Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Scorecard

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Eurovision | 2 comments

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Scorecard

We love Eurovision at Status Social. And we love the BBC’s coverage of it. But we don’t love it when the BBC don’t produce the Eurovision scorecards we know and love.

We don’t just want to give one score. We want to vote on the outfits, the performance as well as the song! So to help you out (and provide us with a Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Scorecard for our own Eurovision party) we’ve made a PROPER scorecard. Just click below and print away!

And we’d love it if you posted photos of you using our scorecards on the Status Social Facebook page!



Check out how we helped Azerbaijan win Eurovision or our Eurovision infographic.

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UK Eurovision failures could result in an independent Scotland

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog, Eurovision | 0 comments

UK Eurovision failures could result in an independent Scotland

The campaign for an independent Scotland has strengthened after it emerged Scottish people are more likely to experience Eurovision joy if they dump their next door neighbours.

A poll* carried out by Status Social has revealed that people north of the border are more likely to vote to go it alone if they no longer get lumbered with ageing no-hopers like Englebert Humperdinck and Bonnie Tyler.

And Europeans have ALSO revealed they are more likely to give points to Scotland than the ‘roast beefs’ of England.

Tania McVesty, whose mum is Scottish said: “Hoots mon, everyone thinks the Eurovision voters hate the United Kingdom but we all know it’s just the English that they cannot stand. I’m prepared to say ‘yes’ to leaving the union if we can have an independent Scottish entry in the competition.

“It’s just a shame I live in Nottingham so I won’t have a vote,” added Ms McVesty.

Franka Rudolph is a genuine German. She has not voted for the United Kingdom’s Eurovison entry since Scooch in 2007 – and that was only because she misdialled.

“I would vote for Scotland,” she confirmed. “Everyone in Germany loves Scottish music, especially the Proclaimers. Just the sound of bagpipes makes most Germans weak at the knees.”

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmon said the Status Social poll had given the independence campaign a real boost. “To be honest, I thought we had no chance of winning the vote but after Bonnie Tyler was selected to represent the UK, the tide seems to have turned. This year’s entry is so bad that apparently even the chancellor George Osborne has decided to go against the PM and vote for Scottish independence.”

Eurovision chiefs have not confirmed that an independent Scotland would be allowed to compete in the competition but an insider said: “At least they would do better than the Netherlands.”

* Poll sample audience made up of three people – Tania McVesty (half Scottish), Mark Saxby (1/8th Scottish), Kerry Saxby (eaten Scotch pancakes).

See our Status Social Eurovision infographic.

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Eurovision Song Contest in facts and figures (Infographic)

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog, Eurovision | 0 comments

Eurovision Song Contest in facts and figures (Infographic)

We are big fans of the Eurovision Song Contest here at Status Social. So much, in fact, that we (us and the marvellous Pictographik) produced an infographic especially for the occasion. Made for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest it’s got some great statistics you won’t find anywhere else (probably)….
Eurovision facts and figures

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Blogging success? Pretend to be Moldovan.

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Blog, Eurovision, Social Media | 0 comments

Who would have thought writing about a trip to the Eurovision Song Contest disguised as a Moldovan could lead to a new business connection? I wrote about my 40th birthday trip back in May – it was a mix of my adventures in Dusseldorf with a social media lesson not to let Twitter take over your life.
Several months later I received an email from the owner of a design agency in Derby. He wrote that he had heard of me but we had not yet met. Could we do so? It’s always intriguing to get a message like that – how did I get on his radar?

A alien spaceship prepares to beam up Eurovision fans in Dusseldorf

So we met in his beautiful city centre offices and he was a man worth meeting. Creative, dynamic, fascinating. The most surprising moment of the meeting was when he told me why he wanted to chat. It was all down to Eurovision. He’d read my blog and said he’d really enjoyed it. I was, he said, a man who had an aim (to appear on TV as a Moldovan) and I achieved it. He wanted to meet the writer behind the blog.
This incident really demonstrates the power of blogging. Getting your name out there for people to find you, to know what you do. It gives people the chance to discover some of your personality and your passions – often difficult to do from afar in business.
I’m not a fan of blogging for blogging’s sake and I get asked how often should someone blog? Well only if you have something interesting to say. I know of one regular blogger whom I’ve stopped reading because her musings are too hit and miss on the quality front. Every blog you write should lead your readers wanting to come back for more.
Blogging can be one of the most rewarding things to do in the world. As a BBC journalist, I would sometimes broadcast to millions of people on national radio but I get much more of a buzz to see a few hundred hits on my blog – especially when it’s shared on social media. To know your creative writing is being appreciated is a wonderful thing.

A real Moldovan - artist Mihai Grecu (photograph: Ion Chibzii used under Creative Commons licence)

Social media is a key way to promote your blog. Too many blogs remain unread because no one knows about them. And don’t be shy about promotion. Status Social Media Marketing manages the social media of Visit Cleethorpes, which includes a weekly blog. As well as plugging it on Facebook I use Twitter as a vehicle for traffic. Rather than just tweeting about the blog once, I tweet about eight times a day, each with a different headline, often with a different reason for reading. The result? Most of the traffic to the Visit Cleethorpes website comes through my blog.
So if you want blogging success, make sure your writing is of good quality and that EVERYONE knows about it. Especially if it mentions Eurovision and Moldovans…
Read Mark Saxby’s blog How I helped Azerbaijan win Eurovision
If you’d like to know how Mark can help you with your blogging, get in touch.

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How to get on TV at the Eurovision Song Contest

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Blog, Eurovision | 2 comments

How to get on TV at the Eurovision Song Contest

When I was interviewed by German Television I knew I’d made it. My aim when I left Derby to go to Dusseldorf for the Eurovision Song Contest was to get on TV and I had a cunning plan.

By Mark Saxby

I’d decided the best way to be famous (of a kind) was to support a country that no one else would. My wife Kerry had bought me tickets for the second semi final so I listened to all the 19 countries who’d been placed in that heat and did a lot of thinking. My guess was that if I picked a country which would have little support in Germany, I would stand out and get spotted by a TV crew either inside or outside the stadium.

I got my selection down to Moldova and FYR Macedonia (in case you’re wondering what FYR stands for, it’s Fry Your Rabbits) but plumped for Moldova in the end for three big reasons – it was a small country, the people were poor so unlikely to travel and most importantly of all, their song was awful – who’d want to support that? I ordered a giant Moldovan flag through Ebay – it was made in Taiwan of course – and flew to Germany.

Zdob si Zdub

The Moldovan song was performed by Zdob si Zdub (pronounced: Zdob si Zdub) and I knew they’d worn large black cone-shaped hats in their qualifier. So Kerry and I went to an art shop in Dusseldorf and asked the shop assistant to help us make a hat out of paper. I told her I was supporting Moldova: “Your English is very good,” the astute German replied.

So onto the concert stadium and the event. I got lots of stares as I wondered around but despite my lingering looks at television crews, none of them wanted to interview me. Then to cap it all, the Eurovision TV crew decided to focus on some real Moldovans inside the stadium while the band played. How ridiculous to film them, I thought – none of them are wearing pointy hats.

Mark with some REAL Moldovans

But it was while we were waiting for the announcement about who had gone through to the final that I had my biggest impact. I spotted Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan above me in the stand and I raced up to say hello and get their autograph. “You were great in the first semi final,” I gushed. “I think you have a really good chance of winning on Saturday.” This was obviously a key moment for the pair. My words brought a flush of confidence into their faces and I knew straight away, I was the one who would be responsible for their victory in the final.

Free currywurst

Still no TV interview though. The concert ended – amazingly the Moldovans got through – and Kerry and I made our way to the underground station. And then it happened. An excited German woman beckoned me over to her. At first I thought, “Great. Free currywurst,” but it turned out to be even better. She placed me in front of a TV camera and asked me about being a Moldovan at the Eurovision Song Contest. I gave a big shout out to Moldova to close the interview and the cameraman and interviewer exchanged big smiles – I knew I had made it.

What’s this got to do with social media? Well not much really but there has to be some spurious mention in my blog so here goes – I had a bit of a dilemma while I was watching the show. Should I tweet about the concert to my followers at home or should I just watch the show? Would I miss out on the full experience of Eurovision if I spent too much time staring at the screen on my phone?

In the end I decided just a few tweets would do. After all, social media is a really great way of interacting with people but when it starts getting in the way of living your life, then that’s going too far. I may be a social media fan, but for goodness sake, this was Eurovision and I wanted to enjoy EVERY moment.

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