And part of the theatrics involves delving into the Eurovision split results to see where the jury and televote diverged. We took a look at the grand final split yesterday and today we turn to Semi-Final 1.
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev was the most consistent performer across both halves of the equation. He came first in the televote, finishing 61 points clear of televote runner-up Austria. Despite a clear win with the public, Sergey came second in the jury vote, losing out to Malta’s Ira Losco (and her lovely baby bump) by seven points.
Other consistent performers were Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan, who came fourth with televoters and third with the jury, and The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob, who managed to finish fifth with both.
Malta’s Ira Losco, who won the jury vote, only came ninth with the public.
The Czech Republic’s Gabriela, who came fourth with the jury, would not have made the final in a televote-only scenario. She finished 12th with the people. But at least she killed it at the #WiwiJam.
Following Greta Salome’s shock non-qualification, we wondered aloud whether the public or the jury was to blame. As it turns out, they both were. Both panels ranked the Icelandic singer 13th, assuring her early exit.
Had the public had its way, them Bosnia & Herzegovina would have advanced to the final, as they placed eighth in the televote. Sadly the juries didn’t seem to connect with the elaborate staging and mish-mash of musical genres, ranking it 14th and pushing it out of the final.
The jury, which ranked Zoe 11th, would have replaced her with Montenegro’s Highway. We’re still saying WTF.
Below we have attempted to see who the jury helped and hurt the most based on ordinal rankings. A negative score shows that the jury hurt a country, while a positive score shows they helped it.
As you can see, Austria’s Zoë was the act most negatively impacted by the jury. Bosnia & Herzegovina, San Marino and Hungary were among the others most hurt.
Malta and The Czech Republic were the biggest beneficiaries of the jury, along with Montenegro, Moldova, Finland and Croatia.
Why do you think the juries marked Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina down so much? Do you think that Montenegro should have made the final as the jury wanted? Let us know in the comments box below!