2019

And the winner is…

Our 2019 season reached its conclusion on Friday 8th November as we presented the live final during Eurofest at London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern. It was an exciting show as almost 200 people crammed into the venue to see who would be crowned our 11th Second Cherry Champion.

Eurofest is London’s longest-running Eurovision club night, each event bringing a former Eurovision entrant to the RVT, headlining the finest regular Eurovision party in the country. We’d like to firstly say a huge thank you to the team for letting us join their night. This was a great honour for all the Second Cherry team as regular punters.

The Second Cherry team 2019 photo

We, of course, were but the warm-up act for midnight headliners Keiino, this year’s Eurovision televote winners, popularly dubbed the “People’s Champions”, who continue on a high following their success, and who were fresh off a long-haul flight from their tour of Australia.

As Matt, Monty and Jody took to the stage at 7.45pm, the lively crowd was more than up-for-it and we really felt the support from the start. Many podcast listeners came along and took the time to say hello. It was fantastic to meet many of you.

Friend of the podcast, Stuart, and THAT t-shirt!

A special mention has to go to podcast fan Stuart who had gone to incredible lengths to design and print his own t-shirt for the occasion, featuring our faces in cherries. This was a wonderful and hilarious tribute – thank you so much for taking the trouble to do that.

The songs ensued, then, after a customary recap, voting opened! Our 16 live juries took to the floor to deliver their points, which saw some typically diverse voting. There were strong showings by many of the entries, but three songs pulled away to top the leader board at the end of the jury points: Australia on 120 points; Ukraine just one ahead on 121; and Sweden in the lead with 144.

But of course, that wasn’t our final result as we still had to add the 50% of voting from you, our podcast listeners!

We’re blown away by how many of you took the time to vote. Your points were calculated into a percentage of the total votes cast, then converted to a corresponding percentage of the total available ‘televotes’. We’ve provided a full break down below.

In the end the same three songs made up the same top three in your votes, but not in the same order.

In third place was Sweden with 86 points, sending Anna Bergendahl to the top of the scoreboard with 230 points. 113 points then went to Australia moving them just above Sweden on 233 – an incredibly narrow margin.

This left just Ukraine to score – would Maruv have enough to win? You awarded 123 points to her, elevating her to victory on 244 points. Congratulations to Siren Song – Eurovison’s 2019’s loss, but Second Cherry’s gain. She takes her place on our Roll of Honour as our Champion for 2019!

The final Second Cherry scores
The winning moment! [Video Credit: Martin Palmer]

Phew! But it wasn’t over yet. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern was buzzing with excitement as the post 10pm ticketed crowd entered and prepared for a live set from Keiino. What a great party this was, as they played and sang for almost an hour. We heard many people say it was the best Eurofest yet, and we wouldn’t disagree.

Before we go, some thank yous for the incredible help we’ve received this year. To Ross at Electric Kiwi for support with the website and hosting. To Tom at Tomodo Photography for the logo. To the entire Eurofest crew and DJs for letting us be a part of your amazing night. To Vaughan Staples for the brilliant work on the videos and David Slavin for the thrilling scoreboard. To Simon le Vans and the team at the RVT for the technical support on the night.

A special thank you to the rest of the Second Cherry team – Jody, Russell, Juha and Mickael for your support, encouragement, pizza and summer hangovers as we’ve chewed the fat and chosen the songs. It’s been a great thrill to dust this baby off.

Finally, our biggest thank you to you, our podcast listeners, for being with us during our first season. Thank you for joining us in this niche pursuit of silliness. We’ll be back for more next year. Enjoy the on-season and keep an ear out for 2020’s losing songs – they’re music to our ears!

Matt and Monty

Series Finale: The Results

And there we have it. The Second Cherry Song Contest 2019 has taken place and we have a winning ‘cherry’. Matt and Monty deliver the results, talk about the live event, and say a fond farewell to you, the podcast listeners, and the 2019 series.

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Second Cherry Online Vote 2019

You’ve heard the songs selected on the Second Cherry podcast. Now it’s time for you, the listeners, to vote on who you think should win the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019. Below are helpful YouTube and Spotify playlists to remind you of the selected songs.

Use the form below the playlists to then cast your votes (Google account required). Please read the form for further details. HAPPY VOTING!

Wash up 2019

Now that all the songs have been selected for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019, it’s time to vote on your favourites! But before that, Matt and Monty run through the ‘best of the rest’ of the national final season in the 2019 wash up episode.

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Ukraine

A Ukrainian cherry has been picked! The boys review Vidbir 2019 where we saw 20 instruments in one, some hate-filled yellow knitwear, and one very very awkward question. We can also announce that the Second Cherry team has drawn a line in the sand – we have our 16 songs for our 2019 contest!

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France

That’s right folks, another episode from the second cherry boys. This week the hosts are joined by a special guest. They delve deep into the French history at Eurovision and, of course, select the song that will represent France at the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Lithuania

Welcome to Second Cherry. We’re nearing the end of the series but fear not, more cherry picking is yet to come! This week sees the boys in the Baltic state of Lithuania. Even though the country has a relatively short history at Eurovision, there is still a wealth of acts to talk about from years past. And the review of the Lithuanian national final, Eurovizijos Atranka, sees another cherry picked for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Italy

The boys deliver a jammed-packed episode from the famous Teatro Ariston… well, not actually! But the boys do pick an Italian cherry from Sanremo 2019. Also look out for the boy’s unconventional musical interlude. Prego!

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Finland

Joining Matt and Monty this week is Juha, Second Cherry’s resident Finn. Matt takes a back seat to drink wine and listen to Juha’a perspective on UMK, past Eurovision entries, and when Finland hosted in 2007. Despite the distinct lack of songs to choose from, the boys do pick a cherry for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Australia

This week was a first for the Second Cherry team – an Australian cherry to pick! Our friends downunder threw a party in the form of their inaugural national final, Australia Decides. What cherry was picked? Do you agree with the team’s decision?

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Spain

In this week’s episode the boys are shouting “Viva Espana!” as they dissect a selection of potential cherries from the Spanish national final, Operación Triunfo. Shockingly, the cherry pick was unanimous across the whole team, but is it the song you’re thinking of?

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Denmark

This week the boys fly back to the Nordic region and pick the Danish cherry. Denmark and the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is up for discussion, with some interesting throwbacks to Eurovision of yesteryear!

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Romania

What song and artist have been selected as the Romanian ‘cherry’ for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019? Matt and Monty dig into what was, let’s be honest, possibly the most controversial national final of the season. And the boys finally reveal the BIG NEWS they’ve been hinting at in previous episodes!

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Sweden

It’s a BIG episode! Sweden and Eurovision – nuff said! Matt and Monty delve into this year’s Melodifestivalen and what is, arguably, still the biggest national final. Matt tells us about a chance encounter in a bar on the island of Gran Canaria! But the wait is over. Who has been chosen as the Swedish cherry in the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Estonia

Matt and Monty head north again! This time to Estonia and the Eesti Laul national final. The now very popular show had everything: traditional and modern pop, slightly off-kilter cartoon postcards, branded clothing, and even a performance that Matt described as “Kinky Alice in Wonderland meets J-Pop-inspired sex club” So, why not settle down and find out what cherry has been picked for Estonia in the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Germany

Guten morgen, guten tag, und guten abend to you, depending on your locale! Yes, it’s Germany’s turn to be put through the second cherry paces! Matt chats to German commentary legend, Peter Urban, and we find out what “annoyed the titting crap” out of Monty? And of course we see what song has been selected as the German cherry for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Croatia

Croatia is under the microscope in this week’s episode. Monty takes us through a potted history of the Balkan country at the Eurovision Song Contest. And of course a cherry must be picked for the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019.

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Iceland

In this week’s episode the boys go north, very north! Iceland is under the spotlight and it’s national final, Söngvakeppnin. We all know Hatari won and grabbed that ticket to Tel Aviv, but who will be selected as the Icelandic cherry?

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United Kingdom

The ‘home’ national final of our podcast hosts is done and dusted early in the series. Matt and Monty take a considered view on a change of format for the Eurovision: You Decide show, and the BBC’s approach to the selection process. Still wondering why the UK came last in the Grand Final? Listen to why it wasn’t so much of a surprise.

Dear Cherry Pickers, remember that you will get the chance to vote on the cherries that are selected. We keep saying it but news on how we’re running the voting will be announced very soon!

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Norway

We begin the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019 with Norway. Matt and Monty look back at the national final of Norway, Melodi Grand Prix. Just back from Tel Aviv, Matt also gives us his thoughts on the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Remember, you, the podcast listeners can vote on the cherries that are selected. Who will win the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019? More details on the vote will be announced soon.

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Teaser Episode

Ahead of our first series of the Second Cherry podcast, listen to the quick teaser episode to give you an idea of what to expect from the Second Cherry Song Contest 2019. The new series will begin very soon!