The results in the Semi Final 1 from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with 17 participating countries had an expectable result. Unlike the other semi final, there were not too big discrepancies between the jury voting and televoing. Due to the fact that there is a 50/50 weighting, this is a valid mix of music professionals and the public. In former years there were either only juries or televoting, which led to quite unfair and weird voting results. To split the voting is a fairer and more transparent way to find the best song.
In this Semi Final 1 only two points made the difference from qualifying and going home! Belarus had 122 points (10th rank) and Poland had 120 points (11th rank), so Belarus was lucky to qualify, while Poland had to go home.
If there would have been only jury voting, San Marino would have not been in the Grand Final, while Hungary would have qualified. The Czech Republic would have been #1, followed by Greece and Australia.
On the other side with televoting only, Belarus would have been out and Poland in. And Iceland would have been #1, followed by Australia and Estonia.
This is the ranking with the points of juries (j) and televoting (t):
Australia 254 points (j: 114 p. / t: 140 p.)
Czech Republic 241 points (j: 156 p. / t: 85 p.)
Iceland 221 points (j: 70 p. / t: 151 p.)
Estonia 198 points (j: 65 p. / t: 133 p.)
Greece 185 points (j: 131 p. / t: 54 p.)
Slovenia 167 points (j: 75 p. / t: 93 p.)
Serbia 156 points (j: 91 p. / t: 65 p.)
San Marino 150 points (j: 26 p. / 124 p.)
Cyprus 149 points (j: 95 p. / t: 54 p.)
Belarus 122 points (j: 78 p. / t: 44 p.)
Poland 120 points (j: 60 p. / t: 60 p.)
Hungary 97 points (j: 65 p. / t: 32 p.)
Belgium 70 points (j: 50 p. / t: 20 p.)
Georgia 62 points (j: 29 p. / t: 33 p.)
Portugal 51 points (j: 8 p. / t: 43 p.)
Montenegro 46 points (j: 31 p. / t: 15 p.)
Finland 23 points (j: 9 p. / t: 14 p.)
It’s also obvious that the San Marinese entry “Say na na na” by Serhat has been highly appreciated by the teleovoters, especially in the Eastern European countries. The Czech Republic, Hungary and Georgia gave 12 points each, and there were 10 points by Montenegro and Estonia. That shows that an entertaining show with a catchy song can impress the general public, while the juries had a different opinion.
The last place went to the Finnish entry “Look Away” by DJ Darude and Sebastian. This entry did not shape up both by the juries and televoters, the juries put Portugal even lower.
It’s also interesting to see that the most striking entries with the most extraordinary stage performances like Hatari from Iceland and Kate Miller-Heidke could convince with it.
And uninspired stage shows like Belgium and Montenegro received their penance.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!