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Spotify Charts Update – March 24, 2019

Spotify Charts Update – March 24, 2019

A week passed since the last look on the Spotify streaming charts and you had seven days to stream your favorite songs. Currently, there are 33 songs available. This week we could add Armenia to the line-up. Moreover, Latvia removed their old version and only has their ESC version available now. After requests from last week, we now will feature the ESC version and the previous version, as long as it’s still available, because often many ESC playlists still go with the old version. As we take a look at the past seven days, it won’t make a big difference. Only in the total streams. Spotify Charts based on the past 7 days: #CountryArtistSongPast 7 DaysTotal1ItalyMahmoodSoldi+3.267.26134.203.9842SwedenJohn LundvikToo Late For Love+1.872.1618.593.4663The NetherlandsDuncan LaurenceArcade+1.429.5903.402.0064NorwayKEiiNOSpirit In The Sky+676.4772.651.8095FranceBilal HassaniRoi+524.5586.929.9946SwitzerlandLuca HänniShe Got Me+330.508800.7497CyprusTamtaReplay+261.753790.7288PortugalConan OsírisTelemóveis+168.819842.2749DenmarkLeonoraLove Is Forever+150.015844.97210IcelandHatariHatrið mun sigra+144.273717.58311SpainMiki NúñezLa Venda+141.3635.451.32812EstoniaVictor CroneStorm+131.5521.029.46313GreeceKaterine DuskaBetter Love+131.113329.06614BelgiumEliotWake Up+124.031452.70515RussiaSergey LazarevScream+120.049293.00716United KingdomMichael RiceBigger Than Us+108.087265.88517Czech RepublicLake MalawiFriend Of A Friend+87.056451.51918AustraliaKate Miller-HeidkeZero Gravity+82.892595.14019FinlandDarude ft. Sebastian RejmanLook Away+79.244454.56420HungaryPápai JociAz Én Apám+77.767408.61421San MarinoSerhatSay Na Na Na+65.672168.22122GermanyS!stersSister+65.309372.91423PolandTuliaFire Of Love (Pali się)+63.492161.51824North MacedoniaTamaraProud+56.140126.40425AustriaPAENDALimits+54.890137.81526CroatiaRoko BlaževićThe Dream+44.345185.80527IsraelKobi MarimiHome+43.08978.15628MoldovaAnna OdobescuStay+42.674149.40129ArmeniaSrbukWalking Out+41.55741.55730RomaniaEster PeonyOn A Sunday+36.26750.17731AlbaniaJonida MaliqiKtheju tokës+15.697153.96532SloveniaZala Kralj & Gašper ŠantlSebi+4.023369.19233LatviaCarouselThat Night+1.3591.359 (Streaming numbers taken March 24, 2019 – 7pm CET!) As previously mentioned, Latvia removed their old version …
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Montenegro’s ‘Heaven’ by D mol

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Montenegro’s ‘Heaven’ by D mol

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Montenegro. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series continues today, with reviews of the Montenegrin entry, ‘Heaven’ by D mol, from Emanuel, Luke, Nick, Sami, Tim and Tom R. Let’s get started! The Reviews Emanuel The only thing I like here is the videoclip. But videoclips can’t do any miracles, especially when the song is hopeless from the moment it was composed. Many fans were crazy about Andrea’s song, but I also can’t understand what’s so good about it. I know most people don’t like Montenegro last year, but it was one of my favourites so this is a huge let down for me. A strong candidate to the last place of the semi-final. At least this …
When should we expect the Eurovision 2019 running order announcement?

When should we expect the Eurovision 2019 running order announcement?

Just under six years ago, the EBU revealed the first ever producer-determined running order draw following the introduction of the rule ahead of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. As we are still awaiting the reveal of the running order for the 2019 Eurovision semi-finals, we’ve taken a look at exactly when the announcement has happened in every contest since the rule’s introduction. Looking through the archives To do this, we’ve simply looked through eurovision.tv‘s archives and found the following data: The date of each year’s semi-final running order announcementThe date of each year’s mid-March head of delegations meeting. This tends to run over a Sunday to Tuesday period, we have taken the Monday with it widely agreed as the key date during the meeting.The date of day one of each year’s rehearsal schedule. Our findings ContestOrder RevealDays After DeadlineDays Before Rehearsals🇵🇹 Lisbon 20183 April22 days (12 March)26 days (29 April)🇺🇦 Kyiv 201731 March18 days (13 March)30 days (30 April)🇸🇪 Stockholm 20168 April25 days (14 March)24 days (2 May)🇦🇹 Vienna 201523 March7 days (16 March)49 days (11 May)🇩🇰 Copenhagen 201424 March7 days (17 March)35 days (28 April)🇸🇪 Malmö 201328 March10 days (18 March)39 days (6 May) Analysis We’ve never had an …
Slideback Sunday: Hallelujah, praised be Lordi!

Slideback Sunday: Hallelujah, praised be Lordi!

You know…there is just way too much ugliness in the world at the moment. Sometimes it’s just good to take some time off, relax and admire all the BEAUTY life has to offer us. That is exactly why we are taking a look at Lordi and their 2006 entry Hard Rock Hallelujah this fine Sunday! But first…What’s up with Finland? Hard to imagine, but there was a time when Finland offered us more choices in their national final than Darude, Darude and/or Darude. Ever since 1961, Suomen euroviisukarsinta and later UMK, have both been a steady source of just about every genre you can think of. Easily one of my personal favourite national selections just for the sheer insanity of it all. If you have ever woken up after a crazy dream and thought to yourself, “What the HELL was that?”, then chances are something similar has already appeared on UMK. Their actual entries however… Imagine a roller-coaster made out of cheese with nothing but ups and downs, ups and downs, just going round and round and round…and you have a pretty accurate description of Finland’s Eurovision journey. I realise I basically just called it nauseating, but after nine top …
Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap!

Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap!

All the songs are selected and now it’s the time between the national final season and the actual contest. If you think there is nothing happening in this time, you’re wrong. But we’re here to keep you up to date with some of the most important news of the past seven days! Details for the EuroClub and EuroCafe released! With planning all your Tel Aviv adventures, it’s also important where you wanna spend time and party during the nights. New details for the EuoClub and the EuroCafe have been released and can be found in the article below: Details for this year’s EuroClub and EuroCafe revealed
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Cyprus’ ‘Replay’ by Tamta

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Cyprus’ ‘Replay’ by Tamta

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Cyprus. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series begins today, with reviews of the Cypriot entry, ‘Replay’ by Tamta, from Costa, Emanuel, Hlynur, Nathan W, Nick and Rodrigo. Let’s get started! The Reviews Costa As a life-long supporter of Cyprus at the contest, I would be lying if I didn’t say I would rather they sent something entirely different to “Fuego”. However, as a life-long supporter of BOPS, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been getting my life to this basic banger from the moment it dropped. As a studio cut, this is fun, crisp and insanely catchy. The deal-breaker here will be seeing if they come up with an original and boundary-pushing stage show, …
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Slovenia’s ‘Sebi’ by Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Slovenia’s ‘Sebi’ by Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Slovenia. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series begins today, with reviews of the Slovenian entry, ‘Sebi’ by Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl, from Angelos, Dimitris, Luke, Matt, Oliver and Sara. Let’s get started! The Reviews Angelos Wow Slovenia! This is amazing. When I first heard the song, I couldn’t decide what to think of it, I just felt that I wanted to listen to it again and again. This is captivating, mysterious, hypnotic and simply very beautiful. I like the production of the song, the music and that Slovenia dares to send a quite risky entry in Slovenian. I wish this will come across well on stage and on camera and make the European public (and …
The Xtra Files 2019: We review Ireland’s ’22’ by Sarah McTernan

The Xtra Files 2019: We review Ireland’s ’22’ by Sarah McTernan

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Ireland. Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries! The series begins today, with reviews of the Irish entry, ’22’ by Sarah McTernan, from Lisa, Nathan P, Sami, Sara, Simon and Tom R. Let’s get started! The Reviews Lisa Well after every Irish person and their dog being rumoured we finally got Sarah! This is much more my cup of tea than ‘Together’. It’s fun, light-hearted pop and I really like the sped up version of Duran Duran’s – ‘Ordinary World’ 80s guitar riff that runs through the chorus. However after seeing a live performance, Sarah will have to be mindful to not appear too care-free and seem disinterested. “Every time I’m with somebody I’m confusing them with you.” Perhaps …
Why America Shouldn’t Participate in Eurovision (A Series)

Why America Shouldn’t Participate in Eurovision (A Series)

The reasons are clear. My position has not changed, but as an American Eurovision fan, the question is constantly thrown my way.
XTRA Odds: What do the bookmakers think about Eurovision?

XTRA Odds: What do the bookmakers think about Eurovision?

Over the past few years, Eurovision have taken a major interest in the betting odds for the Eurovision Song Contest. Reason enough for us to keep an eye out for the bookmakers and what they think! Until the contest arrives, we’ll be providing you with a weekly update of what the bookmakers see as likely winners in Tel Aviv. We’ll be posting these articles every week, on either Tuesday or Wednesday. This way we’ll be able to include the effect of chart performances on Fridays, as well as preview parties such as Eurovision in Concert and the London Eurovision Party taking place over the weekend. How do these work? Now, before we kick off with our baseline measurement, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, the Netherlands are noted as big favourites to win. They have odds of 3/1. That means that for ever €1 you bet, you win an extra €3 if Duncan Laurence does indeed win. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Montenegro. D-Moll find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 250/1. If D-Moll were …
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