Eurovision 2014 – As soon as the contest was over, the EBU published the full televote and jury results (including each jury’s vote). Here you’ll find the contest’s results with 100% jury, 100% televote and most importantly with the old split results prior to the 2013 changes. Tell us what you think!
Probably this is due to DR’s actions towards more transparency. Whereas last year, the same EBU took longer to publish “split” results, but only with % of rankings and not even the detailed country by country results, this year we got everything down to each jury member, and as soon as the contest was over!
And this transparency is good news for the contest in general, as we get to spot the things we can claim as unfair, if not plain cheating for some juries. But at least now we know. Sure we can say the EBU is lying on the stats they’re giving us, but that would be going very far in cynism. We have already plenty to comment on.
First and most of all, jury and televote again disagreed quite a lot. So, a simple glimpse at the full results from each set of voting can tell us which countries were liked and disliked depending on a “mass” effect of televote (where you get 20 chances to hit your favorite song(s)) or a jury result (where supposed specialists get to rank all songs).
But among the 2013 changes made by the SVT, there wasn’t just the end of random draw, there was also a change in the voting system. Before, the jury would have a top 10 with points (12,10,8-1) and the televote would as well, and put together countries had therefore points from 24 possible to 1, and that top 10 would then be given 12, 10, 8-1 in the final results. Nowadays, every country is ranked from 1st to 25th/26th (depending if the country is a finalist or not), by both jury and televote, and these results are added on, so a song ranked 1st and 26th would get a total of 27 points, when a song ranked 2nd and 11th would get 13 points and much better than in the former system, when the first song would get 12pts but the second one only 10pts.
So here’s the final results to compare:
Reminder: this article is mostly stats so that we can build the analysis together. Usually, people only compare jury and televote, and we’re probably the first site to offer the old system result as well. In the old system, Poland, Romania and Finland make the Top 10 instead of Norway, Denmark and Spain. Indeed, the new system helps averagy songs to do better than songs that split televote and jury. Norway is 17th in televote and 9th in jury but ends up officially 8th, higher than both! The old system has it only 11th. Same with Spain, which for 2pts made the top 10 when neither televote nor juries had it top 10. Finland, top 10 with the old system but only 11th with the new one, was 7th with juries but 16th with televote… what’s fairer?
On the other hand, glory to Austria or the Netherlands, who have the same results everywhere, and since these countries are from the West and had terrible results in the early 00s, it does mean something. But it’s not just on top, in the bottom France was unanimously voted down, or in the middle, Iceland gets beween 12th and 17th in all four vote systems as well!
Also, be careful to not look at only the rankings, but also the points. You’ll notice the juries were more spread out as usual, when televote was extremely close, the difference between 10th and 11th is 30pts, which is the same number between 11th and 22nd! So to really compare, you need to compare both rankings and points!
Post in your comments what you think. You can explore the results on Eurovision.tv‘s page. Stay tune for the same stats for semifinals coming up next!