ETSC – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to resume the highly anticipated the Eurovision Times Song Contest! Each one of you can represent an European country and get to send a song and then vote in a fake Eurovision! Signing up opens 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 the last few years we introduced all sort of games. The Eurovision Times Awards (Fridas) and the Douze Points Trivia Quiz kept us going in 2013 and Fridas have made come-backs the past two years. Last year, a lot of you asked for a fake Eurovision where each one of us would send songs and get to vote. And that wasit: the Eurovision Times Song Contest, from then on known as ETSC.
We had two editions, July 2014 and August 2014. Since I’m French, the first edition was held in Cannes, where France held their first Eurovisions after winning (1959 and 1961). Since France won the first edition for France with Saint Claude by Christine and the Queens, the second edition was held in Paris. France won again the second edition with Where I Want To Be (California) by Lilly Wood & The Prick. So the third edition will be held in La Rochelle, home of one of the best Summer music festivals in France. Here’s the logo:
Rules: for this contest, you need to sign up chosing one European country. Once the country will be confirmed as yours for this edition, you’ll be able to send a song officially from the country by email only and it cannot be more than 5 years old. However, there are no language rule but it’s up to you to consider if other members will be nice or not to your song based on the language… Since it’s an online contest, there are no time limits and the song can be as long as you want, and performed by as many people you want. But it needs to be recent and definitely related to the country you’re representing one way or another. Also, you must make sure the song is available online on youtube or a similar platform so that every one can watch it. Last but not least, the song can not have taken part in Eurovision or a national final and the singer cannot have done Eurovision either (so a singer in a national final is fine, but it’s the last limit). Obviously, if we’re down to only “small” countries and we’re out of ideas, we’ll consider allowing it, but everything has to be talked out with me in private. Depending on the number of participants, probably not all countries will be taken again. If we have too many countries participating, we might use semifinals for the first time!
Once everyone has sent its entry, they’ll be revealed on ET and the voting period will be open. You’ll vote by email to me and to make sure my personal votes are fair (and that I don’t change them to the last minute in case it’s a close race), I will email mine to the first voter, whoever that is. Once everyone voted, I will reveal the votes in a dramatic finish and we’ll see which song will be crown our own summer song (July 2015)!
This is the sign up article on ET and the official opening time to select your country for July 2015 is officially… July 1st at midnight! You’ll be able to select by emailing me on email@example.com and/or by posting on the article. You can send up to a Top 5 of your favorite countries so that, if you’ve sent your email early enough but your #1 country is already chosen, you get your second pick and so on and so forth.
#1 Sekhmet Morgan (former winner): France
#2 Schultze94: Sweden (pick 1)
#3 Mylor Delaware: Italy (pick 1)
#4 Caolan: Hungary (pick 1)
#5 Dino: Norway (pick 1)
#6 Matt D: Germany (pick 1)
#7 Tecku: Armenia (pick 1)
#8 Nick P: Finland (pick 1)
#9 Stommie: Netherlands (pick 1)
#10 Marc P: United-Kingdom (pick 3)
#11 Patrick P: Ukraine (pick 1)
#12 Max: Ireland (pick 2)
#13 Donnie: Belgium (pick 2)
#14 Dimitris: Iceland (pick 2)
#15 Oxi: Greece (pick 1)
#16 Alex L: Turkey (pick 3)
#17 Niclas: Croatia (pick 3)
#18 Anders: Denmark (pick 1)
#19 Luke: Estonia (pick 1)
#20 Lynn: Moldova (pick 1)
#21 Mark: Austria (pick 4)
#22 Avat: Georgia (pick 2)
#23 Cathal: Spain (pick 5)
#24 Ivan: Latvia (pick 1)
#25 Rob: Serbia (pick 1)
#26 Ren Robles: Lithuania (pick 1)
#27 Guitar: Czech Republic (pick 2)
#28 Cybermusic: Switzerland (pick 1)
#29 Bay: Bulgaria (pick 1)
#30 Arpatilaos: Albania (pick 1)
#31 William R: Malta (pick 1)
#32 Shevek: Portugal (pick 1)
#33 Tehoe: Tunisia (pick 1)
#34 Mario: Andorra (pick 1)
#35 Sedapsi: Poland (pcik 1)
#36 Xello: Russia (pick 1)
#37 Mermaid: Romania (pick 1)
#38 Togravus: Slovakia (pick 1)
#39 Phantom91: Luxembourg (pick 1)
#40 Rosalina: Israel (pick 1)
#41 Thomas: Slovenia (pick 1)
#42 Brittany: Morocco (pick 1)
In bold means your song has been well recieved. If you have sent one and you’re not in bold, it means there’s a problem with your entry but in that case I should have emailed you back. I’m working on postcards at the moment, and as usual you can request to see yours (and yours only). You can pick songs until Wednesday 8th at noon!