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ABBA, Sobral. Why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision

ABBA, Sobral. Why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision

The victory of Salvador Sobral is a turning point in Eurovision history. It’s probably the most important victory since ABBA. Felix points out what’s so important about Portugal winning with this entry, and why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision.

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Reviewing Eurovision 2017: Felix’s top three thoughts

Reviewing Eurovision 2017: Felix’s top three thoughts

Oh Eurovision, oh Europe. It’s 14:00 CET on day 1 after Portugal winning the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s the first day of a new calendar. What a historic night! And impossible to narrow it all down to just three thoughts. Felix tries anyway.

read more
Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Congratulations to Portugal, which has won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever, with Salvador Sobral and his song "Amar Pelos Dois". In the grand final, Portugal was the clear favourite of the juries and televoters alike, amassing a huge total of 758...

read more
Shi’s San Francisco final preview

Shi’s San Francisco final preview

And just like that, this is it. That big day, the one before the PED - but I won’t bring up such depressing topics right now. Instead, how about a preview of sorts? You might have noticed that I have ignored the direct finalists until now. I realized two things: the...

read more
Reviewing semi-final 2: Felix’s top three thoughts

Reviewing semi-final 2: Felix’s top three thoughts

Last night saw the second of three shows at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. Ten more countries qualified, making Saturday's grand final line-up complete. But those are just the dry facts. Felix looks back on some of the other noteworthy moments from last...

read more
A San Francisco semi 2 post mortem

A San Francisco semi 2 post mortem

Eurovision expectations are an interesting phenomenon that, more often than anything else in life, end up cast aside after reality proved them to be entirely wrong. For example, I expected the first semi to be much stronger than the second, and instead I could barely...

read more

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Rehearsal Reviews

Stage verdict: France, Germany and Ukraine

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

Stage verdict: San Marino, Croatia, Norway

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

Stage verdict: Hungary, Denmark, Ireland

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

Stage verdict: Malta, Romania, Netherlands

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

Stage verdict: Serbia, Austria, Macedonia

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

The View from San Francisco – First Semi Final, Second Rehearsals

Last year, when I wrote my view from San Francisco series, I was a full time freelancer and as I knew the chance of work happening during rehearsal week was The MakeMakes and Ann-Sophie, I just told my clients I wasn’t available until later in May. This year, however,...

Stage verdict: Greece, Poland and Moldova

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

Stage verdict: Sweden, Georgia and Australia

How well are Sweden, Georgia and Australia selling their songs at Eurovision in Kyiv? Felix is dissecting each entry into six categories. In each category, he awards between 1 and 4 stars. Not for the songs though: in this series, it’s all about the job they do on stage!

From Iceland to Latvia: 2nd rehearsals, as seen by an absent fan

It’s a late start to the day here at home. It’s basically October and we don’t know any song for Lisbon yet, only Cyprus and the Netherlands announced their entrants already. I’m sipping my coffee and then I suddenly realise it’s actually May, and rehearsals in Kyiv...

From Finland to Moldova: 2nd rehearsals, as seen by an absent fan

As I’m attempting my verdict on the second set of rehearsal clips, I created my own little press centre here in Berlin, with my laptop, a notepad, coffee, my CEZAR pen from Malmö, and some (fresh) Manner for some Vienna vibes. Time to find out and comment on what...

From Sweden to Montenegro: 2nd rehearsals, as seen by an absent fan

I’m blogging about the ESC rehearsals from home. While I’m an absent fan, and my sources are obviously limited, I will still try to give my comments about what’s going on in Kyiv. It's a rainy day here in Berlin and I decided to cancel my appointment at the...

The View from San Francisco – Second Semi Final, First Rehearsals

It’s a new day, a new semi-final, 18 new rehearsals, and I am feeling like I’m really ready for it to be next week already. Hi! Serbia: Much like Sweden, Serbia makes sure we get an easy landing at the beginning of the second semi-final, opting for a staging that...

Our Song Reviews 2017

Line-up check 2017: The “big 5” + Ukraine

Just in time for the first day of rehearsals and our website revamp and relaunch, it’s the final part of the escgo! line-up check for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest – and what better way to end than with the automatic finalists? See what our editors think and whether you agree or disagree!

Line-up check 2017: Second half of semi-final 2

As the first rehearsals in Kyiv come ever closer, it’s time for the escgo! line-up check to complete its analysis of the songs of the second semi-final. As always, the entries have been split between our editors – Felix, Shi and Martin – to give their personal preferences and predictions in text and emoji form. The non-assigned authors also get a 30-word “right of reply” afterwards.

Line-up check 2017: First half of semi-final 2

The annual escgo! line-up check for 2017 has reached the second semi-final, to be held in Kyiv on Thursday 11 May. And while Russia’s withdrawal was an unnecessarily long, drawn-out and uncomfortable process for all concerned, at least it means the remaining 18 songs can now be neatly split between two blog posts. Which is very thoughtful of them. Anyway, it’s time to join our editors Felix, Martin and Shi as they turn their attention (and their emoji rayguns) to the next contenders for the Eurovision crown…

Line-up check 2017: Second half of semi-final 1

The escgo! line-up check for 2017 continues as we turn our attention to the remaining songs of the first semi-final. Like last time, each song has been assigned to one of our editors, who has 100 words to give their opinion – accompanied by some emojis illustrating their prediction and preference. Then the other two editors each get a 30-word “right of reply”.

Line-up check 2017: First half of semi-final 1

In the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, April is the month for analysis and anticipation. And now that the lack of clarity surrounding Russia’s participation in ESC 2017 has finally been settled (we assume), it’s high time for us here at escgo! to make our contribution with our annual line-up check series!

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Songs

Semi-final 1

Country Artist Song
Sweden Robin Bengtsson I Can’t Go On
Georgia Tamara Gachechiladze Keep The Faith
Australia Isaiah Don’t Come Easy
Albania Lindita World
Belgium Blanche City Lights
Montenegro Slavko Kalezić Space
Finland Norma John Blackbird
Azerbaijan Dihaj Skeletons
Portugal Salvador Sobral Amar pelos dois
Greece Demy This is Love
Poland Kasia Moś Flashlight
Moldova Sunstroke Project Hey, Mamma!
Iceland Svala Paper
Czech Republic Martina Bárta My Turn
Cyprus Hovig Gravity
Armenia Artsvik Fly with Me
Slovenia Omar Naber On My Way
Latvia Triana Park Line

 

Semi-final 2

Country Artist Song
Serbia Tijana Bogićević In Too Deep
Austria Nathan Trent Running on Air
Macedonia Jana Burčeska Dance Alone
Malta Claudia Faniello Breathlessly
Romania Ilinca ft. Alex Florea Yodel It!
Netherlands O’G3NE Lights and Shadows
Hungary Joci Pápai Origo
Denmark Anja Where I Am
Ireland Brendan Murray Dying to Try
San Marino Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson Spirit of the Night
Croatia Jacques Houdek My Friend
Norway JOWST Grab the Moment
Switzerland Timebelle Apolo
Belarus Naviband Story of My Life
Bulgaria Kristian Kostov Beautiful Mess
Lithuania Fusedmarc Rain of Revolution
Estonia Koit Toome and Laura Verona
Israel IMRI I Feel Alive

 

Big Five + Host Country

 

Country Artist Song
Italy Francesco Gabbani Occidentali’s Karma
Spain Manel Navarro Do It For Your Lover
United Kingdom Lucie Jones Never Give Up on You
Germany Levina Perfect Life
Ukraine O. Torvald Time
France Alma Requiem

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ABBA, Sobral. Why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision

ABBA, Sobral. Why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision

The victory of Salvador Sobral is a turning point in Eurovision history. It’s probably the most important victory since ABBA. Felix points out what’s so important about Portugal winning with this entry, and why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision.

read more
Reviewing Eurovision 2017: Felix’s top three thoughts

Reviewing Eurovision 2017: Felix’s top three thoughts

Oh Eurovision, oh Europe. It’s 14:00 CET on day 1 after Portugal winning the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s the first day of a new calendar. What a historic night! And impossible to narrow it all down to just three thoughts. Felix tries anyway.

read more
Shi’s San Francisco final preview

Shi’s San Francisco final preview

And just like that, this is it. That big day, the one before the PED - but I won’t bring up such depressing topics right now. Instead, how about a preview of sorts? You might have noticed that I have ignored the direct finalists until now. I realized two things: the...

read more
Reviewing semi-final 2: Felix’s top three thoughts

Reviewing semi-final 2: Felix’s top three thoughts

Last night saw the second of three shows at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. Ten more countries qualified, making Saturday's grand final line-up complete. But those are just the dry facts. Felix looks back on some of the other noteworthy moments from last...

read more
A San Francisco semi 2 post mortem

A San Francisco semi 2 post mortem

Eurovision expectations are an interesting phenomenon that, more often than anything else in life, end up cast aside after reality proved them to be entirely wrong. For example, I expected the first semi to be much stronger than the second, and instead I could barely...

read more
A San Francisco semi 1 post mortem

A San Francisco semi 1 post mortem

So, semi 1, where do I start with you? I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t one for the books, or even for a YouTube rewatch (the fact it’s blocked in the US notwithstanding), but it had its moments. None of those moments were provided by our three hosts, but the saving...

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Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Congratulations to Portugal, which has won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever, with Salvador Sobral and his song "Amar Pelos Dois". In the grand final, Portugal was the clear favourite of the juries and televoters alike, amassing a huge total of 758...

Semi 2: Three bets to consider

Semi 2: Three bets to consider

Martin turns his gambler’s eye to the second semi-final of ESC 2017 and picks out some interesting bets that might be worth a look.

Ten countries qualify from semi-final 1

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is over - and ten songs have qualified for the grand final on Saturday. These are:   Moldova: Sunstroke Project - Hey Mamma "Epic Sax Guy" is back, and takes the country to the final after three...

Semi 1: Three bets to consider

Semi 1: Three bets to consider

Martin turns his gambler’s eye to the first semi-final of ESC 2017 and picks out some interesting bets that might be worth a look.

First no Stockholm, and now no Kyiv? A personal editorial.

First no Stockholm, and now no Kyiv? A personal editorial.

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2017

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

escgo! Home Blog 2017

ABBA, Sobral. Why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision

ABBA, Sobral. Why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision

The victory of Salvador Sobral is a turning point in Eurovision history. It’s probably the most important victory since ABBA. Felix points out what’s so important about Portugal winning with this entry, and why 2017 is a landmark year for Eurovision.

Reviewing Eurovision 2017: Felix’s top three thoughts

Reviewing Eurovision 2017: Felix’s top three thoughts

Oh Eurovision, oh Europe. It’s 14:00 CET on day 1 after Portugal winning the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s the first day of a new calendar. What a historic night! And impossible to narrow it all down to just three thoughts. Felix tries anyway.

Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Portugal wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Congratulations to Portugal, which has won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever, with Salvador Sobral and his song "Amar Pelos Dois". In the grand final, Portugal was the clear favourite of the juries and televoters alike, amassing a huge total of 758...

Shi’s San Francisco final preview

Shi’s San Francisco final preview

And just like that, this is it. That big day, the one before the PED - but I won’t bring up such depressing topics right now. Instead, how about a preview of sorts? You might have noticed that I have ignored the direct finalists until now. I realized two things: the...

Stage verdict: France, Germany and Ukraine

Felix takes a look at how the next three countries are selling their songs on stage at ESC 2017 in Kyiv based on what we’ve seen in the rehearsals so far.

Reviewing semi-final 2: Felix’s top three thoughts

Reviewing semi-final 2: Felix’s top three thoughts

Last night saw the second of three shows at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. Ten more countries qualified, making Saturday's grand final line-up complete. But those are just the dry facts. Felix looks back on some of the other noteworthy moments from last...

A San Francisco semi 2 post mortem

A San Francisco semi 2 post mortem

Eurovision expectations are an interesting phenomenon that, more often than anything else in life, end up cast aside after reality proved them to be entirely wrong. For example, I expected the first semi to be much stronger than the second, and instead I could barely...

Semi 2: Three bets to consider

Semi 2: Three bets to consider

Martin turns his gambler’s eye to the second semi-final of ESC 2017 and picks out some interesting bets that might be worth a look.

A San Francisco semi 1 post mortem

A San Francisco semi 1 post mortem

So, semi 1, where do I start with you? I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t one for the books, or even for a YouTube rewatch (the fact it’s blocked in the US notwithstanding), but it had its moments. None of those moments were provided by our three hosts, but the saving...

Ten countries qualify from semi-final 1

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is over - and ten songs have qualified for the grand final on Saturday. These are:   Moldova: Sunstroke Project - Hey Mamma "Epic Sax Guy" is back, and takes the country to the final after three...