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! The results are coming tonight!
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.
After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 45 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 two weeks 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: Alex, Anders, Arpatilaos, Avat, Bay, Brittany, Caolán, Daniel, Dimitris, Dino, Dominik, Donnie, Donnyademaj, Franco, Greg, Gregor, Guitar, Hjallis, Jerry, Kenna, Lina, Marko, Martin, Matthew, Mermaid, Michos, Mylor, Nick P, Oasisoffear, Ovidarch, Oxi, Pablo, Patrick P, PJ, Porsteinn, Razvan, Ren, Sedapsi, Sekhmet Morgan, Sheldon, Shevek, Togravus, Trekks, Valen, and Zainab!
Results lasted for 5h! 2,088 comments later… Here are the full results (click to see in big):
First of all, be careful that I made a mistake during the result night, having put the Italian 3pts to Greece instead of Sweden! The mistake could not be corrected in such short notice since everything was ready. It did not change Sweden’s results of course, but sadly it means that during the reveal night Greece was 11th and Slovakia 12th when it’s the other way around. My apologies to all the HoD involved in my mistake. Hope they don’t get too upset by it!
So the winner is Sweden! The song is “Break My Broken Heart” by Winona Oak and yes, Sweden beat a Russian-satire again, like in ETSC 11!
Also it’s interesting that last edition’s top 2 (Italy and Norway) are bottom 2 this time while Sweden and Belgium, the top 2 this time around, were 3rd and 4th last time! The winning entry was chosen for this contest by Razvan, who wins ETSC for the first time and gets his fourth medal after being twice runner-up and once third! He also got once 4th and twice 5th! A consistency that finally payd off! The winner got points from 21 people (the edition’s record) got 6 times the infamous “12pts” (the edition’s record)! Both medalists Belgium and Germany got two and one 12pts respectively when France (4th) and Denmark (10th) both got four! For Belgium, this is a second medal in a row, a third overall but the best result to date (one silver, two bronzes). A win is expected from them soon! As for Germany, it’s their second medal after the gold won in ETSC 10 when Elif won. Meanwhile, France, who so far always got a medal in July, can still be very happy to anchor itself a little bit more as ETSC power hourse with an 11th place in the Top 5 in 13 editions! On the other hand, Switzerland (3), Russia (3), Ukraine (3) and North Macedonia (3) are less often ranked Top 10 and Morocco is the new comer in our list this time around! Welcome! As usual, since it went to the last vote, I made two logos to celebrate the nerve-breaking finish (click to see in big):
Using the pattern used for the 10th anniversary ETSC stats article, we get this (the number in brackets is the number of times in the Top 10):
This reflects quite well the diversity of ETSC 13 with the shortest (Belgium, 2’40) and the longest (Denmark, 8’04) both making the Top 10! Also, with rap, pop, trap, ballad, we got it all here, with songs in Danish, Russian for Belgium or Yakut for Russia! Also, two out of three newcomers storm to their first Top 10! A first in ETSC as well for Zainab, who got bottom 5 both times last year and for Marko, while Ren gets a second one in a row after last year’s bronze! Congrats to all the HoD who made it! Here are this edition’s medals:
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), Donnie (ETSC 11) and after a close battle Razvan (ETSC 12)!
Probably our best prediction ever with 8/10 including the entire top 8 and the right winner! However, with failing to nominate North Macedonia at all (I have it 34th but in fact 33 countries have been cited at least once in predictions and it’s one of the 12 countries that werent) and very few who noticed Denmark’s chances to grab a lot of big points (it got 4, as many as France who is 4th and more than Belgium or Germany who got medals in the end)! Here are the results of prediction game: Patrick P (290+100= 390pts), Ovidarch (360pts), Donnyademaj (357pts), Oxi (353pts), Valen (346pts), Sheldon (343pts), Gregor (332pts), Martin (294pts), Nick (291pts), Razvan (290pts), Trekks (289ps), Lina (288pts), Donnie (288pts), Dino (281pts), Franco (230pts), Dominik (222pts), Kenna (218pts), Pablo (189pts)! Congratulations Patrick, who got the HoD Bonus having predicted 12 HoD right and therefore double cross Ovidarch who was a few pts over Donny, Oxi, Valen or Sheldon who all made very strong predictions!