The new voting procedure with double amount of the points and a split presentation has urged to more discussions but also more excitement. For all those who love statistics it’s more fun now as there would be different outcomes if just looking at jury results or televote results. Now there is more transparency in regards of jury’s preferences and televote preferences, there are sometimes big differences as well.
Thanks to the EBU and the reference group that all names of jury members are open communicated and it’s possible to check out the personal voting result of each jury member.
What is very obvious – not only this year – that both the Armenian and Azerbaijani juries and televotes always put the other country on the least place, no matter how good or bad the song of the other country is. This is a kind of unacceptable procedure as politics should have no place here in the ESC.
Another example is Russia vs. Ukraine. The juries are in fully line with their governments: the Russian jury has put Ukraine on #24, while the Russian televoters have put Jamala on #2 and vice versa the Ukrainian jury has put Russia on #22 and the Ukrainian televoters liked Russia the most and it became #1. That’s a weird thinking here.
In the Semi Final 1 it’s interesting to see that the combined results have given a kind of compromise as it would be either jury results or televote results. If there would have only been juries, Austria would have not qualified but Montenegro instead. If there would have only been televoting, the Czech Republic would have failed to qualify, but Bosnia & Herzegovina would have been in the Grand Final.
In the Semi Final 2 even more countries would have been effected. With jury voting only, Poland would have not made it into the Grand Final, but Slovenia. On the other hand if there was only televoting Israel and Georgia would have not been in the Grand Final, therefore we would have had FYR Macedonia and Belarus in.
In the Grand FinalAustralia was the winner of the juries, while Russia was the winner of the televoters. Interesting, that at the end Ukraine was 2nd for the juries with 211 points and 2nd with 323 points from the televoters altogether the highest points of 534. So Ukraine could have won with a margin of 23 points to the follow up Australia, and the highly favoured Russia came only third, as the juries put Russia on #5. This fact did not please the Russians and they felt betrayed.
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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!