Photo: EBU / Thomas Hanses / Andres Putting

Eurovision 2021 may be over, but the analysis of the results has only just begun. The EBU have now revealed the full results breakdown for semi-final one.

Malta’s Destiny came out on top of semi-final one. Meanwhile Croatia’s Albina finished unlucky eleventh and just missed out on a qualification place.

The rankings below reveal the combined and split televote/jury results for semi-final one.

Eurovision 2021 semi-final 1 results

  1. Malta: Destiny – “Je Me Casse” (325 points)
  2. Ukraine: Go_A – “Shum” (267 points)
  3. Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman” (225 points)
  4. Lithuania: The Roop – “Discoteque” (203 points)
  5. Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free” (192 points)
  6. Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo” (170 points)
  7. Sweden: Tusse – “Voices” (142 points)
  8. Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Mata Hari” (138 points)
  9. Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place” (117 points)
  10. Norway: TIX – “Fallen Angel” (115 points)
  11. Croatia: Albina – “Tick Tock” (110 points)
  12. Romania: Roxen – “Amnesia” (85 points)
  13. Slovenia: Ana Soklic – “Amen” (44 points)
  14. Australia: Montaigne – “Technicolour” (28 points)
  15. North Macedonia: Vasil – “Here I Stand” (23 points)
  16. Ireland: Lesley Roy – “Maps” (20 points)

Eurovision 2021 semi-final 1 split results

Televote Jury
1. Ukraine (164 points) Malta (174 points)
2. Malta (151 points) Russia (117 points)
3. Lithuania (137 points) Ukraine (103 points)
4. Russia (108 points) Israel (99 points)
5. Israel (93 points) Cyprus (92 points)
6. Azerbaijan (91 points) Sweden (91 points)
7. Cyprus (78 points) Belgium (70 points)
8. Norway (77 points) Lithuania (66 points)
9. Croatia (53 points) Romania (58 points)
10. Sweden (51 points) Croatia (57 points)
11. Belgium (47 points) Azerbaijan (47 points)
12. Romania (27 points) Norway (38 points)
13. North Macedonia (11 points) Slovenia (36 points)
14. Slovenia (8 points) Australia (26 points)
15. Ireland (4 points) Ireland (16 points)
16. Australia (2 points) North Macedonia (12 points)

 

Ukraine topped the televote in semi-final one and finished third with the jury. Meanwhile, Malta emerged victorious with the jury and came second with the televote, which was enough to put Destiny on top of the overall ranking for this semi-final.

The biggest rank difference between the jury and televote was for Azerbaijan and Lithuania. Efendi was sixth in the televote, but the jury ranked her five places lower in eleventh. Similarly, The Roop achieved third place in the televote, however the jury had them down in eighth – again a difference of five places.

If it were up to the televote, Croatia would have qualified instead of Belgium. And if the jury had their way, then Romania and Croatia would have been in the grand final over Norway and Azerbaijan. This leads to the interesting result of Croatia’s Albina being a qualifier with both individual rankings, but failing to make it through after both sets of votes were combined.

Although Ireland finished last overall, they didn’t come bottom of the two individual rankings. The televote had Australia as their least favourite, while the jury put North Macedonia last.

What do you make of these semi-final 1 results at Eurovision 2021? Are you surprised by the full split result? Let us know in the comments below!

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zeev
zeev
2 months ago

I really like your site and in Israel you know. I will say my opinion is. That once the opinion leaders in the bloggers like here, decided that this song is borderline for the final. And then they also decide that he enters another song instead. All the other bloggers draw a line and suddenly think that the same song is borderline. A week ago they did not think so. And so a theory is created that in the end is not real at all.

Last edited 2 months ago by zeev
tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  zeev

They were so wrong about Israel. It wasn’t borderline at all. They really need some reflection on how they came to that very wrong conclusion.

paul
paul
2 months ago

cyprus far from the winner many had it hyped up to be

lin
lin
2 months ago

So all haters, Israel didn’t took Croatia’s place, they didn’t even fight on 10 or 9 places like every one here say lol

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  lin

People here were so wrong about Israel. It wasn’t borderline at all!

zeev
zeev
2 months ago
Reply to  lin

the perblom is same fans, tell the story that everyone thinks is the truth and isnt match to the reality in the end.

Last edited 2 months ago by zeev
Lin
Lin
2 months ago
Reply to  zeev

Next year i will not believe predictions of fans!

Robert
Robert
2 months ago

2 years ago Azerbaijan gave only 5 points to Norway (Keiino) that basically destroyed televote. But this year they gave 10 points to this mediocre song because of this fake love story. Child please.

Tobias Hofmann
Tobias Hofmann
2 months ago

To be honest the RTE head of delegation should be fired. He has done nothing for results etc and hasn’t even created a preliminary song contest to choose candidates for the ESC outside of that stupid late late show studio. RTE are still living in the Celtic Tiger throwing around cash like there’s no tomorrow and yet little to show for it. All the presenters in there are highly overpaid but their excuse is that they would move and get jobs in the UK……. haha they literally would not want them! Either take a break from the ESC or fund… Read more »

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Tobias Hofmann

This!
100% this!

paul
paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Tobias Hofmann

well said they make no effort for eurovision in Ireland.
I dont think they care,but they should stop wasting money.
Its a shame because most entertainment they watch and take part in is uk based,its one opportunity to shine and do something on there own as a seperate nation. but no they couldnt care less.

voix
voix
2 months ago

So thanks to the efentix pr stunt, Norway stole the place of Croatia in the final thanks to 10 points by azerbaijan. Disgusting.

Young At Heart In Austin Tx
Young At Heart In Austin Tx
2 months ago

Hey Team Wiwi….Croatia not making the grand final has to be a top ten crime for 2021. To be top nine in the jury and top ten televote, that should have been enough to make it. Although I would have been sad for Tix and Norway to have been displaced.

sam
sam
2 months ago

why is everyone suggesting that their countries withdraw because you got a bad result? all of you saying that sound like crybabies

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  sam

Because not every broadcaster can justify high cost of participation with no results to show.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

In most countries it is public money that has to be justified to spend.

roo
roo
2 months ago
Reply to  sam

True. There will always be NQ countries.

Adriana
Adriana
2 months ago

Romania has withdraw from Eurovision 2022 .Not sure how true is that and the roumors says other countries to follow.

Adriana
Adriana
2 months ago
Reply to  Adriana

Not sure why i get thumbs down but these rumors you can all find on different eurovision groups.UK,Romania and Bulgaria are roumored that they are to withdraw from Eurovision.Any news from monday you can all espect.

Chris
Chris
2 months ago
Reply to  Adriana

Hope malta will be next i totally agree to withdraw

Ana
Ana
2 months ago
Reply to  Adriana

Byeeeee. Like what are we supposed to do? Cut our veins?

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

Ireland last… WHY?? Wasn’t expecting that tbh.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

She’s a songwriter, not a performer.

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

This!
Excellent songwriter, however not the strongest vocalist.
Hope she comes back as a songwriter though.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It’s too bad, Lesley has so much talent and passion. I also hope she’ll come back with a great song.

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Definitely
As a writer though

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

As a songwriter for sure.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Aren’t you the one who said Israel wouldn’t qualify? You said that over and over and it came in 5th.

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

Weren’t you the one who said Belgium couldn’t qualify? Look at yourself before judging others

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Belgium barely qualified. Israel finished above Belgium both in the semi and the final, but people like you said it was NQ or borderline NQ. Totally ridiculous.

Adam Jones
Adam Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

Although the song was my favorite, that ‘creative’ stint she did on stage was a disaster. She didn’t sing well cause she was jogging through the whole thing. She didn’t sing to the crowd, thus had no connection with the audience. The stage looked messy with all that junk there. Who ever thought that was a clever idea should be fired. She had a GREAT song but stage presentation and looks were given a zero.

Amanda Samuels
Amanda Samuels
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam Jones

I watched Leslie on the Madrid Pre Party broadcast and realised that she was going to struggle to give a good enough vocal performance. All of the staging plans should have been focused on making it possible for her to concentrate on her singing and not distracting her with other activities.

Una
Una
2 months ago

My thoughts on semi1: UKRAINE finishing second – well-deserved result!! Self-penned and performed in their own language with impecable staging. I am so happy!! RUSSIA – great show, it was expected to do well. I am only sorry for Manizha and her artist friends they didn’t get a better result in the GF. The broadcaster’s approach was *bonkers*. They had a national selection with an outstanding winner song and perfomer yet their jury gave their 12 points to Moldova. Really?? LITHUANIA – not much to say – great song and concept. Lovely performance. A very enjoyable song. PIN was great… Read more »

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Russia came 9th, that’s a really strong result.

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  RavensHeart

They were among my seven potential winners so I am a bit sad but I agree that coming 9th is a strong result.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

I should have taken the jury vote and run with it in this semi. Romania and Croatia instead of Norway and Azerbaijan sounds like something I could have been okay with. Then again, them putting Azerbaijan, Norway and Cyprus ahead of Ireland and Australia is nothing I can approve of, but it is what it is.

Jérémy
2 months ago

Australia didn’t deserve the last place in the televote

Emily
Emily
2 months ago

I’m so glad that Ukraine was so well-received. I wasn’t sure about how Europe would react (I wasn’t sure as well, until I saw rehearsals) to it but after the semi-final, I was sold. What a fantastic job the Ukranian delegation has done! I wasn’t really that surprised that Malta won that semi, but Ukraine should be really proud that they did so well winning the televote with a cracking entry.

Last edited 2 months ago by Emily
shin
shin
2 months ago

maybe they liked technicolor , unlike you who has been bad-mouthing the entry ever since it released. peace.

Sadness
Sadness
2 months ago

Croatia should withdraw from Eurovision. The singer with such carisma and that performance never should have been out of top 10 and these split results make things even sadder. Of course the typical set of countries benefited on behalf of Croatia.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Sadness

Croatia is in for at least next 3 years. They signed a contract with a music hall where the national final is held.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

People who are downvoting me for stating facts obviously skipped their meds today.

Oxi
Oxi
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Contract to held Dora is signed with concert hall in Opatia for next 5 years 🙂
Hope Croatia goes only up from here

shin
shin
2 months ago

australia was robbed. montaigne deserved better

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

I’m gonna cry for both Ireland (clearly undeserved) and the FLIPPIN’ 5 POINT MARGIN BETWEEN TIX AND ALBINA, WHAT THE HECK EUROPE

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Imagine if they had the same amount of points, Albina would have gone through to the final because she received 12pts twice in the televote and Norway only once.. so gutted for her.. but a bright future ahead is awaiting for her.. 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by Matt
Yasi
Yasi
2 months ago
Reply to  Matt

You’re mistaken. The first tiebreak is actually who received more sets of points. Norway had 19, Croatia 18, so Norway would have made it. Croatia would need 6 more points to make it.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago

Is Croatia the first ever country to have qualified individually with both the juries and the public but to have missed out on the combined ranking?

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I don’t think so but it was a robbery nonetheless

Yasi
Yasi
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Yes, it is.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

The most interesting part of ESC, how did the voting go! #douzepoints

Lulu
Lulu
2 months ago

So basically the jury sacrificed Croatia to save Sweden’s ass, how shocking.

Merty
Merty
2 months ago
Reply to  Lulu

What do you mean? Sweden was within the top ten with both the juries and the televote, if anyone was saved by the juries, I would say it was Belgium

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Lulu

Croatia was top 10 with the juries

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago

Notice how poorly Croatia did with the TV voting ? How well Israel did with both ?

Matt
Matt
2 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

And then Israel flopped in the final, that’s how much Eurovision is unpredictable!!!!

James Burje
James Burje
2 months ago

For jury vote for Ireland for that quality of a song is a total disgrace
It’s time Ireland left the contest
Imagine running in a semi final it’s English speaking neighbour cannot vote in
A total farce

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
2 months ago
Reply to  James Burje

Agree with you. It s time some countries like Ireland, UK, Poland, Croatia, Malta, San Marino leave this contest. And leave the others play for themselves.

Kim
Kim
2 months ago
Reply to  James Burje

Ireland didn’t deserve that result.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  James Burje

The UK’s English speaking neighbour voted in the final and look what happened

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Ireland and UK don’t really give each other high votes, unless the participant is also well known-famous in the other country/vice versa (such as Jedward).

We don’t really do the whole neighbour thing so much.

Ana
Ana
2 months ago

Fans: Israel is a borderline qualifier, they stole the place of Croatia.
Israel: Qualified from 4-5 place both with juries and public.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Yep! All the people who said it was a borderline NQ had no clue! It beat Cyprus, Norway, and Sweden – who in this forum acknowledged it would do that?

Daggu
Daggu
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

Sweden wasn’t hard to beat this year, in fact I was wondering if it was even going to qualify, and it barely did

lin
lin
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Exactly !

Redarrow
2 months ago

Malta robbed in the final as usall. But no Worries Destiny we all know you where the best. your just 18 yrs old and your the one who get the contract grom sony .

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Redarrow

Ignore the dislikes, haters of Destiny still about, she deserved top 4 in the final if she hadn’t been palmed off with 6th in the running order.

Cviti97
Cviti97
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Even if she would have performed 26th, she would get maximum of 100pts which is not even close to Italy, France etc.

lol
lol
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

some people are so eager to hate destiny and dislike comments praising her even after the final… it’s sad. she was definitely robbed. at least she brought Malta it’s best result since 2005

Henry
Henry
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Get over it! destiny wasn’t a winner at forehand, she is a great singer, yes no doubt, but her song was nothing more than a generic Melfest reject, not a winning song at all.. Malta, stop buying those Swedish crap songs every year.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Redarrow

Lol how come Russia got double the points and Manizha performed before Malta. Chill. It is a song contest, not singing contest. Her voice is like a godess, her song is trash.

Kuku
Kuku
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Not a fair comparison buddy! Russia has a ton of diaspora throughout Europe and Malta does not.

Danny
Danny
2 months ago

Here’s the thing: I find it unfair that Eurovision posted multiple times about the “relationship” between Azerbaijan and Norway, two borderline countries to qualify. I GENUINELY believe that Azerbaijan’s televote gave 10 points to Norway because of the whole Efentix thing. I personally believe that if the EBU was fair and didn’t promote that whole thing, Norway would have received less points from Azerbaijan, meaning Albina would have gone through. I’m saying this as a Norway fan, I don’t even like “Tick-Tock” that much, but I think this was unfair.

Inky
Inky
2 months ago
Reply to  Danny

And have you noticed that Croatia got 12 points from Slovenia and 12 points from North Macedonia in televote… if you want to talk about unfair points count them in as well. I really liked Croatia, but the points given at Eurovision are often unfair. We all know that so stop talking about unfair points because the EBU made a lovestory-item. The Netherlands gave a lot of points to Stefania because she is dutch, Albania gave Switzerland a lot of points because he is Albanian. It has always been like this and will always be like this. Get over is.… Read more »

Pearl
Pearl
2 months ago
Reply to  Inky

Netherlands juries gave 0 points to Stefania….

Henry
Henry
2 months ago
Reply to  Pearl

Dutch jury gave 0 points, Dutch televote gave 10 points to Stefania..

Inky
Inky
2 months ago
Reply to  Pearl

She got a lot from televote

ninjaS
ninjaS
2 months ago
Reply to  Inky

Europe always forget that every ex-Yu country loves pretty much same music. We will vote for neighbors because we usually always support their musicians. Sometimes it feels like they represent our country. Albina (and Hurricane) were in every single newspaper, news website etc. for a long time. Plus, Albina was partly singing in Croatian, which language is widely spoken in N. Macedonia and Slovenia.

Brötchen
Brötchen
2 months ago
Reply to  Danny

I think you overestimate how many casual viewers really knew and cared about the Efentix stuff.

sam
sam
2 months ago
Reply to  Brötchen

they are talking about the azeri televote, a lot of azeris are active online and tix definitely pandered to them. and it got him to the final

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

Croatia’s non-qualification gets even more cruel after seeing the complete results. I was surprised about how well Israel did in the semi-final. The result in the final was more in sync with what I had in mind for them though. I wasn’t expecting Russia to do that well with the juries either, but I’m glad they were more open minded this year. About Malta losing the televote from the semi to the final, besides the running order being radically different and stronger competition (4 of the top 6 weren’t in that semi), I wonder about how different are the audiences… Read more »

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Everyone said Israel took Croatia spot and that ended up being so far from the truth! Who came up with that and why did so many people copy it?

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

It wasn’t an absurd assumption. Same genre, close running order, even the colors used on the stage were a little similar. But the struggles of Romania, Ireland and Australia (the first 2 because of the vocals, the 3rd one for having a taped performance) almost opened a space for both.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It was absurd. Between the female bops Israel was ahead of Cyprus and Azerbaijan. So why didn’t anyone say it was Croatia vs one of those? Because of the colors? In the end it was Norway that took Croatia’s spot.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

No Norway didnt take Croatia’s spot because no country had a spot to begin with.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Han

Norway barely qualified over Croatia. So Croatia had to beat Norway for the final spot.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

True, but they didn’t, therefore it wasn’t their spot. I hate the country a stole country b’s slot. Would I have liked Croatia to qualify? Yes. Do I believe they were robbed? No.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

Croatia had a great chance to win and yet failed with the Televote (shrug)

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

It’s easy to say it now that you have the full results. As someone pointed here, you were also wrong about Belgium. Am I calling your assumptions back then as absurd? It was a wrong prediction, for sure (I’m in peace with that, because I never counted Israel off, even if I wouldn’t place it as qualifier), but there was nothing absurd about assuming that Azerbaijan, Croatia and Israel would fight between themselves, since Malta and Cyprus were considered sure qualifiers by most and there were too much bops with similar staging in the semi.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Except your notion of “sure qualifier” is still wrong. Israel beat Cyprus too in SF1, so Cyprus was not more of a “sure qualifier” ahead of Israel. In fact, Israel turned out to be more of a “sure qualifier.”

Last edited 2 months ago by tomtomtom
COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Croatia did so poorly with the TV vote and that’s why they lost .. they had their chance and apparently blew it !

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

The audiences are very different, I explained it to l’oiseau on the article about the second semi: Less songs to choose from, a much smaller audience, here in Germany the semis aren’t even aired on the same channel as the Grand Final. All this contributes to the huge differences.

Last edited 2 months ago by Tibor
Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Do we have an idea of how many people vote in the semi compared to the final? I wonder if hardcore fans like us have much more weight in the semi. It would explain a lot. From Malta’s televote performance drop this year to things like Rybak winning his semi in 2018 and doing poorly in the final.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I don’t have voting figures, but the viewing figures are: about 700.000 in the semis compared to nearly 8 million in the final. And that’s only Germany.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s a brutal difference indeed. I would love to see some good and complete televoting data someday, but I guess it will never happen.

Datme
Datme
2 months ago

Can’t believe I’m saying this but the juries got it right (at least for the top 10)

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

how did Malta go from SF winner to 40something points in the final televoting? So random!

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

It’s not the 1st time.
In 2017, Israel close the SF got over 100 points with televote and then in GF with the whole competition, it did struggle.
Same with Belgium 2016, Portugal 2008. And others.
This contest is tough

Last edited 2 months ago by Alex
Alo
Alo
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Running order.. Same for Israel

Inky
Inky
2 months ago
Reply to  Alo

I don’t think so. I think if people see Destiny perform for the first time they are blown away. The second time they see het they know she can sing and look at the total act differently and then realize it is very good overall, but that there are better and more captivating acts.

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

BAME acts, apart from Tusse, fared terribly in the mass televote

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Absolutely. I was dreading a San Marinese victory but even I was insulted when Adrenalina got all of 13 points from the public. Black artists in particular do far worse in the televote overall at ESC….

And while she’s not black, Manizha being Tajik is also a person of colour, and she did a lot worse on the televote than other Russian acts.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Israel and Malta went super early
Netherlands was the host country
Austria was never a televote friendly song. I dont think theres any racism here.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Han

And forgot San Marino but what European really wants a biggins American star to come and take over Eurovision. I’m glad for this reason it did so badly. I felt for all the others though

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

In the Semi a country only has to be better than 6 other countries to get at least 1 point.
In the final a country has to be better than 16 other countries for 1 point that´s why it´s more difficult to receive points in the final. Especially when you´re Malta without any grown voting connections.

Darren
2 months ago

Expected result for Ireland. I kind of felt we were last. But Lesley tried. It just didn’t really come together and vocally she wasn’t the best. RTÉ are considering a withdrawal next year and I honestly think they should. They have no interest in Eurovision so what’s the point? If we are to continue I long for the day when RTÉ makes an attempt to be proud of, but the untouchables are out of touch in that place, the whole network revels in mediocrity while throwing wayy too much money at their staff that could be better spent on better… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Darren
Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I think if Ireland sent something more magical and Celtic, they would stand more of a chance. I don’t think the UK and Ireland can compete with pop songs when we have Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Sweden etc that do it so much better.

Iain
Iain
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Ireland tried this in 2014 and it didn’t qualify sadly 🙁

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Iain

Because the singer did not connect with the audience.

Inky
Inky
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I think RBE really tried, but somehow it just didn’t fit. They picked a known songwriter and gave her the freedom to write a song. The song wasn’t the best, but ok. They also put a lot of effort in the staging, but somehow they really missed out in the storytelling of the song. I didn’t feel it , too much happened. And her vocals were very bad too.
I feel every year the overall level of the acts are getting better. With being average you will end up at the bottom now

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Did you see how poor Bulgaria did in the final ; but who knew ? HAHA

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

11th is a really good result so I don’t know what your trying to get at there. I mean Atleast she qualified.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I said she’s be lucky to even get in the top ten and I was correct

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

Well done.
She’s still one of my favorites though so I’m happy with her result regardless

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

I thought she would certainly be Top 10. Got same points as Greece but only two 12s, Greece got four of which two were Cyprus jury and Televote! And yes I did have a bet.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I believe he was referring to the televote where I think she came 19th. I could be wrong

Murad
Murad
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Same for Azerbaijan. I think these bad results should make ITV (Ictimai TV) to withdraw. But they are doing the same stuff with RTÉ. No goals, just money waste.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Murad

Azerbaijan came 20th with Mata Hari isn’t a bad result. Samira did better than Dilara and Aisel.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Murad

Do you think what happened with Armenia could have affected Azerbaijan points this year. Armenians share ethnicity with the Balkans and Macedonians afterall

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

They could just save money like Bulgaria and compete every two years. I also want UK to drop out of the Big 5 status to try to win back respect from other countries & save money by competing at the semis.

Han
Han
2 months ago

Not gonna happen. BBC wants their easy audience for 300k.

Liam
Liam
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It pains me to say it, but I agree with you. Lesley really tried, yet she ran her whole entry herself. RTÉ barely helped. It is high time we sent something in Irish and take a proper risk. We are finishing dead last on a regular basis nowadays with songs that everyone has heard before. Why not send a song in Irish that no one will have heard before? At least then, if the song isn’t well received, we will have shown off our beautiful language and culture to Europe. These days, no one goes far in Eurovision without taking… Read more »

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam

I don’t even think the traditional/folk attempt will work either. The songs we have been sending have been good, Lesley’s song is really good, but maybe her talents just got more with songwriting rather than performing. Maps could have qualified if sung by someone with the vocals to pull it off and staging that fit the song. Like Azerbaijan this year, I think Ireland was rehearsing any plans they had from 2020. Dub Story of My Life over the staging for Maps and you’ll see. The whole storybook theme fits with that song perfectly. Maps should have had staging similar… Read more »

WillChangeThisLater
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Interesting point, I hadn’t considered that they transplanted the planned staging for last year, but it makes a lot of sense. I do think people are being too harsh on the staging though, it was an interesting concept, well executed, but the stress of it all on Lesley was obvious, it really felt palpable and made the whole thing an uncomfortable viewing experience. Still, they took a risk and it could have paid off big time, it just backfired this time. I still think this is much more admirable than some of the other low-effort attempts they’ve made over the… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam

Maybe something similar and contemporary like the Russian entry but as Gaeilge?

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Nah I can only imagine the the comments here comparing it to Manizha, while also being a developed western democracy, we would face the same thing as “Je Me Casse” too, not feeling organic or genuine.
I honestly don’t know where we go from here, but one thing I will say for sure is that I hope we don’t go back to the generic “young lad with guitar” or pub band thing we’ve done in the past, coz well we’ll never see a final ever again if that’s the case.

Last edited 2 months ago by Darren
WillChangeThisLater
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam

I’d love to see TG4 give it a go… It wouldn’t have to be a traditional sound, I could see them take a risk on something contemporary. With non-English songs doing so well this year, I could see this being a positive for Ireland, especially if they go with a good live singer. Hopefully if RTE do decide to withdraw, they will give TG4 a chance to pick it up.

Kriss
Kriss
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Absolutely well said. I fully agree. If RTÉ spent less money on their staff and more on investing in talent for international contests such as Eurovision, we would be flying. Fair play to Leslie and her team for their creative staging. But I have to be very honest, Leslie could not sing. Her voice was poor regardless of being on a treadmill. She does not have the vocal ability. The staging just didn’t work in the end. It looked drab and it was too busy. There was just too much going on. The quality of the song and the vision… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Kriss
Adam Jones
Adam Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I loved the song she sang…. in the video. What she did and sang live on stage was another story.

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

A case for study…where Malta’s televoting points went in the final…
Running order? More competitors? More people watching? Maybe all of them…

Last edited 2 months ago by Jo.
Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Better songs.

IMM
IMM
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

My opinion: A better running order could have meant that Malta places better than Ukraine and Finland. So 4th.

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Usually semifinal winners get the best spots but not for malta just saying

Oy oy
Oy oy
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

Rybak won his semi in 2017, started as nr 7 in the grand final and ended in 15.place…

Escfan
Escfan
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

Quite true

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Most likely the other competitors and to some extent the running order hurt it.

Pietro
Pietro
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Malta didnt stand out with so many better options in the final. I mean Russia did way better than Malta performing early in the first half. So there’s no excuse really.

Escfan
Escfan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

All of them.malta should do a Portugal for next year.telling ebu that she is quitting once and for all. Maybe then she will win

Erik
Erik
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Malta was placed right after Russia. It’s never good to be positioned next to a song with a similar message. It will take out both of them in a way.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
2 months ago

So Destiny & Gjon did win their SFs after-all but that’s thanks to jury votes however their ability to pull in televotes(they ranked below Ukraine and Finland) is what made them weaker in grand-finals on top of that was France and Italy’s inclusion.

Last edited 2 months ago by Charli Cheer Up
Kredential
Kredential
2 months ago

I know the fandom really liked Croatia but I didn’t think it would qualify in all honesty. For me the bigger surprise is Israel doing better than anyone expected and Ireland coming dead last, I really didn’t expect that and thought last place had North Macedonia’s name written on it.

Marion
2 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

I feel really sad for Lesley and Vasil. They deserved better.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

Israel beat out Cyprus, Sweden, and Azerbaijan! It wasn’t a borderline qualifier at all, despite what many people here thought.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  tomtomtom

Israel for a good performance and well deserved to qualify

Yasi
Yasi
2 months ago

No one talking about Croatia literally making history by qualifying with both voting groups but still not making it? Okay then.

Ellen
Ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Yasi

Damn! I just noticed that. That’s sad for Croatia

dygh
dygh
2 months ago

Australia 2 Televoting points??? I can’t

Kyler
Kyler
2 months ago
Reply to  dygh

Yeah and each of those points are from Russia and Ukraine like those two would have to be the last countries to vote for Australia so good for them. Aussies better be voting for them next year lol

Aaljan
Aaljan
2 months ago
Reply to  Kyler

I’m huge Ukraine fan so book in this Aussie next year

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Kyler

ESC 2016 top 3 solidarity right there lol. Also I feel Kateryna, Manizha and Jessica (Montaigne) would be friends IRL.

shin
shin
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

yeessss . unique songs, check. woman empowerment, check. just straightaway queens, check. these three were iconic women this year (at least from my side). so proud of them

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

So, Albina would’ve qualified on BOTH juries AND televoters, but the combined score had her missing out? Uff… bad luck or what? 🙁 I think it’s a precendant of that sort.

We are still so proud of Albina! 🙂

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It is not a precedant but I am too lazy to look when it happened also.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

She did poorly with the Televote ; that’s why she failed to qualify over a very poor Norway

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Ehy Colin I was going to write it in the artcle, but then I noticed you had already done it. I think Albina was so unfortunate, it’s a pity when countries don’t qaulify for shuch a small margin. I feel like Croatia, Romania, Austria and Denmark did indeed deserved the final so much this year. It’s the first time I am a bit angry to have Germany, UK, Spain pre qualified as they had much weaker packages than the 4 countries mentioned above. Moldova had a terribile vocal performance and maybe I am overthinking, but even the points in jury… Read more »

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

If my Grandmother had balls she’d be my grandfather ..IF ? .. it’s pointless pondering the terrible IFS of life

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  COLIN POWIS

I was just considering a possible scenario, we all knew two french ballads were going to hurt themselves. Life is full of possiblities and sometimes it’s curious and interesting to know the IFs. Maybe you don’t care, but it’s overly childish to enstablish the others must not care, just because you don’t.

Leo M
Leo M
2 months ago

Sad to see Ireland last again but that performance was truly terrible on Tuesday to be honest.

Kyler
Kyler
2 months ago
Reply to  Leo M

The staging was good but her voice did her bad. Her irish accent was too strong “I” became “oi” in the chorus

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Kyler

There’s nothing wrong with de Oirish accent to be sure! And Efendi from Azerbaijan made English sound like a foreign language. Maps was OK perhaps not a Eurovision song. And we did better than our friends across de water!

Darren
2 months ago
Reply to  Kyler

If your Irish, the chances are you are going to have an Irish accent. Nobody should be embarrassed about the accent of their homeland.

COLIN POWIS
COLIN POWIS
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Not if you’re an Oirish hillbilly

Ellen
Ellen
2 months ago

Where are the people that were stating that Malta would never be high with the televote ? Where are you Doris ? I hope you’re mad lol

That’s surprising honestly. I really thought Russia or Ukraine would win the whole thing. Congrats to Malta and Destiny for their first win in SF! Try harder next time. You clearly have the potential to go high and get that victory, girl.

Doris
Doris
2 months ago
Reply to  Ellen

47 points lmao that’s all it counts at the end.

Ellen
Ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Doris

All that counts to me is that Destiny got more than 20 points, contrary to what you were writing for months. So I’m glad. And you look like a fool now ahaha

Ellen
Ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Ellen

I’m also so happy that Gjon, your favourite, didn’t won. That’s why you were focusing on Destiny for months before the contest begins, cause she was the first in the odds and took Gjon’s place. You got your karma. And I’m glad that I won’t read your unfair bullsh*t here anymore. At least until next year lmao

Brötchen
Brötchen
2 months ago
Reply to  Ellen

“You got your karma” Gjon is third overall and won the jury vote while Destiny flopped in every category? If that is karma, I take it.

JBON 23
JBON 23
2 months ago
Reply to  Brötchen

Malta did bad only in the Televoting of the Final. It won the semifinal as a whole, come 1st & 2nd in the semi Jury and Televote, and top 3 Jury Final. She flopped in 1 category mostly because it was put to perform 6th.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  JBON 23

Yeah, this years running order was a mess, poor Malta and Bulgaria most of all

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
2 months ago
Reply to  JBON 23

So how come Russia who performed 5th got double the points in comparison to Malta? By that logic, you could also say Gjon would have had more points if he performed in the second half. All of the top 10 (except Malta) wrote or co-wrote their songs. The public doesn’t want americanized swedish produced songs to win. (Which was also highly advertised and promoted too much that it became annoying)

Roodi
Roodi
2 months ago
Reply to  Brötchen

Gjon got higher points because of the running order.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Ellen

47 points is bad bruh. B A D

Ellen
Ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Who are you ?

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
2 months ago

Double standard of the Ebu . Malta is the first country to win the semi final and get placed a bad spot in the finals . And as far for televote malta will never do well even moldova ?? got more points then us , i hope that we should start taking it less seriously and send some irelevant songs just for the sake of participation.

Doris
Doris
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

No it happened to Rybak too and he was even a former winner !

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
2 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Rybak won semi final and they place him in 20th place not 6th

Doris
Doris
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

No ! he was 7th place in the grand final 2018. Go check wikipedia if your memory seems altered.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

Maybe send Jo Zette give the finger to everyone. “I’m Me” was a classic.

Roelof M
Roelof M
2 months ago

Damn, Malta’s televoting points really justevaporated. I do kinda feel bad for Malta tho, they try so hard only to get destroyed by the televote every year. Then again, I don’t think that would happen if they would send something (truly) authentic.

Kredential
Kredential
2 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Imagine if Destiny had sung a ballad or slow song in the Maltese language. Now that’s something that could be worth voting for. Getting MF rejects where they fail to stand out from the crowd is the reason why they don’t do as well as expected with the televote.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Well they got 2nd in 2002 and 2005 with 100% televote, so it’s definitely nothing to do with the country. It’s how predictable they’ve become.

Mameuh
Mameuh
2 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

This.
She has the best voice of that bunch by far.
So why that stupid pop song? Her rendition for wiwijam was so much better, it would have won way more points from the saturday public, who mainly do not watch the semis.
And first impressions DO count. Their first rehearsal was a disaster.

Same applies to Gjon. His staging sucked. It didn’t serve that song. Why noone told him is beyond my understanding.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Malta has no neighbours and a very small diaspora. That in itself makes for a natural televote disadvantage.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Norway should have been out and Croatia in.

Poor Ireland, they did their best with staging but it just didn’t save them. Lesley’s vocals were really bad.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago

Can you stop crying about Malta. It performed last in the SF and that’s the only reason they won. They got what they deserved in the final because song is nothing special. You cannot in the right state of mind tell me that it was better than top 5.

kuku
kuku
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Yes, in my right state of mind, that was my favourite song, and I respect that other people think differently.

Doris
Doris
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

One sense comment, all babies crying about that 6th place in the final and see nothing wrong the 1st place on the SF only because that 16th spot only given by the overhype they created. Could have been even NQ with a 11-13th and 19 countries competiting

Jack
Jack
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

They performed last in the semi and that’s the only reason they won? No, Malta had a great performance and deserved to win the first semi.

Also Denmark performed last in their semi and they didn’t even qualify. – So your comment doesn’t make sense.

Doris
Doris
2 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Denmark has never been overhyped and on contrary too much underrated with negative comments even for so called Eurovision lovers when it was one of pure Eurovision feeling entry since ages.

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Although I am not a fun of Malta, it’s not fair to say she only qualified becuase of hype. Televoters don’t care about hype, they showed multiple times, I don’t even want to report the several examples. However, I agree running order helped to get a second place with the public, but juries put her first by a large margin, so she may have won anyway.

About Denmark, 100% agree. It deserved the final much more than Kirkorov, most robbed final ever, a country who gets 80 countries from televoting can’t stay in the semi final.

dohama
dohama
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Denmark performed last and still out.

Roodi
Roodi
2 months ago
Reply to  dohama

Denmark qualified with televote.

Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

It is not a matter of wining or not , it is more about we should get treated as other countries.
If other countries win semifinal and get good spots it should have happend to malta to , this is double standard .

Serena00
Serena00
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

Malta would not be the winner no matter the place in the running order

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  Hey hey hey

People who decided the running order didn’t even know the results of the semi finals.
Stop with all these conspiracy theory pro or against Malta.

Zeev
Zeev
2 months ago

All the first songe from 1 to 9 even the strong songs like malte got a low points from the televote

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Zeev

Russia 100 points

Robert
Robert
2 months ago

Once again Sweden being pushed by the juries.

Roelof M
Roelof M
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Okay, I’m not here to advocate for Sweden or anything, but they literally qualified with the televoters as well XD The juries did place them a lot higher, but individual results don’t really matter that much in the semi’s.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Your argument makes no sense. Croatia also qualified both individually with juries and televotes but in the end it didn’t. If Sweden didn’t get a push from juries it would have ended 11th or 12th.

Pandaman
Pandaman
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Yeah, but why did you mention Sweden and skipped Belgium? Belgium wouldn’t have qualified at all if it were only for the televoting, and juries saved them as well (and I’m glad they did).

Giolo
Giolo
2 months ago
Reply to  Pandaman

But Belgium deserved to. Countries higher than Belgium, like Croatia and Norway had neighbours voting for them, but Belgium had not anything

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Giolo

Belgium had the Netherlandsand Germany. Netherlands at least has given Belgium a few 12 points over the years. It wasn’t neighbourless.

dygh
dygh
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Not in the Final

Sara-Stina
Sara-Stina
2 months ago
Reply to  dygh

Exactly, in the final the televote gave more points to Sweden than the jury had. Hope this stops the discussion that juries always vote for Sweden regardless of what we send…

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Sara-Stina

Yes, because sweden gets pushed in the final and now it deservingly flopped when it came to play with big boys.

Brötchen
Brötchen
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Sweden would’ve been in the final even with a 100% televote. 2019, 2018, 2017 as well.
So what are you talking about? The jury did not push them to the finals when the public also voted for them to qualify.

...
...
2 months ago

Guess what? Norway has stolen Croatia’s spot! :/

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  ...

No one stole anyone’s spot because no one had a spot to begin with.

Nakniki
Nakniki
2 months ago

Israel broke the odds from 11th place in the odds to 5th place real results we all knew eden is going to be a surprise!

Keke
Keke
2 months ago

i am still shocked about the results of romania. i really thought and hoped they would do much better. than i will enjoy it alone. hahahaha
i don‘t care. that song for me is great and actually the only one of this sf1, that i will keep on my playlist after eurovision

Pandaman
Pandaman
2 months ago
Reply to  Keke

And that’s the spirit!

Pinausland
Pinausland
2 months ago
Reply to  Keke

I’m not shocked at all. I love the studio version of this song, it was in my top10 and I will keep on listening to it, but Roxen interpretation was weak, out of tune. And the staging was messy.
What I cannot understand is how the hell juries gave her so many points. Aren’t they supposed to be experts?
Televoters sent her where she deserved to be, but Albina paid for this irresponsible results.

Last edited 2 months ago by Pinausland
Pandaman
Pandaman
2 months ago

Ukraine won the televote, which I’m happy about.

I think my biggest surprise is that Russia got more points from juries than televoters – it really seemed to me like a televote song. But hey, that’s cool jury stood behind Manizha.

Riri
Riri
2 months ago

Okay so Malta WINS the first semi-final then it gets to sing the 6th in the running order and magically gets only 47 POINTS from the televoting!! Wow, it’s that fair? lol what a joke

Last edited 2 months ago by Riri
Rayborg
Rayborg
2 months ago
Reply to  Riri

It`s ESC, what can I say? lol… Joke? Definitely no joke. I have been a fan of ESC for 50 years. Never again. I will at the end of my life start a new hobby, football maybe. At least in football, one has to be careful what is put in the nose.

Hector
Hector
2 months ago
Reply to  Riri

There were 20 more countries voting tonight, and many new countries competing from the other semifinal, the big 5 and the host. It is definitely possible. Norway in 2018 went through the same thing as well after winning the second semifinal

Riri
Riri
2 months ago
Reply to  Hector

But the running order for Malta was clearly used against Destiny when she clearly won sf1. As to my knowledge, winners of the semi finals get the best place to sing in the finals, definitely not the 6th one to sing!

Tahnee
Tahnee
2 months ago
Reply to  Riri

I still dont think Malta got only 47 points because of the running order. I mean if we look back at 2019, Australia won their semi, performed 25th in the final and only placed 9th. Czech republic was second in the semi, 3rd in the finals and ended up 11th. And then we had Sergey with scream who placed 6th in his semi, had to perform 5th on the finale and became 3th in the end. It really makes sense, if more countries have to vote it means the votes will split. Too bad for Malta, better luck next time.

That doggie in the window
That doggie in the window
2 months ago
Reply to  Riri

Whole running order shat on everybody but italy.

Russia and Malta come first and third in the semi. Only to get 5th and 6th in the running order.

Finland gets put on early in the second half despite winning the televote in sF2.

Ukraine, Lithuania and France – all immensely popular songs – put on one after the other in each other’s shadows.

Then Italy all by itself, surrounded by Azerbaijan 8th in sf 1, Norway 10th in sf1, Netherlands nil points, Sweden 7th in sf 1 and San Marino 9th in sf2, making Italy stand the feck out

Sol
Sol
2 months ago

Wasn’t it confirmed earlier that the producers weren’t aware of the results from the semis and that only the EBU was aware of it?

Mameuh
Mameuh
2 months ago
Reply to  Sol

That’s bulls. We all know it.

Han
Han
2 months ago
Reply to  Sol

Yes it was.

Serena00
Serena00
2 months ago

Neither Ukraine, Lithuania or France were hurt by running order. All of them got very good televoting results.

CRAIG
CRAIG
2 months ago

I’ve watched the Irish entry back a few times now. That staging was a mess

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
2 months ago
Reply to  CRAIG

Yeah. I’m glad someone else has said it. I feel it was of those things that sounds like a cool idea in your head, but is really difficult to pull off in reality.