ETSC 7: Get to know the songs!

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! 42 of you entered for the July 2017 edition and a random draw was made! Discover the songs live tonight at 9 PM CET!

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, 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; the fifth edition was held in July 2016 and was won by Israel. Last August, the sixth edition was held and won by Denmark’s Blaue Blume with “Sky“. 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 7 – July 2017” will be officially held in Copenhagen and as for venue, it’ll be Koncerthuset!

After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 42 people in. In the meantime, to keep us busy, I made a random draw. I also made personal postcards for each entry which will be revealed along with the songs. Everyone can request to see their own postcards for now.

Here are a few facts about the 42 entries:

  • This is a rather well spread out contest: 27 female vocals / 13 male vocals, plus 2 duets, a domination for female vocals, with 8 male groups and 5 male vocalists only, while there are 6 groups with female vocals, 1 female duet, 20 female vocalists!
  • Well just like in the Eurovision Song Contest, English has won us over… but we’re going backwards from ETSC5’s record of 28 songs in English and 21 in ETSC6 with 15 songs this time (including Ireland, United-Kingdom and Malta) that have English in their lyrics (at least partially for 1), 3 songs in serbo-croat, we keep the now tradition of 1 song in French in the edition and the rest is as follows: 3 in Greek, 3 in Russian, 2 in Arabic, 1 in Armenian, 1 in Azerbaijani, 1 in Bulgarian, nish, 1 in Estonian, 1 in Faroese, 1 in Finnish, 1 in Georgian, 1 in German, 1 in Hungarian, 1 in Italian, 1 in Lithuanian, 1 in Polish, 1 in Romansch, 1 in Slovakian, 1 in Spanish and 1 in Turkish (if you’re good in math that’s a total of 43: one song is bilingual!)
  • Besides a lot of electro-pop, electronic, darkwave, pop, folk, ethnic, rock and ballads are all present!
  • We only have 6 FdlC returnees!
  • On the other hand, no artists did Eurovision and only 2 artists did a NF! However, one artist is an ETSC returnee I allowed. A lot of new artists to discover!

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

Can we beat last years’ 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! ETSC 5 “only” reached 1952, so… We’ll see! Now to listen to the songs, you need to click on the postcard. You can also use this playlist (thanks to Donnie): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgCuJvprQh4wLuRn1DQ4GaOe0DYMIizSi

Rules: the voting will open at midnight Monday 17th CET! You can vote until Wednesday 26th at midnight CET! Results will probably be revealed Friday 28th at 9PM CET! In the meantime, you can do promo for your entry in the comment section here (or not at all). 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. Moreover, you need to send me a city, a hall venue and a host for the next edition if you win!

Good luck everyone!

2,704 comments on “ETSC 7: Get to know the songs!

  1. I have taken some notes for all the songs, but my impression could change a lot later on. Think I need some time to come up with a ranking that makes sense.

  2. Dear Morgan, wouldn’t it be great to put Donnie’s list on the main article page for easier access to the songs?

  3. Originally I had planned on trying to find a song from the Croatian music scene. However, Kortez appeared on my suggest videos link and I figured I’d give him a try. I was immediately captivated by his sweet voice.

    I haven’t participated in FDLC in a while so I completely missed that he was a participant in the most recent edition! I’m sorry I missed that! Next month I will make sure to pay more attention. But, I have to say Alex L does have great taste in Polish singers!

  4. 4am, Selena’s back from her balcony-exploring (even though I bet she just goes to the neighbour’s to sleep), and now she’s running all around the apartment from one end to the other :o

  5. Here comes the painful question. Do I love the artists as much as their songs here?

    If the answer’s yes… :(

    This edition is tough to weed out…

  6. Now that the furor died down a bit, I can explain my entry!

    This is the more known version (stunning video to boot), somewhat more Celtic than their previous releases and softer, which I thought perfect for a folk metal band. Turns out they released a special version of their album with FOUR versions of this song, all in the different official languages of Switzerland: Swiss German, Italian, French and Romansh.

    So I had a “national final”… with one band… and one song… and FIVE versions of the same song to go through. In the end it was a heavy debate, but I chose Romansh because it brings an unique edge, and the orchestration in the non-English versions is much softer and palatable for the ones who don’t listen to metal often. The Romansh version also has a really alluring flow and an appeal. I mean, The Call of the Mountains in what my Italian friend describes as a “Mountain Language” XD

    Will link the other versions as the days go by :)

  7. I wish Morgan could put all the songs-artists-countries as a list on top of the page so it’ll be easier to copy-paste on our own docs and start taking notes on each entry.

  8. So, the reveal day is set to be most likely on a Friday? Shall we push do it Thursday or Sunday?

    • On Sunday unfortunately, I won’t be around

      • Are you attending a wedding?

        • No, I’ll be at work

        • Dino, do you have your predictions ready? I think I can predict now a few things from what I’ve seen in FdlC…

          • I create predictions only after I have submitted my votes and having spend time listening to the songs thinking what other ppl might have liked, thus leaving my personal views aside. Atm I have not made a list but I can tell you that a couple of them is well ahead of the rest. It have never felt like this before in ETSC.

  9. The British clip almost brings tears to my eyes :(

  10. RIP Kostas Mourselas…the author of one of my favorite books

  11. Swedish representative :

    Jonna Lee (also known as ionnalee) is a Swedish singer, songwriter, record producer, and visual director. Lee is best known for being the creator and artist of audiovisual online project iamamiwhoami who have since 2009 released their audiovisual series online, gathering a large online following. She is also the founder of the independent label “To whom it may concern”.
    In 2017, Lee started using the moniker ionnalee for her new solo project with the release of her debut solo song “SAMARITAN”.
    On June 2, 2017, the second single “NOT HUMAN” with its accompanying music video followed.
    Hope you people enjoy :)

  12. Our artist Sanam was born in Iran and is of Azerbaijani origin…She continuous her career in Jazz clubs of Turkey!

    “İlk dəfə görmüşəm səni mən sahildə sevgilim…
    Getməyir o vaxtdan gözümdən
    Surətin, ey gülüm”

    “The first time I saw you was on the beach,my love…
    I can’t get your pretty face out of my mind since then,my rose”

    Our song starts with these lyrics …The rest is very poetic and full of idioms so translation would not do the justice…Just close your eyes eyes and listen,I think you will feel the intensity of her love ❤️

  13. Something from Dino Spam-Boy:

    • El-Morabba3 is aN Amman-based band formed in 2009. It constitutes of bassist and vocalist (also songwriter for the band) Mohammed Abdullah, guitarist (also keyboards and synth) Odai Shawagfeh and drummer/percussionist Dirar Shawagfeh.

      Their style is predominantly rock being mainly Arabic and Alternative borrowing as well sounds from Indietronica. To date they have released two albums – El-Morabba3 (The Square) and Taraf el Khayt.

  14. Meet Luke Black, isn’t he the cutest participant? He also owns a pug <3

  15. So I finally have slept through this bombardment of different songs we had yesterday! So off to the second listening now to try and sort out this mess. Here is btw a live version of Sigrids ”Don’t Kill my Vibe”:

    A lot of you knew about her before, but oh well she was one of the few artist that really interested me this year and this live version of her song really shows why she did. I would not really say that the song is pure contemporary, but more a niche of it as I dare you to find something exactly like this. Her vocals are on point and different from the average artist and her style is pretty unique as well.

    We are a very eco-friendly and environmental country here in Norway so therfor we think it is of an utmost important showing off some of our scientific progress that sounds very friendly to mother earth and gives us loads of money, introducing our headquarters: The Yara fertiliser plant expansion in Porsgrunn, Telemark:

    #BestScandinavianCountry #Eco-Friendly #Rich #EnvironmentalRoleModel #Oil #ElectricCar #DontKillOurVibes!

  16. Halfway through 2nd listening.

  17. Please meet our spokesperson representing our most loved national sport. Mr Mikko Koivu, one of our most famous ice hockey players at the moment, currently playing in Minnesota Wilds and being their most efficient player ever. Mikko is 189 cm/ 98 kg of perfection and full of power and agility. What I like especially about Mikko is that he is handsome in most Finnish way. Mikko of course is also Michos’ Finnish name sake.

  18. Ice hockey players have muscular yet natural body types. Their muscular meaty arses are fabeled, and rightfully so. Also no spaghetti legs here!

    • Ice hockey is great spectator sport and also very good fun to play. Have played in my teens and in couple of company teams. “Puulaaki” company leagues in both football and ice hockey are very popular.

  19. I see that the promotion campaigns have already started. The Slovak points will be announced by Čumil:

  20. pornopoezia – პორნოპოეზია (PornoPoetry)
    All started like it happens – friendly tap on a shoulder, bright eyes and vibrant announcement: ‘’why don’t we start a rock-band?!’’. Followed by several member changes, not sharing the same enthusiasm, the band’s eventual birthday is celebrated on the day when the searching and auditioning of lead guitarist and the drummer was over. A kick-off…
    When you fully devote yourself to the idea and feel the over-enthusiastic self-confidence, you create the destiny. There is no way to fail, winners never quit… now we happen to have one of the best young Georgian instrumentalists in the band, own rehearsal studio, skillful people supporting us, best video director and photographer, invitations from live venues, fans (girls) commenting on MySpace, recognizing in the streets, etc. We are in the interesting level of our musical career – looking forward to getting the very first feedback from the wide audience.
    (Un)Fortunately, we are not British we are graduated employed single guys from Tbilisi aged twenty-and-something, gone through 90s and we proudly and loudly sing in Georgian language about the shit going on around us –We don’t write songs, we ‘’sort or shape them out’’ from our everyday life. As for musical genre, let it form out by itself as we play and record more and more. So far, it turns out that we either play music with strong punk influence, or sound like a depressive new-school wankers. Maybe that’s our inner fight…
    Last but not the least, we are there for vigorous onstage live action, we DONT just stand there with the faces like we don’t give a shit what this ‘’redneck’’ audience is thinking about us, ‘’I know I’m soooo deep …’’. Give us a stage and six of us will put all their best do give you a show you haven’t probably seen from the local band.
    And at last Band Members:
    St. James – saint of the band;
    Tornike Karchkha – vocals, leader;
    Giorgi Siba – bass;
    Sulxan Tsulukidze – rythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals;
    Tornike Margvelashvili (Griazniy Gary) – lead guitar;
    Guram Tsertsvadze – percussion;
    Papuna Zhamierashvili (Pepe)- drums.
    P.S. the co-founder of the band George Siba will be replaced by Sasha Ananov while Siba will be trying himself in Barcelona, Spain

    Like if you like Georgian entry

  21. 2nd listening complete. So far I would say my points are between 16 songs.

  22. SPAIN
    Artist: Anímic

    Anímic are an alternative/indie/dark/pop group originating in Collbató, Catalunya. The group are composed of 5 artists; Ferran Palau, Louise Sansom, Núria Monés, Juanjo Montañés and Miquel Plana. The lead singer is Louise Sansom who originated in London. She is married to the band leader, Ferran Palau. They have a daughter and live in Barcelona.

    Anímic published their first album “Plou massa poc“ in 2006. Followed by;

    Hau o Hïu: 2007
    Himalaya: 2009
    Hannah: 2011
    Hannibal: 2013
    Skin: 2017

    They have also released other albums under a Creative Commons Licence.

    The band have collaborated and toured with the great Will Johnson (Centromatic) and have opened up concerts for bands like Portishead, These New Puritans, Clem Snide and Megafaun. Their albums ‘Hannah’ and ‘Hannibal’ positioned them at the top of nearly every “Best of the Year” list and in 2014 they were awarded the prestigious Premi Altaveu Award.

    Their 2013 album “Hannibal” saw them enter a more obscure and denser sound with a stylistic twist. They released their sixth and current album “Skin” in February 2017 where electronica takes full meaning.

    “Inhuman” comes from their current album.

    • they are such a Catalan and Catalonia based group, that hearing they would represent Spain in a contest might offend them, you would have to check that with them yourself

      • Eeeek, I get you! Would they rather they represent Catalunya? If so, I’m afraid I cant do anything about that (rules and politics). Maybe it’s best we dont tell them 🙂

  23. After all the dust has settled following yesterday’s amazing reveal, let me introduce you to Lebanon’s entry (for the few of you who didn’t say they know it already, lol). Yasmine Hamdan was born in Lebanon in the second year of the civil war. Her family fled and moved between Greece and the Gulf countries before returning to Beirut in 1990. For the past 10 years she has been living in Paris where she is married to palestinian film director Elia Suleiman. Amongst other things, she is known for being a founding member of Soapkills, one of the first indie-electro groups in the arab world, for experimenting between the nuances of various local dialects of arabic in her songs, and for her cameo role in Jim Jarmusch’s film “Only lovers left alive”

    “Nediya” (which means “Rose”) is taken from her 2013 album “Ya Nass”. To create this song she put into music the words of an ancient kuwaiti poem. Watch how the lyrics underline and explore the ambiguity between chaste and carnal female desire:

    Morning dew go to him as a present,
    moist rose, go to my beloved as my gift

    This rose stands for my love, I swear it
    I swear this rose stands for my love

    Morning dew go to him as a present,
    moist rose, go to my beloved as my gift

    Oh my longing, when he passes by,
    I’ll make of his shadow my dress!
    Missing him so much, when he passes by,
    I shall make of his shadow my gown!

    This rose stands for my love, I swear it
    I swear this rose stands for my love

    Moist rose go to him as my gift…

  24. The translation of the “Nerqevits” was very hard taking into accound the slang and poetic style of the lyrics. Anyways the dirrect translation is below.

    Band: Mi qani hogi (Couple of guys)
    Title: Nerqevits (From Below)

    Chapter 1
    He was couple of years old,
    In that forgotten place only a dog was a friend,
    Every day looked like the previous one
    He dreamed that someone would take him,
    Wouldn’t mind to be taken to Sevan (Biggest mountainous lake in Armenia)
    No matter that it would be cold there.
    His family was finding some money to visit him on occasions.
    Everyone around was sick or handicapped
    They used to make noise and to be harsh
    They laughed and cried without any reason
    And nor parents neither death visited to the deaf and dumb roommate
    Everyone around him were different from each other and had something common
    And they say places like that were created for such cases
    He had problems aswell
    And he knew he could stay forever there


    Maybe someone there above,
    Would finally notice me here below?!
    Maybe someone there above,
    Would finally notice him below?!

    (Chapter 2)
    In front of someone’s house,
    Make shorter your cloths
    Color your lips red
    Free your hairs
    Don’t give a f**ck
    If somebody will call you whore,
    That nobody will marry you,
    Colorless childhood and happiness for rent
    There is a dream to have wings and to taste the happiness
    Who will grow up as orphan?
    Who gives the destiny to us?
    Who decides who must meet whom and where?
    Maybe storks?
    Who had forgotten about you this time!
    Maybe the ones above? Who don’t to love and don’t know to hate either.


    Maybe someone there above,
    Would finally notice me here below?!
    Maybe someone there above,
    Would finally notice him below?!

    (Chapter 3)

    Wonder what is going with this man
    Unsmocked cigarette and he lights the next one
    It is morning already but still it is dark
    His pillow got cold already
    And there are mixed thoughts in his head that he tries to write
    Drinks bitter coffee on empty stomach
    It seems that letters hardly match each other
    But who said that it is easy to write something wise?
    No matter he will get used soon
    No need to look back
    Better look forward to unknown
    What we need is given to us from above
    Maybe someone there above,
    Would finally notice me here below?!
    Maybe someone there above,
    Would finally notice him below?!

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