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escgo! in Vienna

In 2015, we covered the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for the first time under our new name “escgo!”.

The on-location team consisted of Martin and Felix.

Editorial: escgo! after Vienna – looking to the future!

And yet another Eurovision Song Contest is over! It was the 6th consecutive year for us (formerly esc-chat.com, now escgo!) covering the contest in the respective host city. And Vienna was a good host! We were amazed by the friendliness of the staff and the locals,...

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Vienna Blog – Part 7: Final Rehearsal and the Big Day!

Vienna Blog – Part 7: Final Rehearsal and the Big Day!

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Friday 22 May, 15:29 As you can see, we are not...

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Vienna Blog – Part 6: Time for the Second Semi-Final

Vienna Blog – Part 6: Time for the Second Semi-Final

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Wednesday 20 May, 14:55 We are live in the hall to...

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Vienna Blog – Part 5: The Tuesday Night

Vienna Blog – Part 5: The Tuesday Night

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Tuesday 19 May, 20:35 We're live in the press centre...

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Vienna Blog – Part 4: Red Carpet and a Departure

Vienna Blog – Part 4: Red Carpet and a Departure

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Sunday 17 May, 17:57 We're at the Vienna City Hall,...

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Vienna Blog – Part 3: Second Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

Vienna Blog – Part 3: Second Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Saturday 16 May, 10:13 What you see below is just one...

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Vienna Blog – Part 2: First Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

Vienna Blog – Part 2: First Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Friday 15 May, 10:43 We're in the hall for the first...

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Vienna Blog – Part 1: The Arrival

Vienna Blog – Part 1: The Arrival

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other "Vienna Blog" posts!   Sunday 10 May, 23:58 Vienna calling! MartinF...

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“Heroes”: Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (updated)

(updated 25 May) Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden has won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Heroes", just three years after the country's most recent victory. The winner scored a total of 365 points, followed by Russia on 2nd place (303) and Italy (291). This...

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27 good reasons to vote tonight

You're a Eurovision fan. It's your moral duty to use your televoting fingers tonight. But who to vote for? escgo! gives you 27 good reasons, one per country. Vote for Slovenia! Because it's the escgo! ChatVote winner. Vote for France! Because it's the most impressive...

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ESC 2015 grand final: Five bets to consider

So here we are, just a few hours away from the start of this year's grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest! For 90%+ of ordinary viewers, this is where the show really begins - and whether you made money on the semi-finals or not (and our recommended bets were, it...

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ESC 2015 grand final: The escgo.com! team’s predictions

We're just over 12 hours away from the real results, and then we will know where Eurovision is heading to in 2016! It's time for escgo!'s Vienna team (Martin and Felix) to predict the outcome of the grand final. On Thursday night, Felix got 9 out of 10 qualifiers...

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escgo! in Vienna

Live Blogs from the Press Centre

Rehearsal live: Jury Final of the Grand Final

Conclusion Tonight, the ones with the biggest vocal issues were Serbia's Bojana and Poland's Monika. Perfection was delivered by Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Romania and Italy. There is a huge ballad competition in there, which is probably won by Italy and Russia....

First Dress Rehearsal of Semi-final 2

Good Morning Australia, Good Evening Europe - that was it from the 1st dress rehearsal of the 2nd semi-final. Conclusions: I am less sceptical about Israel, even more convinced about Latvia, worried about Norway and still not overwhelmed by the actual show - it's once...

Live Rehearsals Day 8 – Italy to Australia

And this was it - our last rehearsal blog from the individual country rehearsals for this year! Thank you for staying with us on escgo.com - and do come back later, for our liveblog from the first dress rehearsal of semi-final 2. Australia I am still not convinced....

First Dress Rehearsal of Semi-Final One

This post is now in chronological order. 14:40 The final week of Eurovision 2015 has arrived, and my escgo colleague MartinF has left into a well deserved holiday, after been on blogging duty throughout the first week. This means, you will now have to do with me...

Live Rehearsals Day 7 – Italy to Australia

So, with that terribly useful "anything could happen" verdict on Australia, that's the end of my live blogging from Vienna! But fear not - I'll be here throughout the next week with predictions, betting tips and suchlike, and more importantly, Felix will be...

Live Rehearsals Day 6 – Iceland to Poland

And that, dear friends, completes our journey through the second semi-final! Are you any closer to knowing who the ten qualifiers will be? I'm not entirely sure I am, but we're getting there, slowly but surely. And by early afternoon tomorrow we will definitely have...

Live Rehearsals Day 6 – Portugal to Azerbaijan

And that completes our second blog post of the day! Join us very shortly for the run through from Iceland all the way to Poland. We'll be here for you, here for you. AZERBAIJAN The opening shot is now a side-on view of Elnur and his werewolf-like high note, only...

Live Rehearsals Day 6 – Lithuania to Norway

And that completes the first part of today's rehearsals, and hence this particular blog post. We break for lunch for an hour now, and in that time I'm going to do something particularly radical and un-press-centre-like: I'm going to go and sit in the sunshine for a...

Live Rehearsals Day 5 – Russia to Georgia

So there we have it! The second rehearsals of the first semi-final are complete, and now all that remains is for us to tidy up our stuff and head out for the evening. The San Marino and Nordic parties await (apparently there are separate gatherings for Montenegro and...

Live Rehearsals Day 5 – Estonia to Belarus

And that completes the middle section of today's rehearsals - join us here for the second set of run-throughs from Russia through to Georgia! BELARUS After the first run-through, I asked our desk if they could answer a simple question: "What is time like? Clue: The...

Live Rehearsals Day 5 – Moldova to Greece

And that completes our live blog from the "morning session" in Vienna. Join us here as the afternoon continues with Estonia! GREECE I believe it's important to be scrupulously honest as a blogger, so here's the naked truth: I'm buggering off to film a little section...

Live Rehearsals Day 4 – Sweden to Poland

And that completes escgo's live coverage of today's rehearsals! Tomorrow, all 16 songs in the first semi-final will be rehearsed for the second time - and we'll be here to tell you what's changed and try and give you an impression of who's qualifying, and who might be...

Live Rehearsals Day 4 – Israel to Iceland

And that completes the first rehearsal session of this fourth day in Vienna! We're off for a late lunch now - the press centre canteen has promised us POLENTA - but we'll be back in good time for Sweden and co. in a fresh new post on this site later on. Stay tuned!...

Live Rehearsals Day 3 – Malta to Czech Republic

That brings our coverage of today's rehearsals to a close! Once you've checked out the official clips, do stop by and let us know the ones you thought were best and worst. We'll be gathering again tomorrow, when we get the first run-throughs of some of the biggest...

Live Rehearsals Day 3 – Lithuania to Montenegro

And that concludes the first session of today's rehearsals from the Stadthalle in Vienna! We'll be back with a separate rehearsal article for the performances from Malta through to the Czech Republic, which you can now read here! MONTENEGRO The prevailing visual theme...

Live Rehearsals Day 2 – Denmark to Georgia

And that completes our rehearsal blog from the second day in Vienna! If you think you've spotted the 10 qualifiers yet, come and let us know on social media or in our chat. In the meantime, see you tomorrow as the first rehearsals for the second semi-final begin!...

Live Rehearsals Day 2 – Serbia to Russia

This post is not live anymore - click here for the 2nd part of today's rehearsal blogging (Denmark, Albania, Romania, Georgia). And that's all for what I keep wanting to call the "morning" session of rehearsals, even though it's already mid-afternoon! There's a lunch...

Live Rehearsals Day 1 – Finland to Macedonia

And that completes our blog of the first day of rehearsals from the Stadthalle in Vienna! We'll be here bright and early for more coverage tomorrow - in the meantime, stay tuned to escgo, and look out for updates from around the host city in our liveblog on the...

Live Rehearsals Day 1 – Moldova to Netherlands

And that's all from the first set of rehearsals on this first day in Vienna. There's a short break now, then we resume later on with Finland - so stay tuned to escgo.com! NETHERLANDS The first laugh-out-loud moment in the press centre as the screens go active to show...

Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Songs

Semi-final 1

Country Artist Song
Moldova Eduard Romanyuta I Want Your Love
Armenia Genealogy Face the Shadow
Belgium Loïc Nottet Rhythm Inside
Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis Walk Along
Finland Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät Aina mun pitää
Greece Maria Elena Kyriakou One Last Breath
Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa Goodbye to Yesterday
Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski Autumn Leaves
Serbia Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies
Hungary Boggie Wars for Nothing
Belarus Uzari & Maimuna Time
Russia Polina Gagarina A Million Voices
Denmark Anti Social Media The Way You Are
Albania Elhaida Dani I’m Alive
Romania Voltaj De la capăt
Georgia Nina Sublatti Warrior

 

Semi-final 2

Country Artist Song
Lithuania Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila This Time
Ireland Molly Sterling Playing with Numbers
San Marino Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola Chain of Lights
Montenegro Knez Adio
Malta Amber Warrior
Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett A Monster Like Me
Portugal Leonor Andrade Há um mar que nos separa
Czech Republic Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta Hope Never Dies
Israel Nadav Guedj Golden Boy
Latvia Aminata Love Injected
Azerbaijan Elnur Huseynov Hour of the Wolf
Iceland Maria Olafs Unbroken
Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes
Switzerland Mélanie René Time to Shine
Cyprus John Karayiannis One Thing I Should Have Done
Slovenia Maraaya Here for You
Poland Monika Kuszyńska In the Name of Love

 

Big Five + Host Country + Australia

 

Country Artist Song
France Lisa Angell N’oubliez pas
United Kingdom Electro Velvet Still in Love with You
Australia Guy Sebastian Tonight Again
Austria The Makemakes I Am Yours
Germany Ann Sophie Black Smoke
Spain Edurne Amanecer
Italy Il Volo Grande amore

Vienna Blog

Vienna Blog – Part 7: Final Rehearsal and the Big Day!

Vienna Blog – Part 7: Final Rehearsal and the Big Day!

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Friday 22 May, 15:29 As you can see, we are not...

read more
Vienna Blog – Part 6: Time for the Second Semi-Final

Vienna Blog – Part 6: Time for the Second Semi-Final

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Wednesday 20 May, 14:55 We are live in the hall to...

read more
Vienna Blog – Part 5: The Tuesday Night

Vienna Blog – Part 5: The Tuesday Night

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Tuesday 19 May, 20:35 We're live in the press centre...

read more
Vienna Blog – Part 4: Red Carpet and a Departure

Vienna Blog – Part 4: Red Carpet and a Departure

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Sunday 17 May, 17:57 We're at the Vienna City Hall,...

read more
Vienna Blog – Part 3: Second Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

Vienna Blog – Part 3: Second Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Saturday 16 May, 10:13 What you see below is just one...

read more
Vienna Blog – Part 2: First Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

Vienna Blog – Part 2: First Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Friday 15 May, 10:43 We're in the hall for the first...

read more
Vienna Blog – Part 1: The Arrival

Vienna Blog – Part 1: The Arrival

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other "Vienna Blog" posts!   Sunday 10 May, 23:58 Vienna calling! MartinF...

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The on-location team consisted of Martin and Felix.

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Editorial: escgo! after Vienna – looking to the future!

And yet another Eurovision Song Contest is over! It was the 6th consecutive year for us (formerly esc-chat.com, now escgo!) covering the contest in the respective host city. And Vienna was a good host! We were amazed by the friendliness of the staff and the locals,...

“Heroes”: Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (updated)

(updated 25 May) Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden has won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Heroes", just three years after the country's most recent victory. The winner scored a total of 365 points, followed by Russia on 2nd place (303) and Italy (291). This...

27 good reasons to vote tonight

You're a Eurovision fan. It's your moral duty to use your televoting fingers tonight. But who to vote for? escgo! gives you 27 good reasons, one per country. Vote for Slovenia! Because it's the escgo! ChatVote winner. Vote for France! Because it's the most impressive...

ESC 2015 grand final: Five bets to consider

So here we are, just a few hours away from the start of this year's grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest! For 90%+ of ordinary viewers, this is where the show really begins - and whether you made money on the semi-finals or not (and our recommended bets were, it...

ESC 2015 grand final: The escgo.com! team’s predictions

We're just over 12 hours away from the real results, and then we will know where Eurovision is heading to in 2016! It's time for escgo!'s Vienna team (Martin and Felix) to predict the outcome of the grand final. On Thursday night, Felix got 9 out of 10 qualifiers...

Semi-final 2 results – these are our ten qualifiers

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over! The ten happy qualifiers are: Lithuania Norway Israel Latvia Sweden Cyprus Slovenia Poland Montenegro Azerbaijan The grand final will take place on Saturday night at 21:00 CET, 27 countries will...

Semi 2: Five bets to consider

It may not have been an entirely successful Tuesday night for the escgo! team in terms of our predictions, but we already know that two of my recommended bets were successful - and there's a decent chance that a couple of the others will have come in too (we'll find...

Semi 2: The escgo! team’s predictions

It's time for our diligent bloggers Felix and Martin to give their predictions for the ten qualifiers from tonight's second semi-final! On Tuesday night, they each got (a different) 7 out of 10 right. They'll be hoping to improve on that score tonight, so here are...

Semi-final 1 results – these are our ten qualifiers

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over! The ten happy qualifiers are: Albania Armenia Russia Romania Hungary Greece Estonia Georgia Serbia Belgium Moldova, Netherlands, Finland, Macedonia, Belarus and Denmark are out. The second semi-final...

Semi 1: Five bets to consider

With tonight's first semi-final fast approaching, it's time to take a look at some of the betting options available to you for tonight's show. Most of the betting sites are offering pretty similar odds for the various markets this year, meaning there's little in the...

Semi 1: The escgo! team’s predictions

Tonight sees the first semi-final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, and it's time for the escgo! team to predict which ten of the 16 candidates they think will progress to Saturday's grand final! Felix is still in Vienna, taking in everything live, and Martin has...

escgo! in Vienna 2015

The most exciting two weeks of the Eurovision calendar are nearly here! On Monday, rehearsals for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will begin at the Stadthalle in Vienna - and, for the sixth consecutive year, escgo! will be live on the scene for you right through to...

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Line-up check 2015: United Kingdom

And finally the United Kingdom, as the last country in the alphabet, is also the last country for us to cover in this year's escgo line-up check series. Eurovision and the United Kingdom, that's a complicated relationship, as already pointed out in our article from a...

Line-up check 2015: Spain

There are some countries that once in a while stumble upon a formula that works for them, and then they stick to it. Take Spain’s last four entries for an example (and also an example of Eurovision inconsistency). Two top 10 results. Two bottom ones. One can only...

Line-up check 2015: Russia

In the 11 years since the semi-final system began, only four countries of this year’s participants have made it to every final, and who of those four (Greece, Russia, Romania and Azerbaijan) will be the last one standing is anybody’s guess. But there’s no doubt that...

Line-up check 2015: Sweden

Sweden is spoilt with an excellent result record. Five victories, 36 top 10 placements in total - that's more than half of the whole Eurovision history. There were three top 3 results in the past four years, but it also isn't very long since Sweden failed to qualify,...

Line-up check 2015: Switzerland

Eurovision songwriters just love a good "shine" metaphor. Maybe Katrina and the Waves are to blame, with their ultra-successful Love Shine A Light setting an unwelcome precedent back in 1997. Whatever the reason, four of the last six contests have featured an entry...

Line-up check 2015: Slovenia

Slovenia's recent Eurovision history doesn't look very glorious. In the most recent ten contests, there were only three Slovenian entries reaching the final: 2007 (Alenka Gotar), 2011 (Maja Keuc), and just last year (Tinkara). From the country's perspective,...

Line-up check 2015: Serbia

Serbia returns to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 following a one-year break. Cynics might suggest they were sulking after Moje 3 failed to reach the grand final in Malmö; kinder souls would say they were simply taking time to rethink their approach to the contest...

Line-up check 2015: Portugal

If I could sit down for an interview with the people in charge for song selections in Portugal, I would only ask one question: What are you aiming to achieve when you pick the songs you do for your selections? I suspect – or hope – the answer wouldn’t be “succeeding...

Line-up check 2015: Romania

Romania has been a permanent fixture in the Eurovision grand final since the start of the semi-final era, although the days when they looked all set to be the next winner after strong showings in 2005 and 2006 are rapidly receding into history. Last year, Paula Seling...

Line-up check 2015: Norway

Every year there are a couple of songs that happen to be huge fan favorites, but when I listen to them, not only do I dislike them (that can happen quite a bit, but I will understand why other people like them), I also really struggle to see their appeal. This always...

Line-up check 2015: Poland

Sometimes a country gets in a bit of a rut and sends the same kind of thing to Eurovision year after year. We can all think of examples from the fields of French chanson, Greek ethnopop and so on. Sometimes, though, you get back-to-back entries from a country that...

Line-up check 2015: San Marino

It was the sensation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014: San Marino qualified for the final! On the third consecutive attempt of Valentina Monetta, the fifth attempt of the microstate, it finally happened. Surprisingly or not, SMTV decided to send someone different...

Line-up check 2015: Netherlands

"Why-ay-ay-ay?" was a commonly heard complaint in the Netherlands for most of the past decade, as Eurovision non-qualification became an unwelcome but firmly ingrained habit. Everything changed two years ago, when Anouk not only stormed into the grand final with her...

Line-up check 2015: Lithuania

We've become used to seeing Lithuania in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest, after their entries from 2011 to 2013 all qualified despite not being particularly favoured by fans or the bookmakers. That made it all the more of a surprise when the Baltic...

Line-up check 2015: Montenegro

Wait, didn't I write this line-up check already last year? Internal selection, male solo artist, lots of mountains in the preview video, Balkan ballad? No, it's 2015, Montenegro has recently qualified for the first time as an independent country, and now the cards are...

Line-up check 2015: Malta

"Success" is a relative term where the Eurovision Song Contest is concerned. With around 40 countries competing every year, the average gap between victories - assuming equal song quality, which is a big assumption to make! - would be around four decades. As such,...

Line-up check 2015: Moldova

It's hard to choose the right gimmick for Eurovision, and Moldova knows this only too well. A projection dress and a hydraulic podium can propel you to the fringes of the top ten, while a pack of loincloth-clad dancers and a detachable pigtail can leave you stranded...

Line-up check 2015: Latvia

Latvia, once the "quickest" winner in Eurovision history, has struggled a lot in more recent years. The Baltic nation hasn't qualified from the semis since 2008, when it entered the stage of the grand final with the help of a gang of pirates. Is that what it will take...

Line-up check 2015: Italy

Italy, the classic Eurovision country that returned to the contest after a long break, has been mostly successful ever since its comeback in 2011. It automatically joined the privileged group of countries that have a default place in the final without having to...

Line-up check 2015: Israel

It's been a tough decade for Israel. Back in 2010, Harel Skaat was tipped for a podium finish only to end up in 14th place. Since then, the country on the fringes of Europe has continued to slip backwards, failing to qualify for the grand final on four successive...

Line-up check 2015: Ireland

Ireland, one of the grand old nations of the Eurovision Song Contest, must be looking over its shoulder nervously. If bookies' favourite Måns Zelmerlöw really does take the victory at ESC 2015, Sweden will be just one behind the self-proclaimed "home of Eurovision" in...

Line-up check 2015: Iceland

Iceland hasn't been very successful in the Eurovision Song Contest lately, aside from Yohanna's podium finish that is slowly disappearing over the horizon. Pollapönk, something different for the Nordic country at Eurovision, didn't really change that situation either...

Line-up check 2015: Germany

As you might have noticed, escgo! is a Eurovision chat website. What does it mean? Many things, but among others, it means that every year during the national final season, many of us gather in a virtual room and watch all the national finals together. We’ve been...

Line-up check 2015: Greece

The Greek ESC bandwagon has slowed a little lately, although the wheels are by no means falling off. Following a clutch of podium positions in the previous decade, culminating in Helena Paparizou's victory with My Number One, two of the last three Greek entries have...

Line-up check 2015: Hungary

Hungary achieved one of its best results ever when András Kállay-Saunders came 5th in last year's Eurovision final with his song Running. The Hungarian national final, A Dal, remains a huge local success even in 2015. Will its winner, Boggie, manage to reach a similar...

Line-up check 2015: Georgia

This year, Georgia returned to using a national final again after two years of internal selection. Erovnuli Shesarcevi konkursi happened already a while ago, and memories of the daytime show are very vague, but I remember we didn't get to see any full live...

Line-up check 2015: France

France are struggling to make an impact in the Eurovision Song Contest of late. Since Patricia Kaas snuck into the top ten in 2009, they have entered a televoting favourite that was screwed over by the juries, a bookmakers' favourite that was largely ignored, a...

Line-up check 2015: Finland

It's easy to think of Finland as one of the more successful Eurovision participants in recent years because of the huge impact of Lordi's victory in 2006, but you have to go back as far as 1989 before you find another top ten result for the Nordic nation. As such, the...

Line-up check 2015: Macedonia

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as we're supposed to refer to them in a Eurovision context, have a patchy history in our beloved competition. They've never reached the top ten on the scoreboard - indeed, the left-hand side is fairly unknown territory for...

Line-up check 2015: Estonia

Estonia has struggled throughout most of the last decade, but in the last six years, the country has at least managed to qualify for the final more often than not. Two top ten finishes within the last ten years isn't a great record, but many countries still dream...

Line-up check 2015: Denmark

Last year's host, Denmark, is one of those rather unstable countries. On the one hand, the country recently won twice within 15 years. On the other hand, there have been bottom-5 placements and failures to qualify at all. After a few years with mostly good results,...

Line-up check 2015: Czech Republic

2015 marks the return of the Czech Republic after sitting out for the last five years, and there are many things to be learned from this return - for example, the importance of context. One could say that the Czech effort for the 2015 has the potential to give the...

Line-up check 2015: Cyprus

For ESC fans of a certain age, Cyprus probably still feels like one of the "newer" participating countries, having made its debut as late as 1981. However, this year's 60th edition of the Eurovision Song contest will feature the 32nd entry from the island in the...

Line-up check 2015: Belgium

In the last ten years, Belgium has only qualified for the final on two occasions, in 2010 and 2013. Indeed, it has only achieved one single top five placing (Sanomi, 2nd place in 2003) since winning with Sandra Kim in 1986. This year, it's RTBF's turn again to select...

Line-up check 2015: Belarus

Belarus is often one of the earliest countries to select its Eurovision entry, and the national final staging - and the quality of the webstream! - isn't always the best. Coupled with the local producers' propensity for changing the selected song after the...

Line-up check 2015: Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has still only a short history in Eurovision. However, it's a very successful one: Seven participations so far, of which six resulted in a top 10 placement, including one victory. It was only at their latest ESC appearance, in Copenhagen last year, that...

Line-up check 2015: Austria

It still feels strange to be writing it, and it's going to feel even stranger when we're actually in Vienna, but here goes: It's time to take a look at the home entry that will be representing Austria. After it won the Eurovision Song Contest. Still crazy, right? But...

Line-up check 2015: Australia

It was the breaking news of the season: Australia will compete at the Eurovision Song Contest. Allegedly this will be a unique occasion, but nevertheless, this headline caused some controversial debates among Eurovision circles, including the justified question: Will...

Line-up check 2015: Armenia

This time last year, I was writing about Armenia as the bookmaker's favourite for victory in ESC 2014. What a difference a year makes: This year's entry from the Caucasian nation would be flying completely under the radar if it wasn't for the controversy surrounding...

Line-up check 2015: Albania

Albania hasn't reached the final since 2012, when Rona Nishliu achieved a remarkable 5th place, the best result for the country to date. Albania has been in the contest since 2004, and has always used its traditional Festivali i Këngës as its national selection...

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2015

2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 - 2021

escgo! in Vienna

In 2015, we covered the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for the first time under our new name “escgo!”.

The on-location team consisted of Martin and Felix.

Editorial: escgo! after Vienna – looking to the future!

And yet another Eurovision Song Contest is over! It was the 6th consecutive year for us (formerly esc-chat.com, now escgo!) covering the contest in the respective host city. And Vienna was a good host! We were amazed by the friendliness of the staff and the locals,...

Vienna Blog – Part 7: Final Rehearsal and the Big Day!

Vienna Blog – Part 7: Final Rehearsal and the Big Day!

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Friday 22 May, 15:29 As you can see, we are not...

Vienna Blog – Part 6: Time for the Second Semi-Final

Vienna Blog – Part 6: Time for the Second Semi-Final

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Wednesday 20 May, 14:55 We are live in the hall to...

Vienna Blog – Part 5: The Tuesday Night

Vienna Blog – Part 5: The Tuesday Night

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Tuesday 19 May, 20:35 We're live in the press centre...

Vienna Blog – Part 4: Red Carpet and a Departure

Vienna Blog – Part 4: Red Carpet and a Departure

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Sunday 17 May, 17:57 We're at the Vienna City Hall,...

Vienna Blog – Part 3: Second Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

Vienna Blog – Part 3: Second Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Saturday 16 May, 10:13 What you see below is just one...

Vienna Blog – Part 2: First Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

Vienna Blog – Part 2: First Semi-Final Rehearsals and More

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other “Vienna Blog” posts! Friday 15 May, 10:43 We're in the hall for the first...

Vienna Blog – Part 1: The Arrival

Vienna Blog – Part 1: The Arrival

As part of our live coverage from ESC 2015 by Felix and Martin, our website featured a rolling live blog throughout our time in Vienna, the content of which is reproduced below and in the other "Vienna Blog" posts!   Sunday 10 May, 23:58 Vienna calling! MartinF...

“Heroes”: Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest 2015 (updated)

(updated 25 May) Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden has won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Heroes", just three years after the country's most recent victory. The winner scored a total of 365 points, followed by Russia on 2nd place (303) and Italy (291). This...

27 good reasons to vote tonight

You're a Eurovision fan. It's your moral duty to use your televoting fingers tonight. But who to vote for? escgo! gives you 27 good reasons, one per country. Vote for Slovenia! Because it's the escgo! ChatVote winner. Vote for France! Because it's the most impressive...

ESC 2015 grand final: Five bets to consider

So here we are, just a few hours away from the start of this year's grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest! For 90%+ of ordinary viewers, this is where the show really begins - and whether you made money on the semi-finals or not (and our recommended bets were, it...

ESC 2015 grand final: The escgo.com! team’s predictions

We're just over 12 hours away from the real results, and then we will know where Eurovision is heading to in 2016! It's time for escgo!'s Vienna team (Martin and Felix) to predict the outcome of the grand final. On Thursday night, Felix got 9 out of 10 qualifiers...

Rehearsal live: Jury Final of the Grand Final

Conclusion Tonight, the ones with the biggest vocal issues were Serbia's Bojana and Poland's Monika. Perfection was delivered by Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Romania and Italy. There is a huge ballad competition in there, which is probably won by Italy and Russia....

Semi-final 2 results – these are our ten qualifiers

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over! The ten happy qualifiers are: Lithuania Norway Israel Latvia Sweden Cyprus Slovenia Poland Montenegro Azerbaijan The grand final will take place on Saturday night at 21:00 CET, 27 countries will...

Semi 2: Five bets to consider

It may not have been an entirely successful Tuesday night for the escgo! team in terms of our predictions, but we already know that two of my recommended bets were successful - and there's a decent chance that a couple of the others will have come in too (we'll find...

Semi 2: The escgo! team’s predictions

It's time for our diligent bloggers Felix and Martin to give their predictions for the ten qualifiers from tonight's second semi-final! On Tuesday night, they each got (a different) 7 out of 10 right. They'll be hoping to improve on that score tonight, so here are...

First Dress Rehearsal of Semi-final 2

Good Morning Australia, Good Evening Europe - that was it from the 1st dress rehearsal of the 2nd semi-final. Conclusions: I am less sceptical about Israel, even more convinced about Latvia, worried about Norway and still not overwhelmed by the actual show - it's once...

Gallery: Best of Big 7 rehearsals

All photos by FelixK (escgo) - see more for each country on our Vienna page [gallery grids="Eurovision Live" image_size="large" size="medium"...

Live Rehearsals Day 8 – Italy to Australia

And this was it - our last rehearsal blog from the individual country rehearsals for this year! Thank you for staying with us on escgo.com - and do come back later, for our liveblog from the first dress rehearsal of semi-final 2. Australia I am still not convinced....

Semi-final 1 results – these are our ten qualifiers

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over! The ten happy qualifiers are: Albania Armenia Russia Romania Hungary Greece Estonia Georgia Serbia Belgium Moldova, Netherlands, Finland, Macedonia, Belarus and Denmark are out. The second semi-final...