The time has come. Eurovision fortnight officially begins tomorrow with rehearsals for the first set of acts competing in the first semi-final.
It’s been a long road getting here since the first national selection back in December 2017, through to the last song reveals of mid-March and then the numerous pre-parties over the past few weeks. Many countries have lost and gained momentum during this period, and our top 43 rankings often change weekly throughout it all.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — first rated the songs way back in late March with predominantly studio cuts available, and before seeing any of the live performances at the pre-parties. Our scores were locked in by our accounting firm, with no way to change them as the results were revealed over the following weeks.
However, like many, our thoughts have changed with time. So we thought it was only right to reveal our updated favourites before the first set of rehearsals tomorrow.
Additionally, while average rankings are all well and good, at Eurovision it’s the amount of high-scoring 12, 10 and 8 points an act receives that really matters. A song may be divisive, but if people still love it then they’ll pick up the phone and vote (even the juries are now set to reward their favourite songs rather than down-grade their least favourite).
Therefore, we’ve teamed up with our friends over at My Eurovision Scoreboard to update our jury’s ranking based on the combined vote of each individual jury member’s current top 10. Think of this as our televoting points, whereas the initial Wiwi Jury was more akin to the traditional jury vote.
Once again our jury is truly international. The 25 members hail from Belgium, Australia, Hungary, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Israel, Iceland and the United Kingdom. #CelebrateDiversity y’all!
Wiwi Jury 2018 – Updated Individual Top 10
Wiwi Jury 2018 – Updated Top 43
Ireland, Romania, San Marino and Georgia did not receive any points from the jury.
And there we go. Netta is still the Wiwi Jury’s favourite act before rehearsals begin with 149 points. This is a lead of 16 points over our second place act, France’s Madame Monsieur who earned 133 points. Saara Aalto retains her third place podium finish with 115 points. No other act received over 100 points from the jury.
It is obviously hard to directly compare between the two jury rankings due to the different number of jury members involved and different voting systems used. However, based on rankings alone the biggest climbers since our original ranking were Lithuania (+17), Denmark (+15), France (+8), FYR Macedonia (+8) and Malta (+8).
Meanwhile, the biggest fallers with the jury were Austria (-11), The Netherlands (-9), Azerbaijan (-9), Italy (-9) and Germany (-9).
Only time will tell if Netta can remain at the top of the Wiwi Jury. And we won’t have long to wait, as she’s set to take to the Altice Arena tomorrow for her first rehearsal. Will her staging and live performance live up to the pre-contest hype?
Who are your top 10 favourites before rehearsals begin? Do you agree with our Wiwi Jury? Whose individual top 10 is most similar to your own? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!