“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… Read moreStrongest, toughest ever? 2018’s first #Eurovision semi-final in context
Does said membership disproportionately benefit a 12 member Russophone bloc’s preferred entry? Click through for a lengthy analysis!
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… Read moreEurovision 2016 Semi-Final One: Crunching the Numbers
My latest for ESCInsight – which considers the extent to which Stalin might have tipped the public in Jamala’s favour–can be found here.
In this next article in our series looking back at the 2016 Contest we examine the overall Grand Final results. We identify the winners (yes, plural), and highlight how differential jury and televote scores are no longer squashed to the bottom of the leader board.
Doubtless the PR machine around Europe’s favourite Song Contest loved the potential in a Russia versus Ukraine narrative. Since Jamala’s win, there have been some who think anti-Russian bias explains their loss. The data tell a different story…
I’ve done some analysis of this year’s top 3 over at ESCinsight. com Take a look.
Still write the odd piece for ESCInsight (a grand group of people). My latest was an analysis of how widespread resonance for the message of 1944 might be across the Eurovision televoting public. As a child of the Irish diaspora,… Read moremoonlighting at ESCInsight: When Strangers are Coming
For those disinclined to click back, here’s what our highly pseudo-scientific model predicted for semi-final one: Excellent: Ukraine (15.63 points), Serbia (13.46), Macedonia (12.92), Bulgaria (11.99), Lithuania (11.93), Israel (11.17), Norway (10.28), Ireland (9.88), Poland (9.71) and Georgia (9.38). And… Read moreSemi-Final Two 2016: Debriefed