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 […]

Melodifestivalen, Eestilaul and voting

We were at the Swedish and Estonian national finals. Which got us thinking (again) about national final voting systems. You can read our analysis here. Perhaps someday we will take on the gauntlet that is the Lithuanian system. After we get over Lolita not getting the ticket. This will take time.  

Cammino di Sanremo: can the naked ape dance to Eurovision victory?

We’ve only had 10 of 2017’s Eurovision entries identified. Few seemed at all noteworthy until the song festival that inspired the Eurovision ran last week in Italy. Francesco Gabbani won the 67th Sanremo Festival with Occidentali’s Karma, defeating several established artists in the process. Gabbani’s win was an historic one: no one has returned to […]

58 Points on the national final trail

Whilst we won’t be in Kyiv, circumstances have conspired for appearances at both Eestilaul and the Melodifestivalen final. Bringing my skates to get my winter on (how Canadian). If you’ll be in Tallinn or Stockholm let us know!

Kyiv 2017 Semi-Final Pot Analysis @escinsight

My analysis of the results of the semi-final allocation for 2017 can be found here.

Any pot of gold? Some thoughts on the 2017 draw pots for Kyiv

Our friends at eurovision.tv have announced that the allocation draw for Kyiv happens on 31 January–a bit later than some years, but not too late by any stretch of the imagination. As we did last year, we thought an analysis would be appropriate. In advance of next weeks draw for semi-final allocations–and the spot in […]

Is timing everything? Early artist and song selection and success

Is it indeed November? Are we really a mere six months away from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv? We are! And while it’s early in the selection cycle, things are slowly picking up. We have 43 ostensive participating countries broadcasters – though there is yet another chance to withdraw without penalty next month. […]

Not ignoring you; ignoring Valletta

As we move out of our antipodean “winter”, we are working on some new analyses. However, our embargo of the child exploitation labour version of the franchise continues.

Eurovision 2016 Semi-Final One: Crunching the Numbers

After a decent (nearly two months long) post-Eurovision break, here at 58points.com we are ready to dust off our calculators and typewriters and reboot the site. That wee voice is once again whispering in the back of our heads “there are data, lots of data.” We certainly love our data. We will start our reboot […]

Stalin = victory (ESCInsight)

My latest for ESCInsight – which considers the extent to which Stalin might have tipped the public in Jamala’s favour–can be found here.