Analysis from a fan has thrown suspicion onto the “aggregated” voting that replaced the Belarus jury vote. Eurovision fan Bruno has revealed that the votes given to Belarus may have in fact been the bottom ten ranked songs of the aggregated vote, not the top ten.
Earlier in the week, the Belarus jury was dismissed after revealing who they had voted for in the semi-finals. The EBU confirmed that for the grand final, the Belarus jury would be replaced with an “aggregated result”.
However, when the results were revealed on Saturday night, it surprised fans. No points had been given to culturally close Russia, while Israel picked up its only jury points with a hefty douze points from Belarus. The rest of the voting seemed to ignore the big favourites of the jury votes and rewarded the less popular acts.
- Israel – 12 points
- Estonia – 10 points
- Germany – 8 points
- Norway – 7 points
- Spain – 6 points
- United Kingdom – 5 points
- San Marino – 4 points
- Serbia – 3 points
- Iceland – 2 points
- Australia – 1 points
But there may be an explanation for the strange voting.
Twitter user @euro_bruno analysed the average jury results of the four other countries that are grouped in the same “pot” as Belarus — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia. These countries are regional neighbours and have cultural and linguistic ties.
guys I was just here (over)analysing last night's #Eurovision results and I think I just found out how the (very weird) Belarusian jury results were made!!! here's a whole thread explaining the process
— Bruno ?? | ?????????? (@euro_bruno) May 19, 2019
When Bruno looked at the average ranks that the juries from these four countries gave, he discovered that the Belarus “aggregated” jury scores exactly matched the bottom ten songs.
This suggests that the aggregated vote for Belarus was mistakenly taken from the wrong end of a spreadsheet. However, this theory has not been confirmed by the EBU.
Looking at the top ten of this jury group, the aggregated results from Belarus could have been this:
- Malta – 12 points
- North Macedonia – 10 points
- Cyprus – 8 points
- Italy – 7 points
- The Netherlands – 6 points
- Azerbaijan – 5 points
- Switzerland – 4 points
- Greece – 3 points
- Sweden – 2 points
- Russia – 1 point
These results would have meant that North Macedonia would have won the jury vote, while Israel would have been bottom with nil points. In the overall points table there would have been some changes to the rankings. including North Macedonia who would be in seventh place, switching with Azerbaijan in eighth place.
However, the Netherlands would still have won, only with a slightly higher score.
The situation is similar to the case of the Swedish juror Lina Hedlund, who is believed to have accidentally made her semi-final song rankings in reverse order.
However, Lina Hedlund was just one jury member on a five-person team. While her rankings did have a minor impact on the overall Swedish jury result, it did still not affect the overall jury results for semi-final two.
The EBU and Belarus broadcaster BTRC have not yet commented on on this issue.
What do you think? Should the Belarus jury aggregate result be formally investigated? Or should the Saturday night results stand? Tell us your thoughts below!