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! 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. Three 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 therefore had 6 editions of ETSC. In August 2016 however, for the first time the contest was won by a small margin: only 1pt (it was the first time there was less than 12pts difference between the winner and the runner-up). That opened up discussions and a lot was said between members, a lot left to be discusses. Some members do better than others, on a regular basis. Some countries tend to do better and people find unfair the system of first-arrived gets to pick his/her country first. Some people accused others to not play fair. Considering the amount of time I spend on the contest all by myself, it all left a bittersweet taste in my mouth and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep it up. Also, this year took me to a new place in my life. S I wasn’t sure I would have the time for it. But… I’m pretty sure ET regular readers want to play still and I feel this anchored itself as a summer classic.
I’m sorry it feels like we’re wasting time. But if we push this further/later, it could feel like we’re running away from the issues, and we genuinely don’t have the time during esc season for these. It’s better to have just a few more polls to see what the majority really wants.
First of all, even if we’re late, we usually end up “early” in August, and it’s ok to last in early September, considering there are no esc news then. It’ll just have to be ok with my schedule. But I promise to make it happen.
First poll results are… interesting, though as usual with numbers: you can twist them in every way you want considering what you want to prove. Anyway, here at ET we defend a total transparency policy. So the figures: ETSC 7? YES 49 / NO 0 / NA 3. So yes, ETSC will happen and go on, regardless on how and with whom.
Second: Blind edition 12 / New voting system 6 / New picking country system 16 / Limit number of participants 7 / Theme edition 2 / Allow older songs 7 / Forbid older songs 10 / No changes 17
So “no changes” won, but only 1 vote above “new picking country system”. Blind edition came third. Everything else doesn’t seem to be a big issue and will probably stay the same (songs have to have a huge link to the country, and songs shouldn’t be older than 5 years so 2012 for this year: I’ll be open minded on small countries).
The next article will be the “signing up” article with the rules for the 7th edition (either new or not).