France – The World Cup wasn’t even a month away from the Eurovision Song Contest this year and so France3 decided to promote their official World Cup song through the Contest. Jessy Matador’s 12th place is one of the better positions France has achieved in recent years, which apparently didn’t help the French Équipe to play good soccer in South Africa…
But who gave France points this year and almost as interesting: Who didn’t?France got no points at all from neighbours and (partly) Francophones Belgium and Switzerland and almost all of (very) Eastern Europe.
The most popular the soccer anthem was in Finland and Greece receiving the maximum of 8 points.In both of these countries the song managed to chart relatively high after the contest.
In Denmark and Portugal, who both sent teams to the World Cup, the song got 7 points.
Jessy’s song was also relatively popular on the Balkan, getting at least 1 point from each of the participating former Yugoslav countries.
Support from the other Big4 countries was rather small with Germany giving 3, Britain and Spain 2 points.
The only Ex-soviet countries voting for France were Armenia and Estonia. Last year Patricia Kaas, who is very popular in these countries could garner more points (f.ex 10 from Russia) for “La Grande Nation”
Ireland, who was kicked out by the French in the qualifications round for the World Cup gave France 6 points! Thierry Henry, who touched the ball with his hand, had not been punished which caused a big scandal as it possibly deprived Ireland of their spot in the World Cup.
Having France’s results in the last 5 years (except Madame Kaas) in mind, this entry has to be seen as a success!