The time has come. The Eurovision 2019 grand final takes place tonight, where one of this year’s acts will be crowned the winner and walk away with the trophy.
It’s been a long road getting here since the first national selection back in December 2018, through to the last song reveals of mid-March. Then there was the numerous pre-parties and rehearsals. Many countries have lost and gained momentum during this period, and our personal 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 semi-finals. 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 grand final tonight.
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 now 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 ten. 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 21 members hail from Australia, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Spain, Malta, Lithuania, Switzerland, Colombia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. #CelebrateDiversity y’all!
The Netherland’s Duncan Laurence came out on top of our previous Wiwi Jury ranking, earning the second highest score ever rewarded by the jury. Italy’s Mahmood and Malta’s Michela finished on the podium in second and third respectively. But do we still think the same? Take a look below to find out!
Wiwi Jury 2019 – Updated Individual Top 10
Wiwi Jury 2019 – Updated Top 26
Denmark did not receive any points from the jury.
And there we go. Following this updated Wiwi Jury, it’s Italy that has emerged as our favourtie going into the grand final this evening. However, it’s tight at the top. Mahmood earned 131 points, but only has a two point lead over Iceland in second place. After finishing ninth in the initial Wiwi Jury, Hatari have now secured our silver medal.
Third place goes to the initial Wiwi Jury winner, The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence. He earned 119 points. Although the “Arcade” singer has dropped down two places, he’s still very much one of Team Wiwi’s favourites.
Spain, Norway and Azerbaijan were all ranked in the top ten of the first Wiwi Jury. However, all three have now dropped out in this new ranking. They’ve been replaced by Australia, France and Greece.
The biggest of these climbers is Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke, who received 115 points. The “Zero Gravity” singer was originally ranked 27th by the jury (22nd if you only include the 26 finalists). But after an impressive performance in the first semi-final, she’s now our fourth favourite going into tonight’s grand final.
In only a few short hours we’ll finally see who will emerge victorious at this year’s contest. Will our favourite Italy take the crown? Or could our initial Wiw Jury winner The Netherlands still secure the victory? All will be revealed as all 26 acts take to the Expo Tel Aviv stage this evening.
Who is your favourite before the grand final? 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!