Denmark: Jury member gives top points to wrong artists

Amid all the drama and tension of Saturday night’s results, it seems that one jury member didn’t quite give the scores she intended. Danish jury member and Dansk Melodi Grand Prix veteran Hilda Heick has admitted she was confused when entering her jury results, and ranked the songs in reverse order.

This means that her favourite song, “The Sound of Silence” was ranked 26th, while her least favourite tune, the Georgian entry, was ranked at the top.

And this affected the points given by the Danish jury. As the results stand, the points given in the grand final were:

  1. Ukraine – 12 points
  2. Australia – 10 points
  3. Belgium – 8 points
  4. The Netherlands – 7 points
  5. Bulgaria – 6 points
  6. Lithuania – 5 points
  7. Sweden – 4 points
  8. United Kingdom – 3 points
  9. Israel – 2 points
  10. Spain – 1 point

But if Hilda’s song order had been reversed and new averages for the Danish jury calculated, the new scores would be like this:

  1. Australia – 12 points
  2. The Netherlands – 10 points
  3. Belgium – 8 points
  4. Sweden – 7 points
  5. Bulgaria – 6 points
  6. Spain – 5 points
  7. Israel – 4 points
  8. Russia – 3 points
  9. Lithuania – 2 points
  10. France – 1 point

It would have given Australia a deserved 12 points, while Ukraine would have missed out on receiving any points from Denmark. Russia would have received 3 points, but the UK would have missed out on their 3 points. Spain would have picked up an extra 4 points, while France would have got 1 point from Denmark.

She made the same mistake in the semi-final, giving Kaliopi her top score, with “Dona” marked as the least favourite by the rest of the jury.

But importantly, Hilda’s confusion didn’t effect the overall winner of Eurovision 2016. Jamala would have still won with “1944” regardless of Hilda’s points.

Speaking to Danish media, Hilda says she was mortified when she discovered her mistake. “My heart stood still. When you realise you’ve done something wrong, it’s very uncomfortable. When I came in and saw the voices, I could see that I had voted the opposite of the other.”

She explained that she thought she was giving scores instead of ranks, and therefore gave Dami Im the top “score” of 26.

Hilda has been criticised by Danes on social media, and told BT that it had made her reluctant to be involved with Dansk Melodi Grand Prix again – but she’s not ready to quit yet.