“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!