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. Off to bed now. Goodnight Morgan everyone and hooray for ETSC!

  2. Oh dear, it seems now with the full line-up that I know 5 songs/artists (without counting mine). Some of them I’ve considered sending in the past or future edition of ETSC, or spotted them during our country selection.

    I have an inkling on a certain number of entries and who they might belong to, but all will be revealed at another stage. Thanks for the show guys, it was a pleasure as always! :D


  3. Just watched the UK entry……Roo rows like a girl, lol. He’s obviously never rowed a boat before!

  4. I have finished my taxes. :)
    My favourite ETSC/FdlC song still is ‘To Telos Sto Saloni’. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  5. So 5th and 6th known song… new record!

  6. Alrighty folks……I’m off to bed, been a long, exhausting day.

    Oidhche mhath h-uile duine . Caidil gu dòigheil.

  7. Finally made it through all the songs. The tendency is quite pop’ish I’d say.

  8. 2nd listening brought me to a top 20 lol

  9. Since I will be off from this Thursday till the 25th, I will be probably voting early this week.
    Hopefully I will be back and around for the results. Good luck to all HoDs <3

  10. I am done with the songs. Still Nat jumping around like a panther is the highlight of the night!

  11. I’m listening to my 12p now. I don’t think it’s gonna change ;)

  12. Hottest postcards :

  13. Educated guesses (some with multiple countries, cuz iunno):
    Russia – Anders
    PJ – Turkey
    Armenia, France – Morgan
    Poland, Switzerland – Gregor
    Finland, Hungary – Hjallis
    Italy – Mylor
    Malta – Tecku
    Croatia – Jerry
    Belgium – Donnie
    Estonia – Avat
    Spain – David
    Lithuania – Dino

  14. Title translations (Disclaimer, they might suuuuuuuuck):
    Belarus: Sneakers
    Czech Republic: River
    Morocco: I was talking
    Greece: The one and the only
    Sweden: A Lifetime of War
    Egypt: Stranger of the City
    Armenia: Let us Pass
    Russia: Princess-Berry
    Finalnd: Darling
    Latvia: And Night
    Montenegro: Garden
    Hungary: Running
    Serbia: Dailies
    Spain: I threw.
    Ukraine: You can send it
    Albania: November
    Croatia: Night Without Borders
    Slovakia: New Land
    Lebanon: You see me
    Malta: Haze

  15. Albanian entry have featured in my own song contest. Norway also, but the contest has been cancelled

  16. Good morning, ET people…
    Isn’t there a better way to start my Sunday than listening to our 42 songs? :)

  17. This edition is better than previous one imo❤

  18. Second listening of 1/3 of the songs. Some notes…

    Ireland: I like the way he deliberately pronounces “courage” in a way that it can be misheared by the listener for “caress” :)

    Israel: A sexy dad holding his child in his arms. Melting here <3

    Iceland: As I said, a bald guy from Iceland can only be a good thing…

    Greece: I wouldn't say this is typical Greek sound :)

    Netherlands: Sevdaliza is stunning. Actually even more stunning than Sagat himself ;)

    Portugal: Even the bands name is 100% retro to me. I mean Moulinex was the first blender my family bought 35 years ago :P

  19. My Spanish helps me understand parts of the lyrics of the Italian entry :)

  20. Hmmm some entries shouting their owners names😊Considering the participants country choices in general, it is not that hard to have good guesses on some😬

  21. Good morning, everyone. :) I am about to go through all the songs. I will be working next week and then I’ll be spending a few days away at the beach, followed by a couple of days in the mountains. The country I represent (?) will vote until next Saturday. Luckily enough, I will be driving home on the 25th and leaving again on the 27th.

    All editions have been featuring songs that people love and that is what matters; diversity has had its highs and lows; I won’t be paying much attention to the final rankings (I will be around for those, because I want to know who’s who and because Morgan’s hard work deserves our attention); the songs are really what I care about. Atm, after having listened a few of them, I have a clear favourite. :)

    Enjoy! :)

  22. Hi folks.
    Well, I shall try and give the songs my full attention later today as I was very tired last night and just wasn’t able to although I did manage to hear bits of them all.
    Meanwhile if you are interested, I shall be on air from Noon until 1.30pm (Irish time) with Afternoon Delight should anyone wish to tune my way. (ahem….Dhaibhidh ;) )
    (donegalsounds.com). Cheers folks. Catch yas later :)

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