People voted with their hearts, Juries with politics; Austria wins either way

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:

Country Points
1 Austria 290
2 The Netherlands 238
3 Sweden 218
4 Armenia 174
5 Hungary 143
6 Ukraine 113
7 Russia 89
8 Norway 88
9 Spain 74
10 Denmark 74
11 Romania 72
12 Finland 72
13 Switzerland 64
14 Poland 62
15 Iceland 58
16 Belarus 43
17 United Kingdom 40
18 Germany 39
19 Montenegro 37
20 Greece 35
21 Azerbaijan 33
22 Italy 33
23 Malta 32
24 San Marino 14
25 Slovenia 9
26 France 2

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:

Country Points
1 Austria 212
2 Sweden 201
3 The Netherlands 200
4 Hungary 138
5 Armenia 137
6 Malta 119
7 Azerbaijan 118
8 Finland 114
9 Norway 102
10 Denmark 85
11 Spain 83
12 Ukraine 78
13 Russia 70
14 Germany 61
15 Iceland 59
16 United Kingdom 52
17 Romania 51
18 Greece 49
19 Montenegro 48
20 Belarus 40
21 Italy 37
22 Switzerland 27
23 Poland 23
24 Slovenia 21
25 San Marino 16
26 France 5

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:

Country Points
1 Austria 311
2 The Netherlands 222
3 Armenia 193
4 Sweden 190
5 Poland 162
6 Russia 132
8 Ukraine 114
7 Switzerland 114
9 Romania 103
10 Hungary 98
11 Belarus 56
12 Iceland 46
13 Denmark 43
14 Greece 43
15 Spain 41
16 Finland 39
17 Norway 39
18 Germany 33
19 Montenegro 33
20 Italy 32
21 United Kingdom 29
22 Azerbaijan 26
23 San Marino 18
24 Malta 17
25 Slovenia 15
26 France 1

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!