From D’oh to Bupkis: the near misses and heartbreaks from the 2022 Grand Final

Almost only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and contact tracing. Such is life—and such is how scores are calculated in the Eurovision Song Contest. We know that televoters and a national jury can only award points to the top 10… Read moreFrom D’oh to Bupkis: the near misses and heartbreaks from the 2022 Grand Final

Pathways to #Eurovision victory 2022: Ukraine

This year’s Vidbir, the Ukrainian national selection, was won by Kalush Orchestra with Stefania. Eventually: Or, rather, Kalush Orchestra was given the opportunity to represent Ukraine after the original victor in their national final withdrew: once again, the issue of… Read morePathways to #Eurovision victory 2022: Ukraine

Pathways to #Eurovision victory 2022: Sweden

This year’s Melodifestivalen was won by Cornelia Jakobs with Hold Me Closer: After a relatively weak performance in 2021—where Tusse’s Voices finished 14th in the Grand Final—many fans wondered if SVT’s formula for persistently high ranking entries was losing its… Read morePathways to #Eurovision victory 2022: Sweden

Sweden, the #Eurovision, and the Popular Vote

In 2015 Sweden earned their sixth Eurovision title, two years after winning their fifth. Around that time Christer Björkman having said tying Ireland’s seven victories was a goal, claiming that have the most recent victory would mean Sweden leads Ireland…. Read moreSweden, the #Eurovision, and the Popular Vote