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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 […]


Lisbon 2018 Retrospective: Semi-Final Two #eurovision #allaboard

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 […]


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 […]


#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 […]


From mid-week to Saturday night: the Semi-Final to Grand Final #Eurovision trajectory

Around a hundred million people watched at least part of this year’s Grand Final. In fact, for many viewers the Saturday night show is the Eurovision Song Contest. However, most of the songs in a Grand Final have to earn their place through qualification from a semi-final—and only twice in the televote era has an […]


The 2017 Semi-Final results: a review

As we await clarification about the dates (hopefully identical to 2017), city (hopefully Lisbon), and venue (hopefully MEO Arena) for 2018, we’ve drilled down a bit into the fortunes of this year’s semi-finalists. There were 18 songs competing in each semi-final and half of the pre-qualified countries’ juries and public also voted in each. Therefore, […]


Eurovision 2016 Semi-Final One: Crunching the Numbers

After a decent (nearly two months long) post-Eurovision break, here at 58points.com we are ready to dust off our calculators and typewriters and reboot the site. That wee voice is once again whispering in the back of our heads “there are data, lots of data.” We certainly love our data. We will start our reboot […]


2016 Semi-Final Two Prediction: Our Infinitely Reliable Non-Scientific Model

We have one semi-final behind us and the next looms large. Whilst 80 per cent accuracy isn’t bad, the perfectionists at 58points.com aspire to, well, perfection. But we are sticking with our 2016 model to see if it does any better on a second go-round. As described previously we have tried to build a model […]


Semi-Final One 2016: Debriefed

Our highly sophisticated prediction model scored 8/10. Not a bad result, but not perfect. So…what happened?


2016 Semi-Final One Prediction: Our Infinitely Reliable Non-Scientific Model

As the 2016 Eurovision season got underway in December, information about artists, songs and presentation (or staging, if you prefer) have been dribbling out; throughout this period, the ESC fan community has developed its impressions of each entry. Many become convinced about who the winner will be after a national final or entry début. Once […]