Many artists dream of representing their own country at Eurovision — but sometimes when they get the call, there’s another country on the line. And likewise, not all potential Eurovision songs immediately find a home and may bounce around Europe before settling down.

This year we’ve seen artists waving the flag of a neighbouring nation and broadcasters who said hvala ne to a song that went on to glory for another country. But which of these songs did the best at Eurovision 2018? Let’s take a look at the results.

5. San Marino: Jessika – “Who We Are”

Results: 17th in the semi-final
Rejected by: Malta
Their results: 13th in the semi-final

Flame-haired Jessika has been a regular in Malta’s national final, having competed every year from 2009 to 2016. But it was the microstate of San Marino that gave Jessika her big break, along with German rapper Jenifer “Jeni B” Brening. While Malta received its usual support from juries, televoters were less supportive of Christabelle’s song, throwing only eight points their way. But Maltese viewers happily gave 12 points their homegirl, ensuring that San Marino earned more televote points than Malta.

4. Belarus: Alekseev – “Forever”

Results: 16th in the semi-final
Rejected: Ukraine
Their results: 17th in the grand final

Ukraine pop idol Alekseev originally signed up for Ukraine’s national final, but suddenly withdrew and switched to the national final of neighbouring Belarus. Whatever his reason for the change, it didn’t pay off. The intense and dramatic staging of “Forever” saw it place only 16th in its semi-final, while the fiery and gothic staging of Mélovin’s “Under the Ladder” took it to 17th in the grand final.

3. Denmark: Rasmussen – “Higher Ground”

Results: Ninth in the grand final
Rejected by: Sweden
Their results: Seventh in the grand final

After Rasmussen and his band of Vikings won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, it was revealed that “Higher Ground” had originally been submitted to — and rejected by — Melodifestivalen. The Swedish version was to have been performed by upcoming singer Dennis Bengtsson, who like his Danish counterpart also sports long hair and a beard. And while both Sweden and Denmark took home respectable top-ten results from Lisbon, “Higher Ground” was a big hit with viewers, placing fifth in the televote, while Sweden only managed a shockingly low 21 points from the televote.

2. Austria: Cesár Sampson – “Nobody But You”

Results: Third in the grand final
Rejected by: The UK and Switzerland
Their results: UK: 24th in the grand final, SWI: 13th in the semi-final

National final chat suggests that “Nobody But You” was shopped around to other broadcasters before being selected by Austria. The song was reportedly rejected as a potential entry for both the UK’s and Switzerland’s national finals. But it’s hard to say if either country really was missing out. Both would have been likely to have paired the song with a local singer, someone who might not have had the charisma that Cesár brought to the stage. But things certainly worked out for Austria. Co-writer Cesár was a big hit with juries and gave Austria its third-best Eurovision result ever. The UK and Switzerland, however, have work to do.

1. Cyprus: Eleni Fouriera – “Fuego”

Results: Second in the grand final
Rejected by: Greece
Their results: 14th in the semi-final

The Greek popstress Eleni has made no secret of her desire to represent Greece at Eurovision. In 2010 she placed second in the Greek national final, while in 2016 and 2017 she put her name forward for consideration as the internally selected candidate. But while Greece wasn’t interested, Cyprus was. The sunny island internally selected Eleni and her pineapples for Lisbon, where she set the arena on fire with “Fuego” and placed second. Greece didn’t fare so well. Yianna Terzi’s emotional ballad “Oniro mou” placed only 14th in its semi-final.

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Well well
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Eleni tried to convince the Greek broadcaster in 2016 and 2018 but ERT had odd rules both times, 2016 no record labels involved, and 2018 Greek lyrics and national final (which never happened in the end). Stupid rules that led to flops. Greek fans are stil proud of her for going with Cyprus and doing a great job, and the Greek diaspora supported her. Also proud of Fokas Evangelinos for his Moldova staging, Vrettos Vrettakos for his amazing jumpsuit for Eleni, and Alex Papaconstantinou for including Greek music in Fuego. Just because there are talented people and teams in Greece,… Read more »
Alex
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Greece judges gave her 7 in the semis because they didn’t want her to qualify.

Well well
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Cyprus judges gave Greece 8 in the semis, to a Greek language song, and while their qualification was on the line! So it’s actually more likely that Cyprus jury played dirty, in order to get the Greek diaspora votes in the final.

Helene
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Alex Papaconstantinou is actually Swedish!

Polegend Godgarina
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Greece rejected Eleni for years because of her Albanian heritage and got HUMILIATED big time. I laughed so hard when they failed to qualify, they need to abandon their unnecessary pride a bit! 😀

Helene
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Maybe it was the Swedish music industry product they rejected. So many complain about the Swedish influences. Fuego us exactly that. Maybe the Greek Broadcaster refused that. Don’t look for racsim everywhere.

Well well
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Don’t feed the troll dear. Soon she’ll be joined by the neo-nazi trolls and yet another Greece/Serbia thread will turn into sh*t. BTW Polina Gagarina was herself an immigrant child in Greece for many years and never spoke of racism.

Sebastião
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This is not “Greece/Serbia thread” as you refer to it. Unsure where did you get that from, because Serbia was not even mentioned in this post (?!) Trolling at its worst!!!

Well well
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Are you new to this site? Every time either Greece or Serbia is mentioned neonazi comments show up talking about pure blood and extermination. Scroll this page down and you’ll find both. In your own words: Get real, toots!

Sebastião
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You’ve just proved my point because being mentioned in a blog post (to which you wrongly refer as “thread”) and being mentioned in comments, are two completely different things! Speaking of which, greek and serbian trolls really beg for a certain kind of treatment that they get.

Well well
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Are you lost in translation or just in your own thoughts? Of course ‘thread’ refers to comments, if you read into certain threads of comments on this page and many other pages on this blog you’ll find neonazi statements about exterminating Greeks and Serbs. If you applaud such statements you are already on your way to a very sad existence. Get real, toots!

Daniel
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“Get real, toots!” – that’s Sebastiao’s signature. Nice copy/pasting, you lil serbian troll!

Well well
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lol

Rigas
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and how exactly do you know that ERT (greek national Broadcast) rejected Eleni because she was Albanian? How dare you insulting a national network and their workers claiming that they are racists? Do you have any proofs about that? Haven’t you any thoughts that the proposals which Eleni had made to ERT (the songs) in the past, perhaps weren’t so good? I heard on of the song that she had proposed and it was really bad. Also they have probably beleived that she couldn’t manage to win thw ESC. And also this year ERT has a certain plan for the… Read more »
Polegend Godgarina
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Yeah those stupid rules proved to be very effective… either way the fact that they picked that Argo group instead of Eleni in 2016 kinda proves my point that they just didn’t want her based on prejudice. But she proved you wrong and while your country stays a total flop she brought Cyprus its best result ever. Y’all need to bring down that useless national pride because there ain’t much to be proud of really… plus it’s annoying af.

Charli Cheer Up
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Maltese viewers gave their 12 points to San Marino for Jessika aww that’s so sweet 🙂

Nathan
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Unfortunately we always vote for the singer, not the song, even in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Jim
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i actually like “nobody but you” but it’s backstory is ridiculous. so the songwriters were so desperate to send it to esc that they offered it to 3 countries? lol this is too much
and the fact that uk rejected it proves how lame their national selection is, these people really thought storm was better lmao

Sara
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Austrias song was great, and Cesar was amazing on stage.

Sebastião
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It was so great that three countries rejected it from their national selections. Get real, toots!

Tobias
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@Sebastião I think that’s less of a problem of the song and more of a problem of those countries, since the results from Austria speak for themselves.

Ron
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Reading all these Greeks trying to justify the fact that Greek broadcaster literally rejected Eleni because she’s not “really Greek” is the funniest thing ever. Even Cyprus had her as backup since they initially wanted Helena to represent them. But, what I absolutely love about Eleni is that she had such a rough upbringing and all the odds in life were against her, but she is the true definition of a fighter and a hard-worker and she kept such a positive attitude about everything. Not once did I hear her dizz anyone or say negative about any person. We need… Read more »
Well well
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You are using the word ‘literally’ to perpetuate a story that she herself never claimed or even implied. And what for? Just so that you can entertain yourself with your own comments and the reactions you might get? Neither Eleni nor any other immigrant want you or need you to pull the race card for them.

Danny
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Those Greek midgets should understand that there are no Albanian immigrants in their country. Albanians live in their own historic land occupied by Greece, just like the Irish living in Northern Ireland that is occupied by Britain. While Albania took Kosovo, EU should allow it (no need to help) to retake all of its own territories. No country in the world (much less the poor and weak ones such as Greece) can keep what doesn’t belong to them, and history has proved this fact over and over again!

Holden
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Getting in war with Albania or Israel is something that I wouldn’t wish to anyone, so it is better for Greece to return those territories in a peaceful manner before Albanians drown them in a sea of blood!

P!nk Forever
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Wow. It‘s only Austria‘s 3rd best result despite being in the contest since the beginning.

CookyMonzta
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Behind 2 winners; 1966 and 2014…

…And with both Austria and Germany in the top 10, that is an enormous far cry from where they both were 3 years ago; no points in Vienna, the year after Conchita Wurst won.

Obviously Germany is on the move, after being a cellar-dweller for the better part of the last 5 years. Can they stay in the top-half?

Nick
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is this info about Nobody But You even true? I know Cesár was asked to submit an entry in the austrian selection already back in 2016. why should he submit his own co-written song in the poor selections of Switzerland or UK for an random artist, when he could represent Austria or Bulgaria by himself with his self-written song.

Soph
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In an interview he said that he had deliberately kept himself in the background for ten years, but this was an act of courage to be center stage again

stoiko
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Greek broadcaster E.R.T. was afraid to be top favourite because of the economic crisis (organise the contest is expensive) and they passed Helene Foureira to Cyprus.
Cyprus should be grateful to E.R.T.

jac
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Yeah thats the reason

Lolita
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Also, because Eleni is originally from Albania and in Greece there is still racism against Albanians.

Xristos
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This is so funny…. You are racist to tell greek racists… We have a lot of friends here from Albania, Russia And Bulgaria. If greece was racist, eleni would not have so big career here in Greece. Eleni must be happy to reperesent Cyprus because with ert ( national broadcaster) would be alone in the stage without fire..

Nick
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It’s funny how Greeks hate Europeans (they hate Albanians, Italians, Germans, and all the rest), when they belong to a Turko-Pakistani race themselves. Inferiority complex at its worst!

Holden
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I am Swiss who supervised an international NGO in Athens for many years, and I have never seen any other nation suffering from a greater inferiority complex than Greeks. That’s the reason why they become hateful, because they really hate themselves and then blame others for their own dysphoria.

Polegend Godgarina
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Is that why Eleni had to say she was Brazilian to start her career in Greece? Y’all look down on anything that’s not Greek but guess what you haven’t been the best at anything in over 2,000 years :—)

Lisa
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Well, Eleni has never really denied her origin. She was just unaware of it. Her father is Albanian, while her maternal grandmother was Brazilian whose family settled in Albania around 1920. Eleni’s parents were divorced for many years, so her mother educated as a Brazilian. It’s not like she tried to hide her paternal heritage or anything. She just didn’texactly know about it until she turned 20.

Ron
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Nice try, but no one’s buying. The only reason why they passed on Eleni is because they don’t regard her as a “real Greek” and they didn’t believe she was a strong artist. Shame on ERT on the first count and we all saw how wrong they were on the second count.

Escphbelgium
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Yanny or Laurel?

Pavel
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Lasha Tumbai or Russia, Goodbye?

alsomike
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hahha great comment

and still my favourite eurovision song EVER

Rory
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The dumb Americans are having what Europeans charmfully had 11 years ago. Late, as always.

Nick
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This is the first ever Eurovision that continues to be so vividly celebrated and enthusiastically commented even after its end! And you know why? The horrors of it – Russia, Belarus, Greece, and Caucasus – were absent this year, therefore the audience feels refreshed and relieved! Imagine a Eurovision without Sweden, Norway, and Denmark too! If those mentioned countries would miss at least one edition altogether, that would be a glimpse of heaven on earth! Thank you Portugal for having made this possible, though we can understand that you couldn’t do anything about Sweden and its lapdogs.

Denis
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Sweden, Norway and Denmark have missed several editions. Individually and together.
But thanks for the support?

Nick
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Europe would truly appreciate if those Scandinavians could participate on-and-off. Meanwhile, the former Soviets and Yugoslavs should be permanently banned!

Luke
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I think you got youre facts wrong. Greece and Cyprus do always vote for eachother but it has no significanse. Russia is supported by the belarussian armenian and arzebad televote and jury and the baltic televote which might have significanse in a split contest. The swedish jury almost never give high points to other nordic countries but the nordic and the baltic jury always gives high point to sweden which might have significanse in a split vote. The reasons are more than one: political imperialism(russia), common enemies (greece, cyprus, baltic juries) cultural imperialism (sweden). You cant just boil it down… Read more »
Pavel
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Solution: bring back the language rule!
Russia would never win with a song in Russian, as well as Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan.

Really?
Guest

Nor would Sweden in Swedish. And SVT knows that very well as they are ashamed of bringing a song in Swedish since 1999. What a disgrace

Luke
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And ireland and the uk would be pleased

Pavel
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UK and Ireland winning, what can be better?
Maybe even Iceland might sneak in once in a while.
It’s not SVT, it’s the swedish public that is ashamed.

Helene
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. Actually the Nordic juries do not favour each other like that all. Look at this year. It the public vote that is more biased. For example the Swedish public gave 12 to Denmark and high votes to Norway and Finland. The jury not at all.

Luke
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Thats not exactly true. Nordic and baltic juries always favours sweden. Its true that swedish jury mostly never favours the other nordic countries. Do you still have this tv pan nordic program where you inform the swedes which entries are good and not. And is it also aired in the other nordic countries? And might it make the people and juries biased towards the entries that are ridiculed.

Elin
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No. No program in Sweden whith the songs

Helene
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Look at the statistics and numbers other regions vote more for one and another whatever song they send. Nordic juries are less biased. Never heard about that program. Seems like fake news to me.

Oscillate
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This edition was saved by top notch entries and high caliber artists. If it was Portugal alone and their staging, this edition will be remembered as a snooze fest!

Ron
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Totally agree. The stage was crap as were the postcards and the overall production. Ukraine did a better job last year.

Ron
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Imagine Eurovision without Iberian peninsula, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Nordic countries and Caucasus. It would be so AMAZING!
Your racist comment against certain regions is ridiculous. What makes Eurovision amazing is the diversity of cultures, languages, musical instruments, artists and countries that come together. The reason why the Soviet block did bad this year is because they were under-prepared but there’s no denying that over the years, these countries have given Eurovision some amazing performances

redfox
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in this immature world we have tweenie songs winning instead of those with musical quality.

Boycott Jerusalem 2019
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Boycott Jerusalem 2019

For Sweden and Ukraine, it is understandable because their national finals are very competitive.

Really?
Guest

Melodifestivalen was horrid

Pavel
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At least they’ve had a selection, unlike the internal flop countries.

Luke
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But who picks the entries for the selection. It always seems to be the same.

Pavel
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should the general public listen through all of the 1.000 of submissions?
Seems impossible to me.

John
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‘internal flop countries’? what about netta, eleni and cesar they literally took out the top 3 with their internally selected songs. With Bones, We Got Love, Outlaw In Em and Together making it in the finals.

Pavel
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all overrated flop entries, just like Sweden.
Only Festival De Cancao and San Remo entries deserve to take part in Eurovision, the real music.

esc1234
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shut up salvador

Jo.
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Nah. FiK was also quite good this year. And Festival da Canção was boring.

Ron
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Did you watch the circus that was the Ukranian final last year?

FAIR EUROPE!
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No one cares, really! However, it is a shame that the Swedish EBU Boss decided to make it up to Denmark in the Eurovision for his rejection by Melodifestivalen. Denmark did not deserve the 9th place on the Grand Final but as long as the Swedish EBU Mafia runs this contest, so it will be!

Holden
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Unsure why haven’t they changed the contest’s name to “Nordvision” as of yet?! No, seriously! This contest is no longer anybody’s but Sweden’s, so why not rebranding it properly?

Helene
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This kind of negativity towards Sweden and other countries that flourises on this fan-site should be moderated. It is very ugly. That so many artist and broadcasters use Swedish music industry is not the Industry’s fault. They cannot force themselves upon national broadcasters. They are professionals who sell their products. The national broadcasters are the one’s you should blame.

Luke
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I dont think anybody is complaining about the artists. Its the setup with many see sweden trying to influence every corner of the contest. Its all about connections. Some might get an easier way to the broadcasters. If you look to your local competition it seems to me its the samer singers and songwriter year after year. To me youre stuck in the swedish format and you want to export it to the rest of europe. True the swedish format can be very succesful but it also makes the contest more boring. And to be clear you are doing nothing… Read more »
Helene
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I am not talking about the artist but the industry, the song writers, dansers, coreogrsphers, staging experts and so forth. Even the special Swedish teams that help national broadcasters with the television show setting up the stage, lightning and so forth. That is an industry . Three of the songs above are partly or almost completely products of that industry. Most of all Eleni and Fuego. It is the national broadcaster in Cyprus who choose this. Maybe that is why Greece declined. Who knows. The cypriots are however not complaining.

Holden
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The same Swedish corrupted gangdom that owns “Melodifestivalen” does also own the Eurovision Song Contest since 2003 to this day. Otherwise, the Swedish lame “music industry” produces nothing but mediocre europop that without this Swedish-owned Eurovision, would have NEVER sold anywhere past Stockholm or Malmo.

Helene
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Yes Holden like Avicii Swedish House Mafia and Max Martin for example. The top notch of this Industry I agree do seldom work with Eurovision but they are part of the same Swedish music Industry. Avicii that tragically passed away this year made an anthem to Eurovision.

Helene
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By the way Jon Ola Sand is norwegian.

Joseph
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No one said that Jon Ola Whatever is a Swedish national but he sure as hell IS a Swedish puppet appointed by Svante Stockselius!

Luke
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Denmark got nill points from the nordic juries.

Joseph
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Don’t you get the trick? That was just to demonstrate their fake “jury transparency” whilst they forged the televote to advance Denmark. Audience did not vote for it!

Luke
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Great humor:-)

Pavel
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LOL, keep dreaming, ”Vikings” and GoT made ”Higher Ground” one of the fan favourites. Those fake vikings stood out in a good way in a sea of trash like ”Fuego” and ”Toy”

Polegend Godgarina
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Pavel I think you should quit watching the contest for the sake of your mental wellness

James
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So you say.

Pollaski
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THIS SH&T HAS SO MANY LAYERS, MAN!!!!!!

Denis
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But how is any of that Sweden’s fault? They didn’t force them to accept the entries. When SVT wasn’t interested they went elsewhere. SVT can’t really decide waht happens after they get turned down, nor are they involved in other countries selection.
If anything blame the broadcasters who accepted the songs in the first place. Obviously they liked them enough to keep them.
And you all wonder why Swedes get so defensive?

Really?
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F U and you constant defence of Sweden. Can you not be objective for once?… I guess not as you are completely blinded by your own supremacist views.

Pavel
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We Are The Winners of Eurovision
We Are, We Are
We Are, We Are

Really?
Guest

Another one of your collection of nicknames. And yes, this is obviously your mentality. Always to win to rule the world and exterminate all non-Nordic peoples

Nick
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Denis is Bosnian born in a refugee camp somewhere in Sweden, but your statement is true about the real Swedes which in reality are a totally worthless race. By the way, Hitler hated them because they descend from Finno barbaric tribes and not from Vikings as they only wish!

Milan
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“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1” (Godwin’s law)

Nick
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Speaking of which, he had great policies towards serbians. Pretty much every European endorses his “Jasenovac Camp” idea. He should have exterminated them – really – and this is not racism but eugenics.

Siki
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Denmark got the high place because the people wanted it high. What’s unfair is the low place it got with the juries. How someone can see “mafia” strings in this is beyond me.

Nick
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The EBU Swedish Mafia had to pressurize on 215 juries to cast votes for their chosen songs and their placings, therefore it would have become too much (and too obvious) to high-rate Denmark as well, so they forged the televote instead. It is simply illogical that Denmark almost equaled Cyprus and Israel in televote when it placed 20th with the juries (only 38 points) and then – BOOM – 9th place with 188 points! Get real, you bunch of idiotic losers!

Pavel
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Vikings is a flavour of the modern TV, GoT, ”Vikings” TV series. I haven’t seen any chicken-related or ”how to copy Beyonce” TV series. ”Toy” and ”Fuego” were too overrated flops, only the ”yassss kween” type of voters chose.

Nick
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You get to see the same TV series every year in Sweden. They are called: “Sweden’s Next Justin Bieber Wannabe!”

Pavel
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Festival de Cancao > Melodifestivalen

Really?
Guest

Right

Really?
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Talentina Monetta
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Someone’s pressed

Sara
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So much butthurt feelings