Euro 2016 Game

This is a Twitter based contest where for a bit of fun we follow the schedule of Euro 2016 and pit the best scoring Eurovision entry of each country against each other in a series of knockout ties.  Each tie will be decided by a Twitter vote over 24 hours.  The two best countries from each of the six groups will qualify for the second round as well as the four best third-placers. We’ll then mimic the knockout schedule to produce a winner.

How do we choose a song to represent each country?.

Well it’s their countries highest placed Eurovision entry over sixty-one years of the contest.  If there are multiple entries with the same placing we go with the latest one.  Which is a nice way of deciding between Lys Assia and Celine Dion.

What about the UK teams?

Well we have gone with the highest scoring entry that was from an artist/act entirely Welsh or Northern Irish.   If we allow Celine for Switzerland then we shall go with Katrina & The Waves for the UK.

So here are the competing songs in their group tables, ranked by points to date then total % score from eatch match-up.

Group A

1st    9 218 SWITZERLAND   Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi by Celine Dion

2nd  4  149 FRANCE   L’oiseau Et L’enfant by Marie Myriam

3rd  4  134 ROMANIA   Playing With Fire by Paula Seling & Ovi

4th  0   99  ALBANIA  Suus by Rona Nishliu

Group B

1st   9  223 ENGLAND  Love Shine A Light by Katrina & The Waves

2nd  6  193 WALES   Knock Knock Who’s There by Mary Hopkin

3rd  1    89 SLOVAKIA   Kým Nás Máš by Marcel Palonder

4th  1    85 RUSSIA  Believe by Dima Bilan

Group C

1st   9  189  GERMANY   Satellite by Lena

2nd  3  162  POLAND  To Nie Ja by Edyta Gorniak

3rd   3 134   NORTHERN IRELAND  Jack In The Box by Clodagh Rodgers

4th   3  115  UKRAINE  1944 by Jamala

Group D

1st   6 115  SPAIN  Vivo Cantando by Salome

2nd 3  105  TURKEY  Every Way That I Can by Sertab

3rd  3 102  CROATIA  Marija Magdalena by Doris Dragovic

4th  0   78  CZECH REPUBLIC  I Stand by Gabriela Gunčíková

Group E

1st    6  170 SWEDEN   Heroes by Mans Zelmerlow

2nd  6   142 IRELAND  The Voice by Eimear Quinn

3rd   3  163 BELGIUM  J’Aime La Vie by Sandra Kim

4th   3   125 ITALY  Insieme 1992 by Toto Cotugno

Group F

1st    9  229  ICELAND   Is It True by Yohanna

2nd  6  209  AUSTRIA  Rise Like A Pheonix by Conchita Wurst

3rd   3   90  PORTUGAL   O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor by Lucia Moniz

4th   0   54   HUNGARY  Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet by Friderika Bayer

So mimicking exactly the Euro 2016 format here is the knockout draw 

FRA L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant  v  POL  To Nie Ja   100% – 0%

SPA Vivo Cantando  v BEL  J’Aime La Vie   86% – 14%

ENG Love Shine A Light v CRO Marija Magdalena   67% – 33%

ICE Is It True? v  IRE  The Voice 50% – 50%   ICE advance by better group score

GER Satellite  v ROM  Playing With Fire  86% – 14%

SWE Heroes v TUR Every Way That I Can   60% – 40%

SWZ Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi v NIR Jack In The Box   77% – 23%

WAL Knock Knock Who’s There v AUT Rise Like A Pheonix   83% – 17%

QUARTER FINALS

FRA L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant  v  SPA Vivo Cantando  75% – 25%

ENG Love Shine A Light v  ICE Is It True?  54% – 46%

GER Satellite v  SWE Heroes  63% – 37%

SWZ Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi v  WAL Knock Knock Who’s There  100% – 0%

SEMI FINALS

FRA L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant v  ENG Love Shine A Light  40% – 60%

GER Satellite v  SWZ Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi   71% – 29%

FINAL

ENG Love Shine A Light  v GER Satellite  75% – 25%

GROUP FIXTURES

10 June

FRA L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant v ROU  Playing With Fire  50% – 50%

11 June

ALB Suus v SWZ Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi 17% – 83%

SVK Kým Nás Máš v WAL Knock Knock Who’s There  15% – 85%

ENG Love Shine A Light v RUS Believe  94% – 6%

12 June

CRO  Marija Magdalena v  TUR  Every Way That I Can  40% – 60%

POL  To Nie Ja v  NIR  Jack In The Box 43% – 57%

GER Satellite v UKR 1944   63% – 37%

13 June

SPA  Vivo Cantando v CZE  I  Stand  60% – 40%

IRE The Voice v SWE  Heroes  26% – 74%

BEL J’Aime La Vie v ITA Insieme 1992  80% – 20%

14 June

AUT Rise Like A Pheonix v HUN Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet  79% – 21%

POR O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor v ICE Is It True  23% – 77%

15 June

ROM Playing With Fire v SWZ Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi 19% – 81%

FRA L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant v ALB Suus  53% – 47%

RUS Believe v SVK  Kým Nás Máš  50% – 50%

16 June

ENG Love Shine A Light v WAL Knock Knock Who’s There?  63% – 37%

UKR 1944 v NIR Jack In The Box  53% – 47%

GER Satellite v POL To Nie Ja  56%-44%

17 June

ITA Insieme 1992 v SWE Heroes  61% – 39%

CRO  Marija Magdalena v CZE  I Stand  62% – 38%

SPA Vivo Cantando v TUR Every Way That I Can  55% – 45%

18 June

BEL J’Aime La Vie v IRE The Voice  40% – 60%

HUN Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet v ICE Is It True   9% – 91%

POR O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor v AUT Rise Like A Pheonix   9% – 91%

19 June

FRA L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant v SWZ  Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi  46% – 54%

ALB Suus v ROM Playing With Fire  35% – 65%

20 June

ENG Love Shine A Light v SVK  Kým Nás Máš  76% – 24%

RUS Believe v WAL Knock Knock Who’s There  29% – 71%

21 June

GER Satellite v NIR Jack In The Box 70% – 30%

POL  To Nie Ja v UKR  1944  75% – 25%

SPA Vivo Cantando v  CRO Marija Magdalena   70% – 30%

CZE I Stand v TUR Every Way That I Can   27% – 73%

22 June

HUN Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet v POR O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor  33% – 67%

AUT Rise Like A Pheonix v ICE Is It True?  39% – 61%

IRE The Voice v ITA Insieme 1992   56% – 44%

BEL J’Aime La Vie v SWE Heroes  43% – 57%