ETSC 6: Signing Up!

ETSC August 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 soon!

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’ve had five 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. Last month, the fifth edition was helf and won by Israel’s Asaf Avidan with “Gold Shadow“. 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 6 – August 2016” will be officially held in Jerusalem and as for venue, it’ll be the Al-Hakawati Theater! And a somewhat innovative host, as it’ll be entirely animated by Ari Folman‘s work! The logo for it is inspired by the winner again:

ETSC August 2016

Rules: 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 edition three of the Top 5 did not have one). 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! 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. However, you’ll have a few days to pick your song once a country is being attributed to you, so don’t rush! Since I have postcards to do, I’d rather not have change of songs now!

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 second summer song! Once you’ve voted, you can not change your votes (especially since some people drop hints of their own votes on the posts)!

There is no signing up article on ET and the official opening time to select your country for August 2016 is officially… Tuesday 2nd at 8 PM CET! 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, until Sunday 7th at noon CET.

In bold if your song has ben approved!

#1 Mark D: United-Kingdom (former winner)
#2 Sekhmet Morgan: France (host)
#3 Matt D: Spain (pick 1)
#4 Razvan: Finland (pick 1)
#5 Hjallis: Iceland (pick 1)
#6 Gregor: Germany (pick 1)
#7 Dino: Morocco (pick 1)
#8 Tehoe: Romania (pick 1)
#9 Ren: Sweden (pick 2)
#10 Marc P: Denmark (pick 1)
#11 Luke: Norway (pick 1)
#12 Michos: Greece (pick 1)
#13 Niclas: Hungary (pick 2)
#14 Patrick P: Ukraine (pick 1)
#15 Dimitris: Israel (pick 2)
#16 Donnie: Bosnia & Herzegovina (pick 3)
#17 Pablo: Estonia (pick 2)
#18 Robin: Netherlands (pick 3)
#19 Arpatilaos: Cyprus (pick 2)
#20 Ovidarch: Turkey (pick 5)
#21 Bay: Latvia (pick 2)
#22 Nick P: Slovakia (pick 1)
#23 Ellie: Lithuania (pick 3)
#24 Mylor: Andorra (pick 2)
#25 Rob: Belgium (pick 2)
#26 Sedapsi: Ireland (pick 4)
#27 Franco: Italy (pick 3)
#28 Tecku: Poland (pick 1)
#29 William: Malta (pick 1)
#30 Avat: Armenia (pick 1)
#31 Tristian: Switzerland (pick 1)
#32 Anders: Russia (pick 1)
#33 Elmar: Azerbaijan (pick 1)
#34 Andy: Portugal (pick 5)
#35 Caolán: Belarus (pick 1)
#36 David: Albania (pick 6)
#37 Daniel: Croatia (pick 6)
#38 Martin: Lebanon (pick 4)
#39 Randomvan: Austria (pick 2)
#40 Oxi: Serbia
#41 Lars: Slovenia
#42 Shevek: Algeria
#43 Guitar: Georgia
#44 Togravus: Macedonia
#45 Dio: Tunisia

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  1. I am back home sweet home. The beach was great, the coffee not so much (Spain is notorious in my country for its bad coffee LOL). I still have a few things to do, but I want to start looking for a song as soon as I can. I missed the opening ceremony and its array of colours, unfortunately.

    P.S. I – my Brazilian cousins loved it according to their latest mail.

    P.S. II – the Algerian song will be on its way tomorrow morning.

  2. Latvia entry has just been sent

    You will like it

  3. Ukraine has submitted its entry. It’s a sing I’ve known almost as long as its been out. Almost switched to a new song I found this week, but I stuck with my original choice.

  4. I am back home and hope to find a song once I am awake again … G’night.

  5. Both Toggie and Shevek are within a chance to send a song on time after all! Anyway, once I’ve gotten all songs, I’ll draw the entries randomly and post the draw Sunday evening. The reveal will be very likely Tuesday night.

  6. Hopefully the remaining Balkan songs will find their way to ETSC 6 :)

  7. Any night is fine with me.

  8. I don’t have a problem.Whatever suits you.The more the merrier.

  9. Yes! Albania is in!

  10. So I sent Instrumenti and I dont have any idea they have been in ETSC 1

    I should’ve double checked it

  11. Postcards are ready for 85% of entries. Request yours already! The draw has been made, with one spot saved for Toggie! It will be revealed tonight!

  12. Funny fact: one of the ETSC 6 artists did a song titled just like the name of another ETSC 6 artist lol

  13. The tbd delegation is searching for a song now …

  14. The Algerian song has just been sent. (happy emoji) It’s uptempo (but very different from Portugal’s ETSC 5 entry) and it’s sung in French by a female singer.

    P.S. – I sort of glimpsed through the opening ceremony while listening to algerian sounds and loved the show Fernando Meirelles put on. The clothes were too nondescript for this type of event – I particularly enjoyed the Cook Islands and some other nation towards the end whose female athletes wore beautiful long green dresses. Sweden, Germany, Australia, Italy, Portugal were simply ugly whereas USA, France and Great Britain were boring – South Korea went down that road more successfully.

  15. It seems like we’ll end up 45 again with Togravus.
    However songs from Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro are missing

  16. I almost forgot, Morgann please send me the Algerian postcard when you can.

    P.S. – more on the opening ceremony: Canada and Indonesia also made the right choices, imo.

  17. Turkey has (finally!) sent its officialy entry and we are very happy with our choice. It was either a typical Turkish ballad or more risky indie: in the end I went with the indie band. *add happy and emotionally drained emoji*

    There were a lot of potential songs, this songhowever is very much suited for the ETSC-crowd. Some hints regarding our entry:

    – Indie rock band
    – Establaihed themselves in the 90’s
    – Music video is “Matrix-friendly”
    – Turkish language

    Hope you guys like it and that I dis mermaid proud! :D

  18. Headquarters:

  19. In case it is Monday, what time are we starting?

  20. Whilst the Turkish broadcaster OTRB (Ovidarch Television & Radio Broadcaster) were selecting their entry, I got the honour of finding our gorgeous spokesperson! Let me introduce you to Turkish supermodel and TV-presenter, Kaan Akinci:

    Kaan will certainly add some spice to the competition and win ‘Sexiest spokesperson of ETSC6’ for sure. ;)

  21. Omg, what a race by Katinka Hosszu!!!

  22. The Algarian headquarters will be outside in the beatiful Jardin D’essai El-Hamma in Alger.

  23. Michos, Algeria has invited the Duchesse de Plaisance to spend a few days at the Jardin and she said yes. :)

  24. “Payız Gəldi” means “Autumn has come” which niceley sets the tone after my vacation is over! Vulgarrix is a 24-year-old DJ and producer who has been in the music business for two years.

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