Every year in Eurovision, at least one new record is set. Sometimes, a country can celebrate its best result yet, or the end of a non-qualification streak. On the other end of the spectrum, citizens can mourn their homeland’s worst result yet, or worse, the start of a non-qualification streak. This year, the theme for the short clips during the interval acts was the Eurovision Book of Records, so in honor of that, let’s look at 2014’s numerous Eurovision achievements by country.
Highest Placings Yet
- Winner Conchita Wurst brings Austria its second, long-overdue victory and a repeat of Austria’s best result in the contest yet.
- Queen Valentina of San Marino gives her nation its highest placement yet. Sure, it was twenty-fourth, but in San Marino, this is a victory in itself.
- Sergej Cetkovic, from Montenegro, also brought Montenegro its best result: nineteenth. Pretty good for a country with barely any participating neighbors.
- Aram MP3 matched Sirusho’s 2008 record for highest placing Armenian entry, in fourth place.
Broke Out of their Non-Qualifying Streak
- Austria, of course, after not qualifying for two years.
- Switzerland, after not qualifying for two years.
- Poland, after not qualifying since 2008 (and for the first time, with both televoting and jury voting).
- Montenegro, after never qualifying.
- San Marino, after never qualifying.
- Slovenia, after not qualifying for two years.
Lowest Placings Yet
- Greece’s twentieth place matched that of their result from 1998.
- Azerbaijan’s twenty-second place shocked the head of the Azeri national selection.
- France placed last for the first time since its debut in 1956.
- Moldova and Georgia finished last in their respective semi-finals.
Continued their Non-Qualifying Streak
- Latvia, for the sixth year in a row, did not qualify. However, they did not come in last place.
- Israel, for the fourth year in a row, did not qualify. This was a shock to fans, who now attribute it to shaky vocals and poor camera angles.