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.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A sane person to an insane society must appear insane Kurt Vonnegut So. The Eurovision. Yes, that Eurovision, that thing that just happened in Lisbon. The one that appears to be heading towards Tel Aviv Jerusalem next year. It was awesome. And also a bit terrible. A bit. This was the first time I’ve spent […]
Contributions so far I’m here working for ESCinsight. As of today I’ve ; Written about the unwritten Eurovision rules and how to bust ’em open Written about this year’s slate of jurors, who determine half the scores again this year Contributed to one podcast I’ve also been interviewed by a few other sites, but I […]
As is often the custom, in the weeks between the Heads of Delegation (HoD) meeting in mid-March and the first rehearsals two weeks before the Grand Final, we are being treated to a trickle of “Eurovision versions” of the already identified songs. In many instances these constitute remixes of what we’ve already heard: the rules […]