Norway: Alexander was the juries' favourite

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The results of the jury vote from all the 42 countries taking part in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest are known. Taking a quick look at them, we can check how Alexander Rybak of Norway won the majority of the votes from the 5-member panels across Europe. Fairytale won with 312 points, 52 ahead of Iceland, the runner-up also in the overall 2009 results.

These are the results from the 210 European music professionals:

  1. Norway (312 points)
  2. Iceland (260 points)
  3. United Kingdom (223 points)
  4. France (164 points)
  5. Estonia (124 points)
  6. Denmark (120 points)
  7. Turkey (114 points)
  8. Azerbaijan (112 points)
  9. Israel (107 points)
  10. Greece (93 points)
  11. Moldova (93 points)
  12. Bosnia & Herzegovina (90 points)
  13. Malta (87 points)
  14. Germany (73 points)
  15. Armenia (71 points)
  16. Ukraine (68 points)
  17. Russia (67 points)
  18. Portugal (64 points)
  19. Croatia (58 points)
  20. Lithuania (31 points)
  21. Romania (31 points)
  22. Sweden (27 points)
  23. Albania (26 points)
  24. Finland (12 points)
  25. Spain (9 points)

If the outcome of the Eurovision Song Cotest would have been based on jury vote exclusively, we can see how several countries would have done much better. This is the case of United Kingdom, France, Estonia, Malta or Germany, to name a few. On the other hand, other entries would have seen their placings lower, such as Turkey, Azerbaijan, Greece, Russia or Spain. The latter would have exchanged its position with Finland, finishing last and second last respectively.

The Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Svante Stockselius, made a statement regarding the new voting system and its final outcome: "We believe it was the right time to introduce this new voting system, and it is fantastic to see that both televoters as well as professional juries massively backed the same contestant. Some finished higher because of support from the juries, others finished higher because of support from the televoters across Europe. It also made the presentation of the points less predictable, despite the overwhelming support for Alexander Rybak's entry."

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