The Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music un-professionals—has now reviewed 20 of this year’s 39 Eurovision contestants. Since we’re more than halfway done, it’s a good time to pause, file our nails, and review our current Eurovision 2013 rankings. These rankings are accurate as of April 25.
Thus far only four countries have managed to obtain an average score of 7.0 or higher. They are Denmark, Azerbaijan, Norway and Germany. Each of these countries is also in the Top 10 in our reader’s poll, and in the Top 10 with the bookies. Thus far only Denmark and Norway have received perfect 10s from any jury members.
Latvia, Belgium and Albania currently occupy the three lowest places on our table. That dovetails with the bookies’ predictions. But there is some tension. For instance, Belarus rests in 10th in our rankings at the moment, below countries like Lithuania, Cyprus and Slovenia, which the bookies do not expect to advance past their respective semi-finals.
Who has the jury rated too highly thus far? And who has the jury underrated? Which reviews are you most looking forward to reading of those that remain? Let us know in the comments box below. You can also read the reviews by clicking on the links that follow.
Reviews and Latest Standings
1. Denmark: Emmelie de Forest with “Only Teardrops” (8.07)
2. Azerbaijan: Farid Mammadov with “Hold Me” (7.29)
3. Norway: Margaret Berger with “I Feed You My Love” (7.21)
4. Germany: Cascada with “Glorious” (7.14)
5. France: Amandine Bourgeois with “L’enfer et moi” (6.86) ** (3 vs 3 vs 1)
5. Ireland: Ryan Dolan with “Only Love Survives” (6.86) **
7. Slovenia: Hannah with “Straight Into Love” (6.57)
8. Cyprus: Despina Olympiou with “An Me Thimase” (6.5)
9. Lithuania: Andrius Pojavis with “Something” (6.43)
10. Belarus: Alyona Lanskaya with “Solayoh” (6.21)
11. Malta: Gianluca Bezzina with “Tomorrow” (6.07) * (4 vs. 3)
12. Austria: Natália Kelly with “Shine” (6.07) *
13. Finland: Krista Siegfrids with “Marry Me” (5.71)
14. Switzerland: Takasa with “You and Me” (5.57)
15. Croatia: Klapa s mora with “Mizerja” (5.0)
16. Bulgaria: Elitsa and Stoyan with “Samo Shampioni” (4.5)
17. Greece: Koza Mostra with “Alcohol is Free” (4.36)
18. Latvia: PeR with “Here We Go” (3.5) * (4 vs. 3)
19. Belgium: Roberto Bellarosa with “Love Kills”* (3.5)
20. Albania: Adrian & Bledar with “Identitet” (2.86)
* Ties are broken by preferential vote. The contestant with more preferential votes wins. For instance, Latvia and Belgium had the same average score. However, four of the seven jury members ranked Latvia higher, giving them the tiebreak.
** In the case of France and Ireland, the tie could not be broken. Three jurors preferred France, three jurors preferred Ireland, and one juror like them equally.
About the jury. Each juror awards each song a score from 1 to 10, and the scores are averaged to determine the Wiwi Jury Verdict. Our jury is truly international and includes people from Britain, Bulgaria, Finland, Hong Kong, Panama, Romania, Sweden and the United States.
Over the next two weeks we will publish our reviews for Armenia, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine and the U.K.