ETSC 3: Discover the Winner!

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 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:

ETSC August 2015

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675 comments on “ETSC 3: Discover the Winner!

  1. what scared me at 11 years old and still scares me re sci fi and horror stuff and most of the world of my age too, is why I Love it so much!! :-)

  2. I never watch scary things (like thrillers, horror etc.) I can’t see the point of it really, and I don’t find it interesting.

    The only horror film I have is a Danish movie from 1961 called Reptilicus (a Godzilla spin-off basically), but that is mostly because it is so unbelievably bad that it fits into the category of unintended comedy. So I enjoy it for all the wrong reasons.

    • But Eurovision can be classified as a thriller (and even horror sometimes), no?

      I personally enjoy the old black and white masterpieces of horror, especially “Nosferatu” and other productions from the cinematic golden age of Germany. What I can’t stand is splatter movies, which are just ridiculous imho.

      • Well, perhaps it can, but even when you see monsters in Eurovision, there is still a moment of fun.

        It is more horror just for the sake of horror – that is really not my cup of tea.

        Unless it is – as with Reptilicus – unintentionally funny. Here is a clip from it btw. It is the only Danish monster film as far as I know, and when you have seen it, you’ll understand why it was also the last ;-)

      • The one with Klaus Kinski?
        Oh yeah!!!

    • The point is to pump more blood to the body😜They say it’s healthy…may be not for psychology LOL

    • When it comes to scary stuff, I can be a bit of a sissy too but there are exceptions. I adore “Seven” f. e. wich was a very prophetic movie at the time and I adore E. A. Poe’s stories … although “The Cask of Amontillado” gave me a sleepless night when I discovered and read it at the age of 12 in my parents’ library … (And what made it even worse … my parents had gone out that night … LOL)

      • Seven is a good movie indeed but I am not really fond of Brad Pitt

        • Neither am I but he IS fantastic in that particular movie imo. (Most people have their bright moments … although I am still waiting for Ms Merkel or Mr Erdogan to have theirs …) But I don’t like the ending of “Seven” … why banishing the threat you evolved so perfectly before … That’s dishonest because alas … the horror seems to never end on earth as long as man is around. (ET regulars excluded … :) …)

          • Hmmm,I liked the ending :)
            As for the two politicians,I don’t know yours but ours will have even darker moments!

            Horror and all bad stuff are fun in imaginary world but definitely not in reality😔

      • I haven’t read Poe, but I do remember when Seven came out. I didn’t watch it though.

        But I remember we had a sci-fi topic in school when I was about 10, and we had to watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It scared the hell out of me, and I think I have had aversions against horror ever since. Also it was completely pointless – scary just for the sake of being scary. Had it just had at least some moral points, then it would have been ok, but my impression was the there wasn’t any.

        Plus, it’s a nasty thing to play for a 10 year old kid :-(

        • LOL poor you. I hate scary for the sake of being scary too …

          You haven’t read Poe??? Please do so … and start with “The Fall of the House of Usher”, which perfectly reveals the solipsistic nature of Romantic subjectivity and epistomology and “Ligea” (“the most poetical subject is the death of a beautiful woman” … male fantasies …)

        • Hi Anders. Many people have written about Invasion of the Body Snatchers was an allegory about McCarthyism or Communism (two very different opinions!). Whilst some of these analyses cannot be proved for sure, it certainly can explain why certain films become popular – it could be that the audiences at the time saw something in the film that was reflecting what was going on in America.

          • I didn’t know that, but it does sound plausible. I wasn’t able to figure that out at the age of ten though. Moreover, we watched the remake from 1978 and not the original version.

      • On to more recent stuff, Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation is superb. You can feel the tension and angst. The book actually makes you feel like you’ll die alone. I still need to finish the rest of the trilogy but the guy has deserved every award he’s won.

    • So horror is not my cup of tea, but comedy and satire is:

      Monty Python, This is Spinal Tap, The Olsen Gang, Trafic and Mon Oncle (Jaques Tati), Charlie Chaplin…

  3. When it comes to horror/thriller genre in movies I prefer Spanish and French ones…Not only do they have great scripts but also they have a lot of graphic violance (something which lacks in American ones)that makes a horror movie, a horror movie😁

    Aww I am not a typical girl who loves romantic comedies as you see…I love unorthodox things😁

  4. 1974 Turkish remake of “The Exorcist” is so epic😂
    Here is my favorite scene LOL

  5. Btw and off-topic: Alexa Feser’s “Das Gold von Morgen” is the best song of the 2015 season imo. The lyrics are fantastic too. :)

    Good night.

  6. Something to make the crowd here worked up :

    • Another nice summer act from Turkey to get us going.But geting worked up for what?lol

      • So your answer to Severina was 2 hot guys washing a car?

        • :-o I didn’t even notice the 2 hot guys washing the car.I thought we were posting up-tempo summer songs to get us all excited for some reason you didn’t specify,

  7. I’ve been updating my spreadsheet for possible entries for ETSC/FDLC and I have some new stuff for France, Poland and Canada.

  8. I have just found a great jazz-tango-cha cha cha song but since it is almost 11 minutes long, I won’t enter it …

  9. ETSC4: UK, Denmark, Cyprus, Sweden, Israel. Mind and heart says UK, heart says Cyprus. The Danish song is fucking perfect but suitable for winter. I will save it for the first FdLC European edition.

    FdLC8: Though I have plenty of songs from USA, Brazil, Belize, Jamaica, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau my decision has been made. MALI : >

  10. Just so people know, I’ve migrated east to Lithuania. So Norway is now up for grabs.

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