Since last Friday, Spanish fans have been voting daily for their Eurovision 2020 winner in RTVE’s Eurovision 2020 Online Festival. After deciding their semi-finals qualifiers and giving folks three days to vote in the Grand Final, we finally have a winner. And to everyone’s surprise, it’s Spain’s Blas Cantó!

With nearly 7,600 votes — that’s about 5400 more than the runner-up — Spain’s act has conquered Spain’s Online Festival with 34% of the total vote. These results prove that Spanish fans have come together in backing their representative and his song “Universo”.

Spain’s song “Universo” was meant to mark the country’s 60th participation in the contest. With a ballad serving emotion and truth – according to RTVE – Blas wanted to explore new sounds while keeping his essence. Blas has been one of Spain’s most popular pop singers since bursting onto the scene a decade ago. His song revealed an inner battle that he – and many of his listeners – face as they try to live authentic lives. Despite not being able to perform this year due to Eurovision 2020 cancellation, Blas has already accepted RTVE’s offer to represent Spain in 2021.

Grand Final results

A total of 22,218 votes have decided the winner of this year’s special online festival. Greece secured an unexpected second place with 2,100 votes, despite sitting 18th in the odds (as in March 13th) and qualified from their second semi-final in 7th place with 6% of the total online voting.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Lithuania, Russia and Bulgaria. As seen from the odds when they were last available, all countries sit solidly in the top 5. However, Iceland who sat 2nd in the odds, placed 6th in the online festival. And Switzerland, who completed the bookies’ Top 5, placed 8th.

Full results are as follow:

  1. Spain – 7599 votes
  2. Greece – 2177 votes
  3. Lithuania – 1617 votes
  4. Russia – 1452 votes
  5. Bulgaria – 1086 votes
  6. Iceland – 1038 votes
  7. Romania – 820 votes
  8. Switzerland – 618 votes
  9. Italy – 603 votes
  10. Azerbaijan – 589 votes
  11. Sweden – 508 votes
  12. Malta – 471 votes
  13. Austria – 435 votes
  14. Norway – 398 votes
  15. Israel – 372 votes
  16. Germany – 364 votes
  17. France – 312 votes
  18. Albania – 297 votes
  19. Armenia – 280 votes
  20. Belgium – 215 votes
  21. Serbia – 207 votes
  22. San Marino – 198 votes
  23. Latvia – 166 votes
  24. Ireland – 156 votes
  25. The Netherlands – 145 votes
  26. United Kingdom – 95 votes

Bringing up the rear were San Marino, Latvia, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Many might be wondering what happened to Ireland and San Marino, following their decent showing in the semi-finals.

Inconsistencies explained

Interestingly, both Ireland and San Marino did great in their respective semi-finals, placing 4th and 3rd respectively. However, the opposite can be told in the Grand Final where both countries sank to the bottom 5.

Perhaps fans changed their opinion over the weekend. But perhaps the biggest difference is that fans could vote for their own country in the final. It is a fact that many votes for other countries in the semis have flowed to Spain. Also: during the same semi-finals, Spanish online voters could see countries’ ranking while voting. Perhaps knowing who wasn’t going to qualify impacted their decision-making.

On another note, Greece reported the opposite effect — moving from 7th in their semi-final to a solid second place in the Grand Final. Spanish fans might have again changed their opinion over this weekend, or as reported on social media, the presence of international fans could have made all the difference. They were allowed to vote in the final.

Inconsistencies aside, it is also worth mentioning that double the votes were cast over the sum of total votes from both semi-finals. And opinions might have certainty changed. Of course, only about 22,210 votes were cast so this may not be that representative, but it’s better than nothing!

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What you think about RTVE’s Eurovision 2020 Online Festival? Do you agree on the winner? Who would you have voted? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Spanish
Spanish
5 months ago

Nobody in the country knew about this, except the fans club of Blas Cantó. Greece 2nd? loool

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
5 months ago

Malta finished 12th?

JBG
JBG
5 months ago

Of course he was goings to win since all votes are from Spaniards and there are many people who don’t even keep the other entries into account and just vote away simply because it’s their country. They didn’t vote objectively. I think they shouldn’t have been able to vote for their own country in the first place, so I reckon the real winner of this poll is the runner-up.

Erik
Erik
5 months ago

Unlike Spain as the winner, the rest of the board looks like the possible result of the final on May 16.th.

Héctor
Héctor
5 months ago
Reply to  Erik

Oh yeah, Greece 2nd… so realistic.

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago

We lost Madrid 2021………

Victoria Stan
Victoria Stan
5 months ago
Reply to  Nicolas

??? there was never gonna be a madrid 2021

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
5 months ago

Well in these sad times everyone can dream

Joseph Mendy
Joseph Mendy
5 months ago

That’s not fair. That poll was literally set up for the UK to fail and Spain to win it’s own poll. Not happy.??

Polliu
Polliu
5 months ago

LOL What a travesty!

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Lmao

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

UK last and Spain first? U must kidding me

realtif
realtif
5 months ago

So ridiculous!

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
5 months ago

here are the results from the Spanish jury:
Spain.. One point
Spain: two points
Spain: three points..
four pts go to…… Spain….

And so on….

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
5 months ago

makes ever stronger the arguments for juries..and not voting for your own country!

Paul
Paul
5 months ago

Classic Spain!

Jalisse
Jalisse
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

So no other country would do the same?? LOL
At least that was for fun, harmlesss… worse is in the real festival

OhOkay
OhOkay
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Sweden did the same I think

Lily
Lily
5 months ago

So the winner is Greece?

Héctor
Héctor
5 months ago
Reply to  Lily

Greeks also voted for themselves. Greece was just 7th in its SF where only locals voted..

djd94
djd94
5 months ago

And this is why you can’t vote for your own country at Eurovision!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago

Congratulations Spain!

Pedro Paulo
Pedro Paulo
5 months ago

my top 5 (in real ESC):
1. Switzerland
2. Lithuania
3. Russia
4. Iceland
5. Bulgaria

Pedro Paulo
Pedro Paulo
5 months ago

We all know this song would be bottom 5 in real eurovision….so better get real.

Ziv
Ziv
5 months ago

While Spain winning in Spain is ridiculous, Greece defeating the other favourites by at least 560 votes is another joke. With that said, the rest of the table seems to be a legitimate result. Taking away the top 2, I would assume that Lithuania is the real winner.

Tomás
Tomás
5 months ago

What a bizarre and pointless vanity project

Joseph Shaulov
Joseph Shaulov
5 months ago

of course

Jake
Jake
5 months ago

Gotta love the spanish fans!

Moonstar
Moonstar
5 months ago

Well, I didn’t expect that! :/ In the real contest it would have been bottom 5.

Voxtaylor
Voxtaylor
5 months ago

Also, TWELVE POINTS FROM SPAIN GO TO… SPAIN

HAha

Voxtaylor
Voxtaylor
5 months ago

You should cover the Radio Times Eurovision competition, since it isn’t, y’know, as biased. Basically the same concept, except that the semifinal voting was done in groups. The voting is already over as of yesterday, not sure when they’ll reveal the winner. I think it’s gonna be Bulgaria though, that’s who I voted for 🙂

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

jajajaja

Mako
Mako
5 months ago

Wow… that’s just ridiculous. I guess the song Spanish eurofans really apprciate is the one of Greece ? Stefania is your real winner guys.

kohen
kohen
5 months ago
Reply to  Mako

well, not

Idksmth
Idksmth
5 months ago

What a joke…..
Did RTVE honestly think the results would be legit?
Shocking if they did.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

I don’t understand why they had Spain to be voted lol Pointless. We don’t even really like Universo xd
– That said, Spanish televote was going to give 12 to Bulgaria and 10 to Romania this year.
– Follow them: Russia, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania and Switzerland.
– And probably Sweden and Germany would have gotten some point as well.

Pluma
Pluma
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Spanish televoting was going 12 p to Greece 100%, from Spain

Kami
Kami
5 months ago

What a surprise!

kohen
kohen
5 months ago

its like a joke

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
5 months ago

Spain wins in Spain? I never would have guessed! /s

Bella
Bella
5 months ago

I mean, this would happen in every country so nothing much to report. What’s interesting is to see how other countries would have potentially fared in Spain’s vote.

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

um… wasn’t the point of this thing rtve was doing to see who spain would’ve voted for at the eurovision? they should’ve taken themselves out lmao

leopard
leopard
5 months ago

I knew it hahahahahhhahaha, I KNEW IT. Such a objective people. xD

Well, congratulation Spain and Blas. Well deserved. :’)

Skye
Skye
5 months ago

Spain wins vote by Spanish fans… go figure.

Dawid
Dawid
5 months ago

xD

Tigg
Tigg
5 months ago

Impartial voting anyone? lol

Sami
Sami
5 months ago

xD

Adam
Adam
5 months ago

¡Qué sorpresa!

Kosey
Kosey
5 months ago

I am ready for the Wiwi jury – any idea when it might start?

Yodenman
Yodenman
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Yes me too. It should still go ahead hopefully.
Very disappointed by the UK placing last. It isnt brilliant but come on…..last.

Lily
Lily
5 months ago
Reply to  Yodenman

That song wouldn’t even go to final.

acp
acp
5 months ago

I’m Spanish and I’m completely dissapointed by this. I don’t know why Spanish eurofans vote for themselves, whats the point of being so blind. Blas song was never going to be near the top 15

Stephanie
Stephanie
5 months ago

What a shocker!!!

Banan banan
Banan banan
5 months ago

Patriots