#Eurovision 2017 and Language: Rules, Practices and Conventions

Aside from its own argot—because expressions like pre-selection, do a Rossinelli, PED, Eurovision-by-numbers, styling och consulting, make no sense outside ESC fanland—few topics are as vexing as the issue of language at the Eurovision. Whilst for the most part the Contest using English as its business language is accepted (with French increasingly only used for […]

From mid-week to Saturday night: the Semi-Final to Grand Final #Eurovision trajectory

Around a hundred million people watched at least part of this year’s Grand Final. In fact, for many viewers the Saturday night show is the Eurovision Song Contest. However, most of the songs in a Grand Final have to earn their place through qualification from a semi-final—and only twice in the televote era has an […]

The 2017 Semi-Final results: a review

As we await clarification about the dates (hopefully identical to 2017), city (hopefully Lisbon), and venue (hopefully MEO Arena) for 2018, we’ve drilled down a bit into the fortunes of this year’s semi-finalists. There were 18 songs competing in each semi-final and half of the pre-qualified countries’ juries and public also voted in each. Therefore, […]

Eesti Laul’s tale of woe (@escinsight) #eurovision

My latest on why Estonia’s national selection Eesti Laul snatches relegation from the jaws of qualification is now up at ESCInsight.

Joy, Pain and Ambiguity: an Overview of the 2017 #eurovision Grand Final

In many respects 2017 has been a noteworthy one. In this first article we take a look at some of the Grand Final results. This is the first in a series: subsequently we will drill down into particular elements of this year’s results, including detailed looks at the two semi-finals. Joy More than fifty years […]

2017 League Table Update

We have made our annual update to the League Table page. Here’s what’s changed subsequent to the Kyiv 2017 results: Portugal earns its first ever points—with its maiden win and first ever top 5 result for Salvador Sobral and Amar Pelos Dois—but a delegation needs a lot more than 5 points (the value of a […]

Many 2017 analyses to come

We have a slew of analyses planned about the 2017 data. Meanwhile, here’s an overview analysis we’ve provided to our friends at ESCInsight. Congratulations to Portugal’s Salvador Sobral, whose Amar Pelos Dois scored an historic win!

Metaphoric expression at the Eurovision (via ESCInsight)

I’ve written an extensive piece on the sophisticated use of metaphor to win the Eurovision, over at ESCInsight. Take a look!

2017 semi-final allocation: initial thoughts.

The EBU surprised most pundits by releasing the performance draws allocation for this year’s semi-finals late last week. Given there’s been no resolution of the Russian question, it could mean: There has been a resolution, yet to be announced, and Russia will be represented by someone singing something There has not been a resolution, but […]

on boycotts

While this site is focused on data derived from the Eurovision, we are not inured to other developments around the Contest. The Ukrainian decision is incredibly short sighted. But this also highlights how the EBU needs to get its own house in order. A condition of hosting should be the granting of accreditation to delegations […]