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ESC Reporter | January 18, 2018

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Portugal and Poland: The losers of the jury voting

Portugal and Poland: The losers of the jury voting
Eric Nocito

Even though the jury and public moderately agreed on most placings this year, two returning members were essentially snubbed by the jury after winning a ton of the televote. On the other end, the jury supported entries that were heavily unpopular with the public.

Here is an indepth analysis of the jury vs. public voting:


Semi-Final 1

The winner of the first semi-final was The Netherlands with 150 points. Bookmaker-favorite Sweden ended up in second place with 131 points, and Hungary came third with 127 points. The jury and the televote agreed on The Netherlands gaining the top placing, but that was pretty much the only thing that they agreed on.

Portugal, a crowd favorite, managed to get 6th place in the televote, but the juries of the participating countries ranked it at 16th, dead last. Because of this, Portugal failed to qualify for the Grand Final, missing out by 1 point from the 10th place and San Marino. Portugal achieved the top placing for the televote in Spain and second in France. Unfortunately, the juries ranked the song in its list of non-qualifiers, bringing down its rank dramatically.

Belgium’s televote picked Armenia as its winner, only to have the jury rank it in last place. There is no explanation on why this happened.

Moldova, for the first time since 2008, did not qualify for the Grand Final, and ended up at their first last place.

In 2013, Valentina Monetta and San Marino were ranked in the top 10 with the jury, but failed to qualify due to the votes from the public. However, this year, things switched. San Marino gained the top 10 with the televote, but not with the jury, still managing to qualify.

Also, even though Azerbaijan qualified, there was a disagreement with the juries and the public. While most juries placed Azerbaijan in their top 10, some even in top 5, the public ranked it much lower, some even at dead last.

Latvia, who did not qualify, would have if the results had been 100% televote, while Estonia and Montenegro were supported by the jury.

Other than that, the juries and public agreed with the qualifiers.


Semi-Final 2

The public and the jury both agreed on Austria winning the second semi-final.

It must be pointed out that Poland was a huge favorite in the televoting, but the complete opposite for the juries. Overall, Poland reached third place in the televote, while only getting 11th from the jury. No less than three countries gave their top televote points to Poland: United Kingdom, Belarus, and Ireland. Three countries had Poland ranked second with the public: Germany, Lithuania, and Norway.

Malta, overall, gained the second-highest ranking from the jury, while receiving 12th place from the public. The same happened with Macedonia, which received seventh place from the jury and 14th from the public. The public ranked Ireland at ninth and the jury did so at 15th.

A strange voting result was when Germany’s televote gave highest to Austria, while the jury gave it 13th. Austria was very popular with the juries, and bringing in the fact of Austria being Germany’s neighbor, it makes even less sense.

But probably the strangest voting pattern of the night was when the Norwegian public gave their top televote to Lithuania.



For third year in a row, the viewers and the jury have agreed on the winner. Austria won the contest with 290 points, The Netherlands receiving the second place with 238 points, and Sweden landing at third with 218 points. The jury and televote agree on The Netherlands being second place, while the viewers chose Armenia to be their third place.

Eerily, the points of the top 3 countries are extremely close to last year’s points, with the 2nd and 3rd again being exactly 20 points apart (2013: Denmark 281, Azerbaijan 234, Ukraine 214).

Once again, Poland was snubbed by the jury and praised by the public. In the United Kingdom, Poland once again won the televote, but was given last place by the jury. Poland also won the televote in Ukraine, Ireland, and Norway, ranking very low with the juries. In several other countries, Poland achieved spots in the top 5 of the televote, but never managed to have the jury agree with it.

Azerbaijan’s public and jury agreed to give Armenia the last place in the final. Also, the same applied to Armenia’s points to Azerbaijan.

Even though Azerbaijan was a jury favorite, achieving top 10 status in most of the juries, it received last place in the televote in 17 countries: Austria, Sweden, Romania, Estonia, Greece, Germany, Macedonia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Slovenia, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, and Armenia.


Now that Azerbaijan and Greece have fallen out of glory with the juries and public, how does their future look?

After Portugal and Poland chose to come back this year, will the jury snubbing make them withdraw again?

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