The results of Eurovision 2018: Let's dive into the numbers!
Photo by: Thomas Hanses
Posted 14 May 2018 at 12:46
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is over. Millions watched on TV and online as Israel's Netta received the iconic glass microphone from last year's winner Salvador Sobral. Now that the dust has settled, it is time to dive into the voting results of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest.
The first Semi-Final
In the first Semi-Final, Israel won the jury vote, but only came 4th with viewers. Cyprus won the televote, but only came 6th with the juries.
Iceland was unfortunate enough to receive no points from the televote. Thanks to 15 points from the juries Iceland avoided a nil points on the scoreboard.
Austria came 2nd with the juries, right behind Israel. In the Grand Final, Austria won the jury vote and Israel came 3rd with the juries.
Albania came 3rd with the juries, viewers at home ranked them 11th. Finland finished 7th with televoters, yet only managed to reach a 15th place with the juries. Nevertheless, both qualified for the Grand Final.
Had it been up to juries alone, Lithuania and Finland would not have qualified, instead securing Grand Final participation for Belgium and Switzerland. Television viewers prefered to see Greece in the Grand Final.
For Azerbaijan it was the first time the country did not manage to qualify for the Grand Final.
In the second Semi-Final, Sweden won the jury vote and Denmark won the televote. But as Sweden only came 6th with viewers and Denmark 12th with the juries, Norway surpassed both. Moldova, which came 7th with the juries and 2nd with viewers at home, eventually came 3rd.
Georgia came last, yet managed to collect points from judges and viewers.
Had it been up to juries alone, Serbia, Denmark and Hungary would not have qualified, instead securing Grand Final participation for Malta, Latvia and Romania. Television viewers preferred to see Poland in the Grand Final over the the Netherlands.
For Russia and Romania it was the first time they did not manage to qualify for the Grand Final.
While Israel won the televote and the contest as a whole with 529 points, the juries ranked Austria on top. Televoters placed Austria 13th with 71 points, leaving Austria in 3rd place. In the first Semi-Final, Austria came 4th.
Last year, Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the Grand Final with 758 points, or 15.6% of the total amount of points available. This year's winner Netta from Israel receiving 529 points, or 10.6% of the totel amount of points available, shows that points were distributed more evenly across the scoreboard.
All countries but Estonia gave Israel points. From the juries, Israel received the famous douze points five times, from televoters eight times.
Cyprus came 5th with the juries and 2nd in the televote, finishing 2nd overall, achieving their best placing since their first participation in 1981. Czech Republic also had their best result ever, 6th place.
Sweden came 2nd with the juries, collecting 253 points, but only 23rd with televoters. As a consequence, Sweden finished 7th in the overall result.
Australia came last in the televote, but reached a 20th place overall thanks to the 90 points from the juries. And while Ukraine came last with the juries, it managed to climb to a 17th place thanks to the 119 points from viewers at home.
In an unexpected turn of events Norway, winner of the second Semi-Final, came 16th with the juries and 11th with televoters, resulting in a 15th place at the end of the voting.
While Germany did better with the juries and finished 4th as a result, Italy managed to reach the top-5 thanks to substantial support from televoters.
Fan favourite France didn't get further than a 13th place, largely thanks to jury support.
Portugal, being the host of this year's contest, was awarded an unfortunate last place — the same fate as Austria in 2015 when the event was hosted in Vienna.
The split results show that viewers and music industry professionals sometimes agree, and sometimes disagree. And that is okay — otherwise there would be no point having them both vote. The split results also show that both viewers and juries occassionally change their mind between the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final. And whether that is because of a different quality in the performance, a different way of looking at the acts because the playing field changed or because of a change of heart — that is okay too!