“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.
Contributions so far I’m here working for ESCinsight. As of today I’ve ; Written about the unwritten Eurovision rules and how to bust ’em open Written about this year’s slate of jurors, who determine half the scores again this year… Read moreReflecting on life in the Bubble
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
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… Read moreFrom mid-week to Saturday night: the Semi-Final to Grand Final #Eurovision trajectory
In many respects 2017 has been a noteworthy one. In this first article we take a look at some of the Grand Final results. This is the first in a series: subsequently we will drill down into particular elements of… Read moreJoy, Pain and Ambiguity: an Overview of the 2017 #eurovision Grand Final