#ESC250: Crunching the numbers of the tenth annual Eurovision Top 250 vote!

Time to find out all the facts and figures from #ESC250 2018!

On Monday (31 December), Loreen was crowned the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Top 250 vote for the seventh year in a row, with her 2012 winning song “Euphoria”. However, amongst all the entries there were many little pockets of facts and statistics that we’ve delved into to deliver to you! The show may be over for another year, but it’s time to look at the statistics of the 2018 Eurovision Top 250 vote.

Which country made the most appearances?

It comes with no surprise that the country that had the most entries in the Top 250 was Italy with 15 entries – one up from the 14 entries they had last year. The highest placing Italian entry on the chart was Il Volo’s 2015 entry, “Grande Amore”, which finished in 6th place. Italy was followed by Israel and Sweden – both with 12 entries – and Norway, with 11 entries.

At the other end of the table, three countries failed to get a single entry into the Top 250 – Andorra, Malta and Morocco. Monaco, San Marino, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia and Yugoslavia all had one entry on the chart.

In terms of which country had the highest percentage of their entries in the Top 250, we turn to Australia which had three out of its four entries in the top 250 – 75%. Azerbaijan followed with 72.7%, then Serbia & Montenegro with 50% and Albania and Ukraine with 46.7%.

Of course, at the other end of the table on percentages was Andorra, Malta and Morocco with 0%. Yugoslavia followed with 3.7%, then Monaco with 4.2% and Austria with 5.9%.

What about which year had the most entries on chart?

Most likely because it’s still fresh in everyone’s mind, Lisbon 2018 had the most entries in the Top 250 with 27. Stockholm 2016 followed in a very close second with 23 and Malmo 2013 and Kyiv 2017 were on join third with 16. If you look at contests pre-2010 though, it’s Belgrade 2008 that tops the table with 12 entries on chart.

12 contests had no entries on chart, the newest of which being Tallinn 2002. All of the other years without entries were contests in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, with the exception of Lausanne 1989 which also had zero entries.

When looking at the percentages of number of entries per year, the top three remain the same – Lisbon 2018 is first with 62.8%, Stockholm 2016 is second with 54.8% and Malmo 2013 is third with 41%.

Have the winners been successful?

Since Eurovision has begun, there has been 66 winners of the contest and 42 of those made the Top 250 this year. The newest winner not to make the chart was Ell & Nikki with “Running Scared” which represented Azerbaijan in 2011. Other notable winners not to make the list include “Puppet on a String” (United Kingdom 1967), “All Kinds of Everything” (Ireland 1970), “Ding-a-Dong” (Netherlands 1975), “What’s Another Year” (Ireland 1980) and “Why Me?” (Ireland 1992).

However, the most surprising winner not to appear on the list is Lys Assia, who won the first ever contest back in 1956 with “Refrain”. Lys passed away on 24 March 2018, and many people voted to try and get her into the Top 250 as a commemoration to her love and passion that she put into Eurovision even after her win. She did however get awarded the first ever Recognition Award in the ESCXTRA Awards 2018 – the award will be renamed in her honour in the 2019 ceremony.

Another winning-related statistic that everyone looks forward to is “Who will win the 1969 and 1991 ‘winners’ battle?”. In 1969, four countries had to share the win and in 1991, Sweden’s Carola won over France’s Amina through tie-break after they both ended up with the same amount of points at the end of the voting. This year’s votes show that France wins on both occasions!

In the case of 1969, France’s Frida Boccara was in fact the only winner from that year to appear on the chart in position number 186. In 1991’s case, France’s Amina (which ended up second on the night) ended up just outside the top 100 in position number 105 while Carola finished in position 169.

The risers, the fallers and the new entries

The final set of statistics we’ve delved into for you tonight is linked to how much the entries rised up the chart, plummeted down the chart and for some, entered the charts in all their glory.

This year, the award for highest climber goes to Ireland’s winning entry from 1993 – Niamh Kavanagh with “In Your Eyes”. Entering this year’s chart at position number 99, this winner from the Emerald Isle rose 130 places compared to her position in 2017. Georgia’s Sopho and “Visionary Dream” took the award for second highest climber with a climb of 109, and third place went to the United Kingdom’s Gina G from 1996 with “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit”.

However, with risers, there always comes fallers and this year’s award for highest faller goes to Spain’s Barei and her 2016 entry, “Say Yay!” which plummeted 143 places to position number 218 this year. Second place for this not so prestigious award goes to Donatan & Cleo – “My Slowianie – We Are Slavic” (Poland 2014) dropping 130 placed and third place goes to Douwe Bob – “Slow Down” (Netherlands 2016).

58 entries were also “new entries” into the Top 250 this year showing that not only 2018 entries are able to enter the chart! Three songs also managed to maintain their position from last year – “Euphoria” (remaining at number 1), “City Lights” (remaining at number 5) and “Quédate conmigo” (remaining at number 8).

Did you enjoy this year’s Eurovision Top 250? Do you wish there was a new winner to knock Loreen off her top spot?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover four Eurovision seasons and I'm excited to see what 2023 has in store for us! I'm a music enthusiast, but also enjoy learning - so you'll likely find me in a classroom or listening to the best new music!

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