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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. And for those of you who didn’t catch it amid yesterday’s mêlée, these are the headquarters of the lebanese delegation: One of the strangest and most sci-fi looking buildings in the world, the maronite church of Our Lady of the Fortress built atop the ruins of a crusader castle, on a peak above the northern lebanese city of Ehden.

  2. I’ve listened all songs in full twice…2 songs are for sure don’t need third listening as they will stay as my top2 no matter what

    For the rest I don’t know what to do…I will keep on listening 😬

  3. 🇫🇮

    Iisa (Iisa Pykäri) is a Helsinki based singer- songwriter originally known as the lead singer of Finnish indie electro band Regina. She launched her solo career in 2013. Her husband also from Regina fame produced her first two commercially and critically well reiceived solo albums Iisa (2014) and Kukaan ei oo kenenkään (2015) with dreamy soundscapes, melodies and lyrics.

    Unfortunately Helsinkian dream hipster marriage ended in divorce and now their well over decade long very fruitful musical collaboration is also over. Iisa’s got a new producer and new sound, which is boring and very mainstream. Luckily we got two Finnish dream pop classic, also Regina’s catalogue is worth checking out. Iisa represents celebrated Helsinkian hipsterism as it’s best.

    I hope you enjoy her music as much as I do!

    🇫🇮

    • “Helsinkian Hipsterism” ..gotta love that! :-)

      • It is very lovely! Such pretty young things. And they come with style and brains. What’s not to love? 😃

        • am sure it is, and the term may one day be used in Finnish history “books” in the famous Finnish education system ! :-)

          • I hope so as they have made Helsinki so much more fun. Also their ideas about progressive urban life hasn’t been left unheard. Green Party is very strong in Helsinki and it shows.

            • indeed, we use Finland a lot here with such references it must be said re education , environment etc I mean in what we call “Progress media” as opposed to “government media” of course :-)! BTW how is Katri Helena doing these days, I know about her own battle with relationships, toyboys and suffering etc :-(

            • That toy boy or should we call him toy hippie has totally ruined her musical career as her manager. So she has had lots of time to write books about angels, “design” Finland 100 years Katri Helena product line, launching Lithuanian Katri Helena prosecco. It’s a mess really. Her dark arch rival Paula Koivuniemi has won in every front thanks to stellar management and top record label putting money on her .

            • Here’s one from Katri Helena’s better days. Syysunelma (autumn dream) was her song in Syksyn Sävel ( Melody of Autumn, very big big tv music competion and hit making machine on our commercial chanel) 1975. She became second. Tje presenter is Rauno Lehtinen, inhouse conductor of that chanel, father if this competition and also composer of Finland 1973 Tom Tom Tom and 1971 Tie uuteen päivään.

            • And Here’s Syysunelma. Very big hit and a standard.

            • sounds like he basis for a bad TV movie, poor Katri! :-(

            • Still, she seems happy with his “beau” and Finns love her. A national treasure with blue and white voice come what may.

  4. I’m really going to try and vote this year properly as promised although this time of year is always really difficult, I’m going to have a proper listen at the weekend before any deadline! *sighs* I listened to Spanish entry anyway as one of the band members is acquaintance of my husband! In Catalonia it’s a small musical world especially such on- the- fringe groups, from Collbató near Montserrat mountain/monastery , it’s the kind of genre I can listen to but am not necessarily immediately struck by it as anything too original in such a genre let’s say, maybe it will grow on me, anyway, full-on weekend ahead I guess :-)

    • You can’t vote…

      • why not? what did I miss? I had to be involved in the process..? damn!

        • Does Nauru vote in ESC? :P

          • I have no idea these days…possibly, obviously me and Nauru have a lot in common these days, well in that case I might 1/ listen to all the songs and send my comments for others to vote on 2/ spend my weekend at the very nearby Costa Brava sunbathing and sipping cocktails, let me know! :-)

    • This always made me nervous submitting Animic, as I recall you were based in BCN and might be familiar (more than anyone else) with the group. I wanted to bring something different to Etsc, a different genre not normally associated with Spain and something I liked equally as much as typically Spanish romance or Flamenco music. I hope it will grow on you. 🙂

  5. As everyone else is posting the lyrics for their songs, here is the lyrics for Don’t worry about me:

    [Intro]
    I’ll feel the fear for you, I’ll cry your tears for you
    I’ll do anything I can to make you comfortable
    Even if I fall down when you’re not around
    Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    If I fall, you’ll fall
    And if I rise, we’ll rise together
    When I smile, you’ll smile
    And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    [Verse 1]
    I’ll feel the fear for you, I’ll cry your tears for you
    I’ll do anything I can to make you comfortable
    Even if I fall down when you’re not around
    Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    [Verse 2]
    I’ll climb the hills you face, I’ll do this in your place
    I’d do anything to go through it instead of you
    But even if I fall down when you’re not around
    Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    [Chorus]
    Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
    And if I rise, we rise together
    When I smile, you’ll smile
    And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
    And if I rise, we rise together
    When I smile, you’ll smile
    And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    [Instrumental bridge]

    [Outro]
    Cause if I fall, you’ll fall
    And if I rise, we’ll rise together
    When I smile, you’ll smile
    And don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me
    Don’t worry about me, don’t worry about me

    Also, here were the two other Frances songs I was struggling to decide on but ultimately ended up with the current song,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDuphKT2mFg – Set Sail

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hw3h9cAIFk – Borrowed Times

  6. 13 songs in the run for points. It is easier for me this time.

    • thanks for that standard song, I’m glad to hear she is doing well and looks well after such tragedies, am guessing she ends up in what we would call “divas” in the modern world

    • After listening thoroughly today on my headphones, I can say I have 20 songs I would like to give votes to (up from 14 yesterday, but I changed my mind about one of those therefore it’s +7 and not +6). Problem is I just calculated that 10 of them are in the “definitely” column, while the rest are in the “maybe” column. So I guess I have my top10, plus or minus a tweak here or there?

  7. Newsletter from 🇮🇹 HQs

  8. Another /older/ video from Mi qani hogi featuring them in the video! Song about the thoughts of a poet using drugs and thinking that someone follows him and is responsable for his difficulties……..

  9. We’d like to present the Hungarian spokesman,Olympic,world and Eurorean champion in 200 m. Breaststroke,Daniel Gyurta:

  10. and thus above are commenting and deciding on such a thing in the end, very sad
    about such reasons why gay/bi/etc can’t be the norm? why not?

  11. Boris Titulaer (known as Bo Saris since 2012) is a contemporary soul singer-songwriter from Venlo, Netherlands.
    He won the 2nd edition of the Dutch talent show Idols in 2004. Since then he released 4 albums as Boris, then in 2012 he changed his stage name to Bo Saris and released 3 more EPs including “The Addict”.

    I don’t remember hearing too many songs in this style in ETSC so far (if any) but I hope there are some soul lovers here. :)

  12. I will listen to the songs again on Thursday. :)

  13. Iceland is quitely listening to the songs. :) Our entry will not be heavily promoted. We’ll post the studio version and the lyrics of the song and that will be it:

    Lyrics:

    Sleep while you shall
    Reach out for darker nightmares
    Are fine
    I won’t go back
    Stay for a while
    Lead me away from the night

    Nothing to fight
    Emptiest forest
    No one can hear the sound of your dear
    Stay for a while
    Lead me away from the night
    I’ll make you happy

    Hiding makes you not disappear
    Hiding makes you not disappear

    Queen of the night of fading ghost
    Above the ocean I won’t go
    Queen of the night of fading ghost
    Queen of the night of fading ghost

    Free me, I want to ride
    I feel for light
    And I’ll make you happy

    Hiding makes you not disappear
    Hiding makes you not disappear
    Hiding makes you not disappear
    Hiding makes you not disappear

  14. I’m pretty sure about my 12 points atm.

  15. Israel calling……
    Some information on our entrant: J.Views.

    Jonathan Dagan, known by his stage name J.Views, is a two-time Grammy nominated Israeli artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
    As a songwriter, producer, remixer, and art director, J.Views is known for pushing the boundaries in the creative world, constantly innovating the dialog with his audience.
    Under the alias J.Views, he has collaborated with numerous guest vocalists and musicians. His production often incorporates nostalgic elements through the use of samples, analog tapes and synthesizers, and is often described as multilayered and detailed.
    The third and latest album of J.Views, 401 Days was released independently in May 2016. J.Views performs with a changing live setup, and in 2017 the live band includes Denitia Odigie, Ofer Levy, and Tomer Rabinowitz. This live band also launched the album 401 Days along with the 30-Piece Revolution Orchestra at the Tel-Aviv Opera Hall,as an audio-visual experience later in July of 2017 they presented the song ‘Into the Light’ as Israel’s entry in ESCT 7 held in Copenhagen.

    Lyrics to ‘Into the Light’:
    I was lost and wandering
    I couldn ‘ t see your face
    That tangled branch inside me

    Grew and grew to a deeper place
    And I couldn ‘ t say
    Or wash it away
    The things that I had hid inside
    I tried and tried
    You stood there
    In the night air
    A flicker in the fading lights
    You lift the veil from my eyes
    Are open
    Open wide
    We ‘ re strangers in the dark tonight
    Blind hope (and)
    We don’ t ask why
    From the dark into the light

    I stood there naked I felt
    New in front of your heart
    Made clean by your raw fire I
    Took the darkness and tore it apart

    I can’t go
    I won’t hide
    I need to hear you say that
    Something’ s shone
    In the light
    Look me in my eyes
    Are open
    Open wide
    We’re strangers in the dark tonight
    Blind hope
    And we don’ t ask why
    From the dark into the light

    I can’t go
    I won’t hide
    I need to hear you say that
    It’s all you want
    So look me in my eyes

    My eyes
    Are open
    Open wide
    We’re strangers in the dark tonight
    Blind hope
    And we don’ t ask why
    From the dark into the light

    And here is our entrant rehearsing their entry before presenting their performance to the ETSC audience.

  16. 3rd listening complete. The field has been cut down to 16 songs.

  17. here was the dear Spanish version of Bananarama, which like everything copied in Spain, did really well at first and became an evergreen kind of song, but in the end those singers had to find an alternative profession post 90s, which they did.. ..

  18. I’ve got them demons
    Floating in my head
    I’ve got them demons
    Right under my bed
    I’ve got them saying
    It’s good when it’s bad
    Is this what I really want?
    Is this the only thing I have?

    I got the army
    Fire on the run
    I’ve got them armed
    And they’re giving me a gun
    I’ve got them demons
    Volumed down to low
    They are waiting for the bombs
    But it took me time to know that

    What I want is what I really got and
    What I want is what I really have and
    What I love is what I really want
    It took me time to realise it
    Hope that you are not already gone

    Not already gone
    Not already gone

    I’ve got them vipers
    Slither through my bones
    I’ve got them thoughts
    They are closing all the doors
    I’ve got the eyes of a melancholic god
    All I gotta do is smile
    But it took me time to know that

    What I want is what I really got and
    What I want is what I really have and
    What I love is what I really want
    It took me time to realise it
    Hope that you are not already gone

    Not already gone
    Not already gone

    I got them demons
    I got them demons
    I got them demons
    I got them demons

    What I want is what I really got and
    What I want is what I really have and
    What I love is what I really want
    It took me time to realise it
    Hope that you are not already gone

    I got them demons
    I got them demons
    I got them demons
    I got them demons

  19. This edition is going to be the toughest of the ones I’ve participated in, not only because some songs are fantastic but because ALL songs are of a good quality standard. I’ve created a preliminary Top 30, but it should take some time before I know my final Top 10. My 12 points on the other hand, has been established and is a real gem in my opinion! :D

    P.S. Here’s a music video I spotted from a Dutch band recently, the song is decent but I know Morgan and Mermaid will love the content of the video. Enjoy!

  20. On ESC news: Christer Bjorkman will be part of the Australian national final this year.6 acts representing different genres will compete for the right to represent Australia in Lisbon.

  21. Plus,Helena Paparizou performing her latest single during the MAD awards:

  22. Facts:
    -I got my first draft of a top 10 done (and a top 20 ordered). Sleeping on it for a few days to see if there are any changes.

    -I LOVE the artists, concepts and visuals of 11th and 12th likely way more than my 10th place (point zone), but 10th edges out on a slightly more appealing song…. For now.

    -Despite the task of making a top 10 is the hardest it has been on the editions I’ve been in, my 12 points could nto have come quicker and easier, and it’s my favorite song of all the ETSCs I’ve been in.

    And more of my song!

    This is the Italian version. IMO the one I weeded of the earliest. There was something about how it flowed that didn’t do it for me. That and my Italian best friend didn’t enjoy it as much as other versions.

  23. My gardener has just told me that my huge 40+ year old Nordic Cypress will probably die because of climate change. The only thing I can do to help her is watering her for an hour every day in summer. The gardener installed a hose which works like a drip-feeding. We will see if I can save her … :(

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