The Eurovision 2018 national juries were packed with former Eurovision stars and some well known faces from the national finals. Before they had to sing, but last week it was their time to vote!
From Austria’s Nathan Trent and Latvia’s Aminata to Eurovision winners Emmelie de Forest and Niamh Kavanagh, these former competitors most definitely count as musical experts. Here’s a quick look at how they voted.
Austria‘s Eurovision entrant in 2017, Nathan Trent was moved by Germany’s Michael Schulte, and awarded him his twelve points. Serbia’s Balkanika were his least favourite act, and he preferred Eleni’s “Fuego” to Netta’s “Toy”, as he placed them second and third respectively.
Laura Tesoro, Belgium‘s Eurovision 2016 star, ranked Austria first, The Netherlands second and Albania third. Tom Dice, Belgium’s Eurovision 2010 singer, also put Austria and The Netherlands in the top two spots, though he ranked Albania just 13th, instead putting Germany in third. She put Hungary last. He opted for Portugal.
Denmark‘s Emmelie de Forest also placed Germany first, but she put Ukraine’s Mélovin last. The 2013 winner seemed to disagree sharply with her fellow Danish jurors, who included former DMGP contestant Bryan Rice. For example, she placed Spain’s Alfred and Amaia 21st when all the others put them in fourth or fifth place, and the other way round with the UK’s SuRie, who she placed sixth while her mates put the “Storm” singer rather low on the table.
How did she rate the Eurovision winner who was competing? Well, Emmelie got behind Alexander Rybak, placing him sixth in the semifinal, and ninth in the grand final.
Germany brought an old glory on board for their jury. Mary Roos, who placed 3rd in 1972 and 13th in 1984, sat on the jury. Her favourite on the final was Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso. She placed Finland’s Saara Aalto last and had “Toy” down in 16th place.
The other Eurovision winner taking part in the juries was Ireland‘s Niamh Kavanagh, who put Germany in first place and Hungary in last.
The Eurovision 1993 winner, who returned in 2010, placed Netta fifth in the final, while Eleni Foureira was her third favourite. The “It’s for you” singer put Portugal’s “O jardim” in fourth.
Latvia‘s Aminata Savadogo also injected a lot of love into Sweden, placing Benjamin Ingrosso first in the final and the semifinal. Aminata had the UK’s SuRie last and Spain’s Almaia second last.
Malta‘s jury also contained a 2015 alum: Amber. The “Warrior” felt the fuego, and placed Eleni Foureira first in the final, while she placed Netta fourth behind Madame Monsieur and Meta & Moro. Her last place went to Serbia’s Balkanika.
Moldova‘s jury contained their Eurovision 2014 representative Cristina Scarlat. We just hope this job didn’t make her rip out her hair extensions as she did in Copenhagen. In the final, her favourite was Estonia’s Elina Nechayeva, while Finland’s Saara Aalto received her 25th place vote.
As for her Eurovision 2014 pals, Cristina did send them some love, placing Australia’s Jessica Mauboy eighth and The Netherlands’ Waylon fifth.
Montenegro‘s Nina Zizic also joined the Igranka in the jury room and she placed neighbourging Serbia first in the final. Her last place went to Hungary’s AWS, while she put Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira 24th.
Norway‘s 2007 entrant Guri Schanke was part of the Norwegian jury. Back in Helsinki, Guri wanted you to come dance with her, but during this year’s jury show all she wanted was to dance you off, as Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso was her favourite. Hungary’s AWS, on the other hand, were her least favourite act and she placed them 25th.
We don’t know what Poland‘s jury colour was, but we’re certain that Michal Szpak was on it.
Poland’s 2016 representative placed Austria’s Cesár Sampson first, while he had Cyprus and Israel as low as 8th and 12th respectively. Michal placed Moldova’s Doredos last, just like the rest of the Polish Jury.
Portugal‘s jury included their 1993 representative and 2018 FdC contestant Anabela, whose first place went to Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa.
She wasn’t really feeling the winner Israel, who she placed 13th, or the runner-up Cyprus, who she put in 10th place. Her least favourite act was, just like all of Portugal (and Poland’s) jury, Moldova.
Serbia‘s Bojana Stamenov had Israel in first place in the final. She who sang “Beauty never lies” for her home country in 2015, ranked Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaite last. Curiously, Norway’s Alexander Rybak was her second favourite.
Who do you agree with most? How would you have ranked the acts if you had been part of your country’s jury? And who would you like to see in the juries next year? Tell us in the comments section below!