The United Kingdom brought home their second victory in EM, and the competition will be arranged in the Olympic-actual capital of London.
Sweden put their 5th silver trophy on their shelf.
The full results of EM 18 can you see down under this!
Today we managed to talk a little with our broadcaster from Armenia. Find out what he thinks about EM
How did you joined EM? How did you find out about EM?
On the online contests atmosphere, there is always an e-mail that arrives to you saying "new contest". Around that time (a year ago), I was very passionate about these contests, and I saw that Florin, who was representing Sweden in the Eurovision Dream Contest was opening a new one, because of the situation of the latter (it froze out). I decided to give it a go, and I remember I was the third applicant (according to the news in the page). I waited.... I didn't want this to be another contest with just 5 signups. At the end, we were 12. And well.... The rest is history already written.
Did you discover new music at EM? Name some of your favourite songs
Tons of new music! Despite the fact that I represent Armenia, I live in South America.... My roots are in the tripartite Amazon jungle (Peru, Colombia, Brazil); and the music is totally different here. Thanks to EM, I've been able to fill up my music library with lots of good music. My favourite songs include some I had already known before.... "Im Anunë Hayastan E" by Inga & Anush, "Erotas" by Sirusho, "Menq Enq Mer Sarerë" by Inga & Anush, "Simarik" by Tarkan, "La Niña que llora en tus fiestas" by La Oreja de Van Gogh, "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele, "Zmorem" by Maja Keuc, "Sinéad" by Within Temptation, "La Primavera" by Estopa, and "A Night Like This" by Caro Emerald. But I also have favourites that I met thanks to this amazing contest... "Here I Am" by Sertab Erener, "Soulman" by Ben L'Oncle Soul, "Colt de Suflet" by Andra and Adi Cristescu, "Start Without You" by Alexandra Burke & Laza Morgan, "Pupsik" by Tina Karol, "Pleaca" by Vunk & Antonia, "Je Veux" by Zaz, "La Jument de Michao" by Nolwenn Leroy... "Whoop It Up" by Annalise Ellul (although that was entirely thanks to Florin, before it participated)- Thanks to the contest I also got to meet artists like Gökce, Estopa, Cem Adrian, Sunrise Avenue and A'STUDIO. Oh, I also remember that thanks to EM I finally knew the title of "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree".... Somehow I've known the tune of that song since I can remember.... But I never had the title or the lyrics :(.
What do you like most about EM?
The fact that we're a community, and we have special webpages... And the way finals are conducted. I mean, everything is quite different from other contests, and that's what makes this one special. Overall, the feeling of a real community behind the contest is the centerpiece of it all.
Are you happy with the results and voting system in general?
Totally! Except with the thing you guys are proposing about a bonus of 12 points. I find it unfair, as it is basically the result of luck.
Do you think that this contest can be improved? How?
I really think that the project I wanted to start (the history of EM) or the wikia... (Whose preparations I halted because of my occupations) would be a great addition. I actually want to go back to that work in December, if you must know. Another thing would be releasing a mail bulletin with the info about the national finals.... Not everyone looks everyday at the facebook page, and the organizers of each NF need the votes, don't they?
What do you think about the Web-masters?
Everyone that has acted as a web-master at least once has been very responsible. They've totally earned their spot.
Did EM influenced somehow your life?
Yes.... I'm a music-addict.... And EM is my main 'drug' source!
Also, I've been able to meet a lot of interesting and nice people from all over Europe.
On another note I must tell you three things:
* From now on, the Armenian votes will be announced on a video where I appear as spokesperson... Like in the real Eurovision!
* From now on, Armenia will update constantly its page, and we'll held national finals!
* Thank you very much for this interview.... and for the Eurovision Memories!
Long live the fantastic five!
Long live Eurovision Memories!
Tonight we will find out who is the winner of the 18th Edition of Eurovision Memories. The night will be full of surprises and also the winners of the music awards will be announced. According to some participants, Ireland is a clear winner, while others say that Moldova can bring its first trophy home.
The Webmasters updated the Facebook group with the points received from the participants and the race for the grand title was very strong....in the end the top 7 countries achieved over 100 points while the others were very close.
It was a great edition even though we had to disqualify Malta - France and Greece for cheating. We announce that the procedure to select the best EM song of the year will be changed soon because we had some problems with the poll and we reached the conclusion that choosing the best winner through a poll is a bad move.
The Grand Final will start at 18:30 CET on the usual Chat.
Good Luck to all the 20 entries!
The list will be updated during the week
The EM rules will suffer two major changes. The first change is made by the EM organizers who will analyse all the songs from a jury perspective and then they'll give points. Those points are called "The Reserve Votes", which will be used in case some participants cannot vote or don't vote in the Final but they voted in the Semifinal.
For example Ukraine gave 5 points to Ireland but Ireland didn't qualify. Instead of those 5 points we will use the 5 points from the Reserve Votes. The Reserve points will be used only if a country will not vote in the final due to some problems or other facts.
The other change is made to award a bonus to our active participants. Make sure you vote on time and be among those 10 countries which voted first and then using random.org, we will pick a winner to give him a bonus of 12 points in the Grand Final!