Apparently it takes more than Russian peasant wear and a moonwalking bagpipe player to score with the Eurovision jury. That’s right, people: The jury seriously undermined Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki and Romania’s Mandinga during the first semi-final. If the jury had not factored into the first semi-final, Russia and Romania would both have earned higher scores: The public loved them! Ireland, Cyprus, Iceland, Greece, Switzerland and Latvia also fared worse with the jury than with the public. And poor Switzerland. They finished 11th with the jury, but made the top ten with the televote. In the days before the jury, they would have made it to the final. On the other end of the spectrum, we see that Israel’s Izabo benefited the most from having a professional jury.

Country Jury Points Televote Points Difference
Russia 75 189 -114
Romania 87 132 -45
Ireland 72 116 -44
Cyprus 90 99 -9
Iceland 70 79 -9
Greece 103 110 -7
Switzerland 45 49 -4
Latvia 17 18 -1
Albania 131 131 0
Montenegro 28 24 4
Austria 27 15 12
San Marino 42 25 17
Finland 57 36 21
Moldova 107 85 22
Denmark 81 53 28
Belgium 38 2 36
Hungary 76 39 37
Israel 72 16 56

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Anthony
Anthony
8 years ago

It’s hardly surprising stuff. While Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki are bound to do well in the televoting section, unfortunately they’ll absolutely get slaughtered on the jury voting section. I’m surprised that they still managed to end up top of the table despite this setback.