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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with the last quarter-final.

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-final stage. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here

Line-up check 2019: Our views on the first semi-final

Line-up check 2019: Our views on the first semi-final

Have you been keeping up with our line-up check of the ESC 2019 entries? Each song is assigned to one of our team, and once they’ve had their say, the other team members get a brief right of reply. That way you get to see what we all think – and whether we share the same opinions or disagree wildly.

Anyway, don’t worry if you missed a post or two – here’s a round-up of what we had to say about the songs in the first semi-final. Simply click the country name to read the full review!

1. Cyprus
“You’ve got to hand it to the Cypriots for being self-aware enough to call the song ‘Replay’.”

2. Montenegro
“A big night out at the Young Christians’ Summer Camp.”

3. Finland
“The age verification system of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”

4. Poland
Is it possible to write about Poland 2019 without mentioning Estonia 2004? Oops, too late.”

5. Slovenia
“Difficult to sell on stage when surrounded by all the usual Eurovision cacophony.”

6. Czech Republic
“This and Slovenia are two of the beams you’d get if you fed ‘Kedvesem’ through a prism.”

7. Hungary
“He is so good when it comes to establishing an emotional connection with his audience.”

8. Belarus
“She exudes the kind of fearless confidence only 16-year-olds can have.”

9. Serbia
“Everything about it feels randomly chosen and interchangeable.”

10. Belgium
“A safe candidate for my own personal top five.”

11. Georgia
“Don’t go changing to try and please me, Georgia – I’ll take you just the way you are.”

12. Australia
“When you let Australia hold a national final, you’re reminded that they are part of the Commonwealth.”

13. Iceland
“Wait, Iceland was always about beautiful girls with beautiful songs!”

14. Estonia
“An island of sanity in this half of the semi-final.”

15. Portugal
“A strange man with spoons on his face, warbling randomly over an atonal backing track.”

16. Greece
“A super solid slice of contemporary pop that should appeal to juries and the public in equal measure.”

17. San Marino
“Doesn’t even provide for much entertainment, bar a couple of memes.”

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

Italy has won the 15th 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!

In the 2019 edition, “Soldi” by Mahmood received a total of 277 points, ahead of Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands in second place (253 points) and Luca Hänni from Switzerland in third place (217 points). Meanwhile, ESC 2019 host nation Israel propped up the table, receiving just seven points in last place.

As in the last three years, 50% of the total score was determined by “juries” – regular chatters who gave their votes in ESC-style (12-10-8…) – and 50% by “televoting”, which took the form of a live poll that was held in the chat while we watched the 26 songs together during our final viewing party on Saturday night.

Unlike some years, the juries and the live poll delivered relatively similar results. Switzerland enjoyed a strong live poll showing to leapfrog Greece for a podium position, while Iceland slipped from fifth after the juries to ninth overall after meeting with a seriously polarised response from our Saturday chatters – and it was the live voters who rescued the United Kingdom from last place. There was unanimity where it counted, though: Italy was the favourite of the juries and the live poll alike.

As always, the live-streamed scoreboard accompanying the live poll reveal was a fitting conclusion to a fun and exciting night of group participation in the chat – and we’d like to say thanks to everyone who attended and took part throughout the various events of ChatVote 2019!

You can see the final scoreboard here:

We can now also publish the full results of our semi-finals, in which voters were asked to nominate their ten favourite songs in each semi in two live polls after we had previewed the entries in the #esc chat. This gave the following results:

Semi 1:
1. Greece, 2. Slovenia, 3. Hungary, 4. Iceland and San Marino, 6. Belgium, 7. Cyprus, 8. Poland, Czech Republic and Georgia. || 11. Finland and Estonia, 13. Australia, 14. Belarus and Serbia, 16. Portugal, 17. Montenegro.

Semi 2:
1. Netherlands, 2. Switzerland, 3. Sweden, 4. Azerbaijan, 5. Malta and North Macedonia, 7. Russia and Norway, 9. Denmark, 10. Albania. || 11. Armenia, 12. Ireland and Latvia, 14. Romania, 15. Austria, 16. Moldova, Croatia and Lithuania.

For the first time, tonight’s grand final also included a prediction game, with the best guesser getting the prize of a voting boost in next year’s ChatVote. It was a tough fight, but the lucky chatter was Anil, who impressively guessed the top four in the correct order. Congratulations!

So that’s all until 2020 – although there is the small matter of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for us to enjoy first. And while the #esc ChatVote is very much a preference poll, it can be fun to look back and see how our taste has corresponded to Europe’s over the years. As the ChatVote history shows, Italy’s victory may not necessarily be an omen of success in Tel Aviv next month, but there is a possibility we might have got it “right” – just ask Lena, Loreen or Salvador Sobral! And even the 2018 winner, Eugent Bushpepa from Albania, ended up doing a lot better in ESC than most people would have expected this time last year. So who knows – maybe it’ll be Rome or even Sanremo 2020…

And now it’s time to enjoy the ChatVote 2019 winner one more time. Clap clap!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with the third quarter-final.

Each quarter-final features 12 songs that qualified from the previous round, drawn at random, and the top six in each quarter-final will qualify for the semi-final stage. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.



Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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The SongHunt continues!

Our quest to find the best song from the 2019 national final season continues with Heat 8.

Each heat features 12 songs, comprising nine of our chatters’ favourites from the national final shows and three editors’ choices. This week, we, the escgo! team, saved three songs that were previously eliminated in the SongHunt heats, to give them a last chance. Your task is simple: You have three votes to give to your favourite songs!

The poll closes at 23:59 CET on Saturday, and you can find a video playlist below the poll if you need a reminder of the entries.


Want to know more? You can read about how SongHunt works here, and the full qualification list can be found here

Say last last last! Running order for ESC 2019 revealed

Say last last last! Running order for ESC 2019 revealed

The running order for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest has just been announced!

As has been the case for several years now, the running order has been determined not by a random draw but by the producers, the aim being “to create the most exciting television shows possible and ensure each act will stand out”.

The first semi-final will be opened by last year’s runner-up nation Cyprus. The unusual visuals of Australia and Iceland are placed back to back in the second half, while the show will close with a blast of colour thanks to San Marino and Serhat’s “Say Na Na Na”.

1. Cyprus
2. Montenegro
3. Finland
4. Poland
5. Slovenia
6. Czech Republic
7. Hungary
8. Belarus
9. Serbia
10. Belgium
11. Georgia
12. Australia
13. Iceland
14. Estonia
15. Portugal
16. Greece
17. San Marino

The second semi-final is topped and tailed by perennial rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan. The current bookmakers’ favourite, Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands, is given a prime slot near the end of the running order, with the other favourites – Switzerland, Sweden and Russia – evenly spaced throughout the show.

1. Armenia
2. Ireland
3. Moldova
4. Switzerland
5. Latvia
6. Romania
7. Denmark
8. Sweden
9. Austria
10. Croatia
11. Malta
12. Lithuania
13. Russia
14. Albania
15. Norway
16. The Netherlands
17. North Macedonia
18. Azerbaijan

Now that we have the running order, stay tuned for the launch of our annual Line-Up Check series, in which our editors Shi, Felix and Martin turn their attention to each of the participating entries in turn. Debates and disagreements guaranteed!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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Weekend round-up: Melodifestivalen and the race to the finish line

Weekend round-up: Melodifestivalen and the race to the finish line

All the internal selections are in, all the national finals are complete, and we don’t think there’ll be any more countries withdrawing – which means we now have the 41 songs that will compete in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest!

The (extended) last weekend of the national final season began with Belarus on Thursday night, although their final was really little more than a televised internal selection, since it was only voted on by a seven-person jury. That jury was more than generous with their votes, never venturing below 7/10 for any song, and – in a move almost designed to remove all drama from the occasion – their votes were revealed after each song. With the very second song receiving 69 out of a possible 70 points, it seemed near impossible that it would be caught, and so it proved. Belarus will therefore be represented in Tel Aviv by “Like It” performed by Zena, or even ZENA. She co-hosted last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest and was born – brace yourselves – on 17 September 2002. Ouch.

As is so often the case, the national final season came to a close with Melodifestivalen in Sweden. Like most years, we were in Stockholm for the festivities – though we’ve fallen out of the habit of actually attending the show ever since it moved to Friends Arena. Not necessarily out of any loyalty to Globen, but let’s be honest, it’s not quite the same, is it…? One thing remains unchanged with every Stockholm trip, though, and that’s the schlager mood you encounter right from your arrival at the airport:

After six weeks with a few shocks and surprises (and the glorious reappearance of legends like Arja Saijonmaa and Ann-Louise Hanson), it’s a shame in a way that the final ended up being such a foregone conclusion. Not so much for the Swedes themselves, who have a strong entry in John Lundvik‘s “Too Late For Love”, a song that ought to continue the country’s record of success in the contest this decade. But for the new voting system, designed to eliminate the problems with the “flat” televoting in recent years that essentially meant the international juries decided the winner because the differences between the televoting scores were so small.

The new idea of dividing the televote into jury-style scores based on age categories did indeed have the desired effect of spreading out the televoting totals – from 85 at the top to 8 at the bottom. But that was rendered moot by the fact that John Lundvik received every single jury 12 and won the public vote quite comfortably too. We’re looking forward to seeing how the system works in a properly competitive year, because it seems like a step in the right direction.

As if that wasn’t enough, the period from Thursday to Sunday gave us presentations of internal selections from (deep breath) Switzerland, the Netherlands, San Marino, Ireland, Austria, Poland, Azerbaijan, North Macedonia, Russia, Malta, Armenia and Israel. Good grief! It’ll take a while to unpack everything we’ve encountered so late in this national final season, but at least all these late announcements mean we shouldn’t be thoroughly bored of all the songs by mid-April, and that’s probably to be applauded overall.

So what’s next for escgo! and the ESC on-season?

  • The SongHunt continues! Now in Heat 6, please do click and give us YOUR votes to help us find the best non-winning song of the 2019 national final season.
  • April will see the 14th annual edition of the ChatVote, in which our #esc chatters decide which song is their favourite from the forthcoming contest – accompanied by preview nights and semi-finals.
  • We’ll also soon be launching our line-up check series, in which our team of Shi, Felix and Martin forensically pick their way through all 41 entries. Your opinion may vary – ours often does too.

And of course, our legendary #esc chat will be there throughout for you to join us and talk about all things Eurovision and beyond. See you there!

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SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 4

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more

Italy wins ChatVote 2019!

“Soldi” by Mahmood is the winner of the 15th 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.

read more

SongHunt 2019 – Quarter-Final 3

SongHunt 2019 continues with the second quarter-final. Things are hotting up – and YOUR votes are needed in our quest to find the best national final song of the season!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Betty Missiego in the 1979 green room is our spirit animal. #PrePartyES19

Lydia.

IN THE ACTUAL DRESS.

Perfection. Just perfection.

#PrePartyES2019

If you're Felix, Carousel's "That Night" is the kind of song that makes you wistful for "A Century Of Love".

Not the *greatest* compliment in the world as our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check moves on to #Latvia... 🇱🇻

https://t.co/oZS8bCmUHA

"If Europe is in a pop mood when it counts, then #Switzerland can go very very far this year. Victory not excluded."

Luca Hänni's "She Got Me" gets a big thumbs-up in the latest edition of our #Eurovision 2019 line-up check! 🇨🇭

https://t.co/LhRHP0j6iZ

"Every bit as pedestrian and everyday as the 'seen it a million times before' song title suggests."

It's shrugs all round for Anna Odobescu and "Stay" from #Moldova in the latest instalment of the #Eurovision line-up check!

https://t.co/LQkbsU9rv0

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Weekend round-up: Seven more countries select for Tel Aviv

Weekend round-up: Seven more countries select for Tel Aviv

We made it! The last Super Saturday of the 2019 national final season passed without too much stream-juggling stress, and we’re now in the home straight as far as the ESC 2019 selection process is concerned.

Saturday night began with Finland, where DJ Darude and vocalist Sebastian Rejman offered up three songs. The combined jury and televote opted overwhelmingly for “Look Away”, which is co-written by the two performers.

Iceland was one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the week, as fans waited to see if the usual superfinal of two songs would lead to anti-voting against controversial band Hatari. While their opponent in that head-to-head duel, Friðrik Ómar, did make up a lot of ground compared with his showing in the first round, it wasn’t enough to overcome the might of “Hatrið mun sigra” (“Hate Will Prevail”), which promises to be the kind of thing to feature on Eurovision clip shows for decades to come.

Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix kicked off with a slight delay as local hero Jakob Ingebrigtsen was in action in the European Athletics Indoor Championships. He won the 3,000 metres as expected, and the Norwegian final was no less of a procession, as bookmakers’ favourites KEiiNO scored a comfortable televoting victory in each of the superfinal rounds – the only obstacle coming when the international juries appeared to be less keen. Once they were out of the way, though, there was no stopping “Spirit In The Sky”.

The final in Moldova ticked away in the background with a useful YouTube stream helping those of us who were trying to juggle all the shows. Despite being comprehensively beaten in the televote, jury support means that Anna Odobescu will fly the Moldovan flag in Tel Aviv with the dramatic “Stay”.

And as always, Portugal brought up the rear, keeping us entertained into the small hours of the morning with the 2019 edition of Festival da Canção. It was another triumph for the pre-favourite, as Conan Osíris won over the juries this time having failed to do so in the semi-final. Together with a televote victory, that was easily enough to give “Telemóveis” (“Mobile Phones”) the ticket to represent last year’s host nation.

Georgia gave us a pleasant surprise on Sunday evening when it transpired that the final of Georgian Idol would also include the songs in contention to be the Eurovision entry. Oto Nemsadze will seek to return the Caucasian nation to the ESC grand final for the first time since 2016 with his version of “Sul tsin tare” (“Go Ahead”).

And Serbia completed another busy weekend with the final of Beovizija 2019. Although Nevena Božović only placed third with the public vote, she had already built up a sufficient lead with the juries that her “Kruna” (“Crown”) could no longer be caught. Having narrowly failed to reach the ESC grand final in 2013 as a member of Moje 3, Božović will be hoping her luck is considerably better in Tel Aviv this May.

Alongside the raft of internal selection reveals still awaiting us, there are just two national finals left this year: the jury-only show in Belarus on Thursday night and, of course, the final of Melodifestivalen on Saturday. Stay tuned to our social media where we’ll be sharing a few highlights from the Stockholm experience – and don’t forget to join us in the #esc chat to enjoy the shows together and vote on the songs!

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Five things that still annoy me about the German final

Five things that still annoy me about the German final

For a change, and as I said a few days ago, I am very happy with the German song selection for ESC 2019 – even if I’m in the minority feeling that way. The quality of songs and artists was a big improvement on recent years, and the voting format is exciting and better than most of the ones Germany has used in the past.

But it’s not all sunshine, and there are still five things that annoy me about the German final. Let’s find out what they are, and what Germany can do to improve.

1. Unengaged hosts
We love Barbara. She’s a legend, she has her own magazine, she is the best host that Germany could have for this show. Her interactions with Linda Zervakis weren’t unentertaining, but nothing to shout about either. Peter Urban, the Terry Wogan of Germany, was the second legend in the studio, and although his role as commentator felt very unusual for a national final, his place in this format is deserved and it works. But let’s get back to Linda Zervakis. Like most other previous German final hosts, she seemed to not really care about what was happening on the evening. I guess she just wanted to demonstrate that questionable German TV “coolness” (which is actually not cool at all), but it comes across as uninterested, unengaged, bored. It mostly shone through in that striking moment when she obviously didn’t know by heart which artist had which position in the running order. In a final with just seven songs, that’s lame and unprofessional. Germany has surely more entertaining and more engaged counterparts for Barbara. Find them!

She deserves better!

2. Way too long postcards
Postcards in Eurovision shows have two obvious functions: They introduce the audience to the next artist, and while they’re happening, the stage is reorganised and prepared for the next performance. On the whole, though, viewers tend not to be very interested in postcards. Their attention span might last for 30 seconds, but anything longer than a minute is just too much. I didn’t sit there with a stopwatch and take measurements, but the postcards in the German final felt like they were longer than the actual songs! Why? Watching this year’s national finals from around Europe makes it all too clear that Germany has some of the biggest gaps between songs. The show dragged so much that we were still only at song 4 after nearly an hour. That’s way too much airtime for uninteresting, unexciting, unentertaining material. Does Germany really need that much longer to work on the stage between songs? It’s hard to believe – the postcards have been far shorter in the past, and Germany has recent experience of hosting ESC itself, with its much shorter gaps between songs. The idea may well be to introduce the next artist in depth, but in that case, it’s a good intention poorly executed. When it’s all about the song, a snappy postcard keeps the viewer’s interest up and prevents them from searching for snacks or going elsewhere – other channels included.

3. Established artists as interval acts
Udo Lindenberg is one of the biggest German music legends, but other than writing a long-forgotten national final entry, what was the reason for him being there? Revolverheld aren’t bad at all, but what do they have to do with Eurovision? And so on. I always find it a bit odd to have established artists performing their own songs as interval acts. Especially when they are as far away from Eurovision as the Rolling Stones. To me, it feels a bit like the broadcaster saying “Look, Eurovision candidates! Look, Eurovision fans! This is real music. You know, music that counts, unlike that irrelevant Eurovision stuff.” That attitude, at the heart of a Eurovision show? Seriously? I’m not asking for Ruslana feat. Mary Roos every year, but at least something with a connection to the contest would be far preferable to acts who don’t care for Eurovision, and for whom Eurovision fans don’t care.

Don’t bore us, get to the chorus

Which brings us on to:

4. Lack of glamour and dramaturgy
Know your audience, ARD, if you want to build one. This mixed bag doesn’t work. It’s Eurovision, not the new year’s party at the Brandenburg Gate.

Besides the use of “real” artists, the German final sorely misses more glamour and dramaturgy. The organisers need to learn how to stage this show, literally! What’s with that uninspired, rectangular stage? Where is the glitter, the glamour, the colour, the festivity? Switch over to RTL’s Let’s Dance and you’ll see that German television can “do” glamour very well. So why does the German final feel like a regional afternoon news show by comparison? And then: Dramaturgy. Has no one in the team ever thought about how to raise the suspense? It was lucky that the voting was quite all over the place, so things stayed interesting until the end. But creating small breaks in between each set of votes would be better.

Why does the national final struggle with viewing figures when Eurovision itself doesn’t have the same problem in Germany? I strongly suspect the lack of a Eurovision vibe as described in the last two points to be the main reason. But another one is surely this:

5. Nobody knows it’s on
One might get the feeling that NDR is embarrassed about Eurovision. While I know weeks in advance when the other shows I follow on German TV are aired, just from the press coverage and advertising, the German final remains an oddity hidden away somewhere in the schedule with hardly any announcements. This may also have to do with the fact that the German final still has no unique brand of its own. Things got slightly better as of last year, but still: New logo, new title (country name instead of city name), new number of songs, zero popularity. I’ve been repeating myself for decades now. Germany needs to establish a brand for its national final. Portugal can do it, Sweden has done it for years now. Hungary, Denmark, and most other countries with a public selection for Eurovision use a national final with a dedicated name, a consistent identity and a permanent format. Germany needs to do the homework that has been overdue for nearly a decade now and give us a recognisable televised event, preferably consisting of several shows to help establish the brand and raise awareness among viewers.

Happier days for the German final

Right now, though, we are far away from an established format. “The German final” means something different, year after year. This a sign of disinterest, whateverism and disrespect on the part of the responsible broacaster.

So, yes, this year’s German final happened to produce a winner that I’m very happy with, but that doesn’t paper over the cracks. Viewing figures were low, and public interest remains largely non-existent. Put simply: Why should the German audience be interested in something that its creators aren’t even interested in?

 

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Mahmood, Cinderella, and a fairytale with a happy ending

Mahmood, Cinderella, and a fairytale with a happy ending

Everyone loves a Cinderella story. Rags to riches, the girl gets the prince and all that jazz. I love Cinderella stories too. Always have. Not only as a kid, but as a grown-up (and a geeky one at that), which means lots of reading and obsessing and researching. Can I tell you a secret? Cinderella isn’t really about being poor and becoming rich, nor is it about getting the prince at the end. It’s about other things that make our daily lives, struggles and dreams what they are, which is why the story has been such a popular one throughout history: on a basic human level, we all share some of the same wants and needs. We want to be accepted. We want to be loved. And we want it to be for the person we really are.

In the age of technology, social media and betting odds, it’s hard to find a Cinderella narrative that isn’t intentionally driven by a TV show’s production team – particularly if it’s an event that stretches over a period of time, like the Eurovision Song Contest or its esteemed older relative, the Sanremo Festival. There’s simply too much data out there – views, sales, trends, social media trackers – that even with the random factor of the juries, it’s hard to end up with a truly surprising winner.

But just because some things rarely happen doesn’t mean they can’t. As one of my favorite bookish quotes goes: “When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable”. And improbable is a good way to describe Mahmood’s win at Sanremo 2019.

It started where all fairytales do: with an absent parent. We are all born to someone, and as fairytales often remind us, the circumstances of our birth – who our parents are, where were we born, the people we grow up around – lie out of our control. But no matter how old those stories are, one thing holds true: a dysfunctional or a broken family is a challenge for anyone to overcome. Fathers in particular are barely mentioned in fairytales. They sometimes appear at the beginning, but the story gets rid of them soon afterwards. Or they are there, but as useless figures who contribute nothing to the story and the lives of those around them. Still, mostly they are absent – and it’s that absence that places the protagonist in the predicament of their tale. For Cinderella, the untimely death of her father and his unfortunate taste in second wives left her at the hands of an abusive step-parent. As for Mahmood… well, let’s just say that while he wrote an entire song about his relationship with his dad, it’s notable that, just like in the fairytales, the dad is an absent figure. Not just from his life, but more or less from his song too. In contrast to all the other songs devoted to loving fathers that we’ve encountered during this 2019 national final season, “Soldi” mentions the word “dad” only once.

A common misconception of Cinderella is that it’s a shallow story about how wearing a gorgeous gown and having a great hairdo can make any prince fall in love with you in five seconds flat. But it’s not. It’s about having your potential recognized even when you feel entirely out of your depth. The right dress, shoes and hairstyle are just the entrance ticket to the ball, one that Cinderella never attended in the hope of catching herself a prince. She just wanted to live a little and do something she’d probably never get the chance to do again. Carpe diem, you know? She does end up in the center of a competition of sorts, but not one she imagines she could ever win – in a theoretical Betfair market on “girl most likely to capture the prince’s heart”, she wouldn’t even feature on the list – so she just allows herself to enjoy the moment.

Not all Cinderellas are the same

Sanremo 2019 wasn’t much different to the prince’s ball, pretty gowns notwithstanding. This year’s revised format with 24 songs, including two entries that qualified directly from Sanremo Giovani in December, meant both Mahmood and Einar – the other qualifier, who actually won the young competition – had a lot of catching up to do. The line-up was packed full of household names with decades of experience. Everyone, even the younger ones, have multiple albums behind them, while Mahmood and Einar are only just about to release their first. And sure, Sanremo is a song contest first and foremost – but when the audience tunes in for the week-long TV extravaganza, they’re keen to see what their favorite artists will do, what Loredana or Nek or whoever has brought this year. At Eurovision, a casual viewer might be eagerly anticipating a song they’ve heard is the big favorite or a former pop star they recognize, but that’s one or two out of a field of 26 – the rest all have an equal chance to catch their attention. At Sanremo this year, it was the opposite: almost everyone started from a position of viewer familiarity. Except two.

This is where the juries come in. The reasons might be different, but like at Eurovision, the juries are there to consider the songs and put aside other elements like pre-existing popularity. There’s no fairy dust involved as far as I know, but still, it’s a bit like the intervention of the Fairy Godmother (often veiled as a cranky old lady, much like some jury members) who sees the true potential behind all the distractions.

Cinderella’s outsider status wasn’t just due to being unknown. Social class plays a major part in her story, and her perceived place in society is low enough for her to be considered a second-class citizen. In many versions she is actually a noble-born, reduced in status by her step-family, and much of the tale is about how easy it is to simply see what we expect to see – and how hard to realize the truth is often more complicated and identity is complex.

Prince Charming

In today’s real-life world, it’s often less about class and more about race, heritage and citizenship status. Alessandro Mahmood was born in Milan 26 years ago to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father. And yet after Sanremo, instead of talking about his remarkable win, he found himself involved in discussions about what percentage of him is Italian. The answer being “100%”, needless to say. But merely having that dash of the exotic in his Italian-Egyptian heritage and including a few words in another language in his song – apparently the only ones he knows in Arabic, a leftover of his childhood with his father – are enough to bring up this obviously loaded question.

The way Mahmood put himself out there – his identity as an artist, the story in his song, and the way he was seen by the press, the juries, and some of the audience too (after all, he ranked fairly high during the week in terms of the televoting ranking as well as online views and streams) – reminded me of the ending of Cinderella, when the prince finds her, back in her position as servant, and it turns out it makes no difference to him at all: she’s still her.

I always write that I want to see countries sending entries that really represent them. While Italy could never be accused of sending anything other than that, simply because of the sheer popularity of Sanremo, the festival itself tends to suffer from a similar problem to Eurovision: entries that sound like they were specifically made for the competition. We don’t often get Sanremo songs that sound so unlike Sanremo, and it’s even rarer for Italy to offer a Eurovision entry that is so current.

There was a lot of talk right after the festival about the fact that “Soldi” didn’t do well in the televote and what that means for its chances at ESC. But looking at the numbers from during and after the festival, I think it mostly says a lot about the circumstances of the festival and less about the song itself. While it’s natural for there to be some interest in the winner, an unpopular winner with the public – and there have been some before – would typically be reflected in the numbers. Yet they show the opposite: “Soldi” has racked up 28 million views for its official YouTube clip and millions more across the other live performances, while it’s been leading the streaming charts every day for the past few weeks, averaging almost 1.5 million streams a day during the first week after Sanremo and actually breaking the Italian record. Mahmood has also been at number one in the official Italian chart every week since.

So whatever manufactured controversies there may have been along the way, it turns out the fairytale has a happy ending. As it should! After all, Cinderella had so much fun at the ball that she never wanted to leave – and the Italians seem to be fine with Mahmood’s fairytale continuing all the way to Tel Aviv.

And as Jeanne Moreau once said: “While Cinderella and her prince did live happily ever after, the point, gentlemen, is that they lived.”

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Weekend round-up: Joci Pápai, jury politics and ginormous props

Weekend round-up: Joci Pápai, jury politics and ginormous props

“Super” Saturday, you say? There were only six streams to juggle this week – child’s play compared with last Saturday night! Nevertheless, it was a busy few hours in the Eurovision world and in our #esc chat.

Of course, the weekend technically began on Friday already with the final in Germany; you can read our news article here and Felix’s personal take on the unexpectedly vociferous reaction to S!sters’ victory here.

First up on Saturday was Ukraine. First up in terms of start time, at least – no other broadcaster is so capable of stretching a six-song final into nearly four hours of television. It wouldn’t be a Ukrainian final without a healthy dose of drama, and this time it was the jurors’ veiled (and not-so-veiled) attacks on the participants with a Russian background or a career in Russia. ESC 2016 winner Jamala was particularly pointed in her questioning of eventual winner Maruv, to the extent that it still isn’t clear whether “Siren Song” will actually be the Ukrainian entry in Tel Aviv despite taking victory last night thanks to first place with the televote (and second place with the jury, despite their criticisms). Rumours and counter-rumours abound, but it seems like Maruv is being asked to abandon her upcoming tour and promotional activities in Russia if she wants the Ukrainian ticket to ESC. Which begs the question: Why invite artists to take part in your national final if you know they have a Russian career that might render them ineligible? Unless you’re trying to score some cheap points on national television – but that would be a terribly cynical interpretation of the situation.

After several weeks of heats and semi-finals, A Dal 2019 came to an end with the usual jury-determined superfinal of four entries that went forward to the public vote. After representing Hungary in Kyiv two years ago, Joci Pápai finds himself making a quick return to the competition this year with “Az én apám” (“My Father”). No violinists or folk dancers though – yet.

It’s rare for our #esc chat to have the same taste as a country’s public and jury vote, but we weren’t far off when it came to Denmark. Our favourites were “League Of Light” by Julie & Nina (essentially S!sters’ Greenlandic cousin) and “Love Is Forever” by Leonora (essentially the offspring of Zoë’s “Quel filou” and “Loin d’ici“). Those two also ended up topping the Danish poll – the only difference being that Leonora took a narrow victory in the end, whereas we would rather have seen Julie & Nina in Tel Aviv – but a chat score of 6.50 for “Love Is Forever” makes it one of our higher-ranked winners of the 2019 season. Quite how they intend to transport her giant chair all the way from Denmark to Israel is another matter.

It’s unfortunate for Lithuania that they tend to get lost in the mix a little on busy Super Saturday nights, but at least their final continued after the others so we could all tune in for the results. Having withdrawn one of her two finalists to give the other one a better chance, poor Monika Marija landed in second place behind the jury and televote favourite on the night, “Run With The Lions” by Jurijus. Co-songwriter Ashley Hicklin has a Eurovision pedigree encompassing both Tom Dice and Axel Hirsoux, so quite what that means for Lithuania’s chances on the Tel Aviv scoreboard is anyone’s guess!

And with that, dear Eurovision friends, another busy weekend of national final action comes to an end. No Sunday night show for us all to recover with this week, so instead we have a few days to recharge our batteries before the Serbian semi-finals on Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t forget to join us in the #esc chat for them and all of next weekend’s shows!

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