As another Eurovision season comes to a close, John Egan crunches some of the numbers from this year’s Grand Final. There are some surprises! For the second year in a row the bookies’ favourite has triumphed: congratulations to the Netherlands’… Read more#Eurovision 2019: the Grand Final Results
“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
the 2018 Grand Final result was clear and unremarkable. John Egan takes a look at some of the numbers.
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… Read moreThe Revamp, an unproven path to #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
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… Read more#Eurovision 2017 and Language: Rules, Practices and Conventions
I’ve written an extensive piece on the sophisticated use of metaphor to win the Eurovision, over at ESCInsight. Take a look!
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… Read moreCammino di Sanremo: can the naked ape dance to Eurovision victory?
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… Read moreA scattering of votes: a brief look at diaspora and their impact at the Eurovision