The dust has settled on Eurovision 2017 — but the analysis of the voting results is only just beginning. The juries — they who supposedly have the best sense of what makes a hit — rated down a number of songs that have gone on to chart globally on Spotify. Perhaps the best example comes from Belgium’s Blanche in Semi-Final 1.

On Thursday the “City Lights” singer saw her song charting on Spotify in 17 different countries. She was also #3 on the Spotify Global Viral chart.

Yet it seems that plenty of jurors in Semi-Final 1 struggled to smell a hit, as they penalised her more than any other artist in the semi-final when we compare televote and jury vote. There was a whopping 85 point difference between the two, with the public handing her 125 points to the jury’s 40.

Scroll down to see the full jury-televote split

In terms of ordinal rankings, the public ranked Blanche #3, while the jurors put her way down at #13. Yes, they did not want her to advance to the final, ranking her behind Australia, Czech Republic and Georgia — none of which the public placed in the Top 10.

Blanche was visibly nervous during the semi. It seems the juries viewed this as a weakness, while televoters (rightly) saw her vulnerability as fitting with the song’s sound and themes.

Interestingly, the same juries ranked her significantly higher in the final, owing to a stronger performance (but we’ll discuss that in a separate post soon).

In terms of points difference, Moldova was the nation the juries hurt the second most, giving it a score 69 points lower than the public. The jury also had large discrepancies with the public over Cyprus, which it marked 42 points lower.

In terms of rank ordinals, the jury hurt Belgium the most (-10 spots), followed by Poland and Montenegro (both -5), Cyprus (-4) and Moldova, Finland, Albania, and Latvia (all -2).

Semi-Final 1: Split results by points

SF1   Jury Televote Difference
Belgium 40 125 -85
Moldova 111 180 -69
Cyprus 61 103 -42
Portugal 173 197 -24
Montenegro 17 39 -22
Poland 50 69 -19
Latvia 1 20 -19
Finland 41 51 -10
Slovenia 16 20 -4
Iceland 29 31 -2
Albania 38 38 0
Greece 61 54 7
Sweden 124 103 21
Armenia 87 65 22
Azerbaijan 87 63 24
Georgia 62 37 25
Czech Republic 81 2 79
Australia 139 21 118

Semi-Final 1: Split results by ranking

SF1 Televote Jury Difference
Belgium 3 13 -10
Poland 6 11 -5
Montenegro 11 16 -5
Cyprus 5 9 -4
Moldova 2 4 -2
Finland 10 12 -2
Albania 12 14 -2
Latvia 16 18 -2
Greece 9 10 -1
Iceland 14 15 -1
Portugal 1 1 0
Slovenia 17 17 0
Sweden 4 3 1
Armenia 7 5 2
Azerbaijan 8 6 2
Georgia 13 8 5
Czech Republic 18 7 11
Australia 15 2 13

In terms of who the jury helped the most, Australia’s Isaiah takes the cake.

The jury awarded him 139 points, which was a whopping 118 more points than the public (21 points). This is the largest discrepancy (positive or negative) in the semi-final.

The same holds true for rank ordinals, with the jury ranking him second — 13 places higher than the public, who put him way down in 15th.

The public may have been more affected by Australia’s early draw in the running order than the jurors, who seem to respect quality songs regardless of their placing.

However, given how large the discrepancy is, it’s hard not to think that Australia benefitted from the Australia factor, which sees jurors in awe of the finely polished, expensive production (which some televoters may find sterile).

The jurors also gave a huge leg up to Czech Republic’s Martina Barta.

While the public only handed her two points, the juries gave her 81, making for a 79-point disparity.

In terms of ordinals, the juries would have put her through in seventh position. But the public really wasn’t feeling it. They ranked “My Turn” as their least favourite in 18th position.

Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 1 jury-televote split (Reaction)

We should note that the jury watches and evaluates a different show from televoters.

The jury final took place on Monday evening — the night before the live semi-final on Tuesday evening.

We were watching the jury show inside the International Exhibition Centre on the night. You can watch our thoughts on it below.

Which results from Semi-Final 1 shocked you the most? Which entries did the juries most overrate and underrate in your mind? Let us know in the comments box below!

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L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

I wonder if the jury ranking of Belgium was motivated by her vocals and performance or by the fact that this song is more edgy and modern.

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

I have to say I agree with the juries in Semi Final 1. Blanche & “City Lights” was a fail for me. Boring song, boring performance, boring staging. I rank it last.

Amy
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Amy

Blanche is very Bland. Monotone voice and no charisma whatesover. She looks lifeless on stage. Song :8/10
Blanche as a a performer:3/10

Katrina
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Katrina

The jury show is separate and is performed before the live shows. If both the televoters and juries (view and vote) during the same show then that “Is definitely questionable ” as Isaiah clearly stuffed up part of his performance. His jury performance was obviously alot better. I still think that Isaiah has a great voice and is very humble. I’m a huge fan now.

Étoile
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Étoile

I think they just saved Isaiah for two reasons 1 they knew that he will struggle with the televote and 2 they wanted to give a good place to Australia so that the country will continue to participate. Alas Finland was a collateral damage. Last year Dami Im had a strong ballad but his qualification is really questionable. I think it’s a bad thing to do that it doesn’t help Australia at all it will just reinforce resentment of the country.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Australia’s qualification is a travesty. How did the juries find quality in that song and not in Finland’s?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Indeed, this is exactly what I thought.
I’m still struggling to understand it.

Robyn Gallagher
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I’ve heard a theory that reckons some jury members give points to the sort of songs they wish their country would send. So Australia appeals because every year they have sent a catchy tune performed by a talented singer with good staging. If the jury member is annoyed that their broadcaster has sent an over-the-top diva ballad, a freaky trance anthem or a weird disco number, they might give points to Australia. It’s their way of saying to their broadcaster “This is what we should be sending”. With that in mind, it’s a lot easier to understand why a juror… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

The thing is, Australia’s song this year wasn’t catchy, well-performed and sung in tune. It had none of this.

Alex
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Alex

It was all those things in the final. Maybe not the first if you don’t like the song, but I think it’s pretty hard to deny the latter two. He was not good in the semifinal, though. And the staging was unnecessarily complicated

Alex
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Alex

But of course, keep in mind that the jury does not rate the same performance as do the televoters.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Which is why they need to scrap the idea of having 2 performances, and make the jurors watch the same performance as the public. ONE performance for ALL to see and vote on.

Áustria
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Áustria

It is certainly not catchy. One of the most forgettable tunes this year. I already forgot it and ESC songs don’t slip on me easy.

And the selfie-shots staging did nothing for me neither.

So, I don’t buy that theory and ESC would become horrible if every country sent a song like Australia does. Ouf of their 3 entries so far, none of them was among my favourites. It is insincere pop without a meaning and as such it fails to be infectuous and entertaining.

Grete Paia
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Grete Paia

Montenegro got more jury votes than Estonia. Incroyable

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Lithuania too…

Colin
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Colin

Anything getting less jury votes than Montenegro is weird for me.

V
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V

I kinda agree with this. UK gave Georgia 12 points last year and that was because Georgias song sounds indie and like something the UK would send

Jo
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Jo

Sorry, but I have to disagree. I had Australia in my personal Top 10 before the rehearsals. After Eurovision, it isn’t even in My Top 30. He has a great voice, but the song isn’t catchy and the staging was “poor and messy”. The televoting results show us exactly what I thought about that performance. In the end he sounded just like one of those “screaming-divas”, or even worse because his voice cracked. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh on this one, but 4th with the juries and 9th overall is disrespectful with other countries (and there are 42!), because… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I had Australia 7th before show. Was expwcting a powerhouse vocal and some good staging. Got neither.
It fell even harder than Macedonia and Belgium once live performance came into it.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

We know why Australia got those jury points. Because they always do!
Otherwise I think the juries did their job here. They penalised a great song that was not performed particularly well (Belgium) and helped songs with less mainstream appeal that were performed very well (Czech Rep and Georgia).
Semi Final 2 was more strange. I mean, Estonia second bottom with juries? Below Lithuania? What did Koit do during the jury performance to deserve that?

Stan
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Stan

I think they got punished because: – dated and bland song – poor vocals (take note of Koit’s falsetto which is very prominent and very weak) – staging was a mess. The way that Koit stares into the camera when they do the ‘We are lost’ bridge is ridiculous. Problem is also that there was no irony or humour in it. Slavko was just having fun, going all the way. Same for Jacques, btw. I will never watch it again 🙂 I’m from Belgium, so very happy that the televote saved Blanche. But I actually rooted for Martina Barta. That… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

“Verona” is not the kind of song where one expects humor or irony. It is about drama. So, “fun” is not the kind of portrayal you would expect from the artists singing this song.

Áustria
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Áustria

I am stunned that Estonia actually got any points.

fastfoodmusiclover
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fastfoodmusiclover

the juries must’ve voted for his brows instead of his performance because i remember he had a bum note somewhere.

Tina
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Tina

I wish my eyebrows were that perfect :=)

fikri
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fikri

me too tbh. plus his hair.

Olivia
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Olivia

Blanche is the only contestant this year who is not stage ready. As an artist you must be prepared to perform under unexpected or awkward conditions. You’ll be invited to events and gigs and tv shows. You would have to sing accapella or be asked to sing on the spot. At the eurovision parties she didn’t sing any covers like all the other artists did, she just performed her song which was sung very poorly. The only performance that was good was the final show but was still far from perfect. Take away the effects and backing vocalist and her… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

Hungary is the first song in this year’s Top 10 to leave all spotify charts!!

Next in line is Australia: Charting only in one country

Malta's Got Talent
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Malta's Got Talent

FYI guys, Destiny ( Malta JESC 2015 winner) is in Britains Got Talent tonight!!

Education Sentimentale
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Education Sentimentale

Hit-potential isn’t the only or most important criterion, juries have to consider. The SF jury vote* for Belgium is more than o.k. The song was nicely calm and less antiquated than most competitors. Hence it clearly stood out and got many televotes. But let’s be honest, it isn’t the great musical masterpiece or revelation, that some seem to suggest. Most importantly, Blanche couldn’t deliver an adequate performance. She had obvious difficulties singing and expressing the emotions of her song (which is NOT the same as exposing her stage fright!). Others sang their (much harder) songs without problems or at least… Read more »

Grete Paia
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Grete Paia

Sure you can easily sing like Blanche……but you can never do the timed arm movements anywhere as well as her. That is what makes Blanche a megastar

Richardinho
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Richardinho

Blanche looked nervous/disinterested throughout out the whole process – even in the official video!
Personally, I didn’t like her voice. It had a rather affected slur in it which, quite frankly, made her sound like she had some sort of physical affliction.
I was unmoved by the song. The only virtue it seems to have is that it’s “modern”. But that only means that it will be hopelessly old fashioned in a short amount of time.

Grete Paia
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Grete Paia

This was the year to celebrate diversity and the singers were serving medical realness with their songs. If they didnt have equipment props like the russian delegation attempted, then they tried to improvise, like Robin with his frozen facial expression, Slavko and Jana Burceska with violent seizures during dancing and the romanian rapper with low IQ.

Blanche did her best with her timed arm movements to copy Portugal’s dancing and her lack of vocal control also helped to make her look incapacitated.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange

Blanche was amazing in the final, but in the Semi-Final she looked and sounded too nervous, that’s why the juries placed her so low.

VF
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VF

The biggest injustice is Australia being in Eurovision in the first place, stealing a spot in the final that could be of an European/Mediterranean country. Get Australia out of Eurovision and make it return when the country’s anywhere near the Mediterranean. With continental drifting I predict 30 million years. Than we could do a neo-Pangeavision.

VF
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VF

The sad thing though is that people will only wake up to this when Australia actually wins it. There will be such a hatred from Europeans towards Australians that they’ll regret having taken part in it.

Richardinho
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Richardinho

Oh do Pee off, you annoying bigot.

VF
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VF

*triggered*

Richardinho
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Richardinho

Well done troll. Looks like you got what you wanted.

Az Paynter
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Az Paynter

*replying to the correct comment this time*

It’s not ‘stealing’ a place if we have to earn it the same as everyone else.

Richard Decker
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Richard Decker

I can completely understand where the juries were coming from with regard to Blanche. Her song may have been catchy, but she simply could not sing it – even in the final her supposed ‘high’ register (despite the fact it’s not that high!) was all over the place. Whether it was nerves or not, frankly I don’t care, it was almost as painful as Nina Kraljic’s performance last year. I’m yet to do detailed jury analysis, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it were in fact the vocal coaches and other ‘singing professionals’ who voted her down, as… Read more »

Vanessa
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Vanessa

It’s obvious she can’t sing live. She failed miserably at the promotion tours. Even her performance on the voice Belgique was removed because of the bad feedback. People love the song so much that they can’t accept the fact that her vocals and charisma are at the same level as a karaoke singer. She is a very lovely and sweet girl but the music industry isn’t for her. The televoters loved the song but the juries ranked her fairly. If it was based on song alone it would of been one of the best.

Kris
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Kris

Absolutely disagree!! The high note faltered at ‘hand’ in the semi but it was really good in the final!!
You have just named my two favourites of the last two years in your comment and called their singing painful!! Yes Nina was unwell and had no support from her broadcaster but Blanche’s vocals were quite close to the study version and she showed adaptability. She is clearly my winner and infact Europe’s post-esc winner!!

Vanessa
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Vanessa

Nina can sing better than Blanche in my opinion. I watched her on the voice and she was really good especially her performance of Euphoria.

Az Paynter
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Az Paynter

It’s not ‘stealing’ a spot if we have to work for it same as everyone else. #Next

Az Paynter
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Az Paynter

This ended up next to the wrong reply, sorry – I was addressing VF.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

(Sorry for two comments…) The other thing to consider is the difference in sound. Listening to a singer live in an arena, you should naturally hear a broader quality of sound than you would hearing the sound processed through to a TV (even in HD). This also might explain some of the differences for Belgium and Australia – obviously Isaiah’s voice is stunning live because his high tenor range resonates better. However, when I heard Blanche in London (for example), her range did not resonate and was one of the weakest on the night. But, Blanche’s vocal does sound stronger… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

@MAJOR Lee Grateful
I heard her semi jury performance…..her voice was better than in the televote semi in that it didn’t crack at the high notes.

Also long time no see. How have you been doing?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Hi Kris,
I’m okay thanks. It’s sad that this year’s ESC is over; I had a really good time with the fans this year. Plus I felt that the music was good, and to me that’s the most important aspect. 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Hmmm. The problem for everyone else (not Wiwibloggs) is that we don’t get to see the Jury final. So we can’t accurately comment on the differences between the two sets of performances – we have to rely on William and other members of the press core for that. For example, Australia’s Isaiah might have sung really well in Jury Semi Final 1, but then sang terribly in the Audience SF1. Hence the discrepancy. I know it makes for a good set of live shows, but personally I don’t understand why the “jury” performances are on different days to the “audience”… Read more »

Napaw
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Napaw

There was a Livestream though. Only without the picture. It should still be up actually.

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

Although I don’t know myself, I can think of some reasons: – To give jurors more time to think through their decisions, without being stressed out. Perhaps they’re allowed to re-watch and re-listen to the performances? – To speed up the process in the grand final. Televotes can be collected while the juries give their points. This explanation is only relevant in the new voting system. – To give EBU time to check for anomalies and bizarre votes. This seems like a logical thing to do, but I must admit if this is the case they don’t seem to be… Read more »

James
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James

Probably easier to have the jury scores tallied up ahead of time before the live shows.

IGC
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IGC

Yes – I agree. If Isaiah sang as he did in the public semi final he would not have advanced – he killed the high note leading to a change in the song for the final version.Blanche was shaky in SF1 – but we didn’t see her in the jury performance. But having said that – I am glad she got it all together for the final – I like the song and am pleased for her it all worked out.

Casey
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Casey

The songs I’m actually listening to after eurovision are from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria and Sweden.

Zebb
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Zebb

I like australian song as well, but according to this year we’ve exceeded disposability-meter 🙂

Jake
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Jake

In semi 1 Also interesting how the televote was stronger for Portugal than with the juries. In fact, there were 5 countries in semi 1 that placed Salvador #1 with televote but not with juries. Everyone assumed the song would do better with juries.

By the final many juries got on board and the song did better with juries than televote. But still got at least 5 points from every televote in every country and only failed with Montenegro and Bulgaria jury.

Jake
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Jake

Don’t Come Easy was boring. That song is a dime a dozen in the U.K. When will the juries move on from the novelty of having Australia in the contest? Every Eurovision expert wondered how Australia made it.

Dew
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Dew

It’s really weird that Europeans didn’t vote for Australia’s act but they have downloaded it on Itunes and listened to it on Spotify quite a lot before and after the performance…..I guess they just hate the idea Australia being in the contest.

Casey
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Casey

I totally agree, people didn’t vote for Australia during the semis and finals but after eurovision it is basically in the top 10 of the (esc charts). Sometimes you don’t appreciate a song or performer until after the show. If Isaiah was that bad then he wouldn’t of been in the charts at all. Good on him for getting double platinum in Sweden for his other song 🙂

Paklur
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Paklur

I thought that was because his Eurovision performance was really bad. I don’t care about he is being a good singer or not but that won’t change a fact that his performance in Eurovision–that the public watched it–was bad and there are much better and stand out song like Croatia or Portugal

Kai
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Kai

Australia failed…both! In semifinal and final! Out of tune…
totally deserved low score on televote…

Az Paynter
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Az Paynter

I’m grateful the juries appreciated ‘Don’t Come Easy’ as much as they did. I thought it was horrible the moment it was revealed. To be fair, it’s not a BAD song by any means, it’s adequately written, produced and sung, but it’s just so mediocre and that’s what was so horrible about it. Too paint-by-numbers and boring. Now as far as $$$ is concerned I would hope the EBU wasn’t pressuring the juries to be generous to Australia, but I think they would realize that it would be good for the contest to have one more country to reliably contribute… Read more »

NickC
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NickC

I think both Australia and Belgium deserved to qualify.
I actually think all 10 acts that qualified deserved to qualify.

Czech Rep was great but Romina Power jumpsuit did not do her any favors

I would only consider replacing Poland with Georgia (and not with Finland!) I think Finland was a bit macabre.

escterrace
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escterrace

for me australia s public votes in the final are still a mystery!2points??the song was top10 on itunes spotify and youtube views and if you ask me it deserved better!

Marc
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Marc

Bulgaria stole all his potential votes.
That’s why.

escterrace
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escterrace

that could be a possible explanation!but still…

Marc
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Marc

It’s wasn’t only Australia.
It was due to Televote’s Top 10 slayed so big this time.

From 11th below (like Australia), countries only got points from diaspora/friends/neighbors.
It was hard to get points.

Top 8 from televote got points from almost all countries. Also Croatia and France were strong.
It was a big consensus.

(Azerbaijan was 11th with only 42.. and coming from Georgia, Moldova and Czecia for obvious reasons.)

Padeira de Aljubarrota
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Padeira de Aljubarrota

Bulgaria’s song reminds me Million Eyes of Loic Nottet.
Well in my opinion Belgium > Bulgaria & Australia

Kris
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Kris

Those views were probably coming in from Australia mostly…..

Also the only countries to Give televote points to Australia and Denmark were them to each other. They finished lower than Nathan in most countries actually.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Million Eyes is a song with a strong personality and lots of drama. Beautiful Mess is just a bland modern ballad with no soul. I wouldn’t compare the two of them. Anyway Australia’s 2 points are explainable: TERRIBLE performance and BORING song!

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

if macedonia had sent “Don’t come easy” it would have placed last in the semi final

Penny24
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Penny24

no it would have been one of the few times they ve actually send a decent song!

AngieP
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AngieP

Obviously the biggest discrepancy between the juries and the televoters is in Belgium and Australia. Australia was 2nd with the juries and only 15th with the televote. Conclusion: Australia qualified thanks to the juries. The exact opposite happened with Belgium. Juries ranked Blanche 13th while the public ranked her 3rd. Conclusion: Blanche went through mostly thanks to the televoters. These two acts have sth in common. Both had a slightly different performance at the jury show and live at the semi. Isaiah nailed it on Monday, but not on Tuesday. So, this can explain why he was so high with… Read more »

Napaw
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Napaw

I feel like I’m the only person in Eurovision world who actually like Iceland :/

Jake
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Jake

I loved Svala’s song in Icelandic. The English version’s lyrics pale in comparison and actually have a completely different meaning. I also felt her outfit was too superhero. She was singing she was like paper and looking like Storm. Made no sense. But love the instrumental and her voice.

Steve
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Steve

I’m with you on the same boat. I adore her acoustic version. It’s so spectacular. Get a listen. Actually I play this almost every day.

Jo
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Jo

Lots of people liked the studio version of Paper. But live, the staging was very bland. Still much better than some acts that made through, including Australia.

Stephen Podesta
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Stephen Podesta

When Isaiah sang for the jury vote he sang well, the juries vote on the technicalities of the performance and not if they like the country or if they like the person or not. whereas the Public vote sometimes on the song, sometimes if they think he is cute, sometimes if they like the country and not really taking in the whole performance on its merits. I am from Australia I like Isaiah , he has a great voice but the song I did not like at all, so as a public I would of not given him high points… Read more »

Jackson
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Jackson

Isaiah’s eurovision performance was no doubt the worst he’s ever performed live. I have been following his journey since x factor and have been watching his Wiwi jam performances and he has a fantastic voice and stage presence. I’m glad he qualified.

Juries Give Injuries
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Juries Give Injuries

The facts, the figures and the great analysis speak by themselves; juries were erratic and inconsistent. Do better next year!!

PP
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PP

Belgium one of best song this year , but Blanche with her voice… deserved more points from juries than televote.
With much better singer ,I would agree to Belgium won this year.
Australia deserved more points from televote than juries, but because they are EBU babies they will be overrated by points by juries every year.

Madeline
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Madeline

Love your work Wiwibloggs. I find it helpful to look at the Results by ranking in order of how the public and juries ranked them. I think the public vote should take precedence (and maybe do away with juries). If we look below, it is only Finland from the public Top 10 that didn’t qualify (and some thought it was the juries who would be more susceptible to this one). And thus, Australia had a place in the final. Just something I found interesting.

Public Vote Qualifiers:

1. Portugal
2. Moldova
3. Belgium
4. Sweden
5. Cyprus
6. Poland
7. Armenia
8. Azerbaijan
9. Greece
10. Finland

Jury Vote Qualifiers

1. Portugal
2. Australia
3. Sweden
4. Moldova
5. Armenia
6. Azerbaijan
7. Czech Republic
8. Georgia
9. Cyprus
10. Greece

Helen
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Helen

Most of the female vocalists were better than Blanche both vocally and stage presence.
Blanche’s massive televotes are due to the song and studio version. The song was and still is a hit. But honestly her vocals are no way near as good as Lucie, Alma, Anja, Lindita, Kasia and Tamara just to name a few. Blanche was the only singer that didn’t perform any covers at the promos because she had difficulty singing her own song let alone attempt other songs.

Marc
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Marc

Eurovision is not a screaming contest.

Here you have why Blanche did that well.
She was different, likeable and had a Hit yes.

Lucie was too overacted.
Anja was too shoutty.

Helen
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Helen

The other female singers are able to sing songs that don’t have high notes (screaming). Blanche just had a better song but was far being the best female vocalist. She is going to be a One Hit Wonder.

Marc
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Marc

Blanche really can sing.
She had the most unique voice and singing. Stood out a lot and appealed to audience.

Other girls were just typical and predictable.

Again, Eurovision is not about who sings or screams the most.
It’s about connecting to audience at home

Kris
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Kris

Vocally strong doesn’t only mean being able to shout!!
If the song doesn’t need shouting there is no need to shout!!
Blanche showed great key and pitch variation!! I think she definitely was vocally stronger than many acts you mentioned.

Ariana
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Ariana

I agree. Blanche has zero vocal control and it sounded like she was on the verge of tears as soon as she changed key. She can’t sing without her voice sounding dull and her song felt like a Lana Del Rey b-side.

Stan
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Stan

It is a song contest, you know… She may have less volume or register than the ladies you mention. But her song was much better.

If there’s one thing that this contest is showing than it’s the end of the ‘Eurovision ballad’ that was so succesfull in the nineties… You need to be a Conchita to pull that off

Jake
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Jake

I agree that for most viewers that shouty female ballads are a bit expected and often lack feeling and are just about showing off what you can do with your voice. There was a lot of that this year and most viewers were turned off by it.

Even Christina Aguilera who is the queen of this hasn’t had much luck recently. Her biggest non-dance hits are her softer songs or more emotional songs.

Some people here these loud ballads and say “look at that voice” but most viewers said “why is she shouting”.

Rohan
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Rohan

Globally, on Spotify, Isaiah is one of, if not the most successful singer to compete at this year’s Eurovision. Isaiah’s first song, It’s Gotta Be You has had over 70 million plus streams on Spotify and has gone double platinum in Sweden.

Kris
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Kris

Where are you from?

Danny
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Danny

Funny how Isaiah didn’t do well with televotes for his eurovision song but his other song “It’s Gotta Be You”, has just as of yesterday been certified “Double Platinum in Sweden”. His eurovision journey helped him reach 90k+ instagram followers. For someone that got low televotes that’s pretty impressive. He probaby came to eurovision with the wrong song, staging and that unfortunate bum note. I wouldn’t underestimate this guy.

Rohan
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Rohan

I just posted a similar response, I didn’t see your post.:) He’ll make a ton of money, he’s mature, intelligent, poised, articulate, good looking and comes across as really sweet. I frankly have surprised at the dislike for him here.

Danny
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Danny

Where did you find out? I preferred his song “It’s gotta be you”. That should of been his eurovision song.
By the way he’s still in Europe at the moment. He went to France and is now in Sweden and is heading to other countries. Heard he was doing a promo tour. He hasn’t gone home to Australia yet.

Laura
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Laura

I thought Isaiah sounded dreadful in the jury performance. Placing him 2nd and Blanche 13th was a joke. Then again, the juries didn’t like any of the women this year-other than OG3NE, so…

Marc
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Marc

Women were bad and boring this year.
Only Blanche and Alma were fantastic and televote saw that of course.

O’G3NE weren’t the only act saved.

Anja? 5 points in Semi from televote. Juries push her hard.
Lucie? 99 points from juries, 12 televote.

Sarah
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Sarah

Isaiah’s jury show performance was impressive and there were no hiccups. The mistake in the live show was evident in the televotes as people were reluctant to vote for him after that.
He’s got a great voice and I’ve been listening to his x factor album daily.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

That explains why you think it was good, he deafened you girl. The public voted for him even less in the final.

Jordi
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Jordi

Agree with Fàtima. Judges and televoters are viewing different performances. In The live semifinal Isaiah didn’t hit the high note so for me explains the bad response of the public.

Marc
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Marc

That wasn’t a factor.
2 points in final is very telling.
People were bored, simple.

Alex fron romania didn’t hit any note in the final and Romania got 224 points.

Áustria
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Áustria

Juries are not here to agree with the public, so that per se is not a scandalizable.

Actually seem to vote quite fairly on a big picture, and have bettered themselves throughout the years, but apparently they are still corrupted by two countries: Sweden, which runs the show; Australia, to keep them interested in the show.

“Scandals” on a much more smaller scale are the jury love between Greece and Cyprus, the jury hate between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the attempts to kill their enemies between Bulgaria, Portugal and Italy. But these things don’t matter much.

Marc
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Marc

Juries are getting worse since 2013. Their voting is just biased and looks random.

I would add Malta in your list.
And Norway got another Top 10 thanks to juries.

Helene
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Helene

Last year Sweden got more televotes than jury votes. This also happend with Eric Saade.

Darren
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Darren

Austrailia overrated yet again…there is a surprise!

The juries completely lost it with Belgium, should have at least given her a spot in the Top 10. I’m so glad that televoters knew what music was. Australia shouldn’t have qualified. The song was bad and the performance was bad. But alas, this is Australia -_-

Nathan
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Nathan

Are you saying that Dami Im was overrated last year?

Darren
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Darren

Yes, I was. She was the first female oralist to come to the stage with a white dress and a mid-tempo ballad. Top 10-15 maybe but 2nd place? No chance.
Would any other country have done as well if they sent SOS?

Darren
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Darren

Wasn’t **

Marc
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Marc

Dami was so overrated by juries.
320 points were insane. Compared to 191 from televote.

Juries are clearly biased.

Padeira de Aljubarrota
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Padeira de Aljubarrota

I don’t like Sound of Silence, I wanna mean, it’s not really my cup of tea. I think the same about Sergey Lazarev. I’m so happy because Jamala wons it, (and not, It’s not because political message).

I prefer only televote than both, it’s more democratic and less “eurodrama”

Anton
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Anton

It totally was. Her vocals are impeccable but the song is far from being the most original, the catchiest, the most heartfelt, the most meaningful or the most fun. The rest of the top-5 succeeds better in at least one of these, while ‘Sound of Silence’ is more of a vocal showcase. I think the song is fine, but the way juries unanimously put it so high was surprising, especially the way it was ahead with such huge gap, not even having received the most 12 points. Ausralia got points from all national juries but 3, at the same time,… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

Australia looked like a non-qualifier in the final, finishing in the top 10.
Sorry, but I’m struggling to understand this year’s jury results. I guess next year the show will end just before the voting.

Fatima
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Fatima

Let’s not forget that the juries and the televoters judged two different performances. I remember hearing Isaiah sing cleanly in the jury final (via a live stream), whereas, in the broadcast final, there was a bad note as the song reached its climax. I think it’s time that everyone votes on the same performance, or we are always going to have discrepancies such as these. They do the contest no good because the results show rewards and penalties which only those few watching the jury final will understand.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

A bad note? There wasn’t a note in tune in the live performance. And it’s not like he was flawless the night before, either. Those useless juries are voting for the countries first and foremost.

Robert
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Robert

Still can’t believe “My Turn” wasn’t appreciated as much as I hoped

Richardinho
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Richardinho

I like ‘My Turn’ too. My conclusion is that it was just too old fashioned for people. Clearly, it’s me who’s out of date. 🙁

Evan
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Evan

The issue was that Martina Wasn’t semi-convulsing on the stage and didn’t have a back story of a lethal medical condition!!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

It literally sounds like a song at the bottom of a Martine McCutcheon album tracklist… how some people expected it to attract the public is beyond me.

Richardinho
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Richardinho

It’s already been established, Polegend, that you know virtually nothing about music, so your opinion doesn’t count.

George
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George

Polegend Godgarina is a troll. He/she is a virus on wiwibloggs. I’ve been reading their comments and I only agreed with them 10% of the time. Last year there was this guy called “Nicky91” who was a stubborn Ira losco fan, this year it’s Polegend.

Jakub E
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Jakub E

No, he’s actually real and even has a YouTube channel(George Austin Tay) where he posts reviews on Eurovision songs