Almost as soon as Eurovision 2016 went off the air Saturday evening, chatter turned to the grand final voting — and it hasn’t stopped. So many twists and turns and so many things that we just have to talk about. We’ve pulled out eight of the biggest talking points so far. Some we have discussed. Some we haven’t. In either case we want your opinions.
Australia would have won under 2015 voting system
How much difference a year can make. The decision to switch to the new 2016 voting system led to one of the most exciting ends to a contest ever, with everyone left to wonder whether Ukraine – and then Russia – could snatch the title away from Dami Im. It proved to be a double blow for Dami though, as not only did she lose her lead on the night, but it turned out she would have won the contest under last year’s voting system.
Danish juror gives the wrong points
Danish juror Hilda Heick showed just how wrong things could go in the voting. In her votes, she managed to rank the songs in reverse order, putting Georgia as her favourite as well as ranking Ukraine highly. With her correct votes, Ukraine would have received no points from the Danish jury in the final and Australia 12. Thankfully, it wouldn’t have changed the overall result, but it would have made the televotes even more nerve-wracking by the end.
Sweden’s jury points to Azerbaijan & Malta
Nepotism or just personal taste? That was the question on many people’s minds after the Swedish jury votes came in. Jurors who had personal connections to Azerbaijan and Malta (both acts included Swedish backing vocalists and songwriters) awarded them high marks. It’s fair to say that this was a little bit more blatant than some of the other voting controversies.
Armenia’s jury votes
Sweden aren’t the only country to have raised eyebrows with their jury vote, though. Amongst several other cases – more of which we’ll get to – Armenia’s jury seems stands out in particular. With consistent votes across all five jurors, particularly within the top ten, the independence of the jury has been called in to question. The EBU deemed the votes to be good and proper, leading many to wonder just what the boundaries are for a jury to vote within.
Ukraine and Russia’s votes
It seems that not all love is lost between Ukraine and Russia, at least. The Ukrainian televote gave Russia’s Sergey Lazarev the maximum 12 points, whilst the people of Russia responded with 10 points to Jamala. This seems to be a good example of the music winning above politics. Unfortunately, the Russian and Ukrainian juries didn’t quite see it the same way as the rest of the country: Russia’s jury ranked Ukraine 24th, whilst Ukraine’s jurors ranked Lazarev 22nd – making them one of the many countries who didn’t award Russia any jury votes.
Lithuania and Czech Republic’s jury vote
For the second year in a row, Lithuania’s jury seems to have made a very obvious statement with their votes. Four of the Lithuanian jury members ranked Russia’s Sergey Lazarev dead last in the final, with the fifth juror ranking him 22nd. This time, however, they were not alone: the Czech Republic’s jury had three members rank Russia last, whilst a fourth placed Sergey in 24th place. In contrast, the Lithuanian public ranked Russia 3rd, whilst he was the second favourite of the Czech public.
Iceland only country not to vote for Jamala
In 2012, it was Italy who bucked the trend and were the only country who didn’t vote for Loreen’s “Euphoria”. Well, this year it’s the turn of Iceland, who awarded no points at all to Jamala’s “1944”. This was the case for both the jury vote (where she placed 15th) and the televote (narrowly missing out on a point in 11th). Don’t worry Iceland, we’re sure that the Ukrainian team won’t hold it against you next year. And no, we don’t know what the dog’s about either.
United Kingdom jury awards 12 points to Georgia
Sure. Having already awarded points to the likes of Australia, Ukraine and France, it seemed like the UK’s jury points were really up for grabs. But they snubbed the more conventional popular options like Russia, Belgium, Malta and instead opted for Georgia. Certainly an odd choice, but in defense of the UK jury, Georgia also found fans in the Polish and German juries to name two. Perhaps less defensible is the fact that the UK jury ranked Sweden 24th. Maybe you should have kept quiet, Christer…
There are, of course, lots more things still to talk about with Eurovision 2016 and we’ll be covering even more topics over the next few days. Let us know what your favourite moment of the grand final voting was and what else caught your eye down in the comments!