ETSC 12: 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! 45 of you have expressed the desire to join but only 42 will take part!

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 11 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. Last year, German-speaking countries got their revenge as Switzerland won ETSC 9 and Germany won ETSC 10! This July, Sweden just won for the first time with Junior Brielle‘s “Love. For more information, you can discover our new page dedicated to the contest, with its history, all songs participating and the rankings here. A specific article for Top 10 stats 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. “ETSC 12 – August 2019” will be officially held in Stockholm. The logo for it is inspired by the winner again:

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! In ETSC 7, 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  Latvia
2  Greece
3  Russia
4  Ireland
5  Norway
6  Sweden
7  Poland
8 Azerbaijan
9  Albania
10  Belgium
11  Ukraine
12  Monaco
13  Australia
14  Spain
15  Portugal
16  Estonia
17  Austria
18  Cyprus
19  Malta
20  Israel
21 Finland
22  Georgia
23  Lithuania
24  Armenia
25  Turkey
26  Iceland
27  Germany
28  Italy
29  Switzerland
30  Netherlands
31  France
32  Serbia
33  Moldova
34  Slovenia
35  Croatia
36  Belarus
37  Denmark
38  United-Kingdom
39 Romania
40 Hungary
41  Morocco
42  Lebanon

But who are the 42 HoD who signed up? And which songs will enter ETSC 12? We’ll know more later this week, with songs being revealed one by one in the order shown above!

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127 comments on “ETSC 12: Discover the Draw!

  1. Nice to see Monaco and Lebanon in.

  2. Good luck everyone

  3. 🇸🇪 It’s about to begin! Are we ready? I think we are! Welcome to Stockholm! Let’s have a look at our accomodation, your home in Stockholm during ETSC 12.

    Since 1874 The Grand Hôtel in Stockholm has been home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants since 1874. It was French chef Régis Cadier who took the initiative and founded the first Swedish hotel to live up to the renowned continental-style hotels around Europe. In a city where trends can change while you turn your head, Grand Hôtel has managed to sustain it’s allure generation after another,

    Grand hotels were born mid 19th century in Paris to face the needs of new kind of traveling, city tourism. Their architecture and lavish interiors reflected monarchist taste, but their main purpose was to accommodate new rising elite, upper bourgeois. Grand hotels had lots of luxoriuous public spaces, winter gardens, restaurants and bars all beautifully detailed and showered with art.

    Grand hotels showed proudly the technical progress of the time, innovativeness and forward looking attitude and made themselves lively part of new rising city culture. They are emblems of time when cultural revolution, born out of industrial revolution, enlightenment and rising capitalism was on full swing in Europe. Grand hotel was also remarkable export product. Grand hotels were opening in colonial world to make sure that travellers didn’t need to compromise in the standards they were used to back in home.

  4. 🇸🇪 Behind the discrete facade of Grand Hôtel Stockholm movie stars, rock stars and presidents have found their place. Nobel Laureates and royalty have also made the hotel a home away from home. The very first Nobel banquet took place at the Grand Hôtel in 1901. And it was held in the Spegelsalen until 1929, until the event became too large and was moved to the Stockholm City Hall. However, the award winners and their families still stay with us and as tradition goes, the laureates are woken up ‪on December 13‬ to coffee, saffron buns and young voices singing Santa Lucia.

    A porter of the early days of the 20th century once said: “Perhaps the most interesting time I have experienced was during the Great War when, at the time of the revolution we were invaded by Russian aristocrats. Then there really was a luster about the place, and constant merrymaking. But we have no shortage of exotic guests even in normal times: Oriental princes, Japanese dignitaries, European business magnates. Not to mention all the foreign diplomats, Nobel Laureates and sports stars who come to stay here. I have spoken to Tagore and Anatole France, Albert Einstein, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford”.

    I’m most happy to welcome all the HoDs to stay in Grand Hotel Stockholm. I have stayed there couple of times. It manages to be very elegant, yet homey and comfortable in most Swedish way! Ni är hjärtligt välkomna till Stockholm!

  5. Ready for the Top10?

  6. Has anyone mentioned this? May he rest in Peace:
    It is with great sadness that we have learned about the passing of Mamuka Ghaghanidze, drummer with The Shin. We pass on our sympathies to his wife and three children at this very sad time

  7. Found the perfect disguise…

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