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Eurovision 2019’s Grand Final under the old system

Eurovision 2019’s Grand Final under the old system

Voting systems have changed a lot in Eurovision these last few years. In 2016, the scores of the juries and the televotes were split. Last year, the way jury’s tops were merged into a common ranking was changed. And this year, the presentation of the televote was made more suspenseful. With all those modifications, one might wonder : how would it all look if things worked like they did 10 years ago? In this article, we will use the system used between 2009 and 2012. This may explain the possible differences you could notice between our work and other “old system” rankings posted online. This Sunday, we have calculated the 2009-2012 scores of the Grand Final with the raw data from the official Eurovision Song Contest website. As such, the jury rankings were calculated like they were before 2018. The results from San Marino only took into account the votes of the San Marinese jury, and since the Belarussian jury was dismissed before the final, the results from Belarus are those of the televotes. The results Interestingly, in the old system, the Dutch victory is clearer than in the actual results. Indeed, the margin between The Netherlands and Italy, originally …
XTRA Odds: The Netherlands, Australia and Switzerland now top three

XTRA Odds: The Netherlands, Australia and Switzerland now top three

The day is here. This is the day we have all been waiting for, the Christmas in May, the celebration of everything we love: It is the night of the Eurovision Song Contest! All eyes will focus on the EXPO Tel Aviv tonight to see who will succeed Netta Barzilai as the winner of Eurovision. The bookies have a clear top three. Let’s read all about it! How do these work? Now, before we kick off with our analysis, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Sweden are noted as third favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if John Lundvik does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Germany. S!sters find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 500/1. If S!sters were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €500 for every €1 you bet. Shortening and drifting Bookmakers are out there to make a profit. That’s why the more likely events will pay out …
Peter Urban: “U.K. still suffers from Wogan comments” [INTERVIEW]

Peter Urban: “U.K. still suffers from Wogan comments” [INTERVIEW]

I was incredibly lucky to sit down with the hugely popular German commentator and ask about Eurovision, his long career in music, the Unser Lied national final, and U.K. commentary. Peter, you’re the voice of Eurovision in Germany. You’ve been the commentator since 1997 so have seen many Eurovisions. Firstly, what are your thoughts on Tel Aviv as a contest, as well as a host city? Well, organisation here can sometimes be a bit loose, but otherwise I can’t complain. It’s very nice in the small hall. I don’t like it in big stadiums. And so you’re in the bubble, you see the artists, and you’re really close to everything. Tel Aviv as a host city is brilliant. I mean, a city on the Mediterranean with lots of beaches, clubs, and a vibrant scene in the evenings is very good for Eurovision. Although as a commentator you don’t see too much of that. You are in the hotel writing texts, or you’re in the hall watching rehearsals, or doing the shows. But still, I love it here. I love being in a warm climate and not in some city in Eastern or Northern Europe where it’s freezing. So I enjoy …
XTRA Odds: Switzerland resurges as the Netherlands continue to shorten

XTRA Odds: Switzerland resurges as the Netherlands continue to shorten

We now have a complete final! After last night’s second semifinal, 26 acts have booked their spot in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The running order came out a few hours after the announcement and bookmakers responded as you’d expect them to. Here’s the latest XTRA Odds! How do these work? Now, before we kick off with our analysis, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Sweden are noted as third favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if John Lundvik does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Germany. S!sters find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 500/1. If S!sters were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €500 for every €1 you bet. Shortening and drifting Bookmakers are out there to make a profit. That’s why the more likely events will pay out less than something rather unlikely. It’s important to note that bookmakers don’t just decide how to rate …
XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest

XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest

After tonight, we’ll know the 26 finalists of the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday. We already know sixteen and ten more will join them tonight. They will come from semifinal two, which takes place in less than half an hour. Time to see who our team think will make it through! A solid head start followed by chaos Our editors seem to agree quite a bit this time around. All 27 editors have opted for the same six qualifiers: The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Malta and Azerbaijan. The only other act to get more than twenty votes is perhaps surprising: North Macedonia. They haven’t qualified since 2012, but are looking good for another spot in the final. Behind that, chaos really kicks off. Four acts all end up with fifteen predictions each: Norway, Albania, Austria and Denmark. They tie for eighth place, but that means we have more than ten qualifiers… According to our team, one of these four will need to miss out, although we don’t know who. Armenia with 12 still do really well. All other acts score in single digits. At the bottom of the scoreboard we find three countries without a single prediction on the board. …
XTRA Odds: Australia now top three as Finland bounce back slightly

XTRA Odds: Australia now top three as Finland bounce back slightly

Azerbaijan? France? Russia? Australia? Who on earth is taking that #3 spot with the bookmakers. Another day, another change. Half of the semifinal result has already been decided for our first semi tonight, so how did these rehearsals impact the results? Here is our last update with all 41 songs. Tomorrow, we’ll be down to 34… How do these work? Now, before we kick off with our analysis, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, France are noted as fifth favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if Bilal Hassani does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Montenegro. D Mol find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 400/1. If D-Moll were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €400 for every €1 you bet. Shortening and drifting Bookmakers are out there to make a profit. That’s why the more likely events will pay out less than something rather unlikely. It’s important to note that …
XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest

XTRA Predictions: Qualifiers of semifinal 1 of the Eurovision Song Contest

Tonight is the night. The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is going to take place at the EXPO Tel Aviv in Israel. Seventeen acts will be battling for just ten tickets to the Grand Final. Who do our editors think will make it? Three unanimous picks 26 members of the ESCXTRA.com Team have sent in their predictions for tonight. Each of the members was asked to name their ten qualifiers in no particuliar order. The team agreed unanimously on three qualifiers. These three were the hot favourites if we’re following the odds: Greece, Cyprus and Australia. The three ladies from these countries were picked by each of our editors. At the other end of the board, no one believes Montenegro will make it, with only one editor thinking Finland will qualify. No other act scored less than five votes. Full predictions The table below displays the prediction from each of our editors. You can check out their individual choices below! We recommend viewing the table below on a desktop computer. Ryan CobbRigmo KannikeConstantinos ChristouOliver LewisMiki GligorovAivis Indāns Natalie WalpoleAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustralia AustraliaAustralia BelgiumBelgiumBelarusCyprusCyprus BelgiumCyprus CyprusCyprusCyprusCzech RepublicCzech Republic CyprusCzech Republic Czech RepublicCzech RepublicCzech RepublicGreeceGreeceCzech RepublicEstoniaEstoniaGreeceGreeceHungaryHungaryGreeceFinland GreeceHungaryIcelandIcelandIceland HungaryGreeceHungaryIcelandPolandPolandPolandIcelandHungaryIcelandPolandPortugalPortugalPortugalPolandIcelandSerbiaSerbiaSerbiaSerbiaSerbia SerbiaSan MarinoSloveniaSloveniaSloveniaSloveniaSlovenia SloveniaSerbiaNick van LithTom RyanDimitris IoannouNathan WaddellTom O’DonoghueLisa BirdIsaac SturtridgeAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustraliaAustralia AustraliaAustralia BelgiumBelarusCyprusBelarusBelarusBelarusBelgiumCyprusCyprusCzech RepublicBelgiumBelgiumCyprusCyprus Czech RepublicCzech RepublicGeorgiaCyprusCyprus Czech …
Spotify Chart Update – May 14th, 2019 – Luca Hänni biggest winner and enters the Top 5! The Netherlands get close to Italy!

Spotify Chart Update – May 14th, 2019 – Luca Hänni biggest winner and enters the Top 5! The Netherlands get close to Italy!

Today is the day of the very first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. So it’s a good time how the acts and the songs performed on the streaming platform Spotify over the past two weeks. Streams are picking up and the focus gets to many Eurovision artists… let’s see who could make the biggest numbers before the live show! Ranking based on the streams of the past two weeks! #DifLTCountryArtistSongPast 14 DaysTotal101ItalyMahmoodSoldi3.842.37249.580.107202The NetherlandsDuncan LaurenceArcade3.275.81713.741.318303SwedenJohn LundvikToo Late For Love1.484.77015.809.9254+37SwitzerlandLuca HänniShe Got Me752.2132.963.055505SpainMiki NúñezLa Venda695.2377.669.1316-24NorwayKEiiNOSpirit In The Sky642.1715.229.4857-16FranceBilal HassaniRoi635.9979.094.908808CyprusTamtaReplay561.9422.472.897909MaltaMichelaChameleon393.25082136910010EstoniaVictor CroneStorm290.6031.814.53711+314AzerbaijanChingizTruth279.015678.49512-111GreeceKaterine DuskaBetter Love278.2131.141.39313013BelgiumEliotWake Up268.5621.169.27214+317United KingdomMichael RiceBigger Than Us264.987964.42815-312IcelandHatariHatrið mun sigra259.4181.505.16616016RussiaSergey LazarevScream253.0311.004.38417-215DenmarkLeonoraLove Is Forever218.5761.541.11418018GermanyS!stersSister211.463995.40719+322AustraliaKate Miller-HeidkeZero Gravity208.3611.137.98520+121Czech RepublicLake MalawiFriend Of A Friend206.0841.010.34621+223BelarusZENALike It190.400476.10622-220ArmeniaSrbukWalking Out190.065589.93623-419PortugalConan OsírisTelemóveis185.2521.498.88724024SloveniaZala Kralj & Gašper ŠantlSebi178.198863.86025+126IrelandSarah McTernan22165.657392.47526-125HungaryPápai JociAz Én Apám163.232880.89327027FinlandDarude ft. Sebastian RejmanLook Away158.478903.28528028LithuaniaJurijusRun With The Lions157.994315.16429029RomaniaEster PeonyOn A Sunday150.248456.77630030San MarinoSerhatSay Na Na Na138.183547.34331+132PolandTuliaFire Of Love (Pali się)136.912525.60832-131IsraelKobi MarimiHome132.282401.49933+235LatviaCarouselThat Night125.833297.92934034AlbaniaJonida MaliqiKtheju tokës122.343491.56235-233SerbiaNevena BozovicKruna121.285338.10236036North MacedoniaTamaraProud120.001441.86737037CroatiaRoko BlaževićThe Dream110.979474.20238038AustriaPAENDALimits104.698417.30839039MoldovaAnna OdobescuStay100.794417.11640+141GeorgiaOto NemsadzeKeep On Going99.967142.98941-140MontenegroD-molHeaven98.722225.330 ( # = current position, +/- changes, LT = position two weeks ago. Numbers taken May 14th, 2019 6 pm CET) Changes? Switzerland is a clear winner of the past two weeks. Luca managed to not just place into the Top 5 (#04) but also jump three spots up in …
XTRA Odds: The sky is the limit for Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke

XTRA Odds: The sky is the limit for Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke

Half of the result of the first semifinal has now been decided. It must be a weird feeling: We’ve been preparing for this for months and months and now the time is here. It’s also the week where bookmakers go berserk with their odds. Expect flying high and sinking low in the upcoming days! How do these work? Now, before we kick off with our analysis, we need to look at how these odds work. Basically, the lower your Eurovision odds, the higher the chance of victory. A quick example: Currently, Azerbaijan are noted as fifth favourites to win. They have odds of 8/1. That means that for every €1 you bet, you win an extra €8 if Chingiz does indeed win the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Contrary to those odds are the odds for Montenegro. D Mol find themselves in last place at the moment, with odds of 400/1. If D-Moll were to win Eurovision 2019, you’d get €400 for every €1 you bet. Shortening and drifting Bookmakers are out there to make a profit. That’s why the more likely events will pay out less than something rather unlikely. It’s important to note that bookmakers don’t just …
The story of Lizzy Howell, one of Bilal Hassani’s dancers in Tel Aviv

The story of Lizzy Howell, one of Bilal Hassani’s dancers in Tel Aviv

Ever since the first rehearsal for France at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, they have received a lot of attention. Odds have gone crazy for Bilal Hassani and he is now a favourite to win the contest. However, a lot of attention is on the performance. Especially for one of their dancers: ballerina Lizzy Howell. Be like the rest All little girls in pre-school were dancing and I wanted to be like them.Lizzy Howell to Brut The girl we see on stage with Bilal Hassani is 18 year old Lizzy Howell. The dancer from Delaware, United States, has a story to tell. Lizzy went viral at the age of 15 when she uploaded a clip of herself doing fouettés, a ballet move, on Instagram. Since that moment, her account there has nearly 200,000 followers. View this post on Instagram turning monday¿ #ballet#turn#balletdancer#dancer#foutte A post shared by Lizzy Howell (@lizzy.dances) on Nov 21, 2016 at 4:02pm PST Lizzy started dancing at the age of five and has been battling weight issues for years now. She however decided not to let it get in her way. She doesn’t want to be classified as a plus-size dancer, mainly because she says …
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