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! 45 of you entered for the August 2015 edition and the voting went on for two weeks! 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 was it: 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 45 people in, most everyone returned (a special nod to you Mario) with some newbies again, like Daniel, Razvan, Martin or Jasmin! Hopefully, they’ll stick around. But also some people who returned from last summer (Sedapsi, William, Mylor). And a few of our new regulars joined (Bay, Cyphermusic, Ren…). Results will come in tonight at 22:00 CET. You can rewatch the songs by clicking the picture below:
It was two weeks ago that we discovered each song individually in a dramatic Friday night reveal-show. And after that, each of the 45 players cast a vote. All votes are now in and we have a winner (also a full ranking, obviously). So gather around, for “ETSC 4, August 2015″ is about to come to an end!
Here are the full results (click to see in big):
So the winner is Austria! The song is “Leya” by Icelandic-born Thorsteinn Einarson (his debuting single, since then he only released a second one, “Aurora“). It was chosen for this contest by Daniel, and it was his first entry ever in ETSC. The winner got points from 17 people out of 43 possible! It got 151pts total and represents 29.3% of possible points. Thorsteinn is the second male etsc winner after The Prick but the first male vocalist to win! Here’s a live performance:
France, after two victories and a second place had to settle for another Silver medal. It’s another insane result for me that humbles me a lot. France got points from 21 people, the record in this edition, but only one 12pts, for a total of 117pts. Belgium got its best result ever, 3rd, with 110pts and was sent by someone playing for the frist time as well! Guitar’s get its best result ever for his second edition, and remains top 10 after last month! He brought Denmark to the 4th place. Shevek an Anders for their first try outside their home countries got 5th and 6th with respectively Albania and Finland! The much hyped Bosnia divided as expected and got 7th. But it puts Black Bird back in the top 10 after two 3rd places in 2015 and down to only 12th last month with… Austria! Austria also manages to having been last in ETSC 1 and winning ETSC 4! The Top 10 is wrapped up by Israel, FYROM and Romania!
As for the guessing game, people had been that far off: Austria was never considered a true contender! Here are the full results: Donnie 318pts, Dino 276pts, Guitar 273pts, Hulluna 272pts, Rosalina 266pts, Gregor 255pts, Tecku 252pts, Dimitri 242pts, Razvan 236pts, Togravus 232pts, Avat 230pts, Oxi 221pts, Bay 194pts, Shevek 182pts!
As for “ETSC 5 – July 2016″, it will be officially held in Salzburg. So we move east (center of Europe? Balkan? West? whatever you want!) and as for venue it’ll be the Salzburgarena! And the host will be, as a nod to Eurovision 2014, Conchita Wurst with the help of Elyas M’Barek in the greenroom! The logo for it is inspired by the winner again: