We’re continuing our ranking of songs that were popular in the televote but sadly missed out on qualifying due to a low jury score. Most of the time the jury and public agree, but every year there are a few songs that the public like a lot more than the jury. We’re ranking the songs that didn’t make it out of the semi-finals but still were placed in the top ten with the televote.
Note: we’re looking at songs from 2010 onwards, when the televote-jury split was first made public. To determine the ranking, we’re looking at the televote top ten placings, using the percentage of available points for tie-breaks. In the case of songs from 2013, when the split scores were not made public, we’re just using the rank and our general wiwi instinct for any tie-breaks.
10. Anna Bergendahl – “This Is My Life” (Sweden 2010)
Televote: 9th place, 64 points
Jury: 11th place, 76 points
Overall: 11th place, 62 points
“This Is My Life” is the one blemish on Sweden’s otherwise flawless qualification record. It was a very close non-qualifier, placing ninth with the public and 11th with the jury. But it served as a wake-up call for Melodifestivalen, resulting in Sweden reestablishing itself as a power player of modern Eurovision.
9. Kaliopi – “Dona” (FYR Macedonia 2016)
Televote: 8th place, 54 points
Jury: 11th place, 34 points
Overall: 11th place, 88 points
In 2012, Kaliopi’s dramatic rock ballad “Crno i belo” was a fan favourite that placed 13th in the final. In 2016 she returned with the more gentle “Dona” that sadly didn’t have the same appeal. But it was still popular enough to place eighth in the televote, with the jury’s 11th place making it a close non-qualifier.
8. InCulto – “Eastern European Funk” (Lithuania 2010)
Televote: 8th place, 65 points
Jury: 13th place, 27 points
Overall: 12th place, 44 points
There was a lot going on with InCulto’s “Eastern European Funk”. It started a cappella and moved into a big funk number, and used singing and rap with tongue-in-cheek lyrics that described Lithuania’s place in modern Europe. While it didn’t impress juries much, it was more of a hit with the public, placing eighth in the televote. Perhaps it was the mid-song trouser removal that sealed the deal.
7. Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – “Ljubav je” (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016)
Televote: 8th place, 78 points
Jury: 14th place, 26 points
Overall: 11th place, 104 points
“Ljubav je” was Bosnia and Herzegovinia’s first ever non-qualification, but it was close. The dramatic examination of the ins and outs of love placed eighth in the televote, and overall made it to 11th place.
6. Emmy – “Boom Boom” (Armenia 2011)
Televote: 7th place, 75 points
Jury: 15th place, 33 points
Overall: 12th place, 54 points
“Boom Boom” marks the only time when Armenia failed to qualify for the grand final, with Emmy’s boxing-themed performance failing to win over the jury. But the sight of Emmy emerging from the giant glove was a hit with viewers, who ranked her seventh.
5. Suzy – “Quero ser tua” (Portugal 2014)
Televote: 7th place, 72 points
Jury: 16th place, 17 points
Overall: 11th place, 39 points
To call “Quero ser tua” a fan favourite feels like an understatement. The song remains a beloved fave — and it was the perfect choice to kick off the #wiwijam. In Copenhagen, the jury weren’t feeling it, ranking Portugal last, but viewers enjoyed Suzy’s sunny grooves, ranking her seventh.
4. Kuunkuiskaajat – “Työlki ellää” (Finland 2010)
Televote: 6th place, 69 points
Jury: 15th place, 37 points
Overall: 11th place, 49 points
The Finnish duo Kuunkuiskaajat brought the quirky folk song “Työlki ellää” to Oslo. They placed sixth with the televote and overall placed 11th, with only three points between them and the tenth-placed SunStroke Project.
3. Elitsa and Stoyan – “Samo shampioni” (Bulgaria 2013)
Televote: 6th place, 7.44 average rank
Jury: 17th place, 10.75 average rank
Overall: 12th place, 45 points
Elitsa & Stoyan originally represented Bulgaria in 2007 when their song “Water” gave Bulgaria a fifth place finish. They didn’t have the same luck with their 2013 entry, “Samo shampiono” which blended percussion, electro styles, Bulgarian traditional sounds and a bagpipe. This didn’t impress the jury, who ranked Bulgaria last, but “Samo shampioni” still earned an impressive sixth place in the televote.
2. Takasa – “You and Me” (Switzerland 2013)
Televote: 5th place, 7.00 average rank
Jury: 16th place, 10.65
Overall: 13th place, 41 points
Switzerland sent Takasa, a Salvation Army band, with their uplifting song “You and Me”. The band, which featured 95-year-old Emil Ramsauer, was a hit with viewers and earned fifth place in the televote but resulted in an overall 13th place.
1. Who See – “Igranka” (Montenegro 2013)
Televote: 4th place, 7.33 average rank
Jury: 14th place, 10.16 average rank
Overall: 12th place, 41 points
Only Montenegro could deliver two rapping astronauts and a wailing space alien lady, together producing one of the most spectacular Eurovision entries ever. The bombastic “Igranka” won over Europe, with the dubstep extravaganza placing a very impressive fourth in the televote. But sadly, the jury did not have similar feelings — their low ranking dragged “Igranka” down to an overall 12th place.
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