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 out!
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 13 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 and earlier this year, in July, Sweden won for the second time. 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 14 – August 2020” will be officially held in Gothenburg after Winona Oak won.
After a first round open for people to sign up with a country and send a song, we got 48 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, Caolán, Daniel, David, Dimitris, Dino, Dominik, Donnie, Donnyademaj, Elmar, Franco, Greg, Gregor, Guitar, Hjallis, Jerry, Kenna, Lina, Luke, 8Mark8, 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!
So the winner is Belgium! After 3rd in etsc 12 and 2nd in etsc 13 it’s finally a win for Belgium! The song is “Give Me The Knife” by Billie:
So the most striking thing in the results is that 6 countries return: Belgium (1st), Denmark (5th), Sweden (7th), Morocco (8th), France (9th) and North Macedonia (10th)! New powerhouses? Belgium, often ovelooked in the past, moved as the year’s big thing: after a second bronze medal in ETSC 12, it moved one place up in ETSC 13 and finally grab the victory in ETSC 14 moving yet again one place up! Three medals in a row! Another similarity between the two 2020 editions are how close pointwise they are, with very similar patterns in the top 10 including the tie at 83pts in 9th and 10th (both times involving North Macedonia too)! The three medalists from ETSC 13 get Top 10 again, though the HoD of the year is definitely Razvan, twice runner-up in the past (Netherlands in ETSC 7 and Denmark in ETSC 9) who grabs two victories! However, Slovakia got points from more people than Belgium and neither got points from at least half of voters. But out of 48 it seems a very tough mission now! As usual, a new country enters Top 10 and it’s Slovakia, straight to silver (it joins Spain, Netherlands or Russia as countries with a silver medal as best results to date). Armenia and Jordan were very close to get their first too while Cyprus and Albania were close to a Top 10 they rarely get! 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):
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), Razvan (ETSC 12), Patrick (ETSC 13).
Just like last time we go for 8/10 but last time we predicted the top 6 and the winner right: this time we missed the runner-up and the 5th! Denmark predicted tied 29th is probably the worst predicted Top 5 ever! However our two misses in Top 10 were 16th and 17th and likely top 10ers. Albania (11th), Jordan (12th) and Cyprus (13th) weren’t predicted as high for sure! Here are the results of prediction game: Donnie (334), Anders (308), Dimitris (294), Ovi (186+100), Patrick P. (285), Trekks (276), Martin (274), Donnyademaj (266), David (262), Hjallis (256), Gregor (254), Razvan (244), Pablo (239), 8Mark8 (239), Dominik (238), Ren (235), Oxi (222), Greg (215), Nick P. (214), Guitar (184), Dino (184), Franco (182), Porsteinn (180), Sheldon (168), Elmar (152), Valen (125), PJ (82), Lina (80). So even though Ovi got the late bonus (he was second before last in sending HoD prediction and got exactly 10 right!), his bad prediction for Top 10 prevents him from winning it all! This is our worst prediction individually (only two people above 300pts…) mostly due to missing Slovakia and Denmark, with Switzerland comfortably 6th missing and France 5th only 9th. So a lot of low scoring predictions. However, with his first 8 predictionwise being all in the Top 10 (guess who he missed, that’s right, Slovakia and Denmark!), Donnie gets a very comfortable win! Anders, thanks to being the only one who predicted Denmark (in 4th place, giving him 42pts over the competition), gets a second place! Congratulations to them!
And we take our leave for a year, with all our beautiful medals: