2017 League Table Update

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 […]

Many 2017 analyses to come

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!

Metaphoric expression at the Eurovision (via ESCInsight)

I’ve written an extensive piece on the sophisticated use of metaphor to win the Eurovision, over at ESCInsight. Take a look!

2017 semi-final allocation: initial thoughts.

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 […]

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 […]