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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 […]


#eurovision 2018 Grand Final Analysis

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


The Revamp, an unproven path to #eurovision victory

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 […]


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


#Eurovision 2017 and Language: Rules, Practices and Conventions

Aside from its own argot—because expressions like pre-selection, do a Rossinelli, PED, Eurovision-by-numbers, styling och consulting, make no sense outside ESC fanland—few topics are as vexing as the issue of language at the Eurovision. Whilst for the most part the Contest using English as its business language is accepted (with French increasingly only used for […]


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!


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 […]


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 […]