They won Festival da canção 2017 and performed for Portugal at Eurovision 2018.But at the end of combined voting, Cláudia Pascoal and Isaura were left out in the cold, and at the bottom of the leaderboard.
And newly revealed full televote results help explain why: Despite winning over the home crowd, the dynamic duo placed last in televoting in 26 countries.
Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Finland also placed last in at least one country’s televote. Serbia was wooden-spooned seven times, Slovenia five, Spain four and Finland just once.
Moldova was the only country where Saara Aalto came last in the televote.
Who came eleventh in the televote?
If there’s a narrow spread at the bottom, there’s a broader one at the top. Seventeen countries came eleventh in at least one country’s televote.
Estonia and Norway tie for most eleventh place finishes at six apiece. Estonia appealed across Europe, coming close to points in Australia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Serbia, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Before the contest many expected Alexander Rybak to perform well in the Nordic and Ex-Soviet nations. And Ukranian and Finnish televoters both placed him eleventh in their votes. He also took eleventh place in Czech Republic, Israel, Montenegro and Poland.
France‘s Madame Monsieur were eleventh in five nations, while Austria‘s Cesar Sampson was eleventh in a further four.
Two countries fans had expected to be high in televoting (but not high enough) were Australia and Sweden. Both placed eleventh at least once. However, neither appear to have “just missed out”. Australia only took eleventh once and Sweden twice.
Full televote 11th place results:
Australia 1 (Lithuania)
Austria 4 (Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal)
Bulgaria 2 (Armenia, Italy)
Czech Republic 1 (Georgia)
Estonia 6 (Australia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Serbia, The Netherlands, United Kingdom)
Finland 1 (Albania)
France 5 (Greece, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland)
Germany 3 (Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, France)
Hungary 1 (Russia)
Ireland 1 (Malta)
Israel 1 (Denmark)
Italy 2 (Norway, Sweden)
Lithuania 3 (Belarus, Belgium, Iceland)
The Netherlands 3 (Austria, Estonia, Germany)
Norway 6 (Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, Montenegro, Poland, Ukraine)
Sweden 2 (Latvia, Spain)
Ukraine 1 (Hungary)
What do you make of the results? Are your surprised by Portugal’s result? Or by Estonia and Norway’s eleventh place results? Let us know in the comments below!