It’s been two weeks since the first semi of Eurovision 2013, and I am well and truly over the PED. My bout of depression was actually pretty short-lived this year, which makes me feel:
a) Good because I’m not still curled up in a ball on my bedroom floor, sobbing and blowing my nose on a Ukrainian flag (with no malicious intent)
b) Not-so-good because that makes me think I’m a bad fan for getting over it so fast.
But so what if I’m already looking forward to the new season, and the possibility of JESC, and Copenhagen 2014, assuming that’s where we’re going? It’s better than crying into your flag collection for even longer.
Anyway, it’s taken me these past two weeks to put together a little analysis (I use that word to sound important, but really it’s just a ramble with numbers) of the results from both semis and the final. I always find it interesting to dissect this stuff, and I hope you do too, since if you don’t you’re going to be mighty bored for the next fifteen minutes or so. Or you could, you know, just not read it.
But for those who think Eurovision numbers are fun numbers, here’s an overview of the figures from 2013.
Qs and DNQs: Semi final 1
- Denmark 167
- Russia 156
- Ukraine 140
- Moldova 95
- Belgium 75
- Netherlands 75
- Belarus 74
- Ireland 54
- Lithuania 53
- Estonia 52
- Serbia 46
- Montenegro 41
- Croatia 38
- Austria 27
- Cyprus 11
- Slovenia 8
– The Qs in this semi who did not qualify in 2012 were Belgium (last Q in 2010), the Netherlands (last Q in 2004) and Belarus (last Q in 2010).
– The DNQs who qualified in 2012 were Serbia and Cyprus. This is only the second time Serbia has failed to qualify since 2007.
– It was an interesting development for no ex-Yugoslavian countries to qualify this year, but as you can see in Semi 1, three of them weren’t far behind the qualifiers. Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia were hot on the heels of Estonia.
– Poor Slovenia, on the other hand, brought up the rear, having come second last in their 2012 semi. Unless they come last with <8 points in 2014, things can only go up from here.
Qs and DNQs: Semi final 2
- Azerbaijan 139
- Greece 121
- Norway 120
- Malta 118
- Romania 83
- Iceland 72
- Armenia 69
- Hungary 66
- Finland 64
- Georgia 63
- San Marino 47
- Bulgaria 45
- Switzerland 41
- Israel 40
- Albania 31
- Macedonia 28
- Latvia 13
– The Qs in this semi who did not qualify in 2012 were Armenia (who did not compete last year), Finland (last Q in 2011) and Georgia (last Q in 2011).
– The DNQs who qualified in 2012 were Albania and Macedonia. In Baku, Albania reached the top five for the first time, and Macedonia achieved their second-best result ever. It was an off year, let’s just say that.
– San Marino may have failed to qualify yet again, but Valentina Monetta beat her own personal best by achieving their best placing to date.
– Latvia’s was the first song out in this semi, but (to quote Peter Nalitch) it was apparently lost and forgotten by the televoters and juries and ended up last.
The final top ten: facts and figures
- Denmark 281
- Azerbaijan 234
- Ukraine 214
- Norway 191
- Russia 174
- Greece 152
- Italy 126
- Malta 120
- Netherlands 114
- Hungary 84
– In 2011, the winning margin of Azerbaijan over Italy was 32. Azerbaijan received just three sets of douze points, an amount equaled by four other countries and topped by Italy and Bosnia & Herzegovina. In 2012, the winning margin of Sweden over Russia was 113. Sweden received 18 sets of douze, bettering Norway’s 2009 record of 16.
– For 2013, the winning margin of Denmark over Azerbaijan was 47. Denmark received eight sets of douze to Azerbaijan’s ten. This made for a more convincing win than Ell & Nikki’s, but a paltry one in comparison to Loreen’s.
– Speaking again of douze, here’s an idea of the spread: in 2011, 20 different countries scored one or more sets of twelve points. In 2012, 13 different countries had the honour. This year, it was also 13.
– The smallest point margin between any countries here was six, between both Italy and Malta and Malta and the Netherlands.
– Azerbaijan appeared in the top ten for the sixth time in six years of participation, and in the top 5 for the fifth time in a row.
– Other countries who also made the top ten back-to-back were Russia (2012) and Italy (2012, 2011).
– Last appearances in the top ten for the others? 2011 for Denmark, Ukraine and Greece, 2009 for Norway, 2007 for Hungary, 2005 for Malta and 1999 for the Netherlands.
And the rest…
- Moldova 71
- Belgium 71
- Romania 65
- Sweden 62
- Georgia 50
- Belarus 48
- Iceland 47
- Armenia 41
- United Kingdom 23
- Estonia 19
- Germany 18
- Lithuania 17
- France 14
- Finland 13
- Spain 8
- Ireland 5
– Eleven of these sixteen qualified from the semi finals, with only six of those having qualified in 2012: Moldova, Romania, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania and Ireland. The only ones to equal/improve on their previous placing were Moldova (11th in Baku) and Iceland (20th in Baku).
– Sweden was the closest auto-finalist to the top ten, with Spain being the farthest from that end of the table. Both countries, as well as 21st-placed Germany, made the top ten last year.
– Ireland’s last place was the lowest-scoring last place entry in a final since 2007…when Ireland also came last with 5 points.
Voting in the final: a snapshot of what went where
– More on that 100% ex-Yugoslavian free final: the minute it became obvious that this would be the case, we all wondered where the points from Serbia, Croatia etc would go. Bets were on Greece, but as it turns out, the majority went to Denmark, Ukraine, Russia and Italy. Montenegro was the only one to award big points to Greece, with eight.
– Winner Denmark received points from every country, bar San Marino, despite getting douze from Italy. I’ll put that down to a slight difference in population.
– There were the usual neighbourly exchanges of douze points in this year’s contest – for example, between the Netherlands and Belgium, and Sweden and Norway. However, some countries chose to vote elsewhere. Austria gave top marks to Azerbaijan with only six points going to Germany. The Ireland and the UK both ranked Denmark highest, swapping seven points and one point respectively.
– Ireland scored points from three countries to lose, whilst second-last Spain scored from just two.
Ranking the semi-finalists, point by point
Let’s get back to the pre-final shows for a moment. It’s all very well to say Ireland lost Eurovision 2013, but at least they made it to the final! It’s really down to those left at the bottom of the semis to battle it out for the dishonour of being 39th out of 39. So who actually came last, in terms of points? Well, here are the thirteen non-qualifiers ranked by point value (SF2 participants are highlighted).
San Marino 47
Looking at it this way, it was Hannah Mancini who impressed the least, which is surprising to me since I was a fan of her performance. No doubt she’s not thrilled about this, but if the penny has dropped with Ryan Dolan, he’ll have something of an Irish smile on his Irish dial.
How Australia “voted”
As you may or may not know, every year Australian broadcaster SBS allows us to vote unofficially (duh) online. It’s not as good as the real thing (I imagine…sob!) but it’s better than nothing. Anyway, I present to you our top ten for 2013, which may or may not have been partially influenced by large ethnic communities. I say if you can vote for your birth country, go for it.
I have to apologise for Romania doing so well. That had nothing to do with me, I swear. Apart from that, what do you think of the choices from Down Under?
With that, I think we should move on to something less confusing.
Something completely different…a POLL!
As I mentioned in my last post, the EBJ Awards for 2013 are coming up, and this year I want you guys to be a part of the selection process. That’s right, all three of you who read this blog. Congrats.
Most of the awards I’m going to give out are quite specific and subjective, but I’ve decided on one that I think is general enough to go to a public vote. It’s the All-Rounder of the Year Award, to go to the country that got everything right – staging, costumes, choreography and vocals. I’ve narrowed the field down to six nominees, and I’d love it if you’d help pick the winner.
Next week, all the awards will be revealed. I bet the artists are freaking out, because, let’s face it, winning Eurovision is okay – but it’s the gongs from a bogus blog ceremony that really matter.
So I’m off to polish up the equally bogus trophies (in my head, they’re shaped like disco balls, and they shoot out glitter and confetti at regular intervals) so this is ciao for now. May your PED disappear ASAP.
Did some of this year’s results take you by surprise? What made you smile and what had you scratching your head in total disbelief?