The story of Eurovision Prediction so far: 2014-2021

This article is an updated version of The history of Eurovision Prediction most recently posted in November 2020.

Over the next few months, Eurovision Prediction will take place for the 9th time! That’s right, unlike the contest itself, we have an unbroken run… Although we have our reliable regulars who play each year, here’s a condensed history of the past eight editions, in time for the new edition beginning in just TWO weeks!

Let’s start with our humble beginnings and as you can see from our logo montage above, the game began as a little spin-off of Glen Bartlett’s radio station W12P…

2014

The first edition of Eurovision Prediction took place in the run-up to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. A total of 36 players took part in the game, five of which were involved in the organisation of the competition. Therefore, 31 of you were eligible to be present on the main leaderboard and it was Arianna Brooke who was the game’s first-ever winner

Samantha Ross finished as runner-up, which was to be the first of four consecutive top 11 finishes. Taking the bronze medal was Jack Cuffe! Check out the full top 10 below:

PositionPlayerScore
1stArianna Brooke179
2ndSamantha Ross170
3rdJack Cuffe166
4thJoana Patricia161
5thJessica Cambridge160
6thCallum Nowacki152
7thMila Kovalj150
8thDennis & Maikel144
9thNicholas Provenghi142
10thEurofriends141

To see the leaderboards in full, check out the following two Eurovision Prediction tweets (here and here).

2015

Eurovision Prediction 2015 was even more popular than its debut year, with an impressive 58 of you taking part. Anthony, the founder of fellow Eurovision community site Eurovoix, was the competition’s second champion! Furthermore, Holger and Matthew A. completed the podium.

PositionPlayerScore
1stAnthony207
2ndHolger200
3rdMatthew A.192
4thEmily192
5thJessica C.191
6thMila191
7thCallum R.182
8thPatrick180
9thJamie H.180
10thHelen176

The full leaderboard for this year is included below:

2016

Eurovision Prediction 2016 was the biggest edition of the game to date at the time. An astonishing 82 of you played. 2016 also saw the closest battle for the victory that the game had seen thus far. @jacqueslecube became the third Eurovision Prediction champion by the narrowest of margins possible, short of an exact tie of course…

Unfortunately, @Sandruschkaa was the unlucky player to miss out on victory. Nevertheless, 2nd place in a field of 82 is certainly an impressive achievement! @Johanna7r and @kyliewilson tied for third, breaking the 200 points barrier. Meanwhile, 2014 champion @Arianna483 made a return to the top 10.

PositionPlayerScore
1st@jacqueslecube203
2nd@Sandruschkaa202
3rd@Johanna7r200
4th@kyliewilson200
5th@Thankyoueurope197
6th@escinsider195
7th@treelicker194
8th@Arianna483193
9th@EurovisionTheo192
10th@escmegan191

For the full 2016 leaderboard, see below:

2017

Eurovision Prediction 2017 was a battle between 58 players, matching the participation rate in 2015. @einselm was our fourth champion, scoring the highest number of points of any winner to date. Mila (@LoreenatorDK) was our runner-up after already securing two top 10 finishes in 2014 and 2015. Furthermore, @SagheerC93 finished in the bronze medal position!

2015 champion Anthony made a return to the top 10 while 2014 runner-up Samantha (@escinsider) maintains her impressive finishing record.

PositionPlayerScore
1st@einselm213
2nd@LoreenatorDK207
3rd@SagheerC93205
4th@AgicXD203
5th@JonyPeon17199
6th@Johanna7r196
7th@escinsider195
8th@os_esc192
9th@AnthonyGranger2192
10th@Bjorneo191

For the full 2017 leaderboard, see below:

Go to the next page to see what happened when our player numbers quadrupled…

2018

For Eurovision Prediction 2018, the game had a brand new home here on ESCXTRA.com. An (at the time) unprecedented 218 players took part which more than doubled the previous record of 82 players achieved back in 2016. In addition, it was more than triple the 58 players that took part last year.

In an extremely close competition in which the top 10 were separated by just seven points, it was ESCXTRA.com’s Ryan that took victory but do not worry, his predictions were all validated by fellow team members! Nevertheless, it was all about the grand prize which went to the highest placed finisher not affiliated with ESCXTRA.com. 

Therefore it was Alex S. that won the 2018 grand prize, narrowly holding off Emily. A special well done to Johanna S. who secured a third consecutive top ten finish… surely a win is around the corner?

Have a look at the full top 10 and the full scoreboard via our results article below!

PositionPlayerScore
1stRyan C. (@RyanCobb__)269
2ndAlex S. (@Lasaxes)268
3rdEmily (@escupd8s)267
4thJeff T. (@lowkeyescfan)266
5thMike S. (@michael_sproutt)266
6thPascal266
7thJohanna S. (@johanna7r)265
8thAnthony G. (@anthonygranger2)264
9th (@joanaplucas)263
10th (@DennshR)262

You can read the full 2018 results here.

2019

2019 turned out to be yet another record-breaking year for Eurovision Prediction! Firstly, we had a tie for 1st and 2nd place – a first for the Eurovision Prediction game. There were 345 of you taking part in the competition, and it was a volatile journey, with the leaders slipping near the end. Oh, the drama!

The top 10 was separated by just 10 points and all top 10 players had predicted between 12 and 16 winners throughout the Eurovision season. James M and Peter P were the joint winners, edging over Jack R by just 4 points. The victory went to James on countback by virtue of making 15 correct predictions, one more than Peter!

PositionPlayerScore
1stJames M.245
2ndPeter P.245
3rdJack R.241
4thStephen B.240
5thMathilda S.238
6thPeter D.237
7thArianna237
8thAlexis235
9th235
10th235

Have a look at the full list of results here.

2020

Despite how 2020 has turned out for us all…it started well! A record-shattering 420 of you took part in the competition over the course of 11 rounds. Like 2020 itself, the game was turbulent to say the least…with a number of upsets causing controversy throughout the course of the game.

In yet another nail-biter, a mere 4 points separated our top two. Both James M and Jeff T predicted 14 winners out of 27, proving that you don’t have to predict everything correct to win. Also note that 5 out of the top 10 have names starting with J…

RankPlayerPointsWinners predicted
1James M22814
2Jeff T22414
3Jonathan M21913
4Grace MT21912
5Anna-Lisa D21911
6Johanna S21811
7Lisa B21713
8Vince P21712
9Stacey P21711
10Jon Z21614

The full leaderboard is embedded in the results article here.

2021

2021 was certainly a different national final season as many nations opted to reselect their artists from the cancelled 2020 contest. Thus, we had just thirteen national finals to predict. Nevertheless, a wonderful 363 of you took part in the competition over the course of 8 rounds.

ESCXTRA’s very own Ryan C secured his second Eurovision Prediction victory, but the real focus was on the incredible three-way tie for second-place. Due to the lack of rounds, our 2021 competition was closer than ever before and as the prize does not go to the host of the game (of course!), Anthony K, Olwen and Shaun C all won our 2021 prize!

RankPlayerPointsWinners predicted
1Ryan C13810
2=Anthony K1358
2=Olwen1358
2=Shaun C1358
5=Aamir E1347
5=Anna-Lisa D1347
7Majken1338
8Jon Z1337
9Costa1317
10Emily1307

The full leaderboard is embedded in the results article here.

2022

With the 2022 Eurovision season already underway courtesy of Eesti Laul and X Factor Israel’s early starts, Eurovision Prediction 2022 is ready to commence. We’ll be revealing the rules of our 2022 game in the next few days ahead of round one beginning on December 6th as ESCZ gets underway with its national final for the Czech Republic!

Meanwhile, make sure you follow Eurovision Prediction on Facebook and Twitter as well as ESCXTRA.com on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the exciting announcements coming your way!

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