like a misfit: Lithuania and Georgia. Every year the exchange of high points makes me wonder: What do these two countries have in common? (more…)
Score Analysis – The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is now over and we can look at the score to analyze it. Which country achieved its best result ever, which country didn’t qualify yet again and were any old records broken? We already analyzed the second half of the scoreboard in the final, today we continue with the first 12 palces in the final. Stay tuned for the semi-finals! (more…)
Voting Analysis – The Russian grannies and Zeljko Joksimovic were the only one’s who had a remote chance of catching the runaway winner of Eurovision 2012 from Sweden. Both of these countries’ have often been criticized for being among the biggest beneficiaries of block voting. But who voted for the two entries? And why? (more…)
Voting Analysis – Welcome to the voting analysis of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. In the coming days we will look closely at the Top 10 of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and find out who voted for whom. Today we start with the winner of this year: Sweden! (more…)
Score Analysis – The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is now over and we can look at the score to analyze it. Which country achieved its best result ever, which country didn’t qualify yet again and were any old records broken? Today, we start by analyzing the places 13-26 of the Eurovision Final. Stay tuned for the final’s top positions and the semi-finals: (more…)
Eurovision 2012 – In less than 24 hours we will know the ten lucky countries that will qualify from semi-final one. In this editorial I would like assess each countries’ chances to qualify(according to yours truly). So here we go: (more…)
Editorial – As with every year, the cries of “bloc voting” called loudly as the winners Ell & Nikki from Azerbaijan were announced the winner of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. After receiving votes from thirty countries, nineteen at the level of 8-points or higher, it seemed clear to the roaring fans of Sweden, Italy, Denmark, or Ukraine that if bloc voting hadn’t existed, their entry would have easily overcome the first place entry and taken the crown for itself. (more…)
OGAE – The traditional annual OGAE vote has started again. OGAEs from every country imaginable will announce their votes in the coming weeks. One thing is clear already: Camp will rule and the actual final result on May 14 will be as close to the OGAE result as Moscow is to Lisbon and as Dana International is to winning Eurovision again. Already in the lead: Sweden. What a surprise! Who would have thought that hundreds of Eurovision dance-lovers would vote for a handsome guy dancing to campy music and singing about getting popul… oh wait…. Of course they vote for that!, they always do! Last (more…)
Eurovision 2011 – This year there were more rumors and speculations about possible returns, debuts and withdrawals than in any other year. There were also more (predominantly positive) surprises concerning the list of participating nations. In total 42 countries (nothing official yet) will compete for the ‘Grand Prix’ in Düsseldorf next May. An official list of the participating countries is expected to be released after January 7, when the EBU will resume its work after the Christmas break. Here is what we know so far: (more…)
In the press -”What’s the main ingredient of a winning Eurovision lyric?” asks BBC journalist Mark Savage in his article, and his answer is “love”. Savage looked at the lyrics of each of the winning songs since 1956 and analysed the words that are used. “Love” accounts for an impressive 2% (one in 50 words in a Eurovision winner). For the article they took every single winning lyric (including English translations where necessary) and fed them into the Wordle website, which then provided an image of the most popular Eurovision words in 56 years: (more…)
17. Latvia – Aisha – What for?
From 2005 until 2008 Latvia always made it to the final, but last year and this year, they were less fortunate. In 2009 they came last with “Intars Busulis” in the second semifinal and this year they repeat this failure coming last in the first semifinal. Aisha’s singing was just too off-key and her song maybe too serious. Latvia can only hope that Germany 2011 will be more of a success story for them. It can’t get much worst.
16.Slovakia – Kristina – Horehronie (more…)
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Denmark – Chanée and N’evergreen achieved the best result in years for the Scandinavian country just a month ago in Oslo. Their Eurovision-popsong “In a moment like this” got points from a lot of European countries and thus reached 4th place behind Germany, Turkey and Romania.Was the Scandinavian block at work again? And who also voted for Denmark? Find out: (more…)
05. Azerbaijan – Safura – Drip Drop
Safura was the big favourite this year to win the competition and there is no doubt that the Azeri delegation excepted nothing less than to take home the crown. All the money spent for choreography, video and promotion “only” resulted in a 5th place. 2010 saw Azerbaijan’s 3rd participation and third Top10 position. Safura is only the second most successful (and also second least successful) Azeri artist in a Eurovision Song Contest as last year Ayzel and Arash came 3rd with “Always”. (more…)
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France – The World Cup wasn’t even a month away from the Eurovision Song Contest this year and so France3 decided to promote their official World Cup song through the Contest. Jessy Matador’s 12th place is one of the better positions France has achieved in recent years, which apparently didn’t help the French Équipe to play good soccer in South Africa…
But who gave France points this year and almost as interesting: Who didn’t? (more…)
The Ukraine has only participated for 8 years but has already achieved a win and 2 second places. They never failed to qualify for the final, either. Last year Svetlana Loboda only reached 12 th place with her “hell machine”, which for sure was a disappointment for the country. This year Alyosha enters the Top 10 again with her song “Sweet people”. The fact that this is one of the worst results for Ukraine shows how (more…)
Romania – Paula Seling and Ovi achieved the best Romanian result ever with “Playing with fire”: a third place!
They were third in 2005 too tough with Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem and “Let me try”.Romania has also never failed to qualify for a Eurovision Final since the introduction of the semifinal(s)
But who helped Romania to achieve such a great result by giving them their points? (more…)
This 15th place is the best result achieved by a Spanish entrant since 2004, when Ramón reached the Top 10 with “Para llenarme de ti”. To the second to last place last year in Moscow this is a huge improvement for the Southern European country. In 2005,2006 and 2007 Spain achieved (more…)
Belgium – Belgium has reached the final for the first time since 2004 this year with Tom Dice’s “Me and my guitar”. In the final it reached a very good 6th place and thus the best position for Belgium since they were the runner-up in 2003. But who voted for Belgium and more interestingly who didn’t? (more…)
Here are the viewing figures of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in 13 countries:
14,69 million (49,1% share)
0,332 million (35% share) (more…)
After last year’s win with Alexander Rybak in Moscow, Norway was the host thus year and had high hopes again for Didrik Solligen-Tangen. Some saw him as a dark horse for victory. Unfortunately, he couldn’T benefit from the “home ground bonus”. This 20th place is the worst result for a host nation since Ukrainian band “Greenjolly” also came 20th in Kiev in 2005.
19. Iceland – Hera Björk – Je ne sais quoi (more…)
Azerbaijan was the hot favourite to win this year in Oslo. They had spent millions on promotion and were hoping to win for the first time, but all the money only heaved them to 5th place. But who voted for Azerbaijan and even more interesting: Who didn’t? (more…)
They could traditionally rely on a strong diaspora in Western Europe and neighbour support by Azerbaijan. But who voted for Turkey this year? (more…)
This is the first part of our analysis of the scoreboard of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
In the Bottem 5 this year, we have two traditionally successful Eurovision nations, an island, a dictatorship and no grandma with a drum:
The third last place for Josh and the United Kingdom is also the third one in only 8 years. The United Kingdom used to be one of the most successful ESC countries (5 wins and 15 second places). In the last decade they had a series of very bad placings tough. In 2003 they “reached” (more…)
One of the most controversial entries this year was certainly Peter Nalitch and Friends with their entry “Lost and forgotten” from Russia. Incomprehensibly to many Eurovision fans and to the audience in Oslo (who booed high points for the entry several times during the voting), the song and Russia achieved 11th place.
Here you can see which countries voted for Russia: (more…)
As we all know (I think ) Germany is the winner of Eurovision 2010. But who exactly voted for them?
Here you can see all the votes Germany received in video and on a map:
Lena has swept Scandinavia, the Baltics, Spain, Switzerland and Slovakia. But surprisingly she also did very well on the Balkans.
The 12 points from Switzerland had to be expected, as her entry “Satellite” had reached #2 on the Swiss charts earlier.
Again with a representative chosen with the help of Stefan Raab the 12 points from Spain go to Germany. The German diaspora on Mallorca and other parts of Spain might have helped.
Scandinavia just seemed to love her style of music. In Sweden she had already charted at #41. And was in the itunes charts of all Scandinavian countries during Eurovision week.
In the Baltics and Turkey the song was repeatedly played on radios, which certainly helped on the night.
The ten points from Turkey are more than deserved after years and years of German 12 points going to Turkey.
The only countries not having voted for Germany are Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Israel!
It seems like the Caucasus doesn’T like simple, understated performances (Proven by all three participants this year)
Israel giving 0 points to Germany is no big surprise (although Germany had received 12 points from Israel in 1999)