ETSC 5: Get to know the songs!

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! 45 of you entered for the July 2015 edition and a random draw was made yesterday! Discover the songs live tonight!

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.

After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 45 people in, with a few of our regulars missing (here’s a nod to you Stommie) and a few newbies! Hopefully, they all will make appearances in comments. But also some people who returned from last summer and from FDLC (Sedapsi, Tristian…). Songs will be revealed Saturday night. In the meantime, to keep us busy, I made a random draw with my computer. I also made personal postcards for each entry which will be revealed along with the songs. Everyone can still request to see their own postcards in full size.

00Here are a few facts about the 45 entries:

  • This is a rather well spread out contest: 25 female vocals / 20 male solo artists, even though a lot of entries have a DJ “featuring” a singer!
  • Well just like in the Eurovision Song Contest, English has won us over! 28 songs in English (including Ireland, United-Kingdom and Malta), but 1 of them is partially in French with 1 all in French, 3 Serbo-Croatian, 2 Arabic, 2 Russian, 1 Turkish, 1 Azerbaijani, 1 Bulgarian,1 Czech, 1 German, 1 Hungarian, 1 Italian, 1 Latin, 1 Spanish
  • Besides a lot of electro-pop, pop, folk, rock, mistic, shaky and ballads are all present!
  • On the other hand, only 2 artists did a NF! And one song for a small country was allowed from a neighbour one (inspired on what that small country used to send in esc).

Before the show starts, we get the live reprise of the winning song:

Can we beat last year’s editions in comments? ETSC 1 had 1,090 comments and ETSC 2 went all the way to 1,607 comments! We thought we reached our best when ETSC 3 ended at 1,686 comments but ETSC 4 went insane and we had 2,581 comments! We’ll see… Now to listen to the songs, you need to click on the song title. You can see the full postcard when it’s uploaded, stay tune:

01 Sweden




Seinrabo Sey

Pistols At Dawn



02 Georgia





Mariam Chachkhiani ft. Loop G



03 Hungary





Dóra Danics


(Patrick P)

04 Lithuania






Downtown Party Network ft. Eglė Sirvydytė

Space Me Out

(Nick P)

05 United-Kingdom






Close Your Eyes

(Matt D)

06 Montenegro





Bojan Marović

Budi Dobra Prema Sebi


07 Greece






Tango With Lions

A Long Walk


08 Iceland








(Marc P)

09 Macedonia






Tanja Tzarovska



10 Israel





Asaf Avidan

Gold Shadow

(Mark D)

11 Bosnia & Herzegovina






Damir Imamović’s Sevdah Takht



12 Denmark







La Mer


13 Ireland





Hudson Taylor



14 Malta






Kevin Borg

Young At Heart


15 Netherlands






My Love


16 Spain






Pablo Alborán

Pasos De Cero


17 Turkey






Murat Ceylan

Yeni Nesil


18 Azerbaijan






Geceler Kechir


19 Portugal






Da Chick



20 Germany







Paranoid Circus


21 Switzerland





Sophie Hunger

Spaghetti Mit Spinat


22 France







The Run

(Sekhmet Morgan)

23 Romania






Alexandra Stan ft. Havana



24 Bulgaria








25 Austria






Stelartronic & Anduze

When I Find My Love


26 Tunisia





Emel Mathlouthi

Ensen Dhaif


27 Slovakia





The Bridgeheads



28 Belgium






Oscar and The Wolf



29 Ukraine






Onuka ft. Naoni Orchestra



30 Croatia






Možda Mi


31 Finland






Perttu ft. Alexandra



32 Cyprus








33 Monaco






Tal ft. Flo Rida



34 Lebanon





Mashrou’ Leila



35 Armenia





Garik Papoyan ft. Srbuhi Sargsyan



36 Poland









37 Czech Republic




Czech Republic


Barbora Poláková



38 Norway






Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)


39 Belarus




Belarus 28





40 Australia






Empire of the Sun



41 Russia






Znak Vodoleya


42 Latvia






Carnival Youth



43 Estonia





Elisa Kolk & Kristjan Kasearu



44 Luxembourg






Say Yes Dog



45 Italy









Rules: the voting is now open! You can vote until Wednesday 20th at midnight CET! Results will probably be on the weekend after that, on a day that suits most people! In the meantime, you can do promo for your entry in the comment section here (or not at all). And as for me, I will be getting married tomorrow! So I will not necessarily reply back right away to your votes, so don’t worry too soon! Once you’ve voted, you can not change your votes, so wait until you’re sure. Also, you have to send me your 11th and 12th in case something goes wrong and we sadly have a DQ. So start voting now!

1,952 comments on “ETSC 5: Get to know the songs!

  1. Thursday or Friday is fine with me.

  2. As for the emailing of possible winners, I don’t think it’s a good idea. Winning the contest should come as a pleasant surprise to the respective HoD, and if he/she already knows that he/she is in the run, some of the excitement will be missing.

  3. Turkish HoD is back with the votes 😊(Feeling safe but puzzled)

    Sorry for the ones we haven’t voted for,this has been a great edition ❤️

  4. Two voters left! out of the 5 voters I got today, 4 voted for the song only 4th until then and changed the whole top 4! This is getting exciting!

  5. I won’t be around on Suday so I definitely welcome the reveal of the winner on this Friday :)
    Belgian votes are in. It’s been a hectic week for me so far but I can say I’m now confident on my ranking.
    My top 3 countries all share two colours in their flags.
    7 p : 3.00
    6 p : 1.53
    5 p : 3.86
    4 p : 1.33
    3 p : 3.00
    2 p : I believe this HoD is going for his/her best result ever!
    1 p : 3.18
    Good luck everybody!!!

  6. Btw it seems like I was the last to vote so we can start the prediction game :P

  7. I’ll take a risky guess. Either Greece or Croatia will win. Israel can do well too.
    PS: I like my #11to 16 so much… :(

  8. There were some discussions in our headquarter and we changed our spokesperson! Our points will announce actress Narine Grigoryan! I think everyone recognise her😃

  9. Oops… We have to wait for Tristian to vote too. Sorry…

  10. And this is our HoD as we’re packing our bags for Salzburg:

  11. And the full Greek version of Bulgaria 16 has been released.It looks like Demy is getting ready for Ukraine:

  12. Should we start the predictions?

  13. Murat… while listening to declaration of “state of emergency” in Turkey

    • A very good bone structure. :P

    • I am glad you’re safe. Turkey isn’t though. Erdogan has finally been given the pretext he needed to become a dictator – 2016 has been~a bad year so far and it won’t get better, I’m afraid. Oh well, I’d better focused on ETSC – I am clueless as to which songs may be considered favourites.

      P.S. – teachers and journalists are enemies of the state once again.

  14. As almost always, I don’t have a clou who will win. I got it right only once (ETSC 2).
    Tunisia is expecting a place around 20th.

  15. Well,i think there’s no point waiting for another 15 minutes.

  16. Off topic – ‘Público’ a quality Portuguese newspaper has just published an article on Alexandre Quintanilha, a Portuguese Socialist MP, who is gay and has a husband – Richard Zimler. He talks about his life as a gay man, the challenges he had and has to face.

    P.S. – when he was elected last October, RTP’s leading jounalist, José Rodrigues dos Santos, alluded to him using the feminine grammatical gender. Portugal still has a long way to go, but it’s getiing there step by step.

    • There are quite a few closeted MPs in Greece too.No one has come out as gay yet.

    • Good to hear :-)

      At the moment, two Danish party leaders are gay: Søren Pape Poulsen (the Conservative Party) and Uffe Elbæk (The Alternative).

      • Our Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar is the first openly gay government minister with some having him down as being a candidate for Taoiseach. We had two other openly gay TDs in the last Dail (Parliamnet) but they lost their seats this year.

  17. My prediction

    Winner: Before Morgans hints I saw Norway and the Netherlands. Knowing how Rob voted and predicting Mermaid’s and Donnie’s top3 I don’t believe they can win it now. I would say Croatia and then the Ukraine.

    Top5: NOR, NED, UKR, CRO and AUT

    Rest top10: SWE, ISR, IRL, FRA and BEL.

    11th-16th (still within a chance for top10): GRE, TUR, AZR, TUN, CYP and ARM (go go south lol :p).

    17th-22nd: ISL, ESP, SWI, SVK, LAT and LUX.

    Lest popular: EST, RUS, POL, GER, MNT, MLT and LEB.

    It is a close race though.

  18. Here’s how I rated every song:

    1. 9.8/10
    2. 9.7/10
    3. 9.5/10
    4. 8.9/10
    5. 8.7/10
    6. 8.5/10
    7. 8.4/10
    8. 8.3/10
    9. 8.2/10
    10. 8/10

    11. 7.9/10
    12. 7.9/10
    13. 7.8/10
    14. 7.75/10
    15. 7.7/10
    16. 7.65/10
    17. 7.6/10
    18. 7.6/10
    19. 7.5/10
    20. 7.5/10

    21. 7.4/10
    22. 7.35/10
    23. 7.3/10
    24. 7.3/10
    25. 7.25/10
    26. 7.1/10
    27. 7/10
    28. 6.9/10
    29. 6.75/10
    30. 6.7/10

    31. 6.6/10
    32. 6.6/10
    33. 6.55/10
    34. 6.5/10
    35. 6.4/10
    36. 6.2/10
    37. 6/10
    38. 5.8/10
    39. 5.5/10
    40. 5.2/10
    41. 5/10
    42. 4.3/10
    43. 4/10
    44. 3/10

    And here are my ratings explained:

    10 – Masterpiece
    9 – Awesome
    8 – Very good
    7 – Good
    6 – Ok, nice
    5 – Average
    4 – Weak
    3 – Bad
    2 – Very bad
    1 – Awful

    As you can see I enjoyed many songs and I think this is a very strong edition!

  19. Ok so my prediction for the winner : Belarus or Cyprus.

    Rest of the top 10 : Greece,Ukraine, Israel, Azerbaijan, Netherlands, Bosnia, Italy and possibly Sweden.

    Bosnia got a 12 imo from a number of users including togravus, shevek and probably niclas and blackbirdbraille

    Slovakia, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Tunisia and Czech Republic top 16.

  20. Norway,Cyprus,Sweden and possibly Israel are among the favorites,imo.
    Azerbaijan.Tunisia,Lebanon and B&H may win the alternative vote.

  21. Can anyone guess my votes?

  22. More Hints for my top 10 :

    1p : Deeply appreciated
    2p : Moving
    3p : Will be underestimated
    4p : artsy
    5p : emotional
    6p : Country I never voted for before in an online contest. My 12p after the first listen
    7p : wholesome
    8p : verse better than chorus. still enough to get it here
    10p : insightful
    12p : best lyrics of the bunch

  23. On the Netherlands,i can’t really make a prediction.It’s a very possible top contender but since i’ve been literally brainwashed listening to the song everywhere in Greece for the last couple of years,i’m unable to evaluate its chances properly.

  24. Now,Dino should guess my top-3.You got it right in the last FDLC edition.Grr

    • Mmm. Well. There is that issue of known songs/singers… NED is out of contention for sure, perhaps Cyprus too since it is a song you have been knowing since 2014. You might know Israel but it is far more recent. And I know you were aware of ”Murder Song” already.

      I will give it a go:

      NOR, ISR and GRE.

      Slovakia and Tunisia might get there as well.

  25. The winning predictions are very diverse, so I believe the final result will be a bit of a surprise.

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