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. Ok I heard all the songs in a random order. 4 songs I knew already (one of them I was considering for myself but not as a top priority) plus 2 artists I was familiar with but didn’t know the songs. In the beginning I was rather underwhelmed for a very long stretch. But some of the songs I put on late improved the whole experience and some grew on second listen.

    Good luck to everyone!

  2. I bet both Israel and Turkey are by greek HoDs (a lot of airplay here) as well as Greece of course.

  3. Not even the benefit of doubt? :P

  4. 12 and 10p locked !!!! Love them <3
    Different genres :)

  5. #malelooks:
    it is, Roo Panes, one of the guys in the Ukranian video and… Sagat (of course) for me :P

  6. My hands are covered in olive oil lol; curiously enough I’ve just listened to Greece. I wonder who sent it?

  7. Top 5 locked ! Brilliant :)

  8. Francois Sagat is in the Dutch video <3

  9. After a second listening, I actually see 7-8 songs fighting for the trophy.

  10. Second listening done already.
    26 songs could easily get some pts from me. Oh boy…

  11. Here are some first considerations, after one complete listening to the 41 entries:

    a) lost songs: 0

    b) lost artists: 1

    c) known songs: 3

    d) known artists: 5 (I was surprised that two of these had not been chosen yet)

    e) HoDs – I’m almost sure of who is behind 4 countries (for one of these I hesitate between two HoDs: one gave some hints in conversations and the other one even wrote, involuntarily of course, the name of the act in one conversation : I have evidence of that… LOL)

    f) the songs: I’ll start listening to them by rows; in one of the six rows, I think I’ll give points to 6 of the 7 songs

  12. Actually I re-checked the signing-up article and the only one who does not appear as confirmed is Jerry. The remaining ones are 42. Therefore we know who is not in…

  13. After second listening my top votes are locked. There is 13 songs short listed to compete for the rest of the points.

  14. There is an official video of Albania on YouTube…I know some people who don’t like using official videos LOL

  15. Blind edition has my full support ;)
    I love all the wild guessing <3

  16. Is Martin on?

  17. Martin is full of energy today💃💃💃

  18. OMG mention my name too Martin

  19. Oh Martin! <3 <3 <3

  20. Ayyyy then he kissed me ❤❤❤❤❤❤

  21. Mermaid must be one of the quirky stuff – ESP or POR.

  22. Oxi gets a special mention in Martin’s show <3
    ( Quoting Morgan ) : Flirty flirty :P

  23. Comforting Sounds is my favorite Mew song.

    Just saying

  24. I bought ABBA Gold like 20 years ago :)

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