OGAE results have come in thick and fast this weekend, and now Italian fans have added their results to the mix in a vote that puts Serbia's Marija Serifovic clearly at the top of the pile.
Italy, though no longer competing in the contest, is a long-standing and respected member of the Eurovision community with an entry history stretching right back to the beginning of the contest in 1956. Many fans long for the country's return to the Eurovision Song Contest, and there is still a very strong core of fans based in Italy, many of whom contributed to the OGAE vote.
Marija Serifovic won both the semifinal and final vote from Italian fans, with Switzerland's Vampires Are Alive taking runner-up position in both events as well. Joining Serbia and Switzerland in the final were Iceland, Belarus, Cyrpus, Georgia, Denmark, Hungary, Moldova and Andorra. The full vote for the final was as follows:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- United Kingdom
The full semifinal results was as follows:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
Interestingly, the only Italian language song this year – Latvia's Questa notte – limps in at last place in the Italian vote.
Taking the Italian top ten and translating the points into the standard Eurovision score format (1-8, 10 and 12 points) for the overall OGAE leaderboard, several songs shift. For one, Hungary sees its very first marks, entering the chart with 2 points and leaving the nil points zone. Bosnia and Iceland both land on 8th place, a boost for the Bosnian entry in particular, which had been lagging just outside the top ten.
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