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!
Rules: 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!