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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!


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


Stalin = victory (ESCInsight)

My latest for ESCInsight – which considers the extent to which Stalin might have tipped the public in Jamala’s favour–can be found here.


moonlighting at ESCInsight: When Strangers are Coming

Still write the odd piece for ESCInsight (a grand group of people). My latest was an analysis of how widespread resonance for the message of 1944 might be across the Eurovision televoting public. As a child of the Irish diaspora, it certainly does. We grew listening to traditional music and a fair bit of nationalist […]


Drawn in quarters: initial thoughts on the 2016 draw

In our previous article we considered what sorts of outcomes from the semi-final allocation draw might impact this year’s Contest. Now that we know whether each semi-finallist will perform in either the first or second semi-final. And whether they will perform in the first or second half of the draw. Bear in mind, the producers […]


Pot calling kettle: implications of the 2016 allocation pots

In advance of next weeks draw for semi-final allocations–and the spot in the Grand Final for hosts Sweden, whose spot is never produced select for (even more) obvious conflict of interest reasons–we now know the pot allocation for the semi-finallist. Rather than a pan-Contest randomised draw, the process is as follows: The 6 pre-qualified finalists […]


A scattering of votes: a brief look at diaspora and their impact at the Eurovision

I am a child of diaspora; second generation Irish, a “plastic Paddy” as described by some. Both my Dad’s parents were from Ireland (Offaly and Galway, to be more precise): we played Irish sports after school, attended community events, and a (Roman Catholic) church that was mostly Irish. We grew up immersed in Irish music […]