Last week Romania’s Eurovision 2017 act Ilinca and Alex Florea climbed the Spotify charts in seven countries and landed in the Top 5 of the Spotify Global Viral chart, ahead of A-listers like Calvin Harris. And while Europe has obviously embraced them, the split results of Semi-Final 2 show that the jury was decidedly less keen.
The “Yodel it!” singers had the most split result of any act in either semi-final, with the jury awarding them just 26 points compared to the public’s 148. That’s a whopping 122 point difference.
In terms of rank ordinals, the jury put the song 15th — yes, they would have kept it in the semi-final — while the public put it third. The disparity of 12 places was the largest in this semi-final. This is the second highest gap in the semi-finals as a whole, behind only Australia from Semi-Final 1 (where the jury ranked Isaiah second and the public put him 15th).
Semi-Final 2: Jury-Televote split results (reaction)
The juries disagreed significantly with the public on Hungary as well, awarding Joci Papai just 66 points compared to the public’s 165. That’s a difference of 99 points.
Other countries negatively impacted by the juries in terms of points include Croatia (-67), Israel (-57) and Estonia (-53).
In terms of rank ordinals, the juries ranked Estonia 11 places lower than the public, Croatia eight places lower, and Hungary five places lower.
Their verdict — ranking Estonia next-to-last above only San Marino — was enough to keep Koit & Laura out of the final. The public ranked them sixth.
If the juries had their way, Croatia (fifth with the public) and Romania (third with the public) would not have made the final, and would have been replaced with Malta and Serbia.
In terms of overall points, however, Serbia and Malta were not the countries that the juries helped the most.
That honour goes to The Netherlands and Denmark, with the juries giving O’G3NE a 97-point boost (149 vs. the televoters’ 52) and Anja Nissen a 91-point push (96 vs. the televoters’ 5).
Other countries that benefitted from the jury include Norway (+85), Austria (+83) and Malta (+55).
Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 2 split results (points difference)
Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 2 split results (rank difference)
In terms of rank ordinals, Denmark’s Anja Nissen and Austria’s Nathan Trent benefitted the most from the jury.
Neither of these acts would have made it to the final based on the public televote alone, with Anja coming 16th and Nathan finishing 14th,
Thankfully for them the jury ranked “Where I Am” fifth (+11 places) and “Running on Air” fourth (+10 places).
What do you make of the jury-televote split for semi-final 2? Are your rankings more in line with the televote or the music professionals? And how do you explain some of the big disparities here? Let us know in the comments box below.