Voting Analysis – We already looked at Sweden, Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Albania and Estonia. Today we continue with the countries that achieved the places 7-15. Who voted for them, why and how important were traditional voting patterns. Here we go:
Who voted for Turkey:
The answer would be: Muslim countries and countries with a strong Turkish diaspora. The connection Turkey-Azerbaijan is now almost certainly as strong as the old Greece-Cyprus deal. Other high points came from Albania and Macedonia (high Muslim population) as well as Germany, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Belgium and Sweden (countries with a high Turkish diaspora). The only high points that are not explainable through these two patterns are the 8 points from Malta.
Who voted for Germany?
The Southern Balkans, the former Soviet states and Scandinavia were not impressed with the German song. 10 points came from a couple of smaller countries: Portugal, Hungary, Ireland, Estonia and Denmark. These 5 made up almost half of Germany’s overall points and thus ensured the third Top 10 result in a row. High points also came from fellow Big 5 countries, Italy, the UK and France. Overall a result that does not rely on voting patterns. The only “friends” Germany might have are Switzerland and Austria who both only had 4 points despite a strong German diaspora (Switzerland) and success of Raab shows in both these countries.
Who voted for Italy?
One of the pre-contest favorites, Italy did not do as well as expected. Their points came from almost everywhere, but there was only one set of more than 7 points, which came from Malta. The Italian song didn’t do particularly well in a certain voting block. Norway and Denmark gave it points, while Sweden, Finland and Iceland ignored it. Croatia, Slvenia and Montenegro liked it while Serbia and Bosnia didn’t have it in their Top 10 and so on.
Who voted for Spain?
Spain can count on Portugal! The only 12 points to Spain came from their neighbor. More high points came from Israel, the UK and Switzerland (Portuguese diaspora perhaps?). The song didn’t do very well in the North and the East however. Also fellow Big5 nations Italy and Germany ignored the song.
Who voted for Moldova?
Moldova’s highest points came from its two neighbors, Romania (12) and Ukraine (8). Otherwise the song did will in Spain and Portugal with a high Romanian and Moldovan diaspora there as well as Italy and especially in San Marino (10 points).
Who voted for Romania?
Moldova returned the favor and gave its neighbor Romania their 12 points. More high points came from Spain (the song was half in Spanish +Romanian diaspora of course). Italy, Greece and Azerbaijan also voted for Mandinga. It didn’t get a single points from the Ex-Yugo countries or Central European countries and was also almost completely ignored in Nothern Europe (Scandinavia and Baltics).
Who voted for Macedonia?
Who voted for Macedonia? The Balkan block and Turkey. Superstar Kaliopi got top marks from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, high points from Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Turkey. Otherwise she got some points in Easter Europe and from Italy. All other countries did not have Macedonia in their Top 10 which paints our map very red in the West, North and East.
Who voted for Lithuania?
Lithania got the usual 12 from new-found pals Georgia and also 8 from their neighbors Belarus. Otherwise, Norway was quite generous. The rather high points from Ireland and the UK are explainable with the big Lithuanian diaspora there. Otherwise, Love is blind got some points from the Baltic friends, Russia, Bulgaria, France and the Netherlands and was ignored on the Balkans, in the South and in Central Europe.
Who voted for Cyprus?
Of course, 12 from Greece no need to even mention that. But, Cyprus also received top marks from Sweden. In the annual SVT preview show, the panel liked the Cypriot entry and so did the Swedish people. After the preview show was aired, Cyprus entered the Swedish iTunes charts. Surprisingly only Iceland agreed with Sweden (8points) the rest of Scandinavia ignored the song completely. More high points came from Serbia (8), where also the rest of the Balkan countries completely ignored the song. All in all it seems that it was a love or hate entry for most countries.