ETSC: Get to know the songs!

logoETSC – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to introduce a new game: the Eurovision Times Song Contest (ETSC)! 28 of you now represent an European country with a song and will vote in a make-believe Eurovision! Discover the songs live tonight!

Each summer, a good number of regular readers stay around for different reasons (they don’t get breaks from work or don’t go on holidays…) but there aren’t much news to keep us going. So last year we introduced all sort of games. The Eurovision Times Awards (Fridas) and the Douze Points Trivia Quiz kept us going in 2013. This year, a lot of you asked for a fake Eurovision where each one of us would send songs and get to vote. This is it: the Eurovision Times Song Contest, from now on known as ETSC.

After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 28 people in. To keep us busy, I made a random draw with my computer. I also made personal postcards for each entry which will be revealed along with the songs later tonight.


Here are a few facts about the 28 entries:

  • 11 female solo artists, 1 female group / 4 male solo artists, 8 male groups / 4 duets
  • 20 national languages (including Ireland, United-Kingdom and Malta) / 6 songs in English / 1 bilingual song / 1 song in Spanish
  • Pop, folk, rap, rock, electro, flamenco and ballads are all present!
  • 5 artists already did Eurovision

Now to listen to the songs, you need to click on its official postcard:

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Rules: Each country has one week to vote. All votes must be in before midnight CET between Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th. Else, the voter, his or her song and country are disqualified. The votes are in the usual Eurovision style 1-8, 10 and 12pts for your favorite. If anyone votes for his own country or its neighbours only, there’ll be suspicions of fairness. You must obviously give all songs a decent try. You wont like them all. But everyone who picked them liked the ones they picked. If you have more questions, you can ask in the comment box. There won’t be votes for people who didn’t sign up with a song. But once all songs are revealed, there’ll be an open poll for every one, including silent readers, to vote for his or her favorite. That’ll be a secondary award on Saturday night’s final.

Hope you enjoy the songs!

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  1. Off-topic: The Dalmatian Klapa Festival is being held in Omiš these days and I followed the rehearsal of a female Klapa right in front of St. Michael’s Church in the late afternoon. It was F – A – N – T – A – S – T – I – C. :)

    • Anything but… mizerija, I guess ;) :)

      • LOL … I like Mizerija btw. Such a shame that the live performance was so underwhelming. The songs the ladies sung sounded a lot like polyphone church music. It was really stunnunig. :)

        • I can imagine! Btw, I hope you have plenty of photo material as last year :)

          And I agree re: Croatia 13.

          • I do … and since I will make this tour with my parents again next year, I spontaneously decided to visit some different places than those I visited last year and will visit next year again. Yesterday I took a ferry to the beautiful and car free island of Zlarin (instead of visiting Krka NP), where I hiked for some hours and had a long swim in the crystal clear Adriatic, and tomorrow I plan to visit the historic Venetian town of Imotski behind the mountains (instead of Split).

            I am off for more klapa now. :)

  2. @ Morgan

    At what time will the ETSC voting show start tomorrow night?

  3. Is anyone nervous? Not sure I’ll sleep tonight.

    • Ahah I know what you mean, when it was down to two/three songs with only a few votes, I was nervous just clicking on the emails with the votes

    • Oh my god, I have three other contests publishing results this weekend, so I’ll be glued to my laptop/phone for as much of it as I can. :P

      • By the way,my guess was that you had selected another singer and not Robyn.I was wrong. :)

        • Aww, well there’s always next time. :) I haven’t picked yet, but I will say that my next singer is not from Sweden. However, I will be trying to stay in the Nordic countries, or at least Northern Europe. More hints will follow. ;)

    • Neither do I … but then I am still writing a travel report I promised a daily paper for their Sunday edition …

  4. all votes are in! the last three votes ALL gave pts to the song that was pointless until then! now every song has at least votes from 3 people :)

    Now to not reveal everything, I wont say much about Jade’s votes… but, it’ll be very exciting and you wont get to guess until around the 14th vote (halfway through), the second half of votes will be clearer though!

    See you all tomorrow!

    • See you tomorrow. I am eager to know how we voted.

      • What a lovely country you have…I am in love😍Went to sintra, cascai and the cabo de roca yesterday…fantastic😊Ended the night in clube de fado…All performers were FANTASTIC ❤️❤️❤️
        I may consider visiting Portugal again for a longer time…It is really unique and woth visiting again and again😉

        PS:Bought myself a lot of rooster themed souvenirs…and ate lots of Belem cakes…yummy😊

        Boa noite

        • I am so very glad you enjoyed visiting my country. :) Those Belém cakes are called pastéis de Belém. They’re pastéis de nata, the most commom cake in Portugal; they’re sold everywhere and they are usually eaten with a bica (coffee). The rooster souvenirs are inspired by the galo de Barcelos (a town in Northern Portugal).

    • Wow that’s really cool.how us final 3 all gave points to the one who was on 0 up until then.

    • Obviously you know the whether this is true or not, but as us final 3 votes are all in the first 5 running order, if we all gave high points to that previous nil pointer, it could momentarily take the lead even lol or at least top 10.

  5. Off-topic: In an interview with Prinz Blog Suzy said: “I prefer ballads because I can breathe better.” LOL 12 points!

    • OMG! Nice I want to see those charts filled up already!

    • you dont trust me with doing a good job? :o

      • Of course I trust you to do a good job, but didn’t think you were doing grid/scoreboard but just revealing results one at a time on here?

        This will actually create an animation like the scoreboard in the actual show that I can update as results come in, And the grid allows for easy analysis of who voted what way etc.

        Obviously if you are in fact actually doing something similar I won’t use them, I just thought it’d be cool.

  6. Update: I’ve picked my song for the next ETSC. ˆ-ˆ It’s a song I’ve liked for a while but I’ve never thought it’d do well in any contest until now. So you’re getting it. :P

  7. I’m finding out there will be another edition! Is it starting right over the ending of this one? And… do we get to keep the same country?

  8. […] Sekhmet Morgan on ETSC: Get to know the son… […]

  9. I have just realised that I wouldn’t have been allowed to listen to some of the songs if I had been in Germany for ETSC 1 … the fantastic Turkish song f. e. :(

    Thank God that I was in Croatia for ETSC 1. :)

    • Really annoying indeed. I manually searched for videos on Google and fortunately found every song of ETSC 1&2 on other platforms (not always with the “right” video, though).

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