Before y’all get excited about the new jury system, be sure to check out the semi-final results.
Nine semi-finalists were chosen from each semi-final based solely on the traditional tele-vote (and one more country was saved by the jury). Iceland and Turkey came first and second in the first semi-final. Norway and Azerbaijan came first and second in the second semi-final. And in the grand final those four countries finished first, second, third and fourth. Wiwi suspects they would have finished in the same position even without a jury. Only the Big 4 nations like the U.K. (fifth place) and France (eighth place) actually benefitted. And TIME, the American newsmagazine, makes the point that Alexander Rybak would have won even if bloc voting came into play: hello, people, he is a media darling in the Russian-speaking world!