The definitive ranking of non-qualifying jury favourites – part 1

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Eurovision scores are made up of a 50/50 split between the public televote and juries of music experts. Most of the time they both agree on the best, but every year there are a few songs that the juries like a lot more than the public. We’re ranking the songs that didn’t make it out of the semi-finals but still were placed in the top ten with the juries.

Note: we’re looking at songs from 2010 onwards, when the televote-jury split was first made public. To determine the ranking, we’re looking at the televote top ten placings, using the percentage of available points for tie-breaks. In the case of songs from 2013, when the split scores were not made public, we’re just using the rank and our general wiwi instinct for any tie-breaks.

22. Highway – “The Real Thing” (Montenegro 2016)

Jury: 10th place (46 points)
Televote: 17th place (14 points)
Overall: 13th place (60 points)

While the X Factor Adria boy band Highway placed second to last in the televote, they had better luck with juries. Jurors in Armenia and San Marino were especially taken by their edgy rock, awarding 10 points apiece.

21. ManuElla – “Blue and Red” (Slovenia 2016)

Jury: 10th place (49 points)
Televote: 17th place (8 points)
Overall: 14th place (57 points)

Televoters weren’t so impressed with ManuElla’s country pop and placed her second to last, but it was a different story with the jury. ManuElla’s skilful vocals (and her pole dancer) made it to 10th place in the jury’s rankings.

20. Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver and Pejcin – “Jas ja imam silata” (FYR Macedonia 2010)

Jury: 10th place (62 points)
Televote: 15th place (30 points)
Overall: 15th place (37 points)

Eurovision tradition dictates that rap songs do better with televoters than with juries — but “Jas ja imam silata” is a notable exception. The song combined dramatic rock with a bold Balkan rap that would impress jurors and pave the way for Jala’s guest rap in 2016.

19. Tanja – “Amazing” (Estonia 2014)

Jury: 10th place (61 points)
Televote: 16th place (13 points)
Overall: 12th place (36 points)

Experienced musical theatre performer Tanja could sing and perform complicated choreography at the same time. While juries recognised this talent and ranked Tanja tenth, to viewers it seemed impossible and looked like Tanja was miming, so “Amazing” came last in the televote.

18. Valentina Monetta – “Crisalide (Vola)” (San Marino 2013)

Jury: 10th place (8.40 average rank)
Televote: 12th place (9.47 average rank)
Overall: 11th place (47 points)

Valentina was back for her second attempt, this time with a much stronger song than the novelty pop of 2012’s “The Social Network Song”. The jury were feeling her IKEA lamp and Italian pop ballad realness, and ranked San Marino tenth, narrowly missing out in 11th place overall.

17. Malcolm Lincoln and Manpower 4 – “Siren” (Estonia 2010)

Jury: 9th place (64 points)
Televote: 16th place (22 points)
Overall: 14th place (39 points)

So there was the Estonian indie pop act, with a moody stripped-back sound, velvet jackets, and a thing for silent L’s. The viewing public weren’t impressed, ranking Malcolm Lincoln last in the televote. But the jury liked what they heard and put “Siren” in ninth place.

16. Moran Mazor – “Rak Bishvilo” (Israel 2013)

Jury: 9th place (7.95 average rank)
Televote: 14th place (10.67 average rank)
Overall: 14th place (40 points)

While “Rak Bishvilo” did have a fan following, the Hebrew ballad wasn’t popular enough to win over televoters. But juries had a different perspective, and were sufficiently impressed by Moran Mazor’s vocal abilities and the raw emotion of the song to rank Israel ninth.

15. TWiiNS – “I’m Still Alive” (Slovakia 2011)

Jury: 9th place (71 points)
Televote: 16th place (40 points)
Overall: 13th place (48 points)

“I’m Still Alive” was criticised for being repetitive, with an monotonous and intrusive drumbeat. The public agreed, ranking Slovakia 16th. But the jury were kinder, perhaps seduced by the TWiiNS’ sweet vocal harmonies, and ranked tham 9th.

14. Hersi – “One Night’s Anger” (Albania 2014)

Jury: 9th place (64 points)
Televote: 14th place (23 points)
Overall: 15th place (22 points)

After winning Festivali i Këngës 52, “One Night’s Anger” went through the usual revamp, dropping the orchestral dramatics but keeping the Albanian guitar solo. The public weren’t so impressed, but the jury recognised Hersi’s gentle but powerful vocals and the journey of the song and ranked it ninth.

13. Izabo – “Time” (Israel 2012)

Jury: 9th place (72 points)
Televote: 16th place (16 points)
Overall: 13th place (33 points)

Indie rock band Izabo brought the quirky “Time” to Baku. Rock doesn’t always do well at Eurovision, so it wasn’t all that surprising that it wasn’t a hit with televoters. But the infectious pop hooks worked their magic on the jury who ranked Israel ninth.

12. Anri Jokhadze – “I’m a Joker” (Georgia 2012)

Jury: 8th place (62 points)
Televote: 18th place (15 points)
Overall: 14th place (36 place)

“I’m a Joker” was a Marmite entry – televoters didn’t like it and placed it last, while the jury were fans, ranking it eighth. What was it about the crazy Georgian cabaret number that so impressed the jury? Well, it could be the substantial vocal talents of Anri Jokhadze, with the song showing off his versatile and expressive vocal range.

  • Also see the definitive ranking of non-qualifying jury favourites – part one and part two.

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