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  1. Junkie
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    Re: Number of non-English entries each year

    2008: 16 of 43 (37.2%) Q:7
    2009: 13 of 42 (31.0%) Q:6
    2010: 13 of 39 (33.3%) Q:4
    2011: 9 of 43 (20.9%) Q:1
    2012: 14 of 42 (33.3%) Q:7
    2013: 15 of 39 (38.5%) Q:5
    2014: 5 of 37 (13.5%) Q:2
    2015: 7 of 40 (17.5%) Q:2
    2016: 6 of 42 (14.3%) Q:1
    2017: 6 of 43(13.9%) Q:3
    2018: 12 of 43(27.9%) Q:5

    Alright, so with an unusual amount of non-English songs this year, the amount of qualifiers weren't any greater proportionally - but i'd say it's about fair. It seems non-English entries have a roughly equal chance of doing well now, seen purely statistically of course, which hopefully will encourage more to use their own language. Curiously, though it may have seemed it was a "trend" this year, there were still fewer non-English entries than what was the norm before 2014.
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    Re: Number of non-English entries each year

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluke View Post
    2008: 16 of 43 (37.2%) Q:7
    2009: 13 of 42 (31.0%) Q:6
    2010: 13 of 39 (33.3%) Q:4
    2011: 9 of 43 (20.9%) Q:1
    2012: 14 of 42 (33.3%) Q:7
    2013: 15 of 39 (38.5%) Q:5
    2014: 5 of 37 (13.5%) Q:2
    2015: 7 of 40 (17.5%) Q:2
    2016: 6 of 42 (14.3%) Q:1
    2017: 6 of 43(13.9%) Q:3
    2018: 12 of 43(27.9%) Q:5

    Alright, so with an unusual amount of non-English songs this year, the amount of qualifiers weren't any greater proportionally - but i'd say it's about fair. It seems non-English entries have a roughly equal chance of doing well now, seen purely statistically of course, which hopefully will encourage more to use their own language. Curiously, though it may have seemed it was a "trend" this year, there were still fewer non-English entries than what was the norm before 2014.
    Thank you for that! I just found that thread and it shocked me a Little. But it is a Little encouraging that this year we had more non-English Songs. Just out of curiosity I looked at my last top 10 list and found that 5 songs were english and 5 non-english. Let's hope that the positive trend stays next year as well.

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    Re: Number of non-English entries each year

    Okay, so this year a total of 11 entries were entirely or primarly non-English, 3 of which were DTF, and 4 qualified out of the 8 who were in the semis - curiously only one, Albania, was in the second semi, and made it. That's still worse than the average for English entries, but keeping up.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the amount of non-English qualifier is (even proportionally) lower when the number of such entries are lower, because when the number is low, the entres that buck the trend and stay in their native langages tend to be inherently uncommercial, not really in it to win, so that when the trend for non-English entries comes and the number goes up, the "extra" ones that would have been in English if it weren't for the trend, are the ones that would have made the final anyway, so to speak.
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