Montenegro’s Who See

We’ve already sounded off on the split results of the first semi-final. Here we give you another sense of precisely who the jury hurt. We do this in two ways. The first table compiles where a country fell overall, with the jury and with televoters based on their average international rankings.  The second table subtracts the jury ranking from the televote ranking. A negative score means that the jury hurt the contestant, and that this contestant would have done better in the pre-2009 system which relied solely on televoters.

Overall Table

Country Overall Rank Jury Rank Televote Rank
Denmark 1 1 1
Russia 2 2 2
Ukraine 3 4 3
Moldova 4 3 11
Belgium 5 7 7
Netherlands 6 6 9
Belarus 7 9 8
Ireland 8 10 6
Lithuania 9 11 5
Estonia 10 8 13
Serbia 11 15 12
Montenegro 12 14 4
Croatia 13 13 10
Austria 14 5 15
Cyprus 15 12 14
Slovenia 16 16 16

Who the Jury Hurt

As you can see below, Montenegro’s Who See lost out the most. The public ranked them fourth, while the jury only ranked them 14th. That gave them a difference of -10. The jury also hurt Lithuania, Ireland, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Denmark, Belgium, Russia, and Slovenia were not affected by the jury. Denmark finished tops with both the public and the professionals. Slovenia finished last with both groups.

Austria was the nation helped the most by the jury, which ranked her fifth (compared to the public’s ranking of 15). That’s a difference of +10. Moldova, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Cyprus were also helped by the jury.

Country Televote Rank Jury Rank Difference
Montenegro 4 14 -10
Lithuania 5 11 -6
Ireland 6 10 -4
Serbia 12 15 -3
Croatia 10 13 -3
Ukraine 3 4 -1
Belarus 8 9 -1
Denmark 1 1 0
Russia 2 2 0
Belgium 7 7 0
Slovenia 16 16 0
Cyprus 14 12 2
Netherlands 9 6 3
Estonia 13 8 5
Moldova 11 3 8
Austria 15 5 10

Note: We use the phrase “who the jury hurt” because the juries were added to the format in 2009.

Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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Alex
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Alex

Actually, I’m pretty sure that a lot of people listen to those songs too.

JJ
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JJ

@ Diane: A jury has neither the right nor the possibility to decide a winning song. A winning song is decided by sales, airplay, views. If the eurovision results don’t comply to this, then the voting system is wrong.
The only recent Eurovision winners are Lena’s “Satellite” and Jessy Matador’s “Allez Ola Ole”. Nobody, but nobody remembers or listens to the high voted garbage ballads sent each year by the likes of Azerbaidchan, Iceland, Malta or Denmark.

Anthony Ko
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I’m not surprised that Montenegro, Lithuania and Serbia all flopped with the juries. I knew those juries would find those entries far too cheesy for their liking and rap entries don’t usually fare well with the juries.

Alex
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Alex

San Marino has already confirmed that they’ll be in the context next year, you know. Romania can’t really complain about its result, given how utterly ridiculous the song was. However, Montenegro has a right to complain. They overcomplicated the scoring system this time. Either way you slice it, you have to get somewhere near the top 10 in a country’s ranking to get any points. Getting in 11th place in both jury and televote for a country won’t get you very far regardless. All they have to do is return to the scoring system from last year and it will… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Well in my opinion, It is a right scoring by adding 50% jury votes. It’s a song contest, and you should see this as an objective scoring, and if we go back again to the days where televotes were the foremost element of scoring, the political voting could get worse. And by adding profesional juries is also in rhyme with Eurovision apolitical spirit. We have some high standards songs this years, and I think it wouldn’t be happened if the juries weren’t introduced in 2009. But for me, the juries should contribute 60% of final scoring, instead of 50%, so… Read more »

Tanja
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Tanja

For the first time in a long time, it looks like my country Montenegro did well with the public. We would have beaten our friends from Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. I wish EBU would consider going back to the days of televoters, when the people’s voice mattered most. There is a fear smaller countries like my own—and Romania and San Marino and Macedonia—will withdraw. It’s a shame.