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

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  1. 45?

    Someone will join me in last of last?

  2. Oh wow, 45! We have matched the record from ETSC6.

  3. Who wants SaRaha on 2021 MF?! :D

  4. Wow 45 is a huge number! I was expecting 38-ish or so tbh. People are thirsty for esc resembling stuff given the contest’s cancellation I guess.
    It also means for me that consolidation will need to happen quickly so most songs will get 1 or 2 listens :(

  5. Question is : Will it be 45?

  6. When you think about 44 competitors:

  7. ETSC fashion review! Foureira showsstylish way to collect all the points big and small!

  8. It’s looking like a Friday night reveal. I have a retirement dinner with a colleague Ill post the draw when i get back home with the last songs to check (we’ll be 45)

  9. Time to move to Sweden or Poland:

    • Denmark also looks good (as in “less bad”). Interesting that none of them uses the euro.(even though that’s also the case in 5 other countries).

    • I’m still amazed at the label “deep recession” rather than “depression”, frankly. I think that’s an optimistic projection that doesn’t take into account that when e.g. a bar or resto closes, there’s a whole domino effect with suppliers, landlord, maintenance people, etc. affected in addition to the staff and owners. Plus the whole corona sitution gives companies an excuse to cut accelerate automation and cut back on biz travel – which again has a domino effect on airlines, trains, hotels, hospitality. etc.

      • It depends on the duration though. Let’s hope there will be a recovery just as swift, even though forecasts are only that. Forecasts.

        • ..often based on rather misleading statistics – i.e. here people will be counted as being emplyoed when in fact they are working jobs that do not come close to paying their bills…

  10. Germany will be debuting in Junior Eurovision this coming edition lol

    • With Ben Dolic? :P

      • ROFL!

      • Classic. Haha

        To his credit, he does have the most unbelievable video in ESC history.
        As in, no way in a billon centuries will I ever believe the plot of that video. Haha

        • so true!

          • To be fair, I would have done the same thing had I been the singer. So I’m not angry at him.

            Well, not the exact same thing. I would have had 3 cuties chasing me. Might as well at that point. Haha

            • 3 cuties like Moje 3? :P

            • There you go. I might just hire you to direct this.

              Your first order of business is you get them to be in the video.

              Moje 3 is probably the only entry that I was lukewarm at the time it happened and became a huge fan of it 2 or 3 years later.

              To be fair, the lack of chemistry between the 3 was evident. Most of the time they had the rapport of 3 people who just met a minute prior.

              I still have the 8 or 9 mixes they released of the song somewhere. I mean they released a slow version, an English version and so many remixes it’s hard to remember them all.

              I can’t recall any other entry releasing so many versions of one song.

              I think Lanskaya released 4 or 5 remixes. Cascade had that amount as well. It’s been so long, can’t remember the exact numbers.

            • But who cares about chemistry when there’s Sara the Devil? :P <3

            • Very appropriate she was the devil; she looks like she will make you do some unchristian like things. Haha

              Only at ESC can you love the devil and The Angel. Obviously not referring to the fake angel from moje 3, I’m talking about the one with the capital letters. Haha

            • There is only ONE Angel anyway… :P
              Are u familiar with this ? :

            • Yes of course. One of her better music videos.

              Can’t wait until she cone me back. Nevena was good, very good, but we deserve the main event. Haha

    • I read it today and was confused. Two days ago, NDR responsibles were like “we’ve got no money, we can’t do a preselection and the big Countdown show in Hamburg will also be off” and now we’re debuting in JESC?!
      Plus, I doubt that will be of greater interest for regular TV spectators and German ESC fans equally, but ofc, that remains to be seen…

      • I posted the same comment on German blog – and esp as this runs I think Sunday afternoons isn’t hat when they usually show old German films? Broadcast right must be much cheaper for those. I find the whole concept dreadful.

  11. Wait, what if Morgan returns from dinner and Selena has fallen asleep? Does that mean we get no draw? :o :P

  12. @ Rob

    I’ve been revisiting this oldie from ETSC6 a lot recently. It was my 7 points and a deserved top 10.

  13. While we wait to see what the draw will look like for this year’s contest, and the famous Selene to help us out, lets hear from the Belgian talent Loic from 2015 wishing everyone the best of luck! :D


    • We’re gonna rapapap tonight….

      • Atm it’s waiting rather than rapapap …
        Taptaptap …

        • Bremen ended up surviving. I’m convinced they will be the only club left after the apocalypse.

          • LOL
            Well, at least the North still has one Bundeliga club …

            • And more East German clubs are needed too.

              Let me run this by you: Hamburg is intentionality keeping themselves in the 2.Bundesliga. You buy that, or no?

            • No. Half my family is from Hamburg, and some of them are passionate HSV fans …

              As long as BaWü doesn’t lose a club, more teams from the North and East are welcome. And VfL Bochum NEEDS to return. Bundeliga is totally irrelevant without them …

            • I’ll be much more knowledgeable about the 2nd tier next year. As I told you earlier, the rights holder for the USA changed so I’ll have access to matches from the league next season.

              And I started following the Andorran football federation because of you. Haha

            • Who’s your favourite in Andorra? :D

            • Haha. They all look the same at this point. Most of them play in the same venue too.

            • On Malta, most matched are played at Ta’ Qali. :)
              I support FC Santa Coloma because they have a fantastic romanesque church in the village.

            • I think that’s the national stadium in Malta.

              Malta has been in the news for non football reasons recently, namely the car bombing of the reporter and political fallout.

              Crazy, but there is a random Maltese Cultural center about a 15 minute walk from my house.

              Noticed a Maltese flag out of the blue one day. It’s like the most random thing in my town. Haha

            • Don’t remind me. I met Daphne Caruana Galizia once or twice when I lived in Sliema. Malta is a small place, and if you are interested in culture, politics etc, you know everyone after a few months. She was a great lady. :(

            • Wow. didn’t know that you met her.
              Her reporting ended up being correct too.

              So, if I move there I can meet the Sunflower and team OUCH?

            • Sure. I met Chiara one year before she did ESC in 1998. A very funny lady. :)
              My best friend’s sister married into the Maltese aritoctracy, and after I had met her husband, I had to run from meeting to meeting for the rest of my stay (which was one year): professors, writers, artists, journalists, ministers. That’s when my Malta project went pear-shaped because I wanted to go to the beach too. LOL

            • Nice story!

              Don’t worry about me, I’ll never be in the running to marry Maltese aristocracy. Or any aristocracy. One dinner with me and the parents will put a stop to it ASAP.

              “So, I hear you like Eurovision. Tell us, what do you most like about it?”

              At this point I’m trapped. I tell the truth and get thrown out of the palace. I lie and they hate me because their girl is marrying a liar. I can’t win. Haha

            • LOL :) Never talk ESC outside the bubble. Doing so will clear the floor instantly.

              I even have a Maltese friend who is a direct descendent of a Byzantine prince. The family fled Constantinople in the 13th century and went to Rhodes. They then followed the Knights to Malta. She is a retired flight attendant of Air Malta. Sic transit gloria mundi …

            • Haha. They asked the question, not me.

              I see you have friends in high places.

            • Flying high indeed. :)

            • I’m surprised you don’t go by “Sir” or “Exalted

            • Eminence, please. Proper procedure must be followed …

            • Of course. Don’t want the you getting the Maltese center over here after me. Haha

            • 😋 BaWü has enough teams up there… although I like myself a nice underdog, but I was happy with the relegation result… there is no need for Heidenheim in the BuLi…

            • But with HDH we would get a traditional smalltown club. We haven’t seen any of those un the BL for aaaaages. It’s all big money and big corporations these days. Get Hoffenheim out, bring Heidenheim in. :)

            • Nah, you get already Freiburg in the amiable underdog-category :-). As Bavarian, I cannot second another small BaWü-club, hehe. I mean what’s next? Astoria Walldorf?:-)

            • Not Walldorf but Sandhausen! LOL The more the merrier. :)
              Btw, I lived in Munich for 10 years.

            • Yah right, Sandhaufen is what we need :-)…
              But you are of course right. To be honest, I don’t care a lot about BuLi anymore. It’s only boring as hell and money-wise completely out of every reasonable limit.
              I am since more than 20 years fan of Unterhaching. It’s hard, because you don’t get spoiled, but at least their soccer is authentic and honest. They play with many regional talents, I like that. And with Bayern II, 1860, Haching and Türkgücü, the Third League will be very interesting next season:-)…

            • Champions League is even worse imo, making the rich clubs even richer and allowing everyone else to fall behind, recycling the ever same matches every season … and no chance for a club from a small country to play a big guy. I miss the times when we got Valletta FC vs. Bayern in the first round, and I gave up following the CL 10 years ago. Even the local Bezirksliga is more interesting to follow.

            • Spurs when to the final last year!

            • They are one of the big ones imo. ;) CL is like on of those gated communities, where the obscenely rich live, or like the EU, where the obscenely rich countries hug keep hugging each other. And don’t get me wrong, I support the EU, I just want a different EU. Btw, do you know Giorgio Agamben’s fantastic book ‘Homo Sacer’? He predicted decades ago that we would end up in a segregated world. He calls those segments ghettos. :(

            • Yeah I know I was just pointing out that they need “newcomers” (PSG, City, Tottenham) and “fallen giants” (MU, Arsenal) with some possible come backs (Ajax) so that the story telling works and keeps people interested.

            • Indeed. CL is like reality TV these days. :(

            • Yes, I agree overall… I know how weird that sounds, but when Unterhaching played their season in the 4th league, I actually enjoyed it. Naturally, you won’t to go up again, but it had so much appeal. Playing Schweinfurt and Rosenheim with their small sports ground.
              Soccer in BuLi or CL is not the soccer anymore which I grew up with and which I like. Besides, you can’t watch the games in any case because they’re hidden in millions of different pay TV channels…

            • Indeed. I refuse to watch pay TV. :)
              Btw, I elaborated on my point in my reply to Morgan, if you are interested …

      • Ahh Loïc! Something tells me he’s not going to age well though.

    • Hello Mr! So good to see you back! How are you doing?

  14. 45 players and more than 1000 comments! :o

  15. Selena’s very alive and kickin’ All songs are being checked. 30 postcards are already ready (but some I want to work on again). So it’s looking good for Friday! I am busy all day tomorrow and might be Friday afternoon but I’ll be home for sure for it!

  16. 45 songs with an estimated average length of 5 minutes = 3.75 hours of quality music. :)

  17. Will there be a draw announced tonight? Has Selena Bjorkman done her tricks?

  18. With all these countries, I wonder if there’ll be one who has dropped after going in ETSC12

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