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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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!
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.