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 11 editions of ETSC! 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” was officially held inthe Dramaten, national theatre of Sweden, in Stockholm. Our hosts were actors Joel Kinnaman, Andreas Wilson and Bill Skärsgård!
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, Brittany, Caolán, Cathal, Coyote, Cyphermusic, Daniel, Dimitris, Dino, Dominik, Donnie, Donnyademaj, Elmar, Franco, Greg, Gregor, Guitar, Hjallis, Jerry, Lina, Luke, Matthew, Michos, Mylor, Nick P, Oasisoffear, Ovidarch, Oxi, Pablo, Patrick P, PJ, Razvan, Ren Robles, Sekhmet Morgan, Sheldon, Shevek, Trekks, Xello and Zainab!
Results lasted for 4h30! 1,675 comments later… Here are the full results (click to see in big):
So the winner is Italy! The song is “Toukassé” by Shanguy and yes, it’s in French, which is a language that is creeping into English as the most used languages by winners! It was chosen for this contest by Dino, who wins ETSC for the first time and gets his third Top 10 results! The winner got points from 23 people out of 41 possible and got 4 times the infamous “12pts”! Both medalists Norway and Belgium got four 12pts as well. They also both get their second medals in ETSC as Norway was already runner-up way back in ETSC 1 and Belgium was already third way back in ETSC 4. Both were HoD by people who had never been in the Top 10 before, Norway by Brittany and Belgium by Ren. Meanwhile, France (11), Israel (10), Finland (8) and Sweden (6) complete a Top 10 where they appear to be fans favorites. On the other hand, Croatia (3), Slovenia (2) and Cyprus (1) are unpredicted success of this edition.
Using the pattern used for the 10th anniversary ETSC stats article, we get this:
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) and Donnie (ETSC 11).
So we got 6 right out of 10! Including two of the Top 3 were rightfully predicted as such! Italy got a late rush in predictions, so people smelled something there! France got its second worst result over but still sneaked in while Israel wasn’t predicted a lot while still maintained its Top 10 status. Big misses are definitely Cyprus, Croatia, Israel and Slovenia! The big shocker was Lithuania, often predicted top 5, a few times as a winner, and it barely made it to the left handside. It was such a tight contest than having predicted high Estonia, Uk, Dk, Switzerland or Iceland is nothing to be ashamed about. A single voter could have pushed them in really. As for players, not a great year. Both Donnie and Razvan, our prediction kings, got 6 HoD right only. And someone sneaked in between them overall: Razvan (349), Gregor (345), Donnie (313), Dimitris (306), Dominik (264), Sheldon (263), Bay (228), Oxi (225), Pablo (208), Dino (206), Guitar (197), Ovidarch (195), Donnyademaj (191), Mermaid (170), Anders (155), Ren (136), Franco (135) and Lina (52) who is so new to this we’ll forgive her! Razvan takes the prediction crown for the third time and ties Donnie for all time best!