On May 27 Lithuanian broadcaster LRT sought clarification from the EBU about Lithuania’s overall score. That was after Italy’s RAI published its internal televote figures. According to Italy’s official account, Lithuania’s singer Jurij Veklenko was entitled to one televote point from Italy. According to the EBU’s count, he was entitled to zero. The difference is small but significant: It would have tied him with Leonora from Denmark. But, owing to tiebreak rules that favour the televote, he would have advanced over her.
Well Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has now replied directly to LRT about the matter. He says that the televote results published by RAI are not accurate.
As LRT explains: “The letter emphasises that the results of the final table, which were published immediately after the finals, were received and approved by the official tender partner, Digame.”
“It emphasised that only the votes given before the end of the voting period are counted. It also stressed that the votes that came after the end of the vote are not counted.”
This suggests that RAI may have counted votes received after the voting period.
EBU Published Results
Albania – 12 points
Romania – 1o points
Norway – 8 points
Russia – 7 points
Switzerland – 6 points
Moldova – 5 points
Azerbaijan – 4 points
The Netherlands – 3 points
Malta – 2 points
North Macedonia – 1 point
RAI Published Results
Albania – 16.08% (12 pts)
Romania – 10.39% (10 pts)
Russia – 9.92% (8 pts)
Moldova – 8.66% (7 pts)
Norway – 8.58% (6 pts)
Switzerland – 5.93% (5 pts)
North Macedonia – 5.47% (4 pts)
Azerbaijan – 5.40% (3 pts)
Malta – 4.42% (2 pts)
Lithuania – 4.13% (1 pt)
The single point was hugely significant.
Although this seems a relatively small change, the current overall standings of semi-final two show that the Baltic country finished in eleventh place, just one point behind tenth-place qualifier Denmark. The change in results would see both Lithuania and Denmark tie for tenth position on 94 points.
The current rules for tiebreakers associated with ties for last position in the semi-final state: “Should there be a tie for the last position in a Semi-Final (because two songs have received the same number of points)…the winner shall be the song which has obtained the highest rank from all the National Audiences [televote]”.
Therefore, since Lithuania received 77 points from the televote in semi-final two, whereas Denmark received 41 points, Lithuania would win any possible tiebreak situation.
What if other semi-final two ‘mistakes’ were corrected?
This is not the first potential mistake in the results of the second semi-final. It was earlier reported that Swedish juror, and former Alcazar singer, Lina Hedlund had ranked the songs in the reverse order – putting her favourite song, Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” for the Netherlands, last and her least favourite tune, PAENDA’s “Limits”, first.
This affected the points given by the Swedish jury. If Lina’s song order had been correct and new averages for the Swedish jury calculated, the revised guesstimate of the Swedish results (without applying the EBU’s weighting system) would see Denmark gain two points and Lithuania lose one.
It is important to note that neither Lina, Swedish broadcaster SVT or the EBU have commented on this matter.
Therefore this ‘mistake’ is still not official. Although highly unlikely, maybe the “Victorious” hit-maker really did have a complete change of heart in the two days between the second semi-final and the grand final, which resulted in her placing The Netherlands last in the former and first in the latter.
Further reports suggest that a Russian juror may have also ranked the semi-final two songs in the reverse order, putting Denmark first instead of last.
As always, until the EBU officially comments on the matter and confirms any errors, any ‘mistakes’ are purely speculative.