ETSC 8: 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! 43 of you entered for the August 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 7 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; the sixth edition was held in August 2016 and won by Denmark. Last month, the 7th edition took place and crowned France’s Juliette Armanet with “L’Amour En Solitaire. 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 8 – August 2017” will be officially held in Paris and as for venue, it’ll be the Palais des Sports!

After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 43 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. Someone did not send a song in time, so we move to 42 official entries in this edition!

Here are a few facts about the 42 entries:

  • This is a rather well spread out contest: 22 female vocals / 17 male vocals, plus 3 duets, an almost equal result for once!
  • Well just like in the Eurovision Song Contest, English has won us over… and the blind edition may have pushed us a tiny bit more than usual in that department… as we moved from 15 songs in English in ETSC 7 to 19 in ETSC 8! But we’re still below Summer 2016 with ETSC5’s record of 28 songs in English and 21 in ETSC6! Ok besides that, we keep the now tradition of 1 song in French in the edition and the rest is as follows: 3 songs in arabic, 3 songs in serbo-croat, 3 in Russian, 2 in Albanian, 1 in Czech, 1 in Finnish, 1 in German, 1 in Greek, 1 in Hungarian, 1 in Italian, 1 in Latvian, 1 in Maltese, 1 in Slovakian, 1 in Spanish and 1 in Swedish
  • We only have 2 ETSC returnees!

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

Can we beat last years’ editions in comments? ETSC 7 reached an all time record of 2,704 by the end of the voting! You can also use the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UsYbProrac&list=PLgCuJvprQh4wh3e3vEWNgaHtALywqE2qY

Rules: the voting will open at midnight Sunday 13th CET! You can vote until Wednesday 23rd at midnight CET! Results will probably be revealed Friday 25th at 9PM CET! In the meantime, you cannot do promo for your entry in the comment section here (because this is a blind edition). So in order to do so, email me what you want me to post! 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!

4,214 comments on “ETSC 8: Get to know the songs!

  1. Denmark: melikes…

  2. Mew? Really? I have seen them even live three times years ago. I loved them back then. Let’s see how they come back 😃

  3. Yet another edition I most probably be unable to make a top10 :(

  4. Mew: First band I knew in advance.

  5. And that’s it, right? 43 good songs to judge as homework for the next week!

  6. Denmark concludes the show! Now I’ll see you all in PRIVATE to send infos, lyrics, also of course votes. Don’t forget your hosting info. And we shall all meet again by the end of the month for another night of glory :)

  7. Nice closing with Denmark. :)

  8. First known song at the moment.

  9. I officially knew one song beforehand.

  10. The Danish are fans of those kind of lights, it seems

  11. Now off to checking the other songs. I have quite a long way to go.

  12. That was quick.My first impression is that it’s a much better edition than ETSC#7.

  13. Listening again. On first impression I want to vote for 18 songs!

  14. Last time my top 3 was locked after Reveal. Lots of very good songs, just lacked the total wow moment this time. I know, it can’t happen every time 😃

  15. I could name 3 to 4 songs I see as front runners for the win…
    But I won’t :P
    Good night, everyone!

  16. Ok, I’m leaving too. Have a very pernickety night, everyone!

  17. I managed to video Dino during the song reveal:

  18. Second known song so far :) (Huge delay)

  19. Gutted i lost one beloved artist that was so me. :(

  20. Just came home…Now I am looking at the bigger postcards and I recognize not 4 but 8 artists excluded mine…Size does matter😂
    I will go through songs tomorrow,any guesses on what country mermaid is?😊

    Good night!❤

  21. Going through the songs, I have no idea who sent what, except for a couple of examples.

  22. Greece: I don’t hear the bassoon in non-classical music otherwise. Kudos for having it in :)

  23. Fourth known song so far, my record was 5 (without counting mine) in ETSC7

  24. While there are less songs I am fawning over compared to ETSC7, this is still a pretty solid edition, and I LOVE how the overall tempo of them all changed to something with a bit more oomph. More balanced vocals, with a lot of quality to boot.

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