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ETSC 9: 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! Each one of you can represent an European country and get to send a song and then vote in a fake Eurovision! 42 of you have expressed the desire to join the July 2018 edition and a random draw was made! Discover the songs tonight!

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 sorts 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 five years. Four 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 8 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; the 7th edition was held in July 2017 and was won again by France. The last edition to date was ETSC 8, held in August 2017, and it was the first one that went “blind”, meaning people did not know who sent what. It crowned Greece’s Dimitra Selemidou feat. Phoevos Delivoriás with “O monos ke i moni. 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 9 – July 2018” will be officially held in Thessaloniki and as for venue, it’ll be the Music Hall, nicknamed by locals as “Megaron”!

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 could not send a song in time, so we move to 41 official entries in this edition and will see if Australia can be featured as a guest song in the interval act since it’s the missing entry!

Here are a few facts about the 41 entries:

  • This is a rather well spread out contest: 20 female vocals / 19 male vocals, plus 2 duets, an almost equal result for once!
  • If I did not make mistakes (but I do every year, sorry!), we have these languages: 19 english, 4 russian, 2 arabic, 2 greek, 1 albanian, 1 armenian, 1 bulgarian, 1 estonian, 1 italian, 1 latvian, 1 macedonian, 1 polish, 1 portuguese, 1 romanian, 1 slovenian, 1 slovakian, 1 spanish, 1 turkish!
  • We only have 1 former esc artist and 3 former NF artists!

People are starting to gather at the Thessaloniki Megaron. Here are the hosts for tonight’s show: Katia Zygouli (model-actress), Nikos Kouris (actor), and Avgoustos Kortó (writer).

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

 

And soon… the entries of ETSC 9!

01 Russia02 Norway

 

 

 

03 Czech Republic

 

04 Slovenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

05 Ireland06 Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

07 Estonia08 Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

09 France10 Poland

 

 

 

 

 

11 Spain12 Moldova

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Libya14 Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 

15 Lithuania16 Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Portugal18 Israel

 

 

 

 

 

19 Cyprus20 Iceland

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Belarus22 Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

23 Belgium24 Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Azerbaijan26 Finland

 

 

 

 

 

27 Macedonia28 Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 Latvia30 Sweden

 

 

 

 

 

31 Armenia33 Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 Switzerland35 Slovakia

 

 

 

 

36 Greece

37 Albania

 

 

 

 

 

 

38 Netherlands39 United-Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

40 Tunisia41 Germany

 

 

 

 

 

42 RomaniaRules: the voting will open at midnight Tuesday 17th (time of Paris)! You can vote until Friday 27th at midnight! Results will be revealed the following weekend (Saturday or Sunday depending what people like best)! In the meantime, you can do promo your entry in the comment section here. 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!

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2,066 comments on “ETSC 9: Get to know the songs!

  1. The claws are out – I think results night is going to be nasty….

  2. I hope Results night will be on Saturday.it will be more enjoyable and stress-free for me.

  3. The Israeli votes have been submitted.

  4. Greece getting ready for the results:

  5. I’ll be going home on Sunday so I won’t be able to make the results sadly, but nethertheless come on Austria!

  6. Oh yeah happy belated birthday to all late july borns!

  7. Most probably I’ll be able to make for the results either on Saturday or on Sunday.

  8. Artists I was considering : ISR, CYP
    Songs I was familiar with : LBN, CYP (ARM thanks to Avat)

  9. Artists I know: Russia,Moldova,Armenia,Israel
    I had another song from Moldovan artist in mind

  10. Still 6 people to vote, so if you have a way of contacting them and reminding them besides my own email, don’t hesitate: Max, Cyphermusic, Luke, Rosalina, Ovidarch and Brittany!

  11. Would love to have results tomorrow if possible!

  12. Artists I knew in advance:
    Otto Dix (Russia)
    Femme Vanille (Netherlands)
    Florence Walsh (UK)

    I remember there was a song by someone called Blitzkids Mvt in the German 2013 final, but I don’t remember the song.

  13. VOTE FINLAND
    For the final night of promotional material, here is one that looks more familiar:

  14. I’m largely okay with either Saturday (results asap!) or Sunday (Fun prediction games!)
    But try to make it like at around 8pm CET or later? It’s good afternoon where I’m at.

  15. Can we start predicting now because I can’t keep my eyes open? :P

  16. Not feeling well at all today, got heat stroke but managed to send votes from Ukraine

  17. According to what I was able to read, the big reveal will take place tomorrow or on Sunday. I won’t be able to be around for the whole thing on both days, so I’ll just wait calmly for whatever is decided.

  18. Tunisian votes are in! A great selection of songs added a few to my Spotify playlist. Just now time to wait. I’m hoping one of my favourites ends up winning. The predictions should also be fun!

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