Eurovision 2018: Summary of the market leaders

With the semi-final draw published next week, and the London Eurovision Party on that Thursday, now seems a good time to take stock and assess the top of the outright market. I consider there to be some red herrings among them, though an open mind has to be kept at the pre-rehearsal stage.

I think […]

Eurovision 2018: Netta Barzilai’s ‘Toy’ and other recent selections

When Netta Barzilai dropped her ‘Toy‘, all hell broke loose in the outright market and our comments section. There’s actually light and shade in the Israeli song, and as Eurovicious pointed out, a useful 30-second intro that welcomes us to the looper. But the danger with televoters is an initial reaction of ‘WTF’ based on […]

Eurovision 2018: Melfest, and recent selections

Happy Melfest day! Since 2016, app voting in the final (indicated by the beating heart on TV screens) has had the effect of levelling off televoting scores (Swedish viewers can give up to five app votes for each act), allowing the international juries to wield huge power with their more differentiated points.

There’s been a […]

Eurovision 2018: Eesti Laul, and recent selections

The are five national finals tonight, though the betting community will also have eyes for Melodifestivalen’s Second Chance round. It’ll be interesting to see how the outright market reacts to Eesti Laul and the presumed coronation of Elina Nechayeva’s ‘La Forza‘. Her success in Estonia has become something of a foregone conclusion.

On this […]