Eurovision 2016 split results: The jury hurt Poland the most, helped Malta the most in the grand final
For the second year in a row, the country that won the televote did not win the Eurovision title. That has sparked calls for jury reform not just in Russia, which won the televote, but also in countries including Poland, Austria and Serbia, all of whom were let down by the juries.
Eurovision 2016: Grand final split results
First let’s take a look at the overall results, which show Ukraine’s Jamala was the most consistent performer across both halves of the equation. She came second to Russia’s Sergey Lazarev in the televote by a relatively small margin of 38 points. To put that in perspective, she was 101 points ahead of Poland’s Michal Szpak, who finished third in the televote with 222 points. They were the only three competitors who managed to crack 200 points with the people.
Australia’s Dami Im, who finished second overall, and Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, who finished third, did not have the same consistency across televoting and jury voting.
Australia won the jury vote in a landslide — 320 points to Jamala’s 211. But she could only muster fourth place with the public. Russia’s Sergey won the televote, but could only manage fifth place with the juries — finishing behind Australia, Ukraine, France and Malta.
In the chart below, we’ve ranked countries by the difference in their jury ranking and their televote ranking. A negative score means that the jury hurt a country, while a positive score means they helped them.
For instance, Poland’s Michal Szpak came third with the televote. But he only finished 25th — yes, next to last — with the jury, only besting last-place finisher Jamie-Lee from Germany. He was the contestant most hurt by the jury.
Austria’s Zoë sees a disparity of 22, having reached eighth position with the public, but just 24th with the jury.
Others losing out because of the jury include Serbia’s Sanja (-12) and Azerbaijan’s Samra (-7).
Malta’s Ira Losco benefitted the most from the inclusion of a jury. She only ranked 21st with the televoting public, but managed fourth place with the juries.
It’s well-known that Israel must contend with prejudices and criticism from abroad and that this can impact its results. Hovi Star only managed 22nd with televoters, but he pulled eighth place with the juries.
Others who benefitted from the inclusion of the jury include Belgium’s Laura (+10) and the United Kingdom’s Joe & Jake (+8).
Ukraine’s Jamala was the only contestant whose ranking with the juries and televoters was the same. She finished second with both.