UK: Douze Points for Iceland in London

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Last night the Retro Bar in Central London hosted the third of this year's Douze Points previews of Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Another full house of fans watched the video previews on the big screen. The songs consisted of the 20 qualifying songs from the semi-finals shown at the last two Douze Points preview shows, along with the five automatic qualifiers for the final. The audience voted Hera Bj�¶rk with her song Je ne sais quoi as the clear winner, followed by Denmark in second place, Sweden in third and Ireland in forth position.


The audiences at the Retro Bar were divided in 25 juries, one for each participating country. No jury were allowed to vote for their own country and to prevent tactical voting each jury are made to swap to a different country for the final.

The Douze Points final results:

1. Iceland – 140 pts

2. Denmark – 118 pts

3. Sweden – 105 pts

4. Ireland – 102 pts

5. Germany – 93 pts

6. Albania – 83 pts

7. Romania – 75 pts

8. Norway – 64 pts (3 x 12pts)

9. Croatia – 64 pts (2 x 12pts)

10. United Kingdom – 64 pts (0 x 12pts)

11. Azerbaijan – 59 pts

12. Netherlands – 58 pts

13. Switzerland – 55 pts

14. Turkey – 51 pts

15. France – 50 pts

16. Bulgaria – 42 pts

17. Moldova – 41 pts

18. Spain – 37 pts

19. Belarus – 32 pts

20. Belgium – 31 pts

21. Portugal – 25 pts (1 x 12pts)

22. Slovakia – 25 pts (0 x 12pts)

23. Greece – 19 pts

24. Finland – 12 pts

25. Malta – 5 pts

This is the eleventh year running that the Retro Bar has held the Eurovision Song Contest previews. In previous years, winning the Douze Points vote was considered to be the kiss of death as the successful song would invariable fair poorly in the actual contest. However, last year the audience correctly predicated that Norway‘s Alexander Rybak with Fairytale would win the contest. Below are the result of the previous winners:

2009 Norway – Alexander Rybak- Fairytale
2008 Iceland – Euroband -This is my life
2007 Switzerland – DJ Bobo – Vampires are alive
2006 Germany – Texas Lightening – No no never
2005 Hungary – Nox – Forogj Vilag
2004 Sweden – Lena Phillipsson – It Hurts
2003 Latvia – F.L.Y – Hello from Mars
2002 Germany – Corrina May – Can't live without music
2001 Slovenia -Nusa Derender – Energy
2000 Netherlands – Linda Waggenmaaker – No Goodbyes

Proceeds from all three Eurovision preview shows at Douze Points will go to charity.

The Douze Point night at the Retro Bar is held on every second Thursday of the month. Further detail can be found at:

www.douzepoints.org

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