Lebanon votes Bulgaria

by Richard West-Soley 58 views

The Lebanese branch of OGAE has held its own preview poll, and the results are in: in a close vote, Bulgaria notches up a first douze points, with Ukraine hot on its heels in second place and Cyprus not far behind in third.

Lebanon are a welcome part of the Eurovision family as the national broadcaster is a member of the EBU, and the country very nearly had its first entry in the song contest back in 2005 with Aline Lahoud. However, this was not to be, and Lebanon withdrew amidst controversy surrounding the broadcasting of the Israeli entry. However, a core of fans still tunes in each year, and now they add their vote to the pot in the pre-contest OGAE preview rounds!

The results of the final vote are as follows:

  1. Bulgaria 83
  2. Ukraine 81
  3. Cyprus 80
  4. Lithuania 79
  5. Georgia 79
  6. Russia 78
  7. Greece 76
  8. Armenia 74
  9. Iceland 73
  10. Slovenia 72
  11. Finland 62
  12. Serbia 61
  13. Bosnia 61
  14. Germany 60
  15. Turkey 60
  16. Spain 57
  17. Belarus 54
  18. Switzerland 53
  19. UK 41
  20. Belgium 36
  21. Sweden 28
  22. Ireland 24
  23. France 21
  24. Romania 19

The full results for the semifinal are as follows:

  1. Slovenia 79
  2. Georgia 76
  3. Cyprus 74
  4. Belarus 67
  5. Bulgaria 62
  6. Switzerland 59
  7. Turkey 58
  8. Serbia 58
  9. Iceland 56
  10. Belgium 53
  11. Macedonia 50
  12. Norway 50
  13. Moldova 47
  14. Poland 42
  15. Hungary 42
  16. Latvia 40
  17. Malta 36
  18. Netherlands 37
  19. Portugal 35
  20. Croatia 35
  21. Andorra 32
  22. Denmark 30
  23. Estonia 17
  24. Austria 15
  25. Czech Republic 15
  26. Montenegro 14
  27. Israel 12
  28. Albania 11

Following the Lebanese vote, the OGAE scoretable looks like this:

  1. Switzerland 108
  2. Serbia 106
  3. Belarus 94
  4. Slovenia 87
  5. Cyprus 85
  6. Greece 70
  7. Bulgaria 66
  8. Ukraine 63
  9. Georgia 43
  10. Russia 36
  11. France 35
  12. Bosnia & Herzegovina 32
  13. Iceland 31
  14. Germany 26
  15. Denmark 22
  16. Romania 21
  17. Spain 21
  18. Sweden 16
  19. Turkey 15
  20. Latvia 12
  21. Armenia 11
  22. FYR Macedonia 9
  23. Moldova 8
  24. Israel 7
  25. Lithuania 7
  26. Netherlands 6
  27. Finland 4
  28. Hungary 2
  29. Poland 1

Interestingly, no points go from Lebanon to any of the current top three, while fourth-placed Slovenia only musters up a single vote from the Beirut jury. Cyprus surges forwards with a helpful huit points, bringing the island within catching distance of the three front-runners. Lithuania joins the board for the first time.

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Stay tuned for more results soon!

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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 esctoday.com 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 Polyglossic.com.

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