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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!


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 […]


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,


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.  


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!


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 […]


Schlager on the Bloc: Scandinavia, Back Scratching, and the Eurovision

It’s been happening for years. As long as there’s been a live voting sequence at the Eurovision Song Contest some countries seem to be more…supportive…of one another. Thus, in this article we focus our lens on the Scandi bloc and it’s voting history in the semi-final era of the Eurovision Song Contest.