ETSC 10: Discover the Draw!

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! 40 of you have expressed the desire to join the August 2018 edition and a random draw was made!

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 9 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 8th edition was held in August 2017, and it was the first one that went “blind”, meaning people did not know who sent what. It crowned Greece. The last edition to date was hosted last July and was won by Switzerland’s CRIMER with “Brotherlove. 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 10 – August 2018” will be officially held in St Gallen as the winner’s birthplace. The logo for it is inspired by the winner again:

After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 40 people in. Songs will be revealed tomorrow night. 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.

Does the draw really matter? Maybe so, after all #1 and #12 spots both got Top 3 in the first two editions! In ETSC 1 France won going as #12 while Norway was runner-up going as #1. In ETSC 2 the United-Kingdom went as #12 to achieve second place and Bosnia & Herezgovina finished 3rd going first! Last edition, draw #1 confirmed with a third second place (Norway ETSC 1, Sweden in ETSC 5 and Netherlands in ETSC 7), while Italy finished third at draw… #11! Close but not quite! But in an online game, people get to listen multiple times to the songs, and in any order they want. So it’s quite possible to say that the draw is more of a gimmick than a true influence on the results.

So, here’s the draw:

1  Belarus
2  Iceland
3  Ukraine
4   Estonia
5  Ireland
6  Cyprus
7  Germany
8  Hungary
9  Sweden
10  Armenia
11  Switzerland
12  San Marino
13 Belgium
14  Croatia
15  Tunisia
16  Austria
17  Turkey
18  Poland
19  Moldova
20  Malta
21  Greece
22  Portugal
23  Slovenia
24  Israel
25  Spain
26  F.Y.R. Macedonia
27  Australia
28  Morocco
29  Lithuania
30  United-Kingdom
31  Czech Republic
32  Serbia
33  Netherlands
34  Russia
35  France
36  Denmark
37  Finland
38  Italy
39  Albania
40  Norway

But who are the 40 HoD who signed up? And which songs will enter ETSC 10? We’ll know more tomorrow, with songs being revealed one by one in the order shown above!


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146 comments on “ETSC 10: Discover the Draw!

  1. My secret combination – it’s a mystery for you
    Use your imagination, I’m not easy, but I’m true
    My secret combination – boy, you have to try it hard
    To discover my destination in ETSC

    • Rofl ! A true gem, lyrics-wise <3

    • (Was surprised it came last in 2002. The staging was lame but I still like the song.)

      • “Tell me who you are” or “Who we are”? ;-)

      • Good song in a terrible year, but what a nervous performance!

        • Yes, she came across as awkward and unsure. I don’t think plonking her on the satellite helped. She should have been main stage. I think she would have had more confidence with the backing singers nearer her and within sight. I quite liked this year and am one of the very few who actually loves the winner (I picked it from the off) Lol.

      • I like it too but bad performance otherwise and after thr two top 2 it was tipped as a fave. And Latvia is my runner up and was already back then

        • I never knew that nor that you liked Latvia ’02 it gets so much bad feedback but I always enjoyed it for all what it was, a fun and entertaining wee number and the staging did work at the time. :)

          • Yeah I love both Estonia 2001 and Latvia 2002, both my runner-ups of their years! I actually liked the first version of Latvia 2002 better, but it had a great live!

            • Me too! I loved the original version, it had more of a carnival feel if I am remembering the right version.
              Funny though, I was not a lover of Estonia 2001 (I wanted Denmark to win again lol) but I actually don’t mind it as much when I hear it now. A case of it took its time growing on me.

            • I had Bosnia and Estonia as favorites live in 2001 (didnt know the songs beforehand then) but now Russia is my first above Estonia, then Bosnia 3rd and France 4th… 2002 I don’t really like the year, I have France first, then Latvia, FYROM, Bosnia, Macedonia

  2. So,will there be any teaser regarding the ETSC #10 artists?

  3. I’m here… and ready! :P

  4. OMG just out of my meeting it lasted fi
    Or 5h. Im running home and should be there in 30mns

  5. Waiting “passionatly” for the songs…. Nearly all my family members and friends are in Greece (Halkidiki) meanwhile I have no right for vacation (not sooner than 6 months after the signiture of work agreement) meanwhile I have to answer to a new job offer (in big state company) ……meanwhile I’ve got an interview for a position in president’s adminisreation ( LOL). ETSC could help me nowdays not to eat too much chocolates and not to smoke too much….
    P.S. My weekend destination will be one of these great places inside country! Ofc this isn’t Halkidiki but still…

  6. @Michos Tsimas
    Do you know who that rabit in the gif is?

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