Juries and televoters – and the chasm in between
- Jury winner Austria only managed a mid-table 13th with viewers
- Denmark bombed with jurors, but aced it in televoting numbers, securing a lower top ten placing
- Sweden wowed the expert voters, but crashed in the televote, and was extremely lucky only to drop from silver to seventh
- Italy looked to be doomed to the doldrums, until a spectacular third place in the phone vote gifted them their top five position.
- Ukraine jumped from last place to 17th, thanks to a seventh place amongst viewers
- Australia achieved a respectable 12th with juries but dead last with home voters (similar to their 2017 result, where a higher jury vote gave them a much higher overall placing)
Hard to call
Don’t play that song again
As a side-note, 2018 might reinforce a little-mentioned Eurovision rule: beware the danger of sending a song with potentially ironic lyrics. Recall the UK in 2000? Don’t play that song again, the refrain went. Europe didn’t. And Silvia Night in 2006 promised that “the votes are in, I ****ing win”. She didn’t. Sadly for Norway, “That’s How You Write A Song” joins the growing list of song texts that don’t quite measure up to post-vote realities.
One thing is not in dispute: the 2018 event has been a memorable one! Are there other curiosities to spot in the aftermath? Share them in the comments below!