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“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS wins SongHunt 2020

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS wins SongHunt 2020

SongHunt 2020, our poll series to find the best non-winning national final song of the year, has come to an end: “La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS from the Belarusian has won the grand final!

Based on the votes of our chatters in the #esc chat and supplemented by our editors’ choices, a total of 96 songs took part in the eight SongHunt heats between January and March, followed by four quarter-finals and two semi-finals. The poll for the 12-song final was open for the past week, and the results from that were combined with our chatters’ votes in tonight’s special live chat event to get the following final ranking:

  1. CHАKRАS – La-ley-la (Belarus)
  2. Dotter – Bulletproof (Sweden)
  3. Sara Bajraktari – Ajër (Albania)
  4. Erika Vikman – Cicciolina (Finland)
  5. Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come (Sweden)
  6. Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart (Croatia)
  7. Iva – Oculis videre (Iceland)
  8. Olga Lounová – Dark Water (Czech Republic)
  9. Didrik & Emil – Out Of Air (Norway)
  10. We All Poop – All The Blood (Positive Song Actually) (Czech Republic)
  11. Paul Rey – Talking In My Sleep (Sweden)
  12. Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes (Norway)

This year’s SongHunt was additionally complicated by the fact that ESC 2020 was cancelled right in the middle of the competition, but we were delighted to see that the level of interest remained as high as always – everyone clearly wanted their say in which song was most “robbed”, even if it turns out they wouldn’t have made it to Rotterdam anyway.

“La-ley-la” duly follows in the footsteps of “Nefelibata” by MNTHA (2015), “Helpless” by The Hardkiss (2016), “Petale” by Instinct (2017), “Fără tine” by Dora Gaitanovici (2018) and “Dua ta besoj” by Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti to become our sixth annual SongHunt winner! You can check out the full results of the entire SongHunt 2020 season if you want to see how we got from FiK to here.

And to conclude, here’s the reprise of the winning song and performance. Many congratulations to CHAKRAS and thanks to everyone who voted in our chat and on our website during all the rounds. Even if next year’s national final season looks to be a bit more scaled-back than usual, there will still be plenty of finals to watch, so there will be a SongHunt 2021 – we’ll see you there!

 

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

It’s Eurovision Day!

Except, of course, it’s not. And it’s still weird.

I should have been in Tenerife with the usual gang right now, sunning myself at our poolside “press centre” and putting on some last, ill-advised bets after overanalysing the final running order. Many of you would have been at the actual press centre in Rotterdam, or enjoying the fresh air in the host city and taking in some performances by national final failures at the EuroVillage. Or perhaps you’d have been at home, sticking little flags into canapés ahead of your party guests arriving in the evening.

But as we all know, the C-word put an end to all that (and we don’t mean Carola, though it would probably be within her powers too).

Ever since ESC 2020 was cancelled and the lockdown kicked in around Europe and the world, the Eurovision fan community has been excelling itself, as it so often does. Most publicly with the Eurovision Again movement on Twitter, which has established itself as a weekly highlight and even gained the endorsement of the official Eurovision channel – though if we’re talking rewatches, we have to give a special shout-out to the nightly rewatches of old contests on the messageboard of our partner site ESCNation, which we’ve been joining in with in our #esc chat. Knowing there’s always something to watch with friends after a particularly shitty lockdown day has been a real blessing at this strange time.

A whole bunch of fan sites also collaborated on the Eurostream project, while on the official front, the BBC Newsbeat documentary was almost unbearably poignant and the Eurovision Home Concerts have thrown up some brilliantly improbable highlights (as well as showcasing some fascinating home furnishing choices). All of that culminates tonight, with the Europe Shine A Light show that’s being broadcast across the participating countries in the slot that should have been occupied by the grand final of ESC 2020, flanked in many cases by local content. And, of course, we’ll be gathering virtually to watch it together and celebrate those unfortunate 2020 entries one last time.

It can’t replace ESC, of course. Nothing could. But it might help us to finally internalise the fact that we’re not getting “our” contest this year. To quote a conversation from our chatroom, tonight feels like a funeral you really need to go well. In the best case, it’ll give us some degree of catharsis, ideally accompanied by a decent buffet.

That might not be setting our sights especially high, but what else can we do? There are bigger and more important things happening in the world right now – so let’s just hope this goes down as a unique blip, an asterisk in the long and storied history of Europe’s greatest television spectacular, and appreciate the way in which the contest brings us all together even when it’s not actually happening.

Raise a glass tonight to the 2020 contestants. But above all, raise a glass to yourselves, the amazing community of fans who keep this contest going year after year. Even in adversity – perhaps, as it turns out, especially in adversity – you’re a pretty awesome bunch.

Stay safe and stay well. Cheers from all of us at escgo!, and here’s to better times ahead.

 

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Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

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SongHunt 2020: Meet the finalists!

SongHunt 2020: Meet the finalists!

SongHunt 2020, our competition to find the most robbed national finalist of the 2020 Eurovision season, has reached the grand final. 12 songs remain in the hunt for victory, and the poll is now open for your votes – but before you vote, we’d like to introduce you to each of the finalists in turn!

Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come
Following on from last year’s “Ashes To Ashes”, the Melodifestivalen comeback queen cemented her return to the scene this year with the meticulously staged “Kingdom Come”. Despite being tipped by many, it wasn’t quite enough to win her the ticket to Rotterdam – but there’s always some kind of Swedish presence in the SongHunt final and Anna Bergendahl duly takes her place among our 12 contenders this year.


We All Poop – All The Blood (Positive Song Actually)
For a few months it looked like we were going to get a televised Czech final for the first time since their return to the contest, but in the end it was another internet-only selection. Why change a successful formula, after all? Sadly that means we’ll never get to know how We All Poop (worst band name ever?) would have translated the impactful music video for their Cooper Temple Clause-esque “All The Blood” into a live setting – but that hasn’t stopped it from sailing through to the final of SongHunt 2020.


Didrik & Emil – Out Of Air
We were blessed with two wildly different performances of “Out Of Air” – the first featuring a weirdly near-romantic vibe between the Solli-Tangen brothers and a choreography involving junior versions of themselves (which obviously wouldn’t have been allowed at ESC), and this staging from the final with a rather more sober, light entertainment take on the song. The latter is what got Didrik and Emil into SongHunt in the first place, and that journey has led them all the way to our final.


Erika Vikman – Cicciolina
SongHunt is essentially a project to find the most “robbed” national final song of the season, and if you ask many fans, they’ll tell you that “Cicciolina” is that song. The ingredients for a classic fan failure at the national final stage are always the same: you need a heavily hyped entry like this one, yes, but you also need some evil juries (ideally foreign) to throw a spanner in the works, and a fairly unspectacular song to reap the rewards instead of the big loud fanfave. No wonder Erika Vikman has made it this far in SongHunt – it may be the only thing she wins this year.


Iva – Oculis videre
Dutch-Icelandic singer Íva Marín Adrichem, better known as Iva, got a lot of the early hype ahead of this year’s Söngvakeppnin until she was inevitably swept away by the Daði tidal wave. Nevertheless, the unusual and haunting “Oculis videre” still has its fair share of fans, and who’s to say it wouldn’t have been just as clever a choice for ESC?


Dotter – Bulletproof
Never mind the fact that it was one of the fan favourites to win Melodifestivalen – you know you’ve really made it when you’re the subject of a meme, and Dotter’s “Bulletproof” did that in quite some style. Away from all that, it was perhaps surprising to see Dotter only just scraping into the SongHunt final. Will she find her feet here, or is this her glass ceiling?


Sara Bajraktari – Ajër
An Albanian song won the previous edition of SongHunt, so we’re always on the lookout for strong contenders when Festivali i Këngës kicks off the national final season. Sara Bajraktari got a strong response from the local audience on the first night of FiK 58, and our chatters were similarly enthusiastic by the time the final night rolled around – voting her straight into the first heat of SongHunt 2020, from where she has progressed all the way to our final!


CHАKRАS – La-ley-la
On a purely selfish note, we’re delighted to see “La-ley-la” in the SongHunt final purely because it was the song that received the biggest average score of the season in our chat during its respective national final. There is definitely such a thing as “chatroom taste” over in #esc, so it was perhaps no surprise that an angular, difficult and downright weird number like this would meet with our approval – but seeing it get this deep into the SongHunt process is very satisfying indeed!


Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes
Amid the craziness that the national final season throws at us, there’s always room for a nice, sensible, grown-up song. Cue Tone Damli, previously best known to ESC fans for narrowly (ha-ha) losing out to Alexander Rybak in the 2009 Norwegian final. We’ll never know if “Hurts Sometimes” could have secured the ticket to Rotterdam had it not been for the app failure in the first round of this year’s Melodi Grand Prix, but Tone Damli can satisfy herself with still being in the running for the SongHunt crown.


Paul Rey – Talking In My Sleep
Melodifestivalen tradition dictates that there have to be one or two “sleepers” – songs that take their time to make an impact on the public, eventually reaching the final via the Andra Chansen round only to suddenly develop into contenders for the crown. FELIX SANDMAN was widely tipped to play that role again this year, having done the same in 2018. Instead, it was the likes of Anis don Demina and Paul Rey who picked up the slack. The former’s “Vem e som oss” did better at MF, but the latter’s “Talking In My Sleep” is the one that has got deepest in our competition, making it all the way to the final of SongHunt 2020.


Olga Lounová – Dark Water
Another one from the internet-only Czech selection, it would have been interesting to see a live staging for Olga’s dark song about dark waters. (We’re betting it would have been dark.) In the absence of that, we’ll have to be satisfied with this video for the studio version and a healthy dose of imagination. Either way, the song is a good ‘un and that’s why it’s made it this far!


Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart
It’s loud, it’s in your face, it’s Croatian. Our chatters can rarely resist that formula, and the wider SongHunt voting public have been no less kind to Indira and her mildly bonkers “You Will Never Break My Heart”. It’s a perfect closer to our playlist, and if nothing else, it certainly ups the average BPM of this year’s SongHunt final.


And that’s it – now that you’ve met our 12 finalists, it’s time for you to vote!

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Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s time for the grand final of SongHunt 2020!

Which song should have won its preselection this year? Who was the most robbed national finalist of all? Our annual SongHunt has been underway since earlier this year with the aim of finding out – and now we’ve reached the grand final!

Our final features 12 songs that qualified from the semi-finals. Your task is simple: You have between one and three votes to give to your favourite song(s)! That means you can vote for your one big favourite and make sure it gets a boost, or you can spread your love around several songs if you can’t quite decide. It’s up to you!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 16th May, and we’ll be crowning the winner in the #esc chat on Sunday evening. As always, a video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder, or you can check out our detailed introduction to all 12 finalists.



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It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

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Daði Freyr from Iceland wins Eurostream 2020!

Daði Freyr from Iceland wins Eurostream 2020!

The week-long, fan-led initiative to honour and vote on the entries of the cancelled 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, Eurostream 2020, has concluded – and the winner is Iceland! Congratulations are due to “Think About Things” by Daði & Gagnamagnið for a convincing victory.

Following the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, several major Eurovision websites joined forces to organise the first ever 100% online edition of the Contest – and escgo! and the #esc chat were delighted to play our own little part in proceedings by banging the drum for the event and, of course, live-watching and voting along with the shows in our chat community.

This we did over two nights of semi-finals followed by tonight’s grand final. After some technical gremlins along the way – and it wouldn’t be a Eurovision(-style) event without them! – the votes of national juries consisting of music professionals (50%) and online public voting (50%) decided that the clear winner was Daði Freyr from Iceland with the much-hyped “Think About Things”. The Roop from Lithuania ended up in a fairly distant second place, with Little Big from Russia completing the podium in third place.

This was in stark contrast to our own ChatVote 2020 event, which saw Iceland languishing down in 18th place (and Lithuania and Russia also outside the top ten, for that matter), while Italy ran away with the victory. But we’ve always had our own special taste in the #esc chat!

A big thank you to the Eurostream 2020 team for all their hard work during these last weeks in making the event happen, and for coping with all the nerve-jangling technical issues they encountered along the way tonight! We had three super fun nights in our chat watching and commenting and joining in, and it really helped to conjure up a bit of the ESC spirit in this unusual year for fans of the contest. Cheers, and congratulations once again to Iceland!


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Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

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SongHunt 2020 – Semi-Final 2

SongHunt 2020 – Semi-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season has reached the semi-final stage, and this week it’s time for the second and last semi-final.

Each semi-final features 12 songs that qualified from the quarter-finals. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 9th May. A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

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Join us in the #esc chat next week as we support Eurostream 2020!

Join us in the #esc chat next week as we support Eurostream 2020!

Now that our own ChatVote is complete, we’re turning our attention to a bigger collaborative project: Eurostream 2020!

Following the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, several major Eurovision websites have joined forces to organise the first ever 100% online edition of the Contest – and escgo! and the #esc chat are delighted to be playing our own little part in proceedings by banging the drum for the event and, of course, live-watching and voting along with the shows in our chat community.

Under the joint name Eurostream 2020, three scheduled live shows will be broadcast online for viewers around the world. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 May, starting at 21:00 CET. The votes of national juries consisting of music professionals (50%) and online public voting (50%) will determine which ten countries progress from each Semi-Final and join the “big five” and the Netherlands in the Grand Final of Eurostream 2020, to be held on Saturday 9 May at 21:00 CET.

During the live shows, snippets of the official preview videos will be shown and editors from several Eurovision websites will be joining via live stream to comment on the songs and their chances. If you want to know more about how it will all work, check out the FAQ at eurostream2020.com!

The running order draws for Semi-Final 1 and Semi-Final 2 have already taken place, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the #esc chat on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of next week as we support this fan-led initiative, which will also be a nice accompaniment and warm-up for the officlal “replacement shows” that will air during what would have been ESC week. See you in the chat – and good luck to the Eurostream team!

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Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

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SongHunt 2020 – Semi-Final 1

SongHunt 2020 – Semi-Final 1

The SongHunt continues!

Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting! Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season now enters the semi-final stage.

Each semi-final features 12 songs that qualified from the quarter-finals. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 2nd May. A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



Want to know more? You can see the full qualification list for SongHunt 2020 here!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

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Twitter hive mind!

We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

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Italy wins ChatVote 2020 with “Fai rumore” by Diodato!

Italy wins ChatVote 2020 with “Fai rumore” by Diodato!

Italy has won the 16th annual edition of ChatVote, the traditional event held by escgo! and the #esc chatroom to find our favourite song ahead of each year’s Eurovision Song Contest!

Of course, this year there is no Eurovision Song Contest, but that didn’t stop us from gathering in the chat for two semi-finals of viewing and voting fun, followed by voting on “our” grand final. And the verdict could hardly have been clearer: Following on from Mahmood’s victory in 2019, Italy defended its title, with Diodato’s “Fai rumore” taking first place by an overwhelming margin.

Azerbaijan and Bulgaria took second and third place, but in reality they were never really in with a chance of victory – more than half of our voters had Italy in their top three, and Diodato’s lead quickly became insurmountable. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scoreboard, the wooden spoon went to Spain.

You can see the final scoreboard in full below:

Reflecting the unusual circumstances this year, it was a stripped-back edition of ChatVote with just the “jury” votes, like it used to be – but we’ll hopefully be back to the full version of the show next year to accompany an actual Eurovision Song Contest!

We can now also reveal the full results of the semi-finals, which were as follows:

First semi-final: 1. Azerbaijan, 2. Israel, 3. Belgium, 4. Norway, 5= Lithuania, North Macedonia and Croatia, 8= Ireland, Russia and Malta || 11= Romania and Slovenia, 13. Sweden, 14= Cyprus and Ukraine, 16. Australia, 17. Belarus

Second semi-final: 1. Bulgaria, 2. Denmark, 3. Switzerland, 4. Serbia, 5= Finland and Iceland 7= Greece and Portugal, 9. Albania, 10. Armenia || 11th= Poland and Moldova, 13th. Estonia, 14th= Georgia and Latvia, 16th. Czech Republic, 17th= San Marino and Austria

This is normally where we would end the article by wondering what this meant in terms of Italy’s chances for success at the real ESC. Sadly, we can’t do that this year – but we can certainly celebrate the landslide winner by watching it one more time. A huge thank you to all the chatters who voted and supported the event this year!

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

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SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

read more

Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

read more

SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Twitter hive mind!

We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

BLOG: Raise a glass to the #Eurovision that never was! http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/16/raise-a-glass-to-the-eurovision-that-never-was/

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ChatVote 2020: Qualifiers revealed, final voting begins!

ChatVote 2020: Qualifiers revealed, final voting begins!

Following two nights of preview video viewing, live voting and opening of virtual envelopes in the chat, the semi-final qualifiers that will compete in our ChatVote 2020 final are now known!

Semi 1 qualifiers: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, North Macedonia, Norway, Israel, Russia.

Semi 2 qualifiers: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland.

Big thanks to everyone who attended and voted! And this means the lines are now open for your final votes.

As you’ll know if you read our launch article, we’re doing a stripped-down version of ChatVote this year, which means no “televoting” like you’ve become familiar with recently – all that counts are your jury votes like in the good old days. And we’re now ready and waiting to receive them by e-mail!

Simply send your votes in ESC style (12, 10, 8…) to vote@escgo.com by no later than 23:59 CEST on Saturday 25 April. Please note that we can only accept votes from people we know to be #esc chatters, so do include your chat nickname in your e-mail in case of any doubt. You can also use the submission form at the bottom of this article to submit your jury votes! Either way, do check your e-mail for confirmation and get in touch with us if you don’t hear back from us about your votes.

Then, if you can, join us in the chat at 20:00 CEST on Sunday 26 April for our streamlined grand final voting presentation. There will, of course, still be an interactive element – we’ll be asking all the chatters in attendance to tell us who got their 12 points, as an indicator of how things might look at the top of the scoreboard. We’ll then proceed with revealing the full final result, from 26th right up to the winner of ChatVote 2020!

You can see the full list of finalists below, and there’s a playlist in case you need a reminder of the songs.

1. Russia
2. Finland
3. Albania
4. Azerbaijan
5. Portugal
6. Greece
7. Italy
8. Lithuania
9. Croatia
10. Bulgaria
11. France
12. Germany
13. Denmark
14. Ireland
15. Switzerland
16. Iceland
17. Malta
18. Belgium
19. United Kingdom
20. Armenia
21. Norway
22. Serbia
23. Netherlands
24. Israel
25. Spain
26. North Macedonia

And now it’s over to you to help these countries collect some jury votes!

Send your votes to: vote@escgo.com
Deadline: Saturday 25 April, 23:59 CEST.


 

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Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

read more

SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

read more

Raise a glass to the Eurovision that never was

Tonight should have been the grand final of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, we fans are still coming to terms with the loss of “our” contest – and doing a pretty good job under the circumstances!

read more

SongHunt 2020 – The Final

It’s here! Vote now in the final round of SongHunt 2020, as our search for the most robbed song of the 2020 Eurovision season reaches its exciting conclusion!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Twitter hive mind!

We're curious: What's it like to be the Head of Delegation at #Eurovision when you *know* your country's entry that year is pretty bad and doomed to failure?

It's a hard one to talk about tactfully, but has anyone done so? Are there any interviews out there?

“La-ley-la” by CHАKRАS 🇧🇾 is officially the most robbed song of the 2020 #Eurovision national final season! Congratulations ☺️

http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/17/la-ley-la-by-ch%d0%b0kr%d0%b0s-wins-songhunt-2020/

Also, Sonia on the BBC doing the Epic Sax Guy routine? We'll raise a glass to *that* too. #Eurovision

BLOG: Raise a glass to the #Eurovision that never was! http://www.escgo.com/2020/05/16/raise-a-glass-to-the-eurovision-that-never-was/

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