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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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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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SongHunt 2020 – The Quarter-Finals

SongHunt 2020 – The Quarter-Finals

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season continues with the quarter-finals. These are being held simultaneously, so make sure you vote in all four!

Here are the links to each quarter-final for you:

Quarter-Final 1

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Quarter-Final 3

Quarter-Final 4

Vote now and vote wisely!

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SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 4

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season continues with the quarter-finals. These are being held simultaneously, so check out our homepage and make sure you vote in all four!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the heats – if you want a reminder of what happened there, you can see the details at the bottom of the full results page.

Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 25th April. A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 3

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Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season continues with the quarter-finals. These are being held simultaneously, so check out our homepage and make sure you vote in all four!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the heats – if you want a reminder of what happened there, you can see the details at the bottom of the full results page.

Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 25th April. A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 2

SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 2

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season continues with the quarter-finals. These are being held simultaneously, so check out our homepage and make sure you vote in all four!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the heats – if you want a reminder of what happened there, you can see the details at the bottom of the full results page.

Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 25th April. A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 1

SongHunt 2020 – Quarter-Final 1

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season continues with the quarter-finals. These are being held simultaneously, so check out our homepage and make sure you vote in all four!

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the heats – if you want a reminder of what happened there, you can see the details at the bottom of the full results page.

Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday 25th April. A video playlist can be found below the poll if you need a reminder.



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ChatVote 2020 is launched!

ChatVote 2020 is launched!

ESC 2020 or no ESC 2020 – it’s time to find out the #esc chat’s favourite from the entries that would have competed in Rotterdam in May!

We were already going to do a significantly scaled-back version of our ChatVote this year because of changes in our personal situations, but the cancellation of the 2020 contest means that there’s an understandable lack of motivation to make a big deal out of our annual event. Nevertheless, we know a lot of you want it to happen in some form, and we agree it’s important and only fair to add a 2020 winner to the ChatVote history rather than leaving it blank. So this is how the streamlined ChatVote 2020 will work:

On Tuesday 21 April at 20:45 CET, we’ll meet in the #esc chat to join in with the ESC Nation live viewing of the semi-final 1 entries, then we’ll vote for and announce our own ten qualifiers right there in the chat.

On Thursday 23 April at 20:45 CET, we’ll repeat the formula, watching the semi-final 2 entries together then voting for and announcing the chat’s ten qualifiers. We’ll also watch the six automatic finalists, so that all 26 songs have had a viewing in the chat.

We’ll then immediately open the e-mail lines for you to vote on the ChatVote 2020 final. We’ll need your votes by the end of Saturday night already – but don’t worry, there’ll be lots of reminders since it’s a shorter voting period than usual.

We’ll then reveal the results of the final in the chat on Sunday 26 April – exact time tbc, but probably at 20:00 CET ahead of whatever ESC Nation’s live viewing is that evening.

This will be a much more scaled-back version of the results than you’re used to: no jury-by-jury vote presentation with live scoreboard, no separate “televote” to add in at the end, just a simple reveal of the final standings. Even in this simplified format, however, we’ll try and integrate a bit of interaction – for example, by asking each of the chatters in attendance to tell us who got their 12 points as a little indicator of which countries might do well when we announce the final results.

We hope this is a satisfactory solution, giving us all a reason to gather in the chat and vote on the 2020 songs while also acknowledging that this sadly isn’t a normal year in the ESC world. Nevertheless, all we can do is make the best of things – and so we look forward to welcoming you to #esc and crowning our ChatVote winner!

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SongHunt 2020 – Heat 8

SongHunt 2020 – Heat 8

The SongHunt continues!

Even with the news of the cancellation of ESC 2020, we believe it’s important to honour the songs that fought for a place in the contest and give them their moment in the spotlight – so after Heat 7 last week, our quest to find the most robbed song from the 2020 national final season now continues with the last of our heats, namely Heat 8.

In the spirit of community in these strange times, we decided to make this final heat a “chatters’ choice” edition. We informally polled the people in the #esc chat and the vote-counters who make SongHunt possible, and asked them to choose the songs they wanted to see that hadn’t yet made it into a SongHunt heat

Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

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



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Is always over now? ESC 2020 is cancelled

Is always over now? ESC 2020 is cancelled

Although we struck a hopeful tone the other day, our hopes quickly proved unfounded. On Wednesday, the EBU announced that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled altogether.

Whether you agree with the rationale or not, the FAQ section on the announcement page is comprehensive and balanced. Ultimately, it feels like the decision came down to two factors: Firstly, although some kind of remote/video-based show would have been technically feasible, the EBU doesn’t consider this to be consistent with the spirit of what ESC is and has become, so it’s better to cancel the event altogether than settle for something inferior.

And secondly, no one knows how the coronavirus crisis is going to evolve from here. Postpone ESC until the autumn and it might still take place among extensive travel restrictions; hold a stripped-down version in May and it could be sandwiched by news reports of mass deaths around the continent. Even in the spirit of “coming together”, a cheerful light entertainment show would feel completely wrong in that context – no artist or broadcaster would especially want to be associated with it, nor would us fans want to be seen as part of something that completely misjudged the mood of the continent.

And so there will be no ESC 2020. It hurts. Of course it does. A year without the Eurovision Song Contest is practically inconceivable. The only small consolation is that the crisis is affecting every interest, every sport, everyone’s personal travel plans – right down to how we live our daily lives. Even historic events like the Monaco Grand Prix have proven powerless to resist – and so, too, has the mighty ESC. So be it. There are, right now, more important things to worry about.

There are still many open questions concerning ESC 2021. Will it be held in Rotterdam? Will the 2020 songs be given an exception so that they can compete in 2021 – and if so, how many broadcasters will take up that right? We know that many of the 2020 artists have already been told by the respective national broadcasters that they can have the ticket to ESC 2021 automatically. That’s a nice touch. And there’s plenty of time to answer the rest of the questions once the worst of the crisis has subsided.

For us here at escgo!, one thing is clear: we think the songs of ESC 2020 deserve the same attention they would have got if the show had gone ahead as planned. So we will still be holding our ChatVote in mid-April to find our chatters’ favourite entry from the ESC 2020 bunch, albeit on a smaller scale than usual. And we will be continuing with our SongHunt to find the best non-winning national final song of the season (though possibly with a shortened schedule, since it no longer needs to culminate around the time of ESC itself). All the more so given the prospect of lots of internal selections in 2021 – there might not be much SongHunt content to work with next year!

Meanwhile, our team will be taking their various family commitments and home-working restrictions as an opportunity to do some blogging about past ESC glories – and to remind ourselves that there are many glories still to come, once the crisis has abated and Europe returns to some kind of normality again.

We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well in these strange times. Look after yourselves, look after those around you – and keep chatting. It’s good to talk!

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