Ukraine’s Jamala may have won Eurovision 2016, but she didn’t win Semi-Final 2. Owing to a different make-up of competing countries and a different running order, she ultimately finished second behind Australia’s Dami Im.
The “1944” singer did, however, win the televote in this semi, beating Australia to the top in that segment with 152 points (to Dami’s 142).
Australia’s advantage came with the jury, where Dami scored 188 points — putting her well ahead of third-place jury finisher Jamala, who earned 135. And yes, we did say third-place finisher. The jury actually awarded second place to Belgium’s Laura. The teen dream managed to beat Jamala by 4 points with her plum starting order (she closed the show) and epic, happy-go-lucky staging.
Further down the table, we see that the public would have liked to put FYR Macedonia’s Kaliopi and Belarus’ Ivan through to the final. They ranked those acts eighth and ninth. Neither of them made it in the end, losing out to Georgia’s Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz (who the public ranked 11th) and Israel’s Hovi Star (who the public ranked 16th).
For its part, the jury would have liked to send Slovenia’s ManuElla through, as they ranked her 10th. But, owing to the strength of the televote, Poland’s Michal Szpak managed to claw his way back to the final. The jury only ranked him 15th.
Below we’ve compiled a table based on rank ordinals that shows who the jury hurt and helped the most. A negative score shows that the jury ranked the contestant lower than the televote, while a positive score shows that they ranked the act higher than the televote.
Poland was the country most hurt, placing 11 spots lower with the jury than the public. Other acts hurt by the jury include Albania’s Eneda Tarifa, Macedonia’s Kaliopi and Belarus’ IVAN.
The country most helped by the jury was Israel, who placed 12 spots higher with the jury than with the public. Slovenia, Switzerland and Georgia also benefitted from the jury.
What do you make of all this? Are you surprised Belgium did so well? Are you annoyed that the jury ranked Poland so low? And would you have sent Slovenia through? Let us know in the comments box below.