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Exclusive: Split jury/televoting results out!

31 July 2009 at 16:01 CEST

Before releasing the detailed results, the EBU asked two independent auditors to look into the numbers to assure that the outcome is 100% correct, and to calculate the amount of televoting revenue that goes back to each of the participating EBU Member Broadcasters. The amount of data required from all European telecom providers is big, and the auditing process is therefor time consuming. Now that this process has been completed, we are sharing the detailed results with you! Also read: EBU "very satisfied" with televoting

Earlier this year, the EBU announced to introduce professional juries in all participating countries. Teams of five music industry professionals would get a 50 percent stake in the outcome of the Final. "Nothing is more democratic than the vote of the public. But a jury takes the opportunity to listen to the songs several times, before they make up their minds. In Belgrade, last year, we saw a difference in judgment of the public and the back-up juries, and we believe a combination will make the show more interesting," said Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU, when the introduction of the juries was announced in early 2009.

CountryFinal (mixed)

Jury votingTelevoting Norway111 Iceland224 Azerbaijan382 Turkey473 United Kingdom5310 Estonia656 Greece7115 France8417 Bosnia & Herzegovina9127 Armenia10159 Russia11178 Ukraine121612 Denmark13619 Moldova141013 Portugal151818 Israel16925 Albania172311 Croatia181916 Romania192114 Germany201423 Sweden212215 Malta221324 Lithuania232020 Spain242521 Finland252422CountryMixedJury votingTelevoting

Important note: Mixed ranking as presented during the Final, the ranking of jury-only voting and the ranking of televoters-only voting. In each country, jury casted 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points, and so did the televoters. The EBU's voting partner Digame then merged those two lists in each country. Whoever got the most points after the merge received 12 points from that country in the Final voting, then 10, 8 and so on to 1 point.

Download the detailed scoreboards!

The top-3

Norway's Alexander Rybak can proudly look back at the Eurovision Song Contest he took victory at. Not only televoters massively backed the young singer, the professional juries also rewarded him with 312 points. Just like in the combined result, Iceland ranked second with the juries, but as it now appears went home with 50 points less than Rybak. Televoters awarded the Icelandic entry with a 4th place, and ranked Azerbaijan 2nd and Turkey 3rd. The juries were less supportive, putting Azerbaijan 8th and Turkey 7th. Instead, the 210 music industry professionals from across Europe that made up the jury ranked the United Kingdom's entry 3rd, while televoters put Jade's entry at a respectable 10th position.

If only the 25 finalist countries had voted, the top-3 would have been the same as when all 42 nations casted their points.

Striking similarities, obvious differences

The split jury- and televoting results show some striking similarities, but also some obvious differences. The average discrepancy between the professional juries versus televoters is 6 places on the leaderboard. Within the top-10, the average difference is 5 places.

As mentioned, the winner of this year's contest won both the jury vote as well as the top rank from viewers across Europe. Runners-up Iceland could also count on backing from both. On the other end of the final ranking, juries and televoters agreed that Finland (25th in the overall outcome), Spain (24th) and Lithuania (23rd) were not worth a spot significantly higher at the leaderboard. Lithuania ranked 20th with both the juries as well as with the televoters, but after combining the two didn't get further than a 23rd place in the combined result.

Juries and televoters also agreed on the approximate ranking of entries from Croatia, Moldova, Estonia and Ukraine. The total number of countries for whom the difference in outcome within the jury vote and the televoting was 5 places or less, was 12.

Music industry professionals and viewers at home disagreed most about the Israeli entry. Juries awarded There Must Be Another Way with a 9th place, televoters put Israel last. French super-star Patricia Kaas was awarded a 4th place by the juries, but only finished 17th with viewers at home. Third-time runner Chiara, who represented Malta, finished 13th with the juries and 24th with the televoters. Denmark's Brinck finished 6th in the jury vote with his song Believe Again, which was penned by hit singer Ronan Keating, while viewers at home put him 19th. Finally, Albania's catchy pop tune was well-appreciated by televoters - Kejsi Tola finished 11th there - but could not convince the professional juries who put the young singer on the 23rd spot of their leaderboard.

"More fair, less predictable"

After analyzing the results, Executive Supervisor Svante Stockselius commented exclusively to "Some of those countries who traditionally benefit from neighbour- and diaspora voting, rather than from the quality of their song and performance, now find themselves lower on the leaderboard. Those who came up with a genuinly good song saw themselves rewarded by both juries as well as by the viewers at home. We believe the introduction of professional juries made the contest more fair, and the outcome less predictable."

Apart from quality of the composition and performance, the EBU asked the professional juries to look for hit potential. "Not only did juries and viewers agree that Norway had the best entry, it also brought you the biggest Eurovision Song Contest hit of the past decade. Along with record televoting numbers, a stunning 125 million viewers and skyrocketing numbers on the internet, we think it's fair to say that the Eurovision Song Contest truly and still is Europe's favourite TV-show," Stockselius said. Alexander Rybak topped the charts in countries across Europe and was a massive download hit in the weeks after the contest. At its peak, Fairytale was Europe's third-most successful single.

More news about televoting figures and ratings can be expected next week!

What do YOU think?

Now we are inviting you to look into the numbers and see for yourself whether you believe this new voting system is truly successful. Please share your comments with us, and with fellow fans across Europe by leaving a comment to this exclusive report. We also have the discussion going on Facebook.