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, […]
My latest on why Estonia’s national selection Eesti Laul snatches relegation from the jaws of qualification is now up at ESCInsight.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
I’ve written an extensive piece on the sophisticated use of metaphor to win the Eurovision, over at ESCInsight. Take a look!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]