ETSC 5: Signing Up!

ETSC July 2016ETSC – 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! Each one of you can represent an European country and get to send a song and then vote in a fake Eurovision! Signing up opens tomorrow!

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 four years. Two years ago, 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.

We had four editions, two in 2014: July 2014 and August 2014, both won by France; the third edition was held in July 2015 and won by the United-Kingdom; the fourth edition was held in Augusut 2015 and was won by Austria, with the song “Leya” performed by Icelandic-born Thorsteinn Einarson. For more information, you can discover our new page dedicated to the contest, with its history, all songs participating and the rankings here. You can also find it by clicking on the “Specials” section of the site, in the top menu in the red box, just under the site’s name. “ETSC 5 – July 2016″, it will be officially held in Salzburg 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:

ETSC July 2016Rules: for this contest, you need to sign up chosing one European country. Once the country will be confirmed as yours for this edition, you’ll be able to send a song officially from the country by email only and it cannot be more than 6 years old (this 2010’s decade). However, there are no language rules but it’s up to you to consider if other members will be nice or not to your song based on the language… Since it’s an online contest, there are no time limits and the song can be as long as you want, and performed by as many people you want. But it needs to be recent and definitely related to the country you’re representing one way or another. For each entry, I’ll do a bit of research to make sure your entry is playable, but you can send me some links with your song to help me make sure. Also, you must make sure the song is available online on  a platform so that every one can hear it. A promotion video is only an extra bonus but not mandatory. Last but not least, as seen in the polls the song can not have taken part in Eurovision or a national final but for the artist we get to a different rule. ESC artists are allowed for “small countries” (debatable which, but often I’m open to discussion with you) and NF and ETSC artists are allowed for all. Don’t forget, ETSC is also about discovering new music for us all! Considering the close results for ESC artists I thought for this edition this was the most senstive approach. In general, everything has to be talked out with me in private. Depending on the number of participants, probably not all countries will be taken again.

Once everyone has sent its entry, they’ll be revealed on ET and the voting period will be open. You’ll vote by email to me and to make sure my personal votes are fair (and that I don’t change them to the last minute in case it’s a close race), I will email mine to the first voter, whoever that is. Once everyone voted, I will reveal the votes in a dramatic finish and we’ll see which song will be crown our own summer song (July 2016)!

There is no signing up article on ET and the official opening time to select your country for July 2016 is officially… tomorrow! So Friday July 1st at midnight CET! (To be precise, that’s in the night between Friday and Saturday). You’ll be able to select by emailing me on artemismorgan@hotmail.com only! You can send up to a Top 5 of your favorite countries so that, if you’ve sent your email early enough but your #1 country is already chosen, you get your second pick and so on and so forth. Afterwards, you have an entire week to decide on your song, the reveal will be either Friday or Saturday night, depending on what’s people’s favorite time for it.

In bold if your song has ben approved!

#1 Daniel (former winner): Netherlands
#2 Sekhmet Morgan (host): France
#3 Dimitris: Ukraine (pick 1)
#4 Mermaid: Turkey (pick 1)
#5 Razvan: Cyprus (pick 1)
#6 Hjallis: Finland (pick 1)
#7 Tecku: Ireland (pick 1)
#8 Matt D: United Kingdom (pick 1)
#9 Anders: Denmark (pick 1)
#10 Tehoe: Germany (pick 1)
#11 Gregor: Sweden (pick 2)
#12 Marc P: Iceland (pick 1)
#13 Guitar: Norway (pick 1)
#14 Donnie: Belgium (pick 2)
#15 Cathal: Luxembourg (pick 7)
#16 Martin: Poland (pick 4)
#17 Dino: Greece (pick 4)
#18 Luke: Italy (pick 4)
#19 Arpatilaos1981: Switzerland (pick 5)
#20 Shevek: Portugal (pick 1)
#21 Ren: – (withdrawn)
#22 Michos: Austria (pick 4)
#23 Franco: Spain (pick 3)
#24 Patrick: Hungary (pick 2)
#25 Mylor: Estonia (pick 2)
#26 Caolán: Russia (pick 2)
#27 William: Malta (pick 1)
#28 Andy: Macedonia (pick 2)
#29 Mike: – (withdrawn)
#30 Pablo: Georgia (pick 5)
And a special guest this year with webmaster #31 Jade: Australia!

Post-opening night picks
#32 Nick: Lithuania (pick 1)
#33 Avat: Armenia (pick 1)
#34 Bay: Czech Republic (pick 1)
#35 Cyphermusic: Montenegro (pick 1)
#36 Oxi: Lebanon (pick 1)
#37 Elmar96: Azerbaijan (pick 1)
#38 Blackbirdbraille50: Israel (pick 2)
#39 Randomvan: Latvia (pick 1)
#40 Hulluna: Romania (pick 1)
#41 Niclas: Bosnia & Herzegovina (pick 2)
#42 Robin: Bulgaria (pick 1)
#43 Togravus: Tunisia (pick 1)
#44 Rob: Slovakia (pick 1)
#45 Ovidarch: Croatia (pick 1)
#46 Steve: Monaco (pick 5)
#47 Sedapsi: Belarus (pick 1)
You can still register and send your song until Friday 8th at noon CET!

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  1. To be fair, i’m late in postcards because I had meetings today, and the match tonight. As soon as I get all songs by tomorrow, I’ll do the draw and hope to end the postcards, but I’m not gonna lie, I think the reveal is set for Saturday.

    • Saturday is still OK.

      Video or audio? What time around?

    • France for the win! as much as I love our dear Portugal I can’t bear the sight of CR7 with a grin on his face! vive les bleus! :-)

    • Saturday sounds totally fine to me !
      I will be out tomorrow and wouldn’t like to miss the presentation of the songs :P

      • I am glad you took it so well. I thought you’d be devastated by the delay!

        I have a wedding to go to on Saturday. So I will probably not be able to listen to anything right away. Of course I can always ask the DJ to stream all 45 songs so we can listen to them during the wedding reception. But in order to do that, everybody has to vouch me in writing that all their choices are happy, wedding stuff :P

    • Saturday works for me.
      Tonight we’ll get the draw and postcards ?

  2. Off topic: Pokemon GO is finally out btw!!! :D :D I have been waiting so long for this and of course its only available in certain countries… Such an anticlimax! But when its finally out in my country I will update you guys on it no matter what! MUHAHA XD

  3. Congrats France !

  4. Congratulations, France.

    P.S. – Saturday it is.

  5. Everyone is very reasonable, respectful, calm and diplomatic here in Germany. They all sound like politicians …

  6. I was cheering for Germany, but congratulations to Morgan and France :-)

    Only two to go in ETSC…

  7. So tomorrow night : Running order and postcards’ speculation and
    Saturday night the songs? :P

  8. Over 1,000 comments ! But that was to be expected!!! :P

  9. While waiting for the songs to be revealed, here is a small exercise: How many persons can you spot in this song?

  10. On ETSC: Saturday night is fine with me. The later, the better tbh. I can see me staying awake all night for the 45+(?) songs.

    On Euro: Portugal and France (along probably with Spain and Denmark) are the national teams I always supported the most since I was a kid. So, I couldn’t be happier re: Sunday’s final. So happy for both Shevek and Morgan. I have a soft spot for Portugal though (despite the fact that I dislike CR7). Good luck to both teams!

  11. Ehhmm when it comes to looks: :P
    France’s Cabaye, Portugal’s Vieirinha and Moutinho and Germany’s Matts Hummels for me. Iceland’s captain and Austria’s goalkeeper are sexy too. And a couple of ones from Wales too :P

  12. I guess Tristian and Ovidarch will go for the last minute? :P

  13. Finally sent the song to Morgan this morning, very happy with the final outcome and it’s 100% “me” for sure! Some clues about our lovely entry from Croatia:

    -Not appeared in ETSC, FDLC or ESC previously

    Looking forward to hear all the songs soon, it looks like there will be a bigger pool of songs to choose from than in FdlC normally. This was my second choice for Croatia:

  14. So, what’s the schedule for tonight. Or isn’t there any… :P

  15. Too bad i wont be around during reveal night. I’ll be camping with my family and visiting this beautiful crater lake


  16. Watching European Athletics championships is becoming increasingly underwhelming.

    • East Africa leading the medal table … This Turkish issue needs to be addressed imo.

      • And Cuba and Jamaica.Yes.It’s a travesty.I heard that IAAF granted the permission for so many athletes to become naturalized citizens last year before their crucial elections because they needed the votes but that this autumn they’ll address the matter.Let’s see.

        • On the other hand, I am so happy for Ivet Lalova-Collio. Such a comeback after so many difficult years. Plus, she is a very likeable young lady.

          • Yes.And my beloved Ruth Beitia.She’s an amazing lady. <3
            On the other hand,i'm gutted Jimmy only won bronze yesterday.He was so above everyone else but he needs to overcome his stress and lack of self confidence.

            • I am very happy for Ruth Beitia too. Will she ever resign?
              And poor Churandy Martina being disqualified again …

    • only the Olympic years, yes

  17. Just a quick hello from Berlin! Unfortunately I won’t be around for the live release of songs but will look forward to catching up with them next week. I’m hoping for some more gems. I have discovered and followed quite a few artists from this past editions, long may it continue.

    I should apologise for being so quiet during the past season. As the refugee crisis continues and the UK asylum and immigration policies become increasingly harsher, so does my work load (having a shitty relationship didn’t help either! ). So I may be a couple months behind but… jamala won!!!!???? It was so great to see an honest, compelling song and artist to win euro vision and with such gravitas at such an important (terrible) period of our worlds history. Morgan told me in the past that lelja kept him following the contest in 2006 when esc had poor quality, I feel jamala is the same for this time when esc has such lack of diversity.

    I’ll try to touch base next week when of be heard the songs. Until then enjoy the music (and football – I was surrounded by dignified, disappointed Germans yesterday. Surreal. English fans would never act with such grace)

  18. Mainly song composers stand behind the songs they compose shadowed by the singer. So let next spoiler be an important information about or composer. At school most of all he liked Biology …

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