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I’m a qualified designer and the official geek in the crew, dedicating most of my free time to keeping the ESCtips show on the road. My family routes allow me to support the UK, Ireland and Italy.

This Is My Life, Now It’s Over!

Anna Bergendahl’s, This Is My Life, representing Sweden in 2010 was another song with high hopes; not least for MickeyPaul, who has a divine gift for picking out female acts. I’m still not sure what system of measurement MickeyPaul uses …

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Eurovision Polls are a Waste of Time

During the build up to Eurovision, punters will find the internet inundated with polls each claiming to represent the majority or boasting the best accuracy.  Once analysed, these spurious claims transpire to be a piss-poor crock of shit concocted by …

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Trackshittaz – A Polar Opposite

I was initially critical of this song during preselection last year. That is until the Austrian national final, when it became apparent just how infectious this tune was. Possibly comparable to the great Verka, but not quite that good! It …

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En una vida – Just not this lifetime

When this first made its way on to YouTube during the early part of 2010, it immediately sounded like a major contender. It was Coral Segovia’s second attempt at representing Spain and few doubted she would fail this time around. …

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Voting Allies

For both new and old audiences, Eurovision offers little astonishment when it comes to the neighbourly gesture of awarding douze-point to a political or geographical ally. It’s a tactic that can frustrate the living hell out of naïve fans, but …

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Running Order

Some Eurovision betters enjoy exploiting the high odds bookies offer early in the season when they don’t seem to have a grasp of what’s going on.  A key aspect to deciding whether to bet at an early juncture is to …

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Stage Design

There is very little an act can do to influence the design of a stage, as every year, each country is faced with host country’s generic creation.  With each stage design, there are a selection of accents they can alter …

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Choreography may not be considered the most important aspect of a Eurovision performance, but once there is a dance routine in place, props to interact with, or a catwalk to navigate, the precariously balanced house of cards can come tumbling …

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Crucial Camera Angles

Camera angles are the principal method of involving and selling an act to the TV audience.   Without the stirring emotional looks, sexy stares and cheeky grins, a performance can feel hollow and false.  A proportion of the potential success relies …

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