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Report from the Grand Final and winner's press conference

Report from the Grand Final and winner’s press conference
  • On May 11, 2014

For the first time since 1996, Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest with Conchita Wurst!

Twitter was alive with around 5 million #Eurovision tweets, peaking during Austria’s performance.



Problems remained for Denmark

In the first dress rehearsal of the Grand Final, Denmark experienced troubles with their onstage banner. At the conclusion of the song, the banner was supposed to drop to the floor, so that it could be quickly removed. During the dress rehearsal, the banner failed to release and lead to the delay of The Netherlands’ performance directly after.

In the live broadcast of the Grand Final, the banner only released partially, leading to a live delay of The Netherlands from taking the stage.


Voting screen troubles

For the most part, the voting sequence went smoothly without the need to repeat votes or other misunderstandings.

However, during the delivery of points from Israel, the voting board graphics failed to appear, along with the spokesperson himself. About halfway through, the graphics were corrected. When Alyona Lanskaya of Belarus was delivering the votes from the country, her live feed was severely interrupted at one point, making it impossible to understand her.


Massive cheers for Austria

Like in the semi-final, the crowd went crazy for Conchita. She looked clearly overwhelmed and touched at the enthusiasm towards her, which brought her to tears on a couple occasions.


More boos for Russia

Following the incident of booing the qualification of Russia in the first semi-final, suspicions arose of if the same would happen in the Grand Final. As soon as Alsou (Russia 2000) appeared to deliver the Russian votes, the arena and press center audience booed until she was finished.

The boos escalated when Russia gave their top points to loyal neighbor Belarus. Also, the same thing happened when Belarus gave 12 points to Russia.

From there, everytime Russia received an 8, 10, or 12 points, the booing happened once again.


Georgian jury disqualified

Based on the EBU’s suspicions of fraud regarding the votes of the Georgian jury, the jury votes were disqualified, leaving the televote to solely decide the country’s votes. The Georgian jury had placed all 25 songs in exactly the same order, an action deemed statistically impossible by the EBU.


Key interval act removed

One of the themes for the entire contest this year was the idea for the viewers of Eurovision to choose the interval act of the Grand Final. By sending ideas through #MyEurovisionIdea, fans of the show had the chance to make requests.

Thomas Mayer from Germany was chosen with his idea of how the contest will look in the future. In the dress rehearsal, the interval act was performed, but was oddly removed from the live show. Instead, the interval act jumped to the second half of the segment, bypassing the entire theme originally set up back in December.


Fan favorite fail

After the colossal failure of fan-favorite Israel in the second semi-final, nothing could come as a surprise.

At one point, the United Kingdom was 3rd in the betting odds. Shifting slightly during Eurovision week, it ended up around 5th to win. Despite this, the United Kingdom managed only to make it to 17th place of out 26, far from the first place that it was pegged to potentially gain.


Voting history meaningless to some countries

Greece has been one of the most successful countries in Eurovision. Since the introduction of the semi-final(s), Greece has qualified for the final every single year, and usually placing in the top 10, minus the occasion in 2012 when they landed at 17th. This year, once again, Greece qualified, and landed 20th, their worst result, since 1998.

Likewise, the same transpired with Azerbaijan. The country landed at 22nd place this year, their worst placing to date and their first time out of the top 10.


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The winner’s press conference

Crowds gathered outside the press conference room where Conchita Wurst would be introduced to the press as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Confetti guns made for a festive entrance and a clearly-moved Conchita had her pictures taken, before the Q&A started.

Conchita explained that even though she doesn’t believe in signs, numbers had been magically adding up for her. Conchita performed 6th in her semi-final, 11th in the Grand Final, and her idol, Celine Dion, won the contest in 1988. This adds up to the date 6.11.1988, which is Tom’s birthday.



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