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! 42 of you entered for the July 2015 edition and the voting went on for ten days and the results are in and we have a winner!
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 Wednesday at noon CET. Results will come in tonight at 22:00 CET. You can rewatch the songs by clicking the picture below:
t was two weeks ago that we discovered each song individually in a dramatic Friday night reveal-show. And after that, each of the 42 players cast a vote. All votes are now in and we have a winner (also a full ranking, obviously). So gather around, for “ETSC 3, July 2015″ is about to come to an end!
Here are the full results (click to see in big):
So the winner is the United-Kingdom! The song is “Laura” by Bat for Lashes (from her The Haunted Man album). It was written by Natasha Khan and British songwriter Justin Parker… It was chosen for this contest by Marc P, who so far had finnished 7th on both ETSC so far. The winner got points from 21 people out of 40 possible! It got 146pts total and represents 30.4% of possible points. Here’s the official video:
France, after two victories, had to settle for a Silver medal. It’s still a great result for me. France got also points from 21 people for a total of 125pts. Iceland got 3rd, tied with Sweden at 106pts but, while both got points from 18 people, Iceland got twice 12pts and Sweden none. Germany made it to the 100pts, a first ever in ETSC which so far only had 3 songs in both edition making it pass the 100pts. France, the United-Kingdom and Iceland have been in the top 10 in all three editions!
We thank everyone who took part, to make it a record 42 songs and 41 final entries this summer! It was an amazing experience, and a lot of fun to everyone we hope. We hit records in comments, making it 1000 comments in just one night, more than Eurovision, and managed to keep us excited over the Summer. Thank you for sending songs that meant a lot to you, and hopefully sharing them and discovering new music would be reward enough. In the end it’s what matters. That and giving us hope to see acts as good in Eurovision! Plus, there were so many mistakes in the scoreboard this year, it really felt like a good old contest, Vienna’s problems included!
As for “ETSC 4 – August 2015″, it will be officially held in Manchester. So we move north and as for venue it’ll be the Bridgewater Hall! Much less surprising from Marc, he chose Simon Amstell and Jessie Cave as the next hosts! A first duet to host! The logo for it is inspired by the winner again. It will open after July is over, in the meantime we’ll open up a discussion thread to hear your commendations for changes in ETSC: should we have semifinals, should we allow oldere songs (8 years, 10 years old?) etc. Hope many of you will join again next month! Norway is Marc’s pick (winner), and France is Sekhmet Morgan’s pick (host). In the meantime, the official logo: