Eurovision Trivia: Running Orders with La Venda

This week, the Eurovision running order was revealed. This is a very exciting development, as it means predictions begin to be perhaps a little more accurate. And for trivia lovers, we can see which entries are at special places in the running order. Additionally, this quiz will continue testing your knowledge of the songs, specifically the ones that our Xtra team reviewed this week, those being Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Moldova and San Marino. Review what we thought of them! And prepare for testing your knowledge on their content.

Every question in this quiz is related to ESCXtra articles published during the last week. Maybe also a few days either side. Perhaps it was something being reported. Maybe it’s some information that our writers left in the article. Sometimes it’ll require a little bit of Eurovision knowledge outside of that. The majority of the answers will have been on this website very recently.

In any case, I hope you’ll join us and have an attempt at the very latest in Eurovision trivia. It’ll also serve as a useful reminder of the songs you’ve been listening to.

Minor technical note: I’ve noticed that sometimes the quizzes do not work in that you are unable to click on any of the answers. If this has happened to you, please try changing browsers or updating them, this tends to fix the problem.

This week the big news is Eurovision running order for the semi-finals has been released. Which kooky entry is the surprise closing song for semi 1?

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Bring the party, Serhat is closing us all out with a bang!

Both the opener and the show closer for semi 2 are countries from what part of the continent?

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Armenia opens and Azerbaijan closes. These two countries do have an intense rivalry and never vote for each other. It's unlikely that something like 'keeping them apart' played into the decision to keep them apart but having the two semi 2 Caucasus countries at the opening and closing points is enough of a trivia fact for me to notice.

There's also a new voting change for Eurovision, relating to the order of televoting vote reveals. What has it changed to?

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Last year it was revealed in the order of the televote rankings, so that the public's least favourite song was revealed first and so on. The change is going to be revealing each song's result in the televote based on their order at the end of the jury vote snapshot. Among other benefits, this should lead to a much more tense and unpredictable finish to the voting.

Starting the Xtra Files section to focus on the songs: Serhat's Say Na Na Na was always an entry we were going to talk about. How many minutes did Serhat say it was written in?

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According to Serhat, he wrote the song immediately after being approached by SMRTV for interest, phoning them back within 5 minutes to confirm. It's up there among with the fastest Eurovision compilations for sure if this story is true.

Iceland's Hatari have one of the most interesting entries this year by any stretch of the imagination, dividing our team in the Xtra Files for its 'BDSM appearance' and sound. There are the screams, obviously, but which genre is the song actually in?

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Austria has many good qualities, but there was one aspect members of our team didn't like about the package. What was it?

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Her hair is a standout quality, and there were no complaints about the voice, she's obviously talented there. The one worry about half of our reviewers had was that it's a weak hook line that might see it getting lost in Tel Aviv.

Hungary was praised for bringing out another side to Joci Papai. This marks Hungary entering an entry entirely in Hungarian for how many consecutive years?

Joci Pápai
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Portugal stands out for several reasons, not least the costume that Conan is wearing on stage in his performance video. What colour is the mask covering the lower half of his face?

Conan Osíris
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Moldova have changed tacks, going for a power ballad rather than the fun songs that got them two top tens in 2017 and 2018. What is the opinion from our team members whether this is likely to qualify or not?

Anna Odobescu - "Stay"
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Words such as 'safe', 'basic', 'lacklustre' and 'uninspired' were used by nearly all of our team members reviewing it. It doesn't look too good for Moldova. I must admit I quite like it myself but it pales next to many other power ballads.

Miki's La Venda is certainly one of the more fun entries this year - as our team agreed upon, making this our collectively second best entry behind Cyprus out of the approximate half entries reviewed so far. What's different about this compared to most other recent Spanish entries?

Miki Miki
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It's been several years since Spain sent an out and out party anthem, and many of us would really like them to do that more often. Whatever happens in Tel Aviv, the audience will very likely find it fun.

Eurovision Trivia - 03/04/2019
Dedicated Eurovision Fanboy
That's right, you've heard all the songs, you've made a ranking, you have your favourites and by Anne-Marie David you will make sure they are victorious in May. As much as one person can do. Maybe you're going to the event itself! Your knowledge is certainly up there with the best of them.
Eurovision Part Timer
You maybe don't know everything about Eurovision this year and that's okay. Many people save the surprise for the show itself, and maybe you're among them. That is the sensible thing to do, right?
Eurovision Fan
You've heard quite a few of the songs, and you're really looking forward to this year's event but maybe you haven't heard them all. Or some aspects of the national finals slipped you by. That's quite okay, it'd be some sort of weirdo who would research all the answers to these questions anyway. Like the person who set the questions.

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