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Bubbly Bubbly Bubbly Euro(vision)

A sane person to an insane society must appear insane Kurt Vonnegut So. The Eurovision. Yes, that Eurovision, that thing that just happened in Lisbon. The one that appears to be heading towards Tel Aviv Jerusalem next year. It was awesome. And also a bit terrible. A bit. This was the first time I’ve spent […]


Radio, print, gawd knows what else

As the fortnight wraps up here in Lisbon–two more nights of shows and we will have our 2018 champion–I thought I’d update some of the press work I’ve done elsewhere. But first kudos to the Portuguese-led team who’ve done a good job organising things. I think the Grand Final has too long an opener, but […]


Semi-final two serviette of death

This is not as strong a semi-final. There were six obvious ones to me and then seven more competing for four places. But here it is: Norway, Romania, Russia, Moldova, Australia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Sweden and Ukraine. If you can, please vote for Russia. She’s being exploited, unfairly so. And there’s a dearth of excellence […]


Reflecting on life in the Bubble

Contributions so far I’m here working for ESCinsight. As of today I’ve ; Written about the unwritten Eurovision rules and how to bust ’em open Written about this year’s slate of jurors, who determine half the scores again this year Contributed to one podcast I’ve also been interviewed by a few other sites, but I […]


#eurovision 2018 semi-final two performance order

With less than four weeks to go until rehearsals start, Lisbon 2018 is simmering away. The Altice Arena is in the possession of RTP. Eurovision versions of songs are being released. The final batch of ticket sales to the public happen in mere hours. And the producers have released the performance order for the two […]


#eurovision 2018 semi-final one performance order

With less than four weeks to go until rehearsals start, Lisbon 2018 is simmering away. The Altice Arena is in the possession of RTP. Eurovision versions of songs are being released. The final batch of ticket sales to the public happen in mere hours. And the producers have released the performance order for the two […]


The Revamp, an unproven path to #eurovision victory

As is often the custom, in the weeks between the Heads of Delegation (HoD) meeting in mid-March and the first rehearsals two weeks before the Grand Final, we are being treated to a trickle of “Eurovision versions” of the already identified songs. In many instances these constitute remixes of what we’ve already heard: the rules […]


Eesti Laul 2018 by the numbers

f you are looking for a great national final to check out live, Eesti Laul one is ace. If you’re merely looking for a cool place to visit,


Voyage voyage

John from 58Points will be out-n-about for the national selection season: Eesti Laul in Tallinn Norge Melodigrandprix in Oslo Looking forward to getting his winter on at the two national finals. He will be writing for ESCInsight in Lisbon.


The peculiarities of a “landslide” #eurovision victory

Portugal’s 2017 victory was a landmark: a first victory after 50 attempts, a non-English language victory for only the second time in the televote era, and the first aligned victory (in terms of jury and public rankings) since 2014. All of which makes for a comprehensive victory…unless all is not necessarily as it seems, if you dig a bit deeper. So dig we have. Or at least tried