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! 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.
We’ve therefore had 10 editions of ETSC. Last year, German-speaking countries got their revenge as Switzerland won ETSC 9 and Germany won ETSC 10! The last edition to date was won by Germany’s Elif Demirezer with “Doppelleben“. For more information, you can discover our new page dedicated to the contest, with its history, all songs participating and the rankings here. A 10th Anniversary article was also open 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.
After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 41 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. You can click on the picture below to listen to the songs again:
It was ten days ago that we discovered each song individually in a dramatic night reveal-show. And after that, the players cast a vote. These songs were presented by the following HoDs, in alphabetical order: Anders, Arpatilaos, Avat, Bay, Caolán, Cathal, Cyphermusic, Daniel, Dimitris, Dino, Dominik, Donnie, Donnyademaj, Franco, Greg, Gregor, Hjallis, Jerry, Lina, Luke, Martin, 8Mark8, Matthew, Mermaid, Michos, Mylor, Oasisoffear, Ovidarch, Pablo, Patrick P, PJ, Razvan, Ren Robles, Sekhmet Morgan, Sheldon, Shevek, Stommie, Tehoe, Togravus, Trekks, and Zainab!
This eleventh event is officially hosted in Berlin, Germany. The host will be Miss Gayle Tufts! The venue is outside, around the Brandenburg Gate.
Results lasted for 4h30! 1,487 comments later… Here are the full results (click to see in big):
So the winner is Sweden! The song is “Love” by Junior Brielle It was chosen for this contest by Hjallis, who wins ETSC for the first time! The winner got points from 27 people out of 40 possible (considering we’re now at 41 entrants for ETSC 11) and got a tied-record 7 times the infamous “12pts”! Russia, who got 11th and 9th last summer to finally get a Top 10 result, has no reached as high as 2nd and a silver medal! It’s Bay’s 3rd time in the Top 10 as well! France completes its collection of medals, since this third place means it now stands at 3 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes in 11 editions! Morgan is one silver less, since he let Donnie be France the past edition (9th medal). Congratulations to them, and to all others who scored well, and to everyone for sharing music they love.
Using the pattern used for the 10th anniversary ETSC stats article, we get this:
- Vocals: 6F / 4M
- The draw seems divided in 6 first half (with three b-2-b at #7-#9 and then #13, #15 and #17), 4 second half (#26, #28, #36, #38) , with the winner going #28 like France when it won the second edition!
- 2 new HoDs taste their first Top 10 with Lina at her first try and Arpatilaos finally breaking it! Jerry, Patrick P, Dino and Hjallis get their second as well while Michos and Bay their third! Blind editions definitely work wonders to stir things up a bit!
- As for countries, no new countries, however unpopular Albania, North Macedonia, Estonia and Poland get only third second or third taste of the top 10 and sometimes tie their best ever or close (Albania’s best was 5th and it’s 6th, North Macedonia ties best at 8th, Estonia beats its best ever at 9th when it only had once a 10th place and Poland had two 9th places before this new 10th place).
- Surprise surprise: songs in English are again in minority in the Top 10!
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), Razvan (ETSC 9), Razvan (ETSC 10).
So we got 6 right out of 10! Sweden was rightfully called: the big favorite was also the big winner! France, Italy and Austria were well called, Israel a bit underrated and Poland a bit overrated. Big misses are definitely North Macedonia and Albania, while Russia and Estonia were sometimes considered! The big name of the United-Kingdom was the biggest shocker. As for players, let’s only talk about Donnie, who smashes the competition, with 10 correct HoD and manages to take the crown back from Razvan, who fought well since he got 8/10 in Top 10! He only got 3 HoD right, when he got 11 last time! Dimitris, the only one who spotted North Macedonia (and also had Estonia), completes the podium. Congrats!