Editorial: An analytical look at the split results of JESC 2014

Hey guys! Well, this is rather interesting now, our specialist reporter Thom was scrolling through the Junior Eurovision split results that were released just a few days ago. So what’s up with the results and how did Europe vote to grant Vincenzo Cantiello with the victory in Malta over a month ago? Let’s hand it over to Thom for the results!

Two days ago, the EBU released the full split voting of the juries and televoters for Junior Eurovision 2014. We at ESC Views dived into these splits and highlighted some interesting facts for you.

Italy, the overall winner, only finished 4th in the televoting and 5th if you leave out the jury votes from Slovenia and San Marino (in countries without a televote the jury voting was used in the official televoting result). This however doesn’t mean Vincenzo was an unpopular winner – Italy finished top 7 in the televoting of all countries except Belarus. Interesting fact is that “Tu Primo Grande Amore” failed to top the televote in a single country, but was the favourite of six of the international juries.

Bulgaria wasn’t the favourite of any of the juries, but did score ‘douze points’ with the public in six countries – the exact opposite of Italy. Krisia and the two brothers also proved that winning the televoting is not impossible with draw number 2, finishing top four everywhere and leaving all competitors behind. In the televoting, that is. Bulgaria finished 4th in the jury voting and the combined result wasn’t good enough to beat the Italian ballad.

On forehand Ukraine was considered to be a song for the juries by many, but an incredible 3rd place with the televoters proves the opposite and is the reason for their place on the left side of the scoreboard. The jurors from the other fifteen competing countries almost completely overlooked Ukraine, placing it 12th with not more than 24 points.

Just like Ukraine, Slovenia probably suffered from an overload of ballads: Ula collected a surprisingly low number of 14 points from the jury. She did get some televoting support from Croatia (7), Sweden (6), Montenegro (6) and The Netherlands (6), but scored little or no points elsewhere and therefore didn’t get enough televotes to compensate for the jury result.

There also was a big discrepancy between the jury voting and the televoting regarding the Cypriot entry. Picking up 73 points brought Sophia a 5th place with the European juries, while the televoters turned out to be less of a fan of her song. Cyprus finished 4th in the Bulgarian and Dutch televote, but failed to do better than 8th anywhere else and ended up 10th five times.

Just like Cyprus, Malta’s best result in a televoting  was 4th – 7 points from Italy and Russia. The professional jurors were more impressed by the vocal capacity of Federica, resulting in an impressive number of three twelve pointers and five ten pointers.

Although The Netherlands did considerably better in the televoting (6th place with 69 points) than with the juries (9th place with 44 points), the only 12 it was awarded was thanks to the Swedish jury, as Bulgaria won the public vote there. Even though The Netherlands scored top 9 in all of the televoting nations, Julia failed to get points from six of the juries.

The other Julia, from Sweden, bombed in the televoting, as the Dutch were the only ones texting and phoning for her, resulting in a total of 3 points. It almost literally was ‘game over’ for Josie from Croatia, as she scored a big fat nill with the televoters, but was saved from disaster by the San Marinese jury. The only noteworthy televoting results for Serbia were the 10 points from Montenegro and the 8 from Croatia, but a 7th spot with the juries was enough to get “Svet U Mojim Ocima” into the overall top 10.

Where some entries scored way better in one of the two votings, Armenia was consistent, ending up 2nd with both the juries and the televoters. That same concistency is to be seen with Russia (6th with the juries and 5th with the public), Belarus (62 versus 58 points), Georgia (10th in both), Montenegro (13th in the jury voting and 14th in the televoting), San Marino (11 points from both) and Croatia (last).

Well, thank you very much Thom for the incredibly detailed look into the show’s results! So are you happy with your favourite’s position in Europe’s voting? Do you wish your favourite had made it higher in the jury or the televoting? And did the right song win, in your opinion? Be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below!

Elhaida Dani will represent Albania in Vienna!

Well guys, that’s it! After three hours, we FINALLY know who will fly the Albanian flag in the Wiener Stadthalle in May of next year. The jury in Tirana have just selected Elhaida Dani to represent the country with the song “Diell” – translated to “Sun” in English. So what do we think of it and – more importantly – what is YOUR opinion on the song?

So, the 2014 edition of Festival i Këngës (FiK) took place tonight in the Palace of Congresses in Albania’s capital, Tirana. The show consisted of three hours full of ads, songs, awkward stage invasions from jury members, a phenomenal performance from Rona Nishliu and – to be honest – quite a lot of ‘bantaaaa’ between the hosts..whether that banter was any good or not, you’ll have to ask an Albanian speaker! After all those events and all that awkwardness, we have a representative for Albania for next year’s Eurovision! To listen to it, have a look at the video provided below (although in the video title, the name of the song is ‘Të kërkoj’, but is actually called ‘Diell’)!

So the song is a ballad and so far, in the five songs we now have selected for Eurovision – not one of the selected songs would be properly classified as a ballad, so thank you very much – faleminderit – to Albania for providing the first ballad of the entire Contest. Elhaida delivers the song’s lyrics with a burning passion – as if she was the person to experience all the emotions that the song contains. The use of the orchestra is also crucial in the telling of the story in my opinion, as Elhaida pours her heart onto the stage. And is it just me, or does she look a little bit like Jennifer Lopez when she is singing in the video, or is that just me?

Now that the song has been picked out, what happens next? Well, the obvious question will be – will they change the language to English or will they keep the song in Albanian? Then, they’ll have to work on the arrangement of the song to ensure the song is able to reach out to a wider audience than Albania. Personally, I think the song needs to be made more accessible to those who have only one chance to listen to the song, so I feel some work may be needed on the arrangement and staging of the song, but whether or not they can make the changes to suit everyone is anyone’s guess. So what do you think of the song?

Your views:

Did Albania make the right choice picking Elhaida?
Did Albania make the right choice picking Elhaida?

Honza Sak from the Czech Republic: This song is unusual, strong and great!

Nadine Glöck from Germany:  I like it, but I wait with the rating till the final version is known.

Nakata Velichkov from Bulgaria: The voice is perfect, but the song… With BIG help from the juries final is possible!

Nick Eurovision from Greece: Good singer but the song it’s the epitome of unoriginality. It can’t be compared with Suus. This is another classic ballad of the many we’ve heard in Eurovision.

So it seems that Albania’s selection has split fans’ opinions, with some saying that they adore the song, and other saying that they wish Lindita Halimi had won – and that’s good! We’re all not going to agree on everything, are we? So what do YOU (yes, I’m looking at you right there!) think of the selection? Do you think that she’ll do well in Eurovision? Did you hope that someone else would have represented Albania? Feel free to let us know your thoughts on everything by commenting below!

It’s “Time” for Uzari & Maimuna to represent Belarus!

Hi guys! We’re really sorry for the extended delay of this review, but as is the time of the year when it’s Christmas and we have to spend ‘Time’ with our loved ones (like what we did there?)… but yes, it is time to review the fourth song that has been selected for Eurovision 2015! After a dramatic night in Belarus that left former Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak in absolute pieces (our friends at Wiwibloggs have more on that story), we managed to find someone to represent Belarus in Austria next May! Have a listen to the Belarusian entry below!

So this is the song will represent Belarus in Vienna (although we’re not exactly sure because Belarus has a tendency to change the artist and/or song several weeks after initially being okay with the choice) – “Time” being performed by singer Uzari and violinist Maimuna. So what’s the song about? Well the song’s main lyrical theme is the fascination with time and how we have so little in our lives so we have to break free from the restraints that hold us back and live our lives to the full. This message of self-determination is carried on by quite an addictive contemporary beat mixed in with Maimuna’s fantastic violin skills. Altogether, you wouldn’t exactly think this combination of modernity and orchestral music would work as it looks on paper, but it actually does scrub together quite well! Of course on the night, the duo were up against 14 other songs, with the majority of fan support swaying in Rybak’s girl group MILKI..during the midway point of the voting process, they had managed to clench third place in the rankings – thanks to the 8 points and 1,188 votes the public sent in for the song. That, coupled with the three sets of 12 points the jury gave essentially sealed Uzari and Maimuna’s victory. While everyone was all smiles and congratulatory of the duo’s victory, some people weren’t as accepting (yes, we’re all looking at you Alexander…) and such – he had subsequently halted his Eurovision career…#awkward….so what are our own opinions on the song?

  • Rory – I personally am a fan of this song. I love the quite unheard of mix of both electronica and orchestral instruments..Fingers crossed they won’t change the song like they always do!
  • Lewis – I quite like it, but I still prefer Trijntje. It’s a good mix and we really haven’t heard this sort of fusion in ESC before. I think it will either do very well (top 10) or not make it past the semis if Europe really doesn’t take to it.
  • Reece – In the past, Belarus have always had a few issues with Eurovision,but hopefully they’ll stick with this sort-of pop/folk song. It’s perhaps the right song in the end. My second favourite so far.

So it seems as if we’re all in agreement that it is a strange mix, but it works! Do you agree with us though? Your views:

What do you think of Uzari & Maimuna's song 'Time'?
What do you think of Uzari & Maimuna’s song ‘Time’?

Stephanie Saczawa from Canada: I like it, combined with a good stage presentation I think it could do well in Vienna! Joey Ferreira from the United States: I think Belarus made a good choice, although not the best. Still my 2nd of the top 4. Krzysztof Miśkowicz from Poland: Good song. Vocalist is from Poland – potential big points from my country to Belarus. Fiona McCarthy from Ireland: It’s a nice song. Much better than Malta’s this year! So it seems as if the fans are in agreement that it is a good song…could the first-time-listeners change that? Who knows…perhaps next year, we might be off to Minsk or perhaps not – we’ll just have to wait until May to see! So what do you think about the song? Do you think it was the right song to go to Eurovision, do you wish another act took the trophy? What would you give the song out of ten? Do you think it will qualify? Feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below!