Except for 2005 (when Helena Paparizou’s My Number One was prequalified thanks to Greece’s 2004 result) and 2010 (when Big Five member Germany’s Lena won with Satellite) every Eurovison winner since 2004 has qualified from its semi-final. This is true… Read moreDouble up: The Journey from Qualifier to #Eurovision Grand Final Victory
As the voting system for the Eurovision Song Contest has evolved, so have the routes toward the crystal microphone. The douze points framework is now in its fourth decade, but how it has been deployed continues to change. The current iteration separates… Read morePathways to victory: Recent recipes for #Eurovision success
Since 2000 Russia has been a Eurovision powerhouse…mostly: one win, runner-up four times, and five other top 10 results. 2018 was the first time they failed to qualify for a Grand Final. For 2019 they have queued up Sergey Lazarev,… Read moreWith Russia with love: the Russian coat tail theory
“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!
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… Read moreLisbon 2018 Retrospective: Semi-Final Two #eurovision #allaboard
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
While this site is focused on data derived from the Eurovision, we are not inured to other developments around the Contest. The Ukrainian decision is incredibly short sighted. But this also highlights how the EBU needs to get its own… Read moreon boycotts
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.