Congratulations to Conchita Wurst for being the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Winner! She deserved the title and both the juries and the televoting agreed on that account!
Here are the final results of yesterdays show:
Although, it looks as though in a weird turn of events the juries were significantly more political than the televoters. In 2009 the EBU introduced the new voting rules where juries would get 50% of the vote and the televoters would get 50% of the vote. Since then the juries have helped stabilise the political voting that seemed to be present throughout most of Europe, although this year the EBU released results from both the juries and the televote and the results paint a grim picture. It seems as though the juries have been making the contest more political in recent years than the televoters did in the past. If the juries had their way the contest would have ended like this:
We see that Austria would have still won the competition, but due to regional voting blocs the votes were more spread out thus diluting the votes. In this way Austria would have barely won with a strong Nordic bloc voting themselves very highly
By looking at the public we might expect a similar diluted point system, but it turns out the televote were much less political and seemed to vote with their ears. The results of the televote were:
As we see, the people overwhelmingly voted for Austria. The people demanded and they got what they wanted. In some countries (notably Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Belarus) the people were what carried Austria into a winning position. In every country that had televoting Austria made top 5 (Except Estonia who gave Austria 8th place) while only 19 of the 37 juries put Austria in their top 5 (and 10 didn’t even give her top 10).
Now some might argue that the juries just noticed that Conchita’s voice wasn’t that great, but this can easily be seen to not be the case. When looking at individual jury votes it becomes very clear that Conchita was usually heavily split. Either the jury voted them top 10 or they voted her bottom 2. Yes, not bottom 10, bottom 2. This seems to imply that the juries prejudice and/or forced politics were the deciding factor for them not voting for Austria.
Luckily, at the end of the day the people of Europe overcame politics and lifted Austria to a win showing that Europe as a whole believe in the uniqueness of the individual. That Europe is accepting of who you are, no matter what you are. That what you can do means more than what you look like. That their governments do not represent them. That Europe is an open and free place with welcoming arms to all. It was a great day in Europe that wasn’t seen since Dana International won back in 1998.
To view the breakdown in one page you can view them here: http://bit.ly/1nv4JHE (If you see any errors, please let me know as I had to hand copy/paste the results as EBU doesn’t actually display the results in a nice format) All information was gathered from http://www.eurovision.tv/page/results
Can’t wait to be in Austria next year, and until next year, Good night Europe!