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.
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!).
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?
|6. United Kingdom||47||2.59%|
|13. F.Y.R. Macedonia||29||1.60%|
|20. San Marino||19||1.05%|
|21. Bosnia & Herzegovina||18||0.99%|
|29. The Netherlands||12||0.66%|