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!

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