ETSC 3: Hints & Gossips!

ETSC July 2015ETSC – 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! 42 of you entered for the July 2015 edition and the voting went on for ten days! The results are coming this Friday!

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.

After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 42 people in, with some newbies again. Songs were revealed Friday the 10th. Voting was open for ten days, until earlier today, at noon CET. Results will come in shortly, this Friday night. In the meantime, we get to gossip and predict, and discuss songs more openly as nothing more is at stake. And I drop hints!


Here are a the hints, going from top songs to bottom ones:

  • Two of the last 5 voters gave 12 pts to one of the Top 3 song, making it less exciting especially if we’re going to follow the draw order… The Top 3 will be obvious soon enough and the winner wont be that hard to predict once we reach the halfway point!
  • After three songs making the 100 pts mark in the first two editions, four songs will do it this time!
  • Winner and runner-up share the record of points from 21 people (half of the number of players), the third and bronze medalist got points from 19 people, and the fourth from 18 people!
  • The “douze points” is very spread, and besides the winner, only 1 other song gets it four times, however that song is down to only 10th!
  • In order to compare with previous editions, France won ETSC 1 with 155 points out of 28 players, so a record of 47.8% of the maxium it could have gotten (27 times 12pts) and France won ETSC 2 with 156 points out of 37 players leading to a score of 36.1%. The winner in this edition gets a score of 30.4% and the runner-up has 26% (point-wise, it’s the highest runner-up ever but a much lower in ratio than the 38.3% that Norway got in ETSC 1, which is even better than the winner in ETSC 2).
  • Only 7 people gave no points to the Top 3 at all and another 7 gave points to all 3 and 12 gave points to two of them (not counting the Top 3 people themselves).
  • In the Top 10 we have countries “considered” from the North, the West, the East, Central Europe, the South.
  • There are exactly 13 points between the song ranked 18th and the song ranked 10th!
  • The song that was left at 0 for the longest time got no less than two 10 points since then and more points as well which made it to the Top 30! Unbelievable come-back!
  • There are still no nil-pointers in ETSC! Sadly, 1 song got points from only one person, only 1 got points from only two people and only 1 got points from only three people. They’re the bottom 3 scoring songs.
  • …and a more crazy hint: the song I personally ranked 42nd… made it to the Top 5! But which one is it? :o

A logo has been made with the next host city, with a venue and hosts chosen! All will be revealed after the votes, so we can start oozing slowly into the ETSC 4 – August 2015 edition! A few changes might me made after a few of you guys requested them (like a longer limit than 5 years for instance). Anyway… Reminder, the winner gets to pick first, then I get to pick (because after all I do have all the hard work and who can beat me at… sending myself my choice for my own pick?) and then it’ll be whoever comes first on my boxmail. I didnt set up a date yet, we’ll see Friday night. Right now, I’m busy-ish tonight and tomorrow, but I sitll have to make 42 “vote” pictures to set up Friday fest! Speaking of which, which time suits people best? You can tell me in the comment section below. Meanwhile, you can predict all you want and relisten to the songs here!

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362 comments on “ETSC 3: Hints & Gossips!

  1. I will be attending an engagement party and missing all the fun :(

    Good Luck to all
    and congrats to the winner😊

  2. The people of Malta are eagerly awaiting the show this evening! Good Luck Winter Moods!

  3. My latest prediction :)

    Top10 contenders: Germany, Belgium, Latvia.
    10th Morocco
    9th France
    8th Austria
    7th Estonia
    6th Ukraine
    5th Iceland
    4th Czech Republic
    3rd Albania
    2nd Norway
    1st United Kingdom

    • Thank you but I do not expect Norway to do that well. France is tad underrated.

    • You’re the first one to predict a top-10 result for Iceland. :O Given the feedback,i predict we’ll be finishing between 15 and 25(i hope closer to 15.lol)
      Your prediction looks credible for the most part imo but i think some more mainstream songs will be featuring in the top-10 instead of the Icelandic or the Austrian song.Belgium and Slovakia will make it,imo.

  4. Estonia is predicting France, Ukraine and Portugal to do very well this evening.

    Good luck everyone!

  5. Some hints, I couldn’t help it anyway:

    1 point: is in English
    2 points: is not in English
    3 points: is very blue
    4 points: shuffle
    5 points: is in a minor key
    6 points: is in a major key
    7 points: is a slow song
    8 points: the title does not include the letter P
    10 points: reminds me of my teenage years
    12 points: the title does not include the letter E

    • Slovakia has a very long title … but there’s no E in it … LOL

      Slovakia expects some minor points tonight but any top 3 result would be a big surprise.

    • this still makes it hard but nice hints whats shuffle mean though lol

      • It’s a bit difficult to explain without getting techical. It is a tempo where the off-beats are ‘punctuated’. Instead of
        |X X|X X|X X|X X|
        you’ll get a rhythm like this:
        |X X|X X|X X|X X| (long-short-long-short etc.)

        A well known example: the late 90’s one hit wonder “Mambo No. 5”.

      • Ok, it didn’t look any different, let’s try another way:

        Straight: X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X
        Shuffle: X-XX-XX-XX-X

  6. Anyone wanna guess my votes? Saw 1 person try and guess my 12 but they were wrong

    Are we doing hints like FDLC or are those not allowed on ETSC?

    • The songs that comee to mind first are Israel, Spain and Morocco but I can see you support the UK, Estonia, France, NL, Romania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden and Moldova too.

      That’s 13 songs … LOL … you can hardly call it a prediction and most probably I still got it wrong. :)

    • I told Donnie that your 12 pts ain’t going the way he thought it would. ;)
      So,it could be Belgium,Russia,Armenia,Moldova,Spain,France,Israel,Hungary,Turkey,Poland.
      By the way,i listened to a very catchy Turkish shake-it the other day that you may like very much. :P

  7. Malta has the most random votes I think!

  8. Lithuania is aiming for a Top 20 finish. But hey, any surprise big points to the Lithuanian song would be appreciated.

    I feel like my votes are all over the place. It seems like they generally went to songs that won’t be Top 10 or even Top 20 contenders. We’ll see!

  9. Hm, when will the show begin tonight, have I missed that or is it TBA at the moment?

    And im not that big of a fan for these very detailed hints so for the next edition an idea might be to separate those who want to get hints and stuff in an article like this from the very beginning when the first votes comes in and not reveal stuff on the original article if you get my drift :P I still want to guess, but not from 20 or so different hints.

    I have not read anything on this article, but still I know too much already and I am those who wants to get my mind blown on the actual night.

  10. Back by popular demand from FDLC7 my one word hints

    12 Morning
    10 AuXY
    8 Friend
    7 Babushka
    6 December
    5 Duh
    4 Parliament
    3 First
    2 Energy
    1 Rona

    Careful, some may be deliberately misleading ;)

  11. I’ll be missing the show (as I’ll be asleep) but I may end up waking up in time for some of the later votes.

  12. By some weird miracle of my work schedule getting moved around (seriously, like, my work schedule for this week looks nothing like it did on Monday of this week), I should be here for the live results.

    My first live ETSC results, guys!

  13. Poland predicts France, United Kingdom, Estonia and Austria will do well.
    Poland suspects strongly (to avoid saying “knows”) their song is definitely not very dear to the more active part of the ET members, thus any result higher than bottom 3 would be already lovely :)

  14. Good luck to all. I might not be here on time. I will join a bit late unless there’s a delay.

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