In yesterday’s post, we looked at the two semi-finals, but what exactly happened in the final this year? This was the one you watched, and as you got ever more and more intoxicated, the entries seemed to become more and more bizarre.
The new voting system, which we touched on yesterday, upset viewers so much that apparently a third of a million of them have signed a petition asking for a recount. The EBU, guilty of bring us the song contest every year, apparently think they have done enough already.
What changed this year was that every country got two lots of votes: a jury vote, and a televote. Most of the voting went entirely as you might expect: the further east you travel the more everyone likes Russia; the former Yugoslav countries all get along very nicely; and only Malta likes the UK. Everything is entirely as usual, except for the bizarre inclusion of an Australian entry, which the juries loved a lot more than the televoters.
So why even bother with the jury vote, especially given the apparently questionable behaviour of one of the juries? Well, let’s allow the EBU to figure that out. Ultimately, neither the juries nor the public had their way, and neither Australia nor Russia won.
The UK this year managed 62 points, which sounds impressive until you realise that only put them in 24th place out of 26 entries, and they have only performed worse on four occasions.
Australia, having broadcast the contest annually since 1983, and having participated many times by sending their artists via other countries, made their debut last year, and inexplicably returned this year. Not only that, but they ended up doing so well that they actually won the jury’s vote, with nine countries picking them for the magical douze points.
But ultimately, loved by pretty much everybody, this year’s winner was the Ukranian entry, so next year will take us further easy again.