For the first time in ESC history the jury results and the televote results have been presented separately. First it was the big show of the jury voting. Here Australia has taken the lead very early and could not have been topped anymore with 320 points, the runner up Ukraine had only 211 points and Belgium was third with 181 points. At that stage nobody could believe that the Ukraine is able to overtake Australia or even Russia.
It has been a really tight voting this year with many good songs in the Grand Final. The introduction of the separate presentation of jury and televotes has proofed as very exciting until the last voting.
There have been quite a few surprises in the voting procedure. During the jury voting a lot of countries have received “12 Points” and it seemed that it’s going to be very exciting. Due to the fact that only the high 12 points have been announced, Australia has been profiting, as Australia mostly received points by all countries, not always 12 but always some, so at the end Australia has overtaken silently.
The presentation of the televotes has been a bit too quick to follow exactly. But leaving the ten highest televotes for last was a real thrill. Poland only received 7 points from the juries, but at the end it received 222 points from the televoters, which brought Michal in one of the final four spots. At the end Poland made a respectable 8th place.
Russia has expected to win, but the expectations have been too high, at Sergey could make the 3rd place. Therefore Bulgaria has achieved the best results in the ESC history and came 4th. The host country Sweden also shaped up very well on 5th rank. The French delegation has probably been disappointed, as France was one of the big fan favourites. But a 6th place for France is one of the best placing since 2001, when France came 4th, not even Patricia Kaas could top that with an 8th place.
Armenia made a great 7th place, many people expected her to win, maybe the starting position #26 was unfortune. Also Lithuania could achieve a Top 10 placing #9, for Donny Montell, it’s a improvement, as last time in Baku he made a 14th place. And Belgium seems to hit the European taste very well, last year Belgium came 4th already, this year a great 10th place is a great achievement.
Interesting to see is also to see that the Big 5 countries that only France made it into the Top 10, Italy came 16th, but the other Big 5 countries had not that much luck: Spain came only 22nd, United Kingdom 24th and Germany 26th. This is the second time in a row that Germany has come last, at least with 11 points, last year it was zero.
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