Following Conchita Wurst’s emotional win at Eurovision 2014, officials have revealed the results of the first and second semi-final. Austria and the Netherlands—this year’s winner and runner-up—won their respective semi-finals in a landslide. The bookies clearly have an informant in the EBU or at Digame, the firm that counts the votes. As we reported previously, Conchita and the Common Linnets each saw their odds narrow like crazy in the hours leading up to the grand final.

first semi-final resutls

In the first semi-final, the Common Linnets finished 19 points clear of runner-up Sanna Nielsen from Sweden. Hungary’s Kallay-Saunders finished just four points behind her (on 127), and just six points ahead of Armenia’s Aram Mp3 (on 121). Ukraine’s Maria Yaremchuk came fifth with 118 points.

Then a huge gap opens in the scoreboard. Sixth-place Russia only managed 63 points, which actually tied it with Montenegro. Iceland, a surprise qualifier, finished ahead of Azerbaijan. That hasn’t happened since 2009.

Fan favourite Valentina Monetta of San Marino squeaked into the final in 10th position, just one point ahead of 11th-place finisher Suzy from Portugal. Estonia, one of our favourites, finished a disappointing 12th.

Belgium, who the bookies listed as a Top 10 favourite for the grand final, finished in 14th position, below even Latvia. Ouch. Moldova came last with just 13 points. This is its worse placement ever.

  1. Netherlands 150
  2. Sweden 131
  3. Hungary 127
  4. Armenia 121
  5. Ukraine 118
  6. Russia 63
  7. Montenegro 63
  8. Iceland 61
  9. Azerbaijan 57
  10. San Marino 40
  11. Portugal 39
  12. Estonia 36
  13. Latvia 33
  14. Belgium 28
  15. Albania 22
  16. Moldova 13

Second semi-final Results

Conchita Wurst won her heat by a whopping 44 points. That’s enormous, and explains why the bookies went wild after she advanced. Romania’s Paula Seling & Ovi, who spent a large portion of Romania’s GDP on their hologram, came second with 125 points.

This semi-final was considered much weaker than the first—and that shows in the large gap that opens up after Romania. Finland, the third place finisher, could only muster 97 points. That would have placed it sixth in the first semi-final.

Israel, whose shock exit left many Eurovision fans with their mouths on the floor, only came 14th with 19 points. She finished behind Lithuania, Ireland and FYR Macedonia, and just ahead of Georgia.

  1. Austria 169
  2. Romania 125
  3. Finland 97
  4. Switzerland 92
  5. Belarus 87
  6. Norway 77
  7. Greece 74
  8. Poland 70
  9. Malta 63
  10. Slovenia 52
  11. Lithuania 36
  12. Ireland 35
  13. FYR Macedonia 33
  14. Israel 19
  15. Georgia 15

What do you think of the results? Any surprises for you? Did the best songs win?

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valentina
valentina
7 years ago

According the semi-finals points…the final results are : 1 Austria 2 Netherlands 3 Sweden 4 Hungary 5 Romania. Why Romania finished in 12th place in the final ?

Just being honest
Just being honest
7 years ago

Also I feel like most of the televoters in Europe are being xenophobic to Israel for the last couple of years. They may not be part of the Europe but neither are Azerbaijan and Armenia. I wish more Easter European countries help Israel out.

Just being honest
Just being honest
7 years ago

So I guess the bookies are only reliable during the contest then. Could your claim be true though? The bookies that are cashing in on oddcheckers actually work at EBU and count the votes? Some of their workers are probably trying to make extra cash.

Danny
Danny
7 years ago

I’m still shocked Israel did not qualify. No, they did not have a winning song, BUT it belonged in the final. It’s disappointing not only because they got so few points, but because I love to see a TOUGH final, with the BEST songs. So Greece advanced – what did it do?? not much. So Poland advanced, how did they do? not well. They did provide a much needed bathroom break but not more than that. Shame. But I still feel that Israel may qualify in the future. They just really have to send a song that’s head and shoulders… Read more »

Esc4Fun
Esc4Fun
7 years ago

Worldwide I Tunes list: http://kworb.net/itunes/

Lars
Lars
7 years ago

And Lithuania won the the televote in Norway for 2nd semifinal!!!!

Thanks you for jury

Nitzan
Nitzan
7 years ago

Still cannot get over Israel. And as the data reveals, it only gets worse. Second to last overall, LAST at the judges. A singer with Mei’s qualities, and THAT song. WTF?!

JoyceS
JoyceS
7 years ago

The netherlands are big succes on esc tracker: http://esctracker.com

1-Lithuania
1-Luxembourg
1-Belgium
1-Netherlands
1-Switzerland
1-Denmark
1-Latvia
1-Sweden
1-Slovenia
1-Ireland
1-Norway
1-Estonia
2-Poland
2-Austria
2-Spain
2-Germany
2-Finland
3-Hungary
4-Malta
4-UK
5-Moldova
5-Romania
7-Greece – See more at: http://esctracker.com/#sthash.xPJtnF98.dpuf

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

That running order rule is a mess. It gives the complete power to organizers to manipulate the show in the most unfair ways. And the juries are also in the power of national broadcasters mainly and of EBU with the guidelines they gave “kill these” “promote these”. Very close to the times where with only juries there were trading of votes and winners decided behind curtains.

Brunowskii
Brunowskii
7 years ago

I’m so happy for The Netherlands. Can’t stop hearing “Calm after the storm”… And last year, when I thought it would be that “one time in life” opportunity with Anouk – and she could bring a glourious 9th place – then come this amazing duo and almost takes it all. Great job Netherlands! Keep on this next year!

Jack
Jack
7 years ago

Can’t believe that San Marino was saved by the televote

eurana
eurana
7 years ago

What about Belarus? Nobody notice the 5th ? Ahead Norway, Greece, Poland and Malta in one semifinal without Russia and Ukraine ? I call this talent ! TEO is talented and Cheesecake is a very catchy song. Combined = 16th in the final ahead of UK.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
7 years ago

I am still not over Israel’s exit…

lacrymea
lacrymea
7 years ago

Portugal got 6th place in televoting only. Way ahead of countries that actually made through: Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Russia, San Marino and Iceland. Jury slayed them and placed them at the final bottom (16th place).

Is this fair?

Timselvision
Timselvision
7 years ago

The most points my country ever got… Loved yesterday night, and winning the semi makes me cry of hapiness 😀

jasmine
jasmine
7 years ago

Hey wiwibloggs. Now when ESC is laying low for a while, why not review all the ESC-productions of 2000? Hosts, intermissions, infrastructure, TV-production and such? (Everything apart from the songs of the year, ’cause the host country can’t control what songs they’re in for) It would be an interesting review to read. 🙂

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

It’s not fair! The televoting was completely destroyed by the ‘special jury’ vote. We were voting for nothing????
Great Britain voted for Poland but they received 0 points?????

5 people are more important than a whole country’s votes?

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/results?event=1893&voter=GB

Mordecai
Mordecai
7 years ago

@Colm O’Sullivan The Polish song was actually a smart parody of Polish stereotypes and deserved its placing, maybe even on the left hand side of the board.

Nienke
Nienke
7 years ago

So happy that the Netherlands got to the second place! How long is it ago that that happened? It was a good song, i hope we can do it again next year! It’s time to send good artists now! 😉

dowager97
dowager97
7 years ago

the 1st semi final result doesn’t surprise me at all. Every single person I asked after the 2nd semi final said The Netherlands were their favourite. I’m sorry in a way Azerbaijan did so poorly in the final because i rather liked the song but I’m delighted that their spell of Eurovision superiority is over. I had suspected that Valentina sneaked into 10th place, but I’m still delighted she made the final, she deserved it. And I’m thrilled Moldova finished last, she annoyed me so much. The 2nd semi was more surprising. All you wiwi jurors slating Sebalter and then… Read more »

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

@daniel: Don’t be surprised if Israel decides to take a break from the ESC, and sits out next year and possibly 2016 as well. Bookies on Monday picked Mei Finegold to finish 11th overall. Where did the bookies rank Stella Mwangi before the 2011 contest started and before she ended up 17th out of 19 in her semi?

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

Wasn’t the voting system slightly changed this year? I think it needs to be changed. Poland won the televoting in the final in the U.K yet got no points when combined with the jury…

daniel
daniel
7 years ago

I’m shocked about Israel. i dont know what to think…

Colm O'Sullivan
Colm O'Sullivan
7 years ago

Poland qualifying, that surprised me! It certainly was not for the quality of their “music”.

What a joke. They got double the points of Ireland, and nearly 4 times as many points as Israel. Both countries actually entered songs, as opposed to Poland’s “pornographic assault on the ears”.

Jericho
Jericho
7 years ago

I’m shocked about Moldova. Last? Even if you don like the song the vocals are amazing

Brunowskii
Brunowskii
7 years ago

Glad to know that I wasn’t the only one to consider Moldova in the last position, even under Georgia