Last weekend, THE ROOP won the grand final of Lithuania‘s Pabadom iš naujo! 2020, topping both the televote and jury vote. However, the official televote figures have now been revised, after it was discovered that due to technical disruptions, some SMS votes had not been counted on the night.
However, THE ROOP’s victory is secure. Not only are the “On Fire” performers still kings of the televote, but their winning margin was increased by almost 10,000 votes.
Broadcaster LRT confirmed the televote figures have officially been revised from the totals given at the grand final.
The revised voting figures were confirmed by the auditing firm Grant Thornton Baltic. They recounted the national final televotes following information from TCG Telecom, providers of the televote service — both SMS and telephone votes.
TCG had reported that due to high volumes of SMS traffic on the night, around 24,000 messages were delayed in reaching the voting system.
The revised votes still favoured THE ROOP. The group picked up over 15,500 more votes, giving them a total of 50,139 televotes. THE ROOP’s new televote total is more than double the 24,694 that Jurijis Veklenko got last year for “Run with the Lions”.
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While some acts received more points than others with the extra votes, it wasn’t enough to change the overall result.
As well, the Pabadom iš naujo final score was calculated by converting the televote and jury vote into points on the traditional Eurovision 12-points scale. Regardless of how many extra points THE ROOP picked up, they could never get more than 12 points from the televote.
The overloading on the night could have been due to the unexpected popularity of the revamped national final. A combination of the new-look grand final at Kaunas Žalgiris Arena and eight high-quality finalist acts meant that Lithuanians were tuning in in droves.
650,000 viewers watched the show — a 14.2% peak of the available television audience. LRT say that one-quarter of Lithuanians tuned in to watch the grand final at some point.
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