The Eurovision Times KnockOut 2016 – It’s back! Our knockout competition, TEKO 2016, starts this weekend to crown the Eurovision Times knockout winner for this year. You will be able to vote for your favourite in a knockout format (similar to the World Cup). Firstly there will be 14 heats. Heat 14 will have 4 songs competing, all the others will have 3. The Eurovision Times administrators have decided this year to introduce a new draw technique. (Move over STV, rule changes are not just your forte.) This year the 43 countries have been seeded as per current betting odds (as of today) and drawn from pots to prevent top seeds from being drawn together in the first heats. Let us know if you like this change or not!
Pot 1: Russia, Sweden, Australia, Croatia, Malta, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Serbia, Armenia, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Italy, Bulgaria
Pot 2: Remaning 29 countries
Each heat will have one act from pot 1 and 2 acts from pot 2. (Heat 14 will have 1 act from pot 1 and 3 acts from pot 2.)
The act with the most votes in that heat qualifies directly for the 2nd round. Due to the large number of entries this year for Stockholm, only 6 songs (the top 6 countries who finish 2nd and had the highest percentage of votes) will get a second chance in heats 15 and 16.
In the 2nd round the remaining 2016 entries will compete in duels, through to quarter-finals and semi-finals until we will have 2 songs in the big final!
In polls you will have about 1-2 days to vote for your favourite in each Heat or Duel. You may vote for your own country. You may vote in each Heat/Duel.
Unlike other polls on this website you will not see the current standings of the voting! The qualifiers of the Heats/Duels etc. will be revealed on this blog every few days, so stay tuned!
The voting periods for the following heats might vary and you might be able to vote for several heats at a time.
First Round: The Heats
One country from each heat will qualify for the second phase of Eurovision Knockout. The countries have been allocated to one of the heats by random draw on March 27th, 2016 by the site editor (and her cat*).
Russia v Netherlands v Norway
Ukraine v Slovenia v Finland
Armenia v Georgia v Austria
Latvia v Ireland v Hungary
Cyprus v Denmark v Germany
Malta v Spain v Romania
France v Moldova v Lithuania
Azerbaijan v United Kingdom v Albania
Croatia v Bosnia & Herzegovina v Iceland
Australia v Estonia v Czech Republic
Serbia v FYR Macedonia v Belarus
Bulgaria v Montenegro v Poland
Sweden v Greece v Switzerland
Italy v Israel v Belgium v San Marino
Heat 15: * v * v * (2nd chance round)
Heat 16: * v * v * (2nd chance round)
* =The top 6 countries which came second in their heat with the highest percentages.
Second Round: The Duels
The Winners of the respective heats will compete in duels. The winner of each duel will proceed to the 3rd round.
Duel 1: Winner Heat 1 vs. Winner Heat 9
Duel 2: Winner Heat 2 vs. Winner Heat 10
Duel 3: Winner Heat 3 vs. Winner Heat 11
Duel 4: Winner Heat 4 vs. Winner Heat 12
Duel 5: Winner Heat 5 vs. Winner Heat 13
Duel 6: Winner Heat 6 vs. Winner Heat 14
Duel 7: Winner Heat 7 vs. Winner Heat 15
Duel 8: Winner Heat 8 vs. Winner Heat 16
Third Round: The Quarter-Finals:
Quarter-final 1: Winner Duel 1 vs. Winner Duel 2
Quarter-final 2: Winner Duel 3 vs. Winner Duel 4
Quarter-final 3: Winner Duel 5 vs. Winner Duel 6
Quarter-final 4: Winner Duel 7 vs. Winner Duel 8
Fourth Round: The Semi-Finals:
Semi-Final 1: Winner Quarter-Final 1 vs Winner Quarter-Final 3
Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 vs Winner Quarter-Final 4
Final: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2
You’ll be able to vote in the first heat tomorrow, so watch this space!