In the days of the random Eurovision draw, there was a sort of fatalism amongst fans and delegations. Since 2013, the producers have largely determined the draw and many have worried about potential biases in favour of some delegations over others. Now that we know the performance order for Saturday’s Grand Final, we decided to […]
“Brutal.” “A bloodbath.” “So unfair.” “Toughest semi-final in history.” These were but a few of the comments made in the Lisbon bubble about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest first semi-final. The overwhelming consensus was that Tuesday’s line-up of entries was much stronger, there were more than 10 entries deserving of a place in this year’s […]
Since 1975 the Eurovision Song Contest has used the same point allocation system: a version of a Borda count. For the first 20 years of the Contest, all sorts of other scoring—and point allocation—systems were tried. The quadruple tie in 1969 led to a mini-boycott the following year, in fact. Thus in Vienna we saw […]
For the first time in the semi-final era we have seen null points in a Grand Final. In fact, for the first time in decades two entries received no points: Ann-Sophie’s Black Smoke for Germany, and The Make Makes I’m Yours, for host country Austria. In this article I take a look at how these (zero) scores came about, some of the unintended consequences of the combined televoting/jury scoring system in play, and crunch the numbers a different way.
For the first time our televote winner (Italy) lost to the juries’ favourite (Sweden). Meanwhile, in second place lies Russia. In this article I take a look at where Polina Gagarina’s support came from. There are a number of surprises!