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ETSC 13: Signing Up!


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! Signing up opens this Sunday!

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 12 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. In 2018, German-speaking countries got their revenge as Switzerland won ETSC 9 and Germany won ETSC 10! Last year, Sweden and Italy, two historically big countries of Eurovision, finally won their first ETSC. 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 13 – July 2020” will be officially held in Torino after French-speaking song “Toukassé” won:

This is a blind edition: you’ll have to send everything through me. In this article, I’ll only post numbers of people who will take part. We will discover which countries are played with during the reveal of the draw as well as the HoD who will take part!

The old rules remain. Rules: for this contest, you need to sign up choosing one European country. Once the country will be confirmed as yours for this edition, you’ll be able to send a song officially from the country by email only and it cannot be more than 5 years old (this 2015 at the oldest). However, there are no language rules but it’s up to you to consider if other members will be nice or not to your song based on the language… Since it’s an online contest, there are no time limits and the song can be as long as you want, and performed by as many people you want. But it needs to be recent and definitely related to the country you’re representing one way or another. For each entry, I’ll do a bit of research to make sure your entry is playable, but you can send me some links with your song to help me make sure. Also, you must make sure the song is available online on  a platform so that every one can hear it. A promotion video is only an extra bonus but not mandatory. Last but not least, as seen in the polls the song can not have taken part in Eurovision or a national final but for the artist we get to a different rule. ESC artists are allowed for “small countries” (debatable which, but often I’m open to discussion with you) and NF and FdlC artists are allowed for all. Don’t forget, ETSC is also about discovering new music for us all! In general, everything has to be talked out with me in private. Depending on the number of participants, probably not all countries will be taken again. However, you’ll have a couple of days to pick your song once a country is being attributed to you, so don’t rush! Since I have postcards to do, I’d rather not have change of songs now! So take the time to be sure!

Once everyone has sent its entry, they’ll be revealed on ET and the voting period will be open. You’ll vote by email to me and to make sure my personal votes are fair (and that I don’t change them to the last minute in case it’s a close race), I will email mine to the first voter, whoever that is. Once everyone voted, I will reveal the votes in a dramatic finish and we’ll see which song will be crown our first summer song! Once you’ve voted, you can not change your votes (especially since some people drop hints of their own votes on the posts)!

For those interested, all songs used in ETSC and its sister contests (used during the rest of the year and featuring a lot of similar players) are all packed here to check if your entry has been used before: https://virtualfestivalofsongs.wordpress.com/archive/

This is the signing up article on ET and the official opening time to select your country for July 2020 is officially… Sunday 5th at 8 PM CET! You’ll be able to select by emailing me on artemismorgan@hotmail.com only! You can send up to a Top 10 of your favorite countries so that, if you’ve sent your email early enough but your #1 country is already chosen, you get your second pick and so on and so forth. Afterwards, you have until Wednesday 8h at noon CET to decide on your song! We’ll do the big reveal of songs on the following weekend.

Number of emails to work on: 0

Number of approved Hod/Country: 45 (+1 who quit)

Number of HoD without a country: 0

Number of approved songs: 45

1,067 comments on “ETSC 13: Signing Up!

  1. Since it’s a blind edition, I need to keep the gender of my artist a secret. So don’t try to twist my arm. I’m staying silent.
    I can keep a secret with the best of them.

    • 🤣… let me take a wild guess – some hot female singer?:-)

      • Already putting pressure on me. I’m not talking. I don’t know anything. No hints either.

        But speaking of females, hopefully the song lengths and their skirts have one thing in common: they are both short.

        It’s way too hot for 10 minute musical marathons. And long sleeves. Haha

  2. Hello everyone from the back of the queue. How does it feel to be on the other side of Skylla and Charybdis (aka Morgan)? …

  3. I can say that I did not get my first choice… I did send a looong list of countries. I am glad I did that.

  4. First HoD without a country. :(

  5. Since it’s 34 approved countries by now, I think I don’t reveal too much by saying that it was nerve-wracking… signing up in VFoS is already a nail-biter, but here, it’s just a thriller…

    • every etsc night is a big deal! then there’s the draw, the reveal night, prediction night, result night :o

      • Yes, I hope that I’ll be able to be attend revelation night as well… if the choice is between next Friday or next Sunday, as I read somewhere, this is just perfect for me…

  6. I have placed last with single-digit points before, I think the only “low” milestone I am gunning for now is null points. Anything else is a (relative) win.

  7. Welp already lost most of my enthusiasm for this edition tbh, compromising for a song I don’t even like much given the country choice I got :( (I don’t think such a message reveals too much anyway). But since I went through the registration process might as well participate…

    • Still time to search for a better song from your country, isn’t it?

    • I’ve been through that too, both with MAK and SVK. My experience advises that it is best to ignore the competition aspect and just enjoy the songs on those occasions.

  8. While I’m done with registration emails, I still need to work with the songs, as right now I’m stuck on a song that I think won’t qualify :(

    If you read this now, yes there are still plenty of countries available, including some surprises that are left free for YOU to chose!

  9. So, the answer really was in spam since 20:27. And I have a country. Yay!

  10. who’s the legend who just up and quit? love that

  11. 40 in less than two hours? :o I wouldn’t have made in ETSC 11.

  12. Upcoming schedule: song application and country reservation close Wednesday at noon to give me time to prepare postcards. Draw is revealed Wednesday evening. Poster is revealed Friday. The HUGE reveal night can happen either Friday, Saturday or Sunday (you decide). For newbies and returnees who may have forgotten (but how could they?) it lasts for 4h, so be prepared as Jeremy Irons once sang!

  13. Somebody stole my first 3 choices! GRRRRR But I got my fourth. :) Now I have to choose the song. I already know the artist. Morgan, do you want the song now so that you don’t get them all at once?

  14. Meh. All my plans prepared 3_4 months ago got lost because I didn’t know that this is a blind edition and wrote couple of spoilers:( but well there can be another edition this year

  15. So we are 41 already and everyone has a country :)

  16. So I am not revealing too much if I say when and how I came up with the songs from the five countries I claimed:

    1. 4-5 months ago, on the radio
    2. End of 2019, website article
    3. Last night, website article
    4. A few weeks ago, website article
    5. 3 months ago, on the radio

    But which one did I get?

  17. I’m officially done all emails!

    btw we’ve decided to take vacations after all (my bf insisted) so I’m out between July 27th and August 5th so etsc 14 will start afterwards (and results will be on 25th or 26th July)

  18. July 25th is my birthday, so you people out there must vote for me! LOL

    And now it’s time to think about getting up at 6 am. :)

  19. Hurray to my 4th choice! :)

  20. We all know you are participating with superG!rl 2. Don’t deny it :P

  21. I am so glad I don’t have a sleeping problem and managed to be the first to select a country!

  22. Well, we are leaving a great first impressions to the newcomers of this edition. Lines have been crossed once again. :(

  23. What has happened tonight is unacceptable imo, and I can only recommend to ignore those comments. However, I am confident that most regulars here will know how to evaluate what happened tonight, even though they keep silent. It is really sad: You shared one sad aspect of your life with us, and now it is (ab)used to attack you. :( I hope that all those comments will be deleted.

    • Some people will always attack. They don’t need a reason, just an occasion to vent their anger and frustration.
      We have had our fair share of fights in the past too, you calling me a Sweden hater and I thinking of you as an IKEA boy when it comes to music, someone who prefers musical Billy shelves to handmade stuff … BTW, I still believe that you are a Billy boy, but that doesn’t make you a bad person; it’s just a clash of taste in music, and there is nothing wrong with that. :)

    • I don’t condone insults on such a personal level in any way. I wish people, even when they’re fighting in here or have a heated debate would stop using insults in order to hurt others.
      On a side note, many of the HoDs may have not taken their desired country but this is the nature of ETSC. It’s a bloodbath when it comes to picking a country. I’m sure Morgan is doing his best to be fair to everyone. No more complaints and on with etsc #13.

      • But guitar didn’t compian or accuse anyone. He simply told us that he was sad that he only got his XX choice. The reactions led by we know who were totally inapproproate imo. :(

      • Never complained about Morgan not doing a good job on any level, it’s natural his email was crammed. I just happened to be very excited about my first 2 choices as I have been so eager to share these songs and I felt kind of dissapointed. As I said I am participating, plus I decided after all, instead of setting for an initial not too exciting choice, to put as much effort as I can to find something better till Wednesday and see how it goes.

  24. I hear there has been some controversy again which is really sad. It made me think of this:

    I am part of another online forum where a sort of song contest has arrised – well, as a matter of fact it is just a poll where you can enter a song of your own choice, and then people get to vote for the three songs they like the best. The song that happens to get the most votes is not celebrated as a winner, so there are no titles to be after. I guess it makes the whole thing a bit more relaxed, and people don’t take it that seriously. There isn’t that much competition about it. But you still get to discover some music that you might not have known otherwise. And everybody is having fun.

    Moreover, you are just playing songs, not countries, so you don’t have to select a country. F.e. in one of the last contests/polls, the theme was Latin America, that is, the song has to be either from a Latin American country or just influenced by Latin American music in one way or another. As I remember it, approximately 30 per cent of the songs were from Brazil.

    Not that we have to do the same here, it was just a reflection.

    Btw. I am in, and I got a country. I am still to decide on the song.

    • Excellent idea. :)

    • There isn’t any controversy Anders. It is just people getting frustrated about missing out their 1st choice. There’s tough competition in ETSC when it comes to claiming countries. Everyone has been there. Myself I had to settle with my 3rd or 4th choice on several occasions. Sometimes I was 100% behind the song sometimes not exactly but I still participated as I was feeling comfortable with the song at least. Things may change though. Last August I was able to pick my first choice.

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