There has been a lot of excitement during the voting procedure. This year the favourite was not that clear like last year. A lot of countries could have been surprise winners. The big question was how the Balkan countries would vote for, as there was no Balkan country in the Grand Final.
The highly favorized singer Bonnie Tyler has reached a disappointing 19th rank; also Germany could only achieve 18 points and came 21st. The other Big 5 countries France only came 23rd and Spain 25th. The Dracula song from Romania shaped up relatively well and came 13th. Ireland made the last place with only 5 points.
Very happy could be Azerbaijan, which made a very good 2nd place and the Ukraine a 3rd place. The Italian super star Marco Menegoni came 7th. A very good placing for Malta (8th) and also great to the Netherlands in the Top 10 in the Grand Final again. The positive surprise of the night was Hungary, which made a 10th place. The host country Sweden could only achieve a 14th place.
For the first time the winner has already been announced before the last votings have been deliberated. That was a bit irritating as the TV spectators and people in the audience were used to a lot of mistakes.
This is the final ranking: 1. Denmark (281 points), 2. Azerbaijan (234 points), 3. Ukraine (214 points), 4. Norway (191 points), 5. Russia (174 points), 6. Greece (151 points), 7. Italy (126 points), 8. Malta (120 points), 9. The Netherlands (114 points), 10. Hungary (84 points), 11. Moldova (71 points), 12. Belgium (71 points), 13. Romania (65 points), 14. Sweden (62 points), 15. Georgia (50 points), 16. Belarus (48 points), 17. Iceland (47 points), 18. Armenia (41 points), 19. United Kingdom (23 points), 20. Estonia (19 points), 21. Germany (18 points), 22. Lithuania (17 points), 23. France (14 points), 24. Finland (13 points), 25. Spain (8 points) and 26. Ireland (5 points).