Articles by MartinF

05 February 2017

escgo! was in Gothenburg for the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2017. Here are some of the highlights of our Instagram coverage – make sure you’re following us there too! Weekend plans….. . #melfest #mf2017 #mello #mf #svt #svtmelfest #melodifestivalen #gothenburg #göteborg #eurovision #nationalfinal #semi #semifinal #schlager #schlagerkaos #gay #gaymusic #instagay #esc #fly #norwegian #flight #plane #appskandal #redo #uppohoppa A photo posted by escgo! (@escgo) on …

31 January 2017

This morning, the allocation draw for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted at the Column Hall of the Kyiv City State Administration. This followed on from yesterday’s presentation of the visual design for the competition and this year’s slogan: “Celebrate Diversity”. As in recent years, the countries had previously been divided into “pots” based on their voting history with the aim of ensuring a …

08 December 2016

On Sunday night, the 2016 edition of the escgo! Chat Awards were held in our #esc chatroom. This fun annual event attracted a healthy audience of chatters, all of whom got the opportunity to vote on the nominees in various categories as we honoured our favourites from the 2016 ESC season. Nine of the Chat Awards were decided by live polls based on the nominations …

27 November 2016

The escgo! Chat Awards 2016 are launched – submit your nominations now! Over the past three years, this annual event has become one of the biggest traditions of our #esc chat. The Chat Awards are our chance to look back on the year gone by: What was the most stunning staging at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest? What was the most amazing cult in our chatroom? Who …

24 May 2016

The world is still trying to decide what the most remarkable thing about Serhat’s participation for San Marino in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest was. Was it the willingness with which the microstate now appears to be openly selling its entry to the highest bidder? The sheer lack of self-awareness on the part of Serhat and his team? The singer’s inability to hold a tune …

14 May 2016

Tonight sees the grand final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, and as always, one of the ways you can add some extra spice to your own enjoyment of the event is by placing a bet or two. If you’ve been following my betting blogs this week, you’ll know that my tips for the first and second semi-finals turned out to be something of a …

12 May 2016

The lead-up to the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest is always a time for “lessons learned”. Several of the assumptions we make about ESC voting went out of the window on Tuesday night: Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina lost their 100% qualification records, while the belief that being near the end of the running order automatically gives you a huge (tele)voting advantage was …

10 May 2016

With my escgo! colleagues having kept you informed and entertained over the last week (and a bit) with their analysis of the rehearsals and staging from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, it’s time for me to dive into my own area of – supposed – expertise and look at some of the more interesting betting options when it comes to this year’s competition. …

01 May 2016

It’s the final part of the escgo! line-up check for 2016, which means it’s time for our editors, Felix, Martin and Shi, to turn their attention to the countries that are automatically qualified for the grand final of ESC 2016: the “big five” and the host country, Sweden. Just like in our previous articles, each entry has been randomly assigned to one of the three …

29 April 2016

In the fourth and penultimate part of our ESC 2016 line-up check series, it’s time for our editors – Felix, Martin and Shi – to give their views on the songs in the second half of the second semi-final! Just like in our first, second and third articles, each entry has been randomly assigned to one of them. They’ll give their views briefly, followed by …

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