We’ve had time to digest the split televote-jury results for the grand final and first semi-final, so we’re finally ready to tuck into the second semi. Thank goodness we have our painkillers by the computer: The new EBU rules are seriously giving us a headache.
Here’s what the combined table looks like. As you’ll recall, the Top 10 countries advanced to the final. Malta’s singing doctor Gianluca Bezzina won the jury vote, but Romania’s p-opera star Cezar Ouatu won the televote. Neither won overall. That went to Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2013 Farid Mammadov (he came third with the public and second with the professionals).
Were the professional jury eliminated—thereby harking back to Eurovision pre-2009—then neither Armenia nor Georgia would have made the final. Instead Switzerland and Bulgaria would have sailed through in spots 5 and 6. Some have suggested that the juries were told to be nice to Armenia (who, as you remember, withdrew from the 2012 contest in Baku over security concerns). Gossip-mongers claim that the powers-that-be feared Yerevan would pull out in 2014 if they didn’t make it to the final in 2013. We couldn’t possibly comment, but we were definitely shocked when the Dorians advanced over the likes of busty Miss Moran Mazor of Israel. (Shalom, Mo-Ma. We love you!)
Who the Jury Hurt
To illustrate the relative pull of the jury we’ve subtracted each contestant’s jury ranking from their televote ranking. A negative difference implies the jury stung them. A positive number indicates the jury helped them.
As with the grand final, Cezar suffered the most at the hands of the jury. They marked him down 12 places when compared to televoters. The jury also killed Bulgaria’s Elitsa and Stoyan, who posted a jury effect of -11 each. The jury also hurt Hungary and Greece, though to a much lesser extent.
Georgia’s Sophie & Nodi benefitted the most from the jury (+8), followed by Malta (+5). The jury placed Israel in spot #9, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the public defecit. Boooooo.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)