We get that Eurovision is all about unity and bringing nations together. We also understand the meaning of officials slogans like “Join us!” and “We Are One”. But, like an angry mother who throws her daughter out of the house for drinking all of the family’s alcohol, we know that tough love is sometimes essential. Some competing nations are rocking the Eurovision boat and violating the spirit of togetherness and love the contest espouses. Two weeks ago that reality inspired us to ask all y’all which nation you would kick out of Eurovision in the event the EBU had to downsize. After counting a total of 1,812 votes, we can now reveal that you think Russia needs to go.

The Grannies defeated 2008 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, among others
Russia’s Dima Bilan has a great voice

Russia won the poll with 289 votes, or approximately 16% of all those cast. In our comments section readers cited Vladimir Putin’s “homosexual propaganda” law as the main reason Moscow should sit out the next contest. The legislation encourages Russians to inform the police if they have gay children or neighbors; has led to an upsurge in anti-gay violence; and is so vaguely worded that any teacher who expresses tolerance for LGBT people faces arrest. In the event Russia won Eurovision 2014, our readers would seriously question it’s ability to host. The laws expressly forbid the promotion of homosexuality. Verka Serduchka, the Ukrainian drag queen, has already lost a lucrative contract in Russia beacuse she represents an apparently alien lifestyle. How, then, could an event with so many LGBT fans (and performers….) take place in Moscow? Putin needs to close his eyes and take in the lyrics of Russia’s 2013 contestant Dina Garipova: “What if we all opened our arms/ What if we came together as one/ What if we aimed to stop the alarms/ What if we chose to bury our guns/ Why don’t we always reach out to those/ Who need us the most.”

Belarus, which George W. Bush once described as Europe’s last dictatorship, came second with 266 votes, or around 15%. Our readers cited the 2012 vote rigging scandal at the country’s national final which saw Alyona Lanskaya disqualified after a special committee was set up by President Alexander Lukashenko. Naturally she won the following year in an amazing, if strangely predictable, comeback. They also cited the country’s habit of changing the song of its winner (Anastasiya Vinnikova in 2011 and Alyona Lanskaya in 2013!).

Farid Mammadov Eurovision 2013 Second Rehearsal
Photo courtesy of Eurovision.tv (EBU)

Azerbaijan, the nation with the strongest string of results in recent years, finished third in a near-tie with Belarus. Baku received 255 votes—just one less than Minsk. Some readers said they are sick of Azerbaijan hiring Swedish songwriters and composers (and occasionally Greek ones) and want to hear and see a homegrown performance. Others have been angered by the allegations—and we stress they are still just allegations—of fraudulent behavior. Here’s how one of our readers put it. “Azerbaijan needs time out for the stunt they tried to pull this year. Cheating is not OK! And then apologizing to Russia for not giving them 12 points and PROMISING to investigate where the voting went wrong?! WTF??!!!…I have nothing against the azeri nation, but this makes my blood boil.”

Greece and Turkey came fourth and fifth, and were the only other nations to receive more than 100 votes. The United Kingdom, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia and Lithuania round out the Top 10.

The U.K. is apparently the least liked of the Big 5 countries, ostensibly because the BBC has not demonstrated the care and committment of other nations with its level of resources. In terms of the Big 5, here’s how they ranked: U.K. (6th place), Spain (11), Italy (25), Germany (36), France (39).

Iceland, Ireland and Norway appear to be the country’s you would least like to kick out. Iceland receive only 4 votes, while Ireland and Norway received 5 and 6 votes respectively. All of the Nordic nations finished near the bottom of our poll, showing just how much Europe appreciates their efforts.

You can view the complete results below. How did your favourite nation at Eurovision do?

Complete Results

Country Votes %
1. Russia 289 15.95%
2. Belarus 266 14.68%
3. Azerbaijan 265 14.62%
4. Greece 149 8.22%
5. Turkey 141 7.78%
6. United Kingdom 47 2.59%
7. Armenia 43 2.37%
8. Georgia 34 1.88%
9. Latvia 31 1.71%
10. Lithuania 31 1.71%
11. Spain 31 1.71%
12. Albania 30 1.66%
13. F.Y.R. Macedonia 29 1.60%
14. Israel 29 1.60%
15. Montenegro 29 1.60%
16. Serbia 26 1.43%
17. Romania 24 1.32%
18. Bulgaria 20 1.10%
18. Croatia 20 1.10%
20. San Marino 19 1.05%
21. Bosnia & Herzegovina 18 0.99%
22. Hungary 16 0.88%
22. Moldova 16 0.88%
22. Slovakia 16 0.88%
25. Cyprus 15 0.83%
25. Italy 15 0.83%
25. Portugal 15 0.83%
25. Ukraine 15 0.83%
29. The Netherlands 12 0.66%
30. Malta 11 0.61%
30. Poland 11 0.61%
30. Sweden 11 0.61%
30. Denmark 10 0.55%
34. Slovenia 9 0.50%
34. Switzerland 9 0.50%
36. Belgium 8 0.44%
36. Estonia 8 0.44%
36. Germany 8 0.44%
39. Austria 7 0.39%
39. Finland 7 0.39%
39. France 7 0.39%
42. Norway 6 0.33%
43. Ireland 5 0.28%
44. Iceland 4 0.22%

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serbia-unite
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serbia-unite

If the voters of this poll are so sick of seeing different cultures being presented on stage of the Eurovision. May be being multicultural is not something you really stand for in practice, you can only pay lip service to multiculturalism until you have to face something strange and unfamiliar for you, which is what facing other cultures is all about. Trying to impose western set of values on cultures with different sets of values, you consider yourself open and accepting, really?

eurovision-austria
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eurovision-austria

who and how has rocked the boat of unity at the Eurovision couple of weeks ago as implied the author? shocked to see Greece in the top 10. does it have anything to do with voters of this blog being from western EU and being pissed off for having to bail out Greece couple of years ago? sad to see your money being spend on entertaining you? Did you know UK had the exact same “homophobic laws” in place until 2006? Please provide evidence to prove that in Russia people are required to report gay people to police (who made… Read more »

Grifit
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Grifit

woooww I can’t believe Italy got 15 votes!! their music is always awesome ( I cannot think about how the Eurovision was without them in that 11[?] years hiatus). Maybe if the big five wouldn’t be in the final automatically they would get better results.
About the racist acussasions on the blog, that’s just crap, every country was available to vote, so there’s no propaganda against any country, and it is interesting to read about the eurofan’s discontent about other countries.

eurovision-berlin
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eurovision-berlin

In any case some polls have nothing to do with music. In my opinion the constant repetition of this hostility against some countries, coincidentally(!) Eastern Europe, the continual incitement to friend-or-foe scheme coverts neo-facism. Please forgive my sensitivity, but this caution we learned at school in Germany.

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Charles
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Charles

@ Kalispera Kostas: You are greek and you love your music I get that. And yes you have always reached top 10 with televoting. But again sorry to hurt your patriotic feelings but your popularity means nothing to me: I find the chosen songs in Eurovision complete crap! I prefered the time when Greece presented remarkable songs during the 90s with singers like Elina Konstatopoulo or Sofia Vossou which were to strongly connected to the greek ethnic sounds but with class unlike a “Shake Shake” and “Opas” which are cheesy to my taste. Greece knows how to make great music… Read more »

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kostas

I read a comment where the authro said that Greece and Turkey should leave from esc, because of their EGO’s and annoying music! Well… firstly… you have an EGO problem… when you said that for another then you have that problem…and Second, the last 10 years Greece is always on TOP10 (in televoting always in top10 even in 2012!!!!) .. so thats shows that Greece sends nice songs and European people vote these songs!!

Have a nice…ego-sleep

Charles
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Charles

The problem regarding some of these eastern countries is not the countries themselves despite the political situation that still characterizes them and not in a good way. The very clear homophobia vibe that traspasses all of them as well being Russia the one cuntry that feel “pride” in being so homophobic. But wanting to kick out a country shoukd be about the quality of the entries being or not being in deserved sycn with the final outcome at the final. And it’s fair to say that most of the times these countries have fared too well with very unworthy entries… Read more »

Gavin
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Gavin

Vladimir Putin’s “homosexual propaganda” is exactly the reason that the Eurovision should return to Moscow and with as much glitter and flags and joy as is possible. Actually a solidarilty of maybe wearing something significantly the same in protest would look great on camera!

However for reasons of block voting, i would get rid of Russia to make it a little more interesting.

Julian
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Julian

As Nadia said “Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan — obvious choices. And I voted for all three.”
The very similar results of those first three countries shows it as a pattern. Probably 400-500 people voted in this poll.
If you see a lot of the comments an “Wouldn’t kick out any of the countries” option could’ve had a good chance of winning maybe by far. An option that goes with the spirit of the show, of tolerance and understanding different countries cultures and values.
As of kicking out Turkey, how can you kick out a country that is out? This goes against minimal logic.

David Thielen
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>> it would seem that David Thielen must be either the most psychic or the most persuasive.

Also the best looking and most brilliant 🙂

Actually it’s as @Nadia said – they’re the 3 dictatorships. And Russia got 1st place due to their detestable anti-human being laws.

Jericho
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Jericho

It’s really silly to say this blog is against Eastern Europe. Look at the homepage right now: story on azerbaijani artists, story on serbia, story on ukraine’s mika newton, profile of georgian artist at esc. I suppose the hundreds of people who voted russia, belarus are also against eastern europe? non-sense.

Nadia
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Nadia

David is not psychic: His opinion simply reflects the reality that most of us hate dictatorships. Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan — obvious choices. And I voted for all three.

Amperglyph
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Amperglyph

@eurovision-berlin Though I agree with your point that the initial presentation of the article was a biased one – it did give a list of names with reasons not to like them, while not saying much against the majority of the pack, it’s important that the voters didn’t completely mimic the blogger’s preferences. The bloggers railed against Albania, and Spain even got the title image, but neither one was voted highly. On the other hand, there are many negative votes for Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Armenia, which did not appear in the article. Although, looking at the results, it… Read more »

Nadia
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Nadia

Paco: Te tomas demasiado en serio. Usted necesita tener un poco de diversión, de lo contrario morirá un hombre aburrido.

paco
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la pregunta que vosotros planteais no es la adecuada,para el espiritu conceptual de esta maravilloso festival,que yo empece a seguir desde 1973.Que educacion transmiten esas palabras dar patadas,no señores ese no es el camino,si no quereis a rusia en eurovision pue no votarla para que no pase a la final,se daran cuenta del mensaje,ese es el camino,chao.

Marion
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Marion

7 people don’t want France? Well …. The French either !!! But thank you for the 39th place, that means that you think that we have our place and it is very nice 🙂

Jerome
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Jerome

Well, I voted for the U.K….which finished sixth. And that’s definitely in the West.

Nancy in London
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Nancy in London

@eurovision-berlin: you should distinguish between the people who vote in a poll and the people who run a blog. 1,800 people voted. presumably one person wrote the post.
also, have you seen the Top Model results? you can’t say there is any bias against the east: http://wiwibloggs.com/eurovisions-next-top-model-hall-of-fame/

Eurovisiondco
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Eurovisiondco

@ eurovision-berlin , bitter much ??

eurovision-berlin
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eurovision-berlin

What else was to be expected in this blog? The question was to invite to attack Eastern and Southern Europe. Again and again and again…