Well there’s not much more left to say about Eurovision 2012, apart from my countdown of my favourite tracks (coming soon!). There’s still one story left though, one that broke today – namely the announcement of the results split by jury and public televote. OK sure, it’s a statistical geekfest for fans, but one that still could provide a few shocks about last month’s results.
If you didn’t know already, all scores are split in half. Each country has a public televote after all the songs are performed. A shadowy national jury of musical experts also rank the songs based on the performances in the so-called “Jury dress rehearsal” on the day before the final. The points generated by these two rankings are combined to reach a final ranking for each country (I believe the televote takes precedence in any tie-break), and the subsequent 12, 10, 8 etc. points are the ones you hear.
Juries were re-introduced formally a few years ago, perhaps as a measure to preserve the artistic integrity of the contest. In other words, to prevent any shameless trashy crowd-pleaser from running away with victory and dragging the contest into total chaos. That’s the idea though, and there is always plenty of speculation now about which songs would have benefitted from the jury votes, and which were popular with the public. And now we know! Deep breath, there’s a lot to get through!!
SEMI FINAL ONE
|14||Montenegro||24||San Marino||42||San Marino||31|
In terms of the qualifiers, the public and juries were impressively in sync, agreeing on 9 of the 10 qualifiers. The public would have preferred Switzerland to scrape through for a second year running, while the juries wanted Israel to make up for Dana International’s shock defeat in last year’s semi-finals. In the latter case, Israel came a distant 16th in the televote with the biggest benefactor of jury points against the televote.
Iceland and Hungary shouldn’t feel too guilty though, neither were disliked by either group. Indeed Hungary were ranked 11th by the televote, and Iceland – perhaps surprisingly – were saved by the public after very narrowly missing the jury selection.
Perhaps the bigger stories from this semi were the big televote hits whose successes weren’t reflected in the jury votes. Russia is the biggie, totally sweeping this semi’s televote. Even the jury trying their best to sink the song in 8th wasn’t enough to stop the grannies winning the semi overall. In general, a spread-out jury vote meant that big public hits had more clout. Migrant worker favourite Romania and Ireland’s Jedward appealed to the public, with lukewarm reactions from the juries (they placed Jedward in 10th).
SEMI FINAL TWO
|6||Norway||72||Bosnia & Herzegovina||77||Bosnia & Herzegovina||77|
|7||Bosnia & Herzegovina||70||Croatia||66||Malta||70|
Altogether much more divisive semi now, despite the public & juries agreeing on 8 qualifiers. The public lost their 9th & 10th picks (Bulgaria & Netherlands), while the juries lost their 7th & 8th picks (Croatia & Georgia). The interesting point here is the lengths the other group went to dredge up these contentious qualifiers into the combined top 10.
The public ranked Malta 11th, with an impressive 5th place with the juries dragging it into the final. The incredible division between juries and the public on Ukraine. I had this down as a public favourite, but they ranked it second-last (17th), with the juries ranking it an astonishing 3rd. When the dust settled, Gaitana made a comfortable 8th place. What the hell?!
More insane disagreements on the other side of the coin too. The public clashed with the juries, on eventual qualifiers Turkey and Norway. Another diaspora benefactor Turkey ended up 13th in the jury vote, but 4th in the public vote. Perhaps the Turks and their fans were keen not to miss another final after last year. I imagined Norway was more-or-less agreed upon as a decent but toothless entry, but I couldn’t be more wrong. The juries placed it dead last, but the public’s 6th place put it in a head-to-head with Bulgaria, one it won by getting votes (televote no doubt) from more countries.
Bulgaria suffered a similar fate by the juries, but Sofi’s weaker televote spread meant she just missed the final. Oddly Georgia came 8th in the jury rank, while the public hated it and placed them last. Finally, poor hapless Netherlands managed to get the nod from the televote, coming 10th, but the juries sunk Joan’s entry in 16th place.
|15||Cyprus||63||Bosnia & Herzegovina||71||Ukraine||65|
|16||Bosnia & Herzegovina||57||Malta||70||Cyprus||65|
|18||Spain||45||Greece||60||Bosnia & Herzegovina||55|
Wow, this post is LONG. Nonetheless, the end is in sight! The good news is that both the public and the juries agreed on Sweden’s victory. Only just though, with Loreen only winning the televote by a slim 11 votes over Russia. In fact the televote was quite polarised, with Russia & Sweden a massive distance ahead of the pack. Unfortunately this left few votes for the bottom of the table, and poor Anggun got the dreaded “nul points”.
So who benefitted from the televote? The juries again tried their best to scuttle the Russian grannies, placing them in a lowly 11th, but the public goodwill was just too much, and they joined Sweden in receiving points from all but one of the eligible countries. The effect of migrant diaspora boosted Turkey & Romania’s fortunes as they did in the semi-finals, with Turkey’s 8th place finish a product of 4th place in the televote and 22nd in the jury vote. Romania had a lesser but still eye-catching disparity (7th vs 20th). Ireland also went down well with the public, finishing 10th in the televote, but torpedoed by the juries who ranked it 25th, ouch!
The juries did their best to rescue other entries though, notably coming to the aid to the Big Five’s females. Italy and Spain both ranked in the jury top 5, but the televote stranded them in 17th & 18th place, resulting in a precarious finish in the top 10. They took pity on poor Anggun too, who scored nothing from the public. Even a 13th place from the juries wasn’t enough to help much, and France didn’t even get close to the top 20. That fixation on Ukraine persisted, with the public ranking it 20th against 7th on the jury rank.
OK that’s enough, there are plenty of eyebrow-raising points in there, too numerous to mention! A real bag of surprises though, wasn’t it? Now I’ve thoroughly bored you beyond the point of caring, I will unleash my ESC2012 countdown in a few weeks time. Later! x