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ESCtips Owner   I’m a qualified designer and dedicate a lot of my free time to keeping the ESCtips show on the road. My family routes allow me to support the UK, Ireland and Italy.

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

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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Deception

We witnessed a new phenomenon to Eurovision in Dusseldorf.  Ukraine stunned everyone by recruiting a sand artist to create motifs, which would then be displayed as a backdrop behind the singer.   Bloggers and betters were in two minds as to …

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A Firefly’s Painful Death

Here’s the first in a long line of Eurovision pain-barrier-pushing entries. Christina Metaxa’s Firefly was Cyprus’s hope for the 2009 Eurovision finals, that is until she had a crisis of confidence. Her ability to sing in tune – or rather …

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