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14 May 2016

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

14 May 2016

Our big day has arrived! Tonight, the grand final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. For fans around the continent and beyond, it’s the climax to the most exciting time of the year, the conclusion of an on-season that can be said to have begun way back with the announcement of the first internally selected entrants in the autumn. …

14 May 2016

Another semi final came and went, and just like that, even though it feels like only yesterday we sat through the first day of rehearsals, we now have our full final line-up. Not without putting a third of Europe through a collective heart attack first, though. Not that I am being dramatic or anything, but at some point towards the end of the songs I …

13 May 2016

The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is over! Time to look at some facts and give a personal verdict on the show. The ten happy qualifiers are: Latvia Georgia Bulgaria Australia Ukraine Serbia Poland Israel Lithuania Belgium The ChatVote analysis Just like after semi-final 1, let’s look at how this result compares to the ChatVote 2016 final. The chatters probably weren’t as …

12 May 2016

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

12 May 2016

Tonight it’s time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016! Once again, just like for semi-final 1, us escgo! editors try to predict the 10 qualifiers of the show. You can see the choices of Martin, Felix and Shi in the table below – followed by a brief explanation of their choices! Country Martin Felix Shi TEAM 1. Latvia  Q  Q  Q  100 % 2. Poland  Q  Q  Q …

12 May 2016

Going through the second semi-final, I realized I am not quite as emotionally attached to the songs here as I was to the songs in the first semi. This heat, as it turns out, is more about the songs I want to stay in it than the ones I want to see going through. And yet I am quite looking forward to it, if only …

12 May 2016

A little late, because real life interfered – RUDE, I know – but here I am, and I have big news: I’m not a complete idiot! I actually managed to get stuff mostly right! It’s all very exciting, but I’m sure it will change by the end of the second semi. For now, though, I will bask in the glory of my success while it …

11 May 2016

The first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is over! Time to look at some facts and give a personal verdict on the show. The ten happy qualifiers are: Azerbaijan Russia The Netherlands Hungary Croatia Austria Armenia Czech Republic Cyprus Malta The ChatVote analysis Comparing this outcome with the ChatVote 2016 results, we are very happy to say that eight of our ten finalists qualified for …

10 May 2016

It’s the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 tonight! While we all wait impatiently, I’ve sat down for a moment or two and thought about all kinds of things that could happen tonight. So… what if…? …Austria doesn’t qualify We’ve seen it before: Big fan favourites missing the final. Zoe joins the club of Kate Ryan, Stella Mwangi and Mei Finegold. Total ping-pong …

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