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! 41 of you entered for the July 2018 edition and the voting went on for ten days! And the results are in and we have a winner!
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.
After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 42 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.
You can click on the picture below to listen to the songs again:
This ninth event is officially hosted in Thessaloniki, Greece. The hosts will be Katia Zygouli (model-actress), Nikos Kouris (actor), and Avgoustos Kortó (writer)! The venue is the Music Hall, nicknamed by locals as “Megaron”.
Results lasted for 4h! 1,280 comments later… Here are the full results (click to see in big):
So the winner is Switzerland! The song is “Brotherlove” by CRIMER (stage name of Alexander Frei). It’s the 10th track of CRIMER’s album Leave Me Baby and was produced by CRIMER and
It was chosen for this contest by Ovidarch, who wins ETSC for the first time! The winner got points from 25 people out of 40 possible and got four times the infamous “12pts”! It’s more or less on par with the other two entries that made this one of the most exciting ETSC to date and the first three-horse race: Denmark was second only 2pts behind, with votes from 23 people and five 12pts while France, 5pts behind the winner, was voted by 24 people with also five times 12pts. This is only the third win by a male solo act, which was the trend this edition as the entire Top 3 was male vocals. Here’s the winning entry:
Others can be happy this edition: Jerry, Patrick and newcomer Dominik get their first Top 10 results ever! Razvan is in the Top 5 for the fifth time out of 6 editions in which he took part, with this his second runner-up placing! Morgan gets his 8th Top 3 results out of nine editions too! As for countries, Switzerland breaks the Top 10 again in a remarkable fashion, and it is joined there for Lebanon which ends at a great 4th place. After never being in the Top 10 before, Poland now ends up twice in a row 9th! Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Greece secure themselves as power houses. More importantly, France and Israel have been Top 10 in 8 editions out of 9! Fun fact on flags, as Switzerland joins Denmark and Austria in ETSC winners with all red/white flags (Greece and Israel are the winners in all blue/white flags, with Uk and France with all three colors).
Now time for the prediction game! It was first started in ETSC 4 “hint” article and back then I wrote this: “We can play a guessing game, people wishing to participate can post a “prediction” top 10 and I’ll award points based on the countries that are in the actual top 10 and predicted in yours accorddingly. I wont reveal the results until after the voting and winner is announced, but we’d get an extra side bet to care about ;)” In the end, it has secured itself has an ETSC standard: former winnets were Donnie (ETSC 4), Nick P (ETSC 5), Donnie (ETSC 6), Dimitris (ETSC 7), Gregor (ETSC 8).
So a better result than the last two editions with 7/10… However, some serious mistakes: Ireland predicted as winner ended up far below, same as Iceland predicted 10th: fun fact, both ends up tied at 58pts. It’s not as bad as France last edition predicted 3rd but ending 26th; however, it’s the first time we predict a song to win that’s not even in the Top 10. Russia was very close, and was Top 10 throughout but came 11th by 1pt on the last vote! On the contrary, Poland was named only once as a possible Top 10 and Finland wasn’t even tipped once! They end up 6th and 9th! Israel was overlooked, when it finished in the Top 10 almost every time! Norway and Greece did ok: it’s fine again to predict them! As for HoD, it was very close (and one of the weakest results wise, mostly because of Ireland): Razvan won with 3pts above Dimitris and 10pts above Cathal. They’re followed by Donnie, PJ and Ovidarch in the Top 6 ;) Congrats to them!