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!
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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:
- Spain – 7599 votes
- Greece – 2177 votes
- Lithuania – 1617 votes
- Russia – 1452 votes
- Bulgaria – 1086 votes
- Iceland – 1038 votes
- Romania – 820 votes
- Switzerland – 618 votes
- Italy – 603 votes
- Azerbaijan – 589 votes
- Sweden – 508 votes
- Malta – 471 votes
- Austria – 435 votes
- Norway – 398 votes
- Israel – 372 votes
- Germany – 364 votes
- France – 312 votes
- Albania – 297 votes
- Armenia – 280 votes
- Belgium – 215 votes
- Serbia – 207 votes
- San Marino – 198 votes
- Latvia – 166 votes
- Ireland – 156 votes
- The Netherlands – 145 votes
- 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.
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!