Remember the drama over Belarus and its Eurovision jury being dismissed? Well that incident continues to impact Eurovision 2019.
This afternoon the EBU was forced to issue a statement after learning that “human error” led it to use the incorrect aggregated result. This did not impact televoting, nor did it impact the overall winner and Top 4 songs. However, after that things do get a bit trickier.
Among other things, North Macedonia‘s Tamara Todevska won the jury vote over Sweden‘s John Lundvik. But the Swede had a bit of good news of his own. Under the revised results, he passed Norway to take fifth place overall.
Here is their statement in full.
“The Belarusian jury was dismissed following the reveal of their votes from the first Semi-Final which is contrary to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. In order to comply with the Contest’s voting regulations, the EBU worked with its voting partner digame to create a substitute aggregated result (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records), which was approved by voting monitor Ernst & Young, to determine the Belarusian jury votes for the Grand Final.”
“The EBU can confirm, following standard review practices, we have discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 songs of the Contest remain unchanged.”
“To respect both the artists and EBU Members which took part, we wish to correct the final results in accordance with the rules. The correct jury points have now been added to the scoreboard and the revised totals for each participating broadcaster, and their country, have been published on eurovision.tv.”
“The EBU and its partners digame and Ernst & Young deeply regret that this error was not identified earlier and will review the processes and controls in place to prevent this from happening again.”
Long story short, Belarus’ jury points were incorrect, meaning that ten countries received points that they shouldn’t have, while ten others did not receive points that they should have. Rather than earning 12 points Israel actually earned zero. Rather than earning zero points, Malta, actually earned 12. You can see the changes below. It also means that North Macedonia won the jury vote.
This impacts rank ordinals as well. Norway drops to sixth position, while Sweden climbs to fifth. North Macedonia moves from eight position to seventh position. San Marino moves from 20th to 19th. Cyprus climbs two spots to 13th and more…
Corrected Eurovision 2019 Grand Final Results
- Netherlands (498 points) / +6 points
- Italy (472 points) / +7 points
- Russia (370 points) / +1 point
- Switzerland (364 points) / +4 points
- Sweden (334 points) / +2 points / +1 place
- Norway (331 points) / -7 points / -1 place
- North Macedonia (305 points) / +10 points / +1 place
- Azerbaijan (302 points) / + 5 points / -1 place
- Australia (284 points) / -1 point
- Iceland (232 points) / – 2 points
- Czech Republic (157 points)
- Denmark (120 points)
- Cyprus (109 points) / + 8 points / +2 places
- Malta (107 points) / + 12 points /+2 places
- Slovenia (105 points) / -2 places
- France (105 points) / -2 places
- Albania (90 points) / +1 place
- Serbia (89 points) / -3 points / -1 place
- San Marino (77 points) / – 4 points / +1 place
- Estonia (76 points) / -10 points / -1 place
- Greece (74 points) / +3 points
- Spain (54 points) / -6 points
- Israel (35 points) / – 12 points
- Belarus (31 points) / +1 place
- Germany (24 points) / -8 points / -1 place
- United Kingdom (11 points) / -5 points
What do you make of all this drama? Is this on par with Steve Harvey crowning Miss Colombia as Miss Universe? Let us know down below!