A Cheap and Cheerful Method data

All Data 2010   S1 Televote Jury S2 Televote Jury 1 Belgium Greece  Belgium Turkey  Azerbaijan Georgia 2 Greece  Iceland  Portugal Azerbaijan  Turkey Turkey 3 Iceland Belgium Greece Georgia Romania Azerbaijan 4 Portugal  Russia Albania Romania Denmark Israel 5 Serbia Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark Georgia  Armenia 6 Albania     Armenia     7 […]

2019 #Eurovision jurors by the numbers

The EBU have released the list of all 205 jurors for this year’s Eurovision. For perhaps the first time, all of the names are provided: usually there are perhaps a handful of delegations missing a name. Rather than conduct an exhaustive analysis, here’s a few highlights: There are slightly more men (111) than women (94). […]

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A few weeks ago this fella asked me to contribute a “Eurovision Thought” to the ESCInsight podcast. Chapeau, monsieur! I perhaps surprised a few folks when I argued against what is the ostensive purpose of this site: a data-driven perspective on the Eurovision. Here’s part of what I said: It’s simple. To win the Eurovision […]

#Eurovision semi-final victory and performance order

In part one we examined the relative importance of performance order with respect to Grand Final qualification. The concise finding from that analysis that performance order can improve an entry’s prospects quite a lot, but there are no genuinely hopeless slots. But what about winning a semi-final? Are there any genuinely sweet slots? How important […]

Semi-final performance order

In a live, competitive competition, what you do and when you do it both are important. But how important is the “when” bit, when the immediate goal is qualifying for the Grand Final? In this article John Egan looks at the question of Grand Final qualification in the two semi-final era of the Eurovision.

Strongest, toughest ever? 2018’s first #Eurovision semi-final in context

“Brutal.” “A bloodbath.” “So unfair.” “Toughest semi-final in history.” These were but a few of the comments made in the Lisbon bubble about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest first semi-final. The overwhelming consensus was that Tuesday’s line-up of entries was much stronger, there were more than 10 entries deserving of a place in this year’s […]

Victory and the Russophone bloc in the #eurovision Grand Final

Does said membership disproportionately benefit a 12 member Russophone bloc’s preferred entry? Click through for a lengthy analysis!

#eurovision 2018 Grand Final Analysis

the 2018 Grand Final result was clear and unremarkable. John Egan takes a look at some of the numbers.

Lisbon 2018 Retrospective: Semi-Final Two #eurovision #allaboard

The first 2018 semi-final offered an embarrassment of riches: there being a sense of disappointment with what would follow on Thursday seemed inevitable. But even with a lowered set of expectations, what was delivered on Thursday felt, with a few exceptions underwhelming. There was another element to the luck of the 2018 draw that seemed […]

Lisbon 2018 Retrospective: Semi-Final One

There are few aspects of the Eurovision for which a consensus view emerges. But in 2018 there seemed to be one: that the first semi-final had more than 10 qualification-worthy entries. A corollary of this is that the second semi-final only had a handful of strong entries. This imbalance was accidental—due to the random allocation […]