Molitva wins in Italy

by Richard West-Soley 71 views

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:

  1. Serbia
  2. Switzerland
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  4. Iceland
  5. Belarus
  6. Russia
  7. Cyprus
  8. Georgia
  9. Hungary
  10. Denmark
  11. Spain
  12. Armenia
  13. Moldova
  14. Andorra
  15. Greece
  16. Finland
  17. Ukraine
  18. Romania
  19. Germany
  20. Sweden
  21. Ireland
  22. United Kingdom
  23. France
  24. Lithuania

The full semifinal results was as follows:

  1. Serbia
  2. Switzerland
  3. Iceland
  4. Belarus
  5. Cyprus
  6. Georgia
  7. Denmark
  8. Hungary
  9. Moldova
  10. Andorra
  11. Bulgaria
  12. Slovenia
  13. FYR Macedonia
  14. Malta
  15. The Netherlands
  16. Croatia
  17. Estonia
  18. Israel
  19. Poland
  20. Austria
  21. Montenegro
  22. Albania
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Portugal
  25. Norway
  26. Belgium
  27. Turkey
  28. Latvia

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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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site