The Wiwi Jury: Final Prediction and Rankings for Eurovision 2012

The Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music unprofessionals—has reviewed all 42 Eurovision 2012 entries. Below you can read the individual reviews, and see our final rankings.

The jury consists of an American, an Australian, a Brit and a Finn—so we are truly international. Each member of the jury offered their critique of each song, and then awarded it a score out of 10. The average scores were then re-centered to account for individual variation. For instance, if the lowest score a jury member gave an individual song was a 2, and the highest was an 8, we used a re-centering formula to give a complete spread from 1 to 10. As always, we will be making our annual Eurovision prediction. The Wiwi Jury Verdict will count for half of the score, while the votes earned in our polls for the semi-finals and final will account for the other half. Think of the Wiwi Jury as the jury score, and the polls as the televotes.


1. Sweden: Loreen with “Euphoria” (9.5)
2. Albania: Rona Nishliu with “Suus” (Personal) (7.80)
3. Italy: Nina Zilli with “L’Amore è Femmina” (Out of Love) (7.7)
4. Switzerland: Sinplus with “Unbreakable” (7.4)
5. Serbia: Zeljko Joksimovic with “Nije ljubav stvar” (7.1)
6. Cyprus: Ivi with “La La Love” (7.1)
7. Ireland: Jedward with “Waterline” (7.0)
8. San Marino: Valentina Monetta with “The Social Network” (6.80)
8. United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdink with “Love Will Set You Free” (6.80)
10. Norway: Tooji with “Stay” (6.70)
11. Germany: Roman Lob with “Standing Still” (6.50)
12. Israel: Izabo with “Time” (6.40)
13. The Netherlands: Joan Franka with “You and Me” (6.30)
14. Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou with “Aphrodisiac” (6.20)
15. Romania: Mandinga with “Zaleilah” (6.10)
15. Spain: Pastora Soler with “Quédate conmigo” (6.10)
17. Denmark: Soluna Samay with “Should’ve Known Better” (6.0)
18. Bulgaria: Sofi Marinova with “Love Unlimited” (5.80)
18. Slovakia: Max Jason Mai with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” (5.80)
20. F.Y.R. Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Crno i belo” (5.60)
21. Belarus: Litesound with “We Are the Heroes” (5.50)
22. Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki with “Party for Everybody” (5.40)
23. France: Anggun with “Echo (You and I)” (5.20)
24. Finland: Pernilla Karlsson’s with “När jag blundar” (5.0)
25. Moldova: Pasha Parfeny with “Lautar” (4.90)
26. Ukraine: Gaitana with “Be My Guest” (4.50)
27. Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva with “When the Music Dies” (4.4)
28. Slovenia: Eva Boto with “Verjamen” (4.30)
29. Estonia: Ott Lepland with “Kuula” (4.10)
30. Lithuania: Donny Montell with “Love Is Blind” (4.0)
30. Hungary: Compact Disco with “Sound of Our Hearts” (4.0)
32. Austria: Trackshittaz with “Woki mit deim Popo” (3.70)
32. Turkey: Can Bonomo with “Love Me Back” (3.70)
34. Iceland: Greta Salóme & Jónsi with “Remember Me” (3.30)
35. Malta: Kurt Calleja with “This Is the Night (3.10)
35. Portugal: Filipa Sousa with “Vida Minha” (Life of Mine) (3.10)
37. Montenegro: Rambo Amadeus with “Euro Neuro” (2.80)
38. Bosnia: Maya Sar with “Kora ti znam” (2.80)
39: Belgium: Iris with “Would You?” (2.70)
40: Croatia: Nina Badric with “Nebo” (2.60)
41. Latvia: Anmary with “Beautiful Song” (1.10)
42. Georgia: Anri Jokhadze with “I’m a Jocker” (1.0)