TessHex (short for Tessellating Hexagons; also known as That Guy) is a user from the United Kingdom, though he considers himself to be European primarily, British secondarily, and English thirdly, owing to his heritage being a mixture of English, Pictish, and Huguenot.
On one of his YouTube channels, he hosts the Yourovision Song Contest, as a result of reviving it, after its original creator abandoned it mid-conception. On the other, he reviews Eurovision songs, as well as posting LPs, short vlogs, comedy sketches and other entertainment-based content. His contributions to the YouTube community have been acknowledged by TVTropes.
While he is a full-time university student, TessHex has also worked part-time for Japan Aviation Electronics. Additionally, he has written a dissertation on what makes a successful entry in the modern (2004-2013, with allusions to 2014) Eurovision Song Contest.
TessHex takes part, currently, in two online contests regularly: his own Yourovision Song Contest, and the Dream Song Contest, having also participated in four editions of the second series of the privately-run Almost Eurovision Contest, and a number of other contests which have since been cancelled or otherwise no longer operate.
Yourovision Song ContestEdit
As host of this contest, TessHex débuted in the first edition, originally to be held in Belgrade, until ownership of the contest changed hands, moving the event to Helsinki.
His highest place in the contest was second place, as of the fifth edition, and his highest score in the contest came in the ninth edition, in which he finished third, with 77 points. He went on to surpass this in the following edition, finishing third again, this time with 91 points.
Thereafter, his best placing in the contest came in the thirteenth edition, in which he placed first, having received 108 points, breaking the records for highest final score and most 12-point units received during the voting. He then went on to place first in the following edition, making him the first user to have won the contest multiple times in direct succession. He also won the thirty-second edition, setting another new record for highest score, as well as maintaining his one-hundred percent success-rate with songs chosen by national-final.
For the fourteenth edition, he decided to hold a national selection to decide which two countries to send. Following this, he also organised one for Antarctica ahead of the thirty-second edition. At present, he does not intend to hold any subsequent editions of this national-final format.
Tess has participated in every edition of the contest to date, and as of the twenty-eighth edition, had always qualified from semi-finals with at least one country, when semi-finals are held, and thus never having missed a final. This streak was finally broken in the twenty-ninth edition.
To date, the only shows in which he has not been represented at all are the semi-finals of the fourteenth edition, in which his two countries were pre-qualified for the final, following his victory in the previous edition, the first semi-final of the twenth-ninth edition, and the Grand Final of that same edition, where his one entry failed to qualify from the second semi-final.
|#1||Finland||Studio Killers||"Friday Night Gurus"||—||11||50||N/A|
|#3||Germany||Mia Diekow||"Black Beauty"||—||8||48||N/A|
|#4||Finland||Studio Killers||"True Colours"||—||15||22||N/A|
|Germany||Peter Fox||"Schwarz Zu Blau"||Black to blue||19||18||N/A|
|#5||Germany||Tokio Hotel||"1000 Meere"||1000 oceans||2||66||N/A|
|#6||Germany||Willemijn Verkaik||"Lass Jetzt Los"||Let go now||7||61||N/A|
|#7||Bulgaria||Grafa ft. VenZy & Mihaela Fileva||"A Dano, Ama Nadali"||Hopefully, but unlikely||13||38||N/A|
|#8||Bulgaria||Elitsa & Stoyan||"Zemya"||Earth||DNQ||DNQ||12||43|
|New Zealand||Zowie||"My Calculator"||—||11||44||7||65|
|#9||New Zealand||Lorde||"Tennis Court"||—||3||77||N/A|
|#10||New Zealand||Ruby Frost||"Moonlight"||—||3||91||N/A|
|#11||New Zealand||Brooke Fraser||"Something In The Water"||—||2||87||N/A|
|#12||New Zealand||Annabel Fay||"Hold On"||—||4||65||N/A|
|#13||New Zealand||Lorde||"Yellow Flicker Beat"||—||1||108||N/A|
|#14||Finland||Jannika B||"Jääkausi"||Ice age||1||80||AQ||AQ|
|New Zealand||Zowie||"Smash It"||—||13||40||AQ||AQ|
|#15||Finland||Jasmin Michaela||"Kertakäyttösydän"||Throwaway heart||4||61||N/A|
|Ireland||Fall Out Boy & Imagine Dragons||"Radioactive In The Dark"||—||7||54||N/A|
|#16||Finland||Sanni||"Me Ei Olla Enää Me"||We aren't us anymore||4||68||N/A|
|Germany||Silbermond||"Irgendwas Bleibt"||Something remains||DNQ||DNQ||10||43|
|#22||Hungary||Gájer Bálint||"That's How It Goes"||—||2||88||N/A|
|#24||Hungary||Kállay Saunders Band||"Who We Are"||—||7||67||6||75|
|Ireland||Scarlett Rabe||"Battle Cry"||—||6||68||3||89|
|#25||Hungary||András Petruska||"Trouble In My Mind"||—||7||58||N/A|
|#26||Hungary||Gergő Oláh||"Győz A Jó"||The good wins||5||65||N/A|
|#27||Antarctica||Highasakite||"Someone Who'll Get It"||—||12||51||N/A|
|#28||Antarctica||TRXD ft. Hilde||"Wherever You Go"||—||4||74||6||77|
|#29||Antarctica||Jared Clark||"Stay As You Are"||—||DNQ||DNQ||11||51|
|#30||Antarctica||KYA||"What I Live For"||—||7||89||5||71|
|#31||Antarctica||Dagny ft. Børns||"Fool's Gold"||—||2||127||3||84|
|#32||Antarctica||The Naked And Famous||"Higher"||—||1||150||1||98|
|Faroe Islands||Annella||"Bass Me Baby"||—||AQ||AQ|
- Semi-finals were not introduced until the eighth edition.
Summary of 12 pointsEdit
Below is a summary of to whom TessHex gave 12 points in each edition of the contest, detailing the country, entry, final points total and final position of the recipient song.
|#1||Greece||Kelly Clarkson||"People Like Us"||1||96|
|#2||United States||Lana Del Rey||"Young And Beautiful"||1||68|
|#3||Denmark||Emmelie De Forest||"Let It Fall"||1||85|
|#5||United Kingdom||Ellie Goulding||"Explosions"||1||77|
|#6||Netherlands||Miss Montreal||"Say Heaven, Say Hell"||1||97|
|#7||Estonia||Getter Jaani||"NYC Taxi"||12||42|
|#8 SF 1||Sweden||Amaranthe||"The Nexus"||1||90|
|#8 SF 2||Japan||Bentley Jones||"Evolve"||4||71|
|#8||United Kingdom||Florence + The Machine||"No Light, No Light"||4||61|
|#9||San Marino||Christina Perri||"Human"||1||101|
|#10||Italy||Annalisa||"Alice E Il Blu"||1||102|
|#11||United Kingdom||Molly Smitten-Downes||"Beneath The Lights"||1||89|
|#12||United Kingdom||George Ezra||"Blame It On Me"||14||46|
|#14 SF 1||Netherlands||Caro Emerald||"That Man"||4||84|
|#14 SF 2||Andorra||TWIN TWIN||"Moi Même"||7||62|
|#14||Netherlands||Caro Emerald||"That Man"||9||49|
|#15||Italy||Dolcenera||"Accendi Lo Spirito"||8||50|
|#16||Montenegro||MC Yankoo ft. Milica Todorović||"Moje Zlato"||13||35|
|#17||United States||The Offspring||"Coming For You"||13||32|
|#18 SF 1||Ireland||Alestorm||"Keelhauled"||10||53|
|#18 SF 2||Croatia||Danijela Martinović||"Brodolom"||4||79|
|#20||Åland Islands||Molly Pettersson Hammar||"I'll Be Fine"||3||87|
|#22||Antarctica||Bentley Jones||"The Rebellion"||9||58|
|#24 SF 1||United Kingdom||London Grammar||"Wasting My Young Years"||8||60|
|#24 SF 2||Norway||Kaizers Orchestra||"Resistansen"||11||56|
|#24||United Kingdom||London Grammar||"Wasting My Young Years"||3||80|
|#26||Ireland||Freezepop||"Less Talk More Rokk"||13||32|
|#27||United Kingdom||Holly Johnson||"Ascension"||18||26|
|#28 SF 1||Faroe Islands||Kristel Lisberg||"September"||10||57|
|#28 SF 2||Netherlands||Anouk||"Right On Time"||5||84|
|#28||Netherlands||Anouk||"Right On Time"||7||70|
|#29 SF 1||Did not participate|
|#29 SF 2||Ireland||Walking On Cars||"Speeding Cars"||8||66|
|#29||Ireland||Walking On Cars||"Speeding Cars"||14||84|
|#30 SF 1||United Kingdom||Ward Thomas||"Carry You Home"||3||75|
|#30 SF 2||Did not participate|
|#30||United Kingdom||Ward Thomas||"Carry You Home"||4||101|
|#31 SF 1||Did not participate|
|#31 SF 2||Finland||Nightwish||"Nemo"||12||43|
|#32 SF 1||Did not participate|
|#32 SF 2||United Kingdom||Robbie Williams||"Party Like A Russian"||6||62|
|#32||Åland Islands||Amaranthe||"Digital World"||2||106|
Dream Song ContestEdit
TessHex was invited to join the first edition of the Dream Song Contest, and he chose to début with the USA.
|#1||United States||Jesse Cale||"Shooting Star"||15||35||N/A|
|#2||United States||Bad Lip Reading||"Russian Unicorn"||20||24||N/A|
|#3||United States||Bethany Mota & Mike Tompkins||"Need You Right Now"||21||20||N/A|
|#4||United States||Innerpartysystem||"Don't Stop"||DNQ||DNQ||13||10|
|#6||United States||Maroon 5||"Animals"||11||86||4||78|
|#7||United States||Paul Scott||"Even Better"||DNQ||DNQ||16||14|
|#8||United States||Scarlett Rabe||"Battle Cry"||21||47||3||92|
|#9||United States||Kelly Clarkson||"People Like Us"||9||75||2||76|
Almost Eurovision ContestEdit
The Almost Eurovision Contest operates on a different scoring system from most other online song contests. In each edition, all songs are considered one at a time, and are independently given a grade on a scale of A to E, where each A is worth 5 points, down to E being worth 1 point, for how objectively good the other competitors think it is. Each song is also given a mark out of ten for how much the other competitors like it. In some editions, where applicable, there is also a PASS/FAIL system, for other competitors to state whether or not the song fits the contest's theme.
|#14 (September 2014) |
|Italy||Raphael Gualazzi||"Senza Ritegno"||2||75||13||120||N/A||N/A|
|#15 (October 2014)¹|
|Bulgaria||Elitsa & Stoyan||"Kismet"||11||52||16||99||15||13/5|
|#16 (November 2014)|
|Did not participate|
|#17 (December 2014)|
|#18 (January 2014)|
|Belarus||Satsura||"Get Out Of My Way"||27||55||26||99||N/A||N/A|
| #19 (February 2014) |
|Armenia||Sofi Mkheyan||"Luys Khavarum"||???||???||19||119||1||22||22³|
| #20 (March 2014) -|
#26 (January 2015)
|Did not participate|
|#27 (July 2015) |
|Italy||Nek||"Fatti Avanti Amore"||N/A||7||99||TBA⁴|
| #28 (August 2015) -|
|Did not participate|
¹In edition #15, the scoring system is inverted; higher scores result in worse placings overall, and vice versa, and the PASS/FAIL system is replaced with a LOVE/HATE system.
²In edition #15, TessHex was credited as the "most loving" participant, having awarded LOVE to 21 of the 22 songs other than his own. Additionally, an alternative grading system placed TessHex fourth, as he received 3 Es, 3 Ds, 5 Cs and 7 Bs, but no As.
³In edition #19, PASS/FAIL was divided into two categories: whether or not the song sounded like a Eurovision entry, and whether or not it sounded like an entry for the nominated country and year. The maximum possible score in both categories was 22. Additionally, the full results of #19 were never released.
⁴In edition #27, instead of PASS/FAIL, each song was rated as either BETTER or WORSE than what the country in question sent to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Power To The SongEdit
TessHex was invited to join the first edition of Power To The Song, resulting in his début with the United Kingdom.
His best placing in the contest to date was a joint-7th/8th finish in the first edition.
The contest seemed to have been cancelled some time between the second and third editions.
|#1||United Kingdom||Bentley Jones||"What Now...?"||8||16|
|#2||United Kingdom||Ellie Goulding||"Under Control"||10||42|
|#3||United Kingdom||Shane Filan||"Knee-Deep In My Heart"||N/A||N/A|
Viva Musical Song ContestEdit
TessHex's first participation was in the inaugural edition of the contest, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, debuting with Turkey.
His best place in the contest came in the third edition, in which he finished eleventh overall.
The contest seemed to be cancelled during the seventh edition, in which it was revealed that he had qualified to the final, but his exact point-total was never made public.
|#1||Turkey||maNga||"Fazla Aşkı Olan Var Mı?"||12||16||N/A|
|#4||Finland||Studio Killers||"Grande Finale"||DNQ||DNQ||17||15|
|#5||Japan||Bentley Jones||"Nothing. Everything."||18||22||N/A|
|#6||South Korea||Henry Lau||"Trap"||20||42||10||44|
Worldvision Melody ContestEdit
TessHex's first participation in the Worldvision Melody Contest was in the fifth edition, in Budapest, Hungary, debuting with Japan.
In this contest, the top nine in each semi-final qualify for the final, with tenth place proceeding to a wildcard battle. As such, his first qualification would have come in the eighth edition, which did not have semi-finals. By default, this would have been his best placing in the contest so far. However, the contest seemed to be cancelled between during the eight edition.
|#1 - #4||Did not participate|
|#5||Japan||Lee Brotherton||"Dreams Of An Absolution"||DNQ||DNQ||11||24|
|#6||Croatia||Lines And Colours||"Love On Repeat"||DNQ||DNQ||11||47|
|#7||Iceland||Sin Fang||"Look At The Light"||DNQ||DNQ||13||33|
|#8||Malaysia||K-Town Clan||"Party Animal"||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Below is a summary of all of TessHex's projects on YouTube to date, discounting the Yourovision Song Contest, ordered chronologically. Ongoing series are highlighted in green.
|#1||Eurovision 2014, Round 1||Review||21/12/2013||19/03/2014||37|
|#4||Eurovision 2014, Round 2||Review||06/05/2014||11/05/2014||6|
|#7||Klonoa: Empire of Dreams||Versus LP||04/07/2014||15/08/2014||12|
|#9A||The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap||Versus LP||20/08/2014||13/12/2014||34|
|#9B||The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap||LP||21/01/2015||11/03/2015||8|
|#10||Eurovision 2014, Round 3||Review||02/09/2014||16/06/2014||7|
|#13A||Choice Of The Dragon||Filler LP||14/11/2014||28/11/2014||5|
|#13B||Tess Does Some Minecraft Things||Filler LP||05/12/2014||12/12/2014||3|
|#15||Sonic 3D||Versus LP||17/01/2015||07/03/2015||8|
|#16||Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament||Versus LP||15/03/2015||13/05/2015||16½|
|#17||Touch Detective 2½||LP||16/03/2015||26/06/2015||26½|
|#23||Klonoa: Door To Phantomile||LP||05/08/2015||12/09/2015||12|
|#25||Wario Land 4||LP||09/11/2015||14/12/2015||11|
|#27||Ocarina Of Time: Master Quest||LP||20/01/2016||10/07/2016||48|
|#28||Another Code: R||LP||22/01/2016||06/05/2016||31|
|#30||Spyro The Dragon||LP||20/05/2016||08/07/2016||15|
|#31||Junior Eurovision 2016||Review||02/06/2016||20/11/2016||4|
|#32||Mario Bros. Galaxy||Versus LP||18/07/2016||Hiatus||Hiatus|
|#33||HunieCam Studio||Versus LP||20/07/2016||03/09/2016||14¹|
|#36||Even The Ocean||LP||16/11/2016||12/02/2017||26|
|#39||Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil||LP||30/01/2017||10/04/2017||17|
|#40||Portal 2 Co-Op||LP||22/02/2017||30/04/2017||16|
|#41||Knuckles' Chaotix||Versus LP||14/04/2017||05/05/2017||8|
|#C||TessHex Versus Literature||Review||N/A|
¹Also includes an introductory video.
TessHex, alongside europezgal08, has parodied several Eurovision songs, as part of his "TessHextras" series.
|Year||Country||Original Entry||Parody Title||Published|
|2014||Sweden|| Sanna Nielsen|
|"Just Another Swedish Song"||04/05/2014|
|2014||Poland|| Donatan & Cleo|
"My, Słowianie (We Are Slavic)"
|"British Girls (My, Brytyjskie)"||08/08/2014|
Apart from these parodies, he has been involved in the following songs.
|2014||Bentley Jones||"Axiomatis"||Backing vocalist¹|
|2014||Yukiola5||"Poké-Rhymes"||Featured artist, lyricist|
¹Credited as a member of the TRUTHST4lk3rz.