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National finals revisited: How would Eurovision 2022 look without juries?

All national finals of Eurovision Song Contest 2022 have now taken place and it’s time to see, how they shaped this year’s contest. For many countries, their national final included either a national or international jury. But how would Eurovision Song Contest 2022 look without them?

Countries without televote

Next to the twelve countries, that did not use national final at all, in three countries the national selection did not include televote at all. These were Albania, Moldova and San Marino. The jury panel in San Marino included members from different countries, while Moldova and Albania opted to use national jury.

Where the televote winner won?

In majority of the countries that used national selection to choose their entry, the favourite of the public also won the final. 19 of this year’s artists also won the televote in their national finals. In Malta, Emma Muscat won the national selection and was the favourite of the televoters with “Out of Sight” but the Maltese broadcaster replaced the winning song and in Turin she will represent Malta with “I Am What I Am“.

In Ukraine, the winner of the selection was Alina Pash with “Tini zabutykh predkiv / Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” but she withdrew from the contest after authorities started to investigate a 2015 trip she made to Crimea. The favourite of the Ukrainian televoters was Kalush Orchestra with “Stefania”, who also were selected to represent Ukraine in the contest by the broadcaster.

But let’s find out, in which countries the televote winner did not win.

🇦🇺 Australia: Voyager – Dreamer

In Australia, the winner was decided by mostly Australian jury, with one Norwegian member and the Australian televoters. The eventual winner, Sheldon Riley, was the second-favourite of the jury, who ranked Jaguar Jonze with “Little Fires” first, and also finished second with the televoters. The televote winner was the metal band Voyager with the song “Dreamer”.

Eventually Sheldon Riley won by three points ahead of Voyager and will represent Australia in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest with “Not the Same”.

🇨🇿 Czech Republic: Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana – By Now OR Giudi – Jezinky OR We Are Domi – Lights Off

Already with our second country, it’s difficult to say which song would have been the winner without the international jury. The voting was done online and the favourite of the Czech public was “By Now” by Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana. However, the duo got three points from the international voters, meaning they ended up with 9 points from the public.

Also with 9 points was the eventual winners We Are Domi, who were the favourites of the international voters and got three points from the Czech public. Also with nine points was Giudi with the song “Jezinky“. She got four points from the Czech voters and five points from the international voters.

We Are Domi will represent Czech Republic in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Recently they released the music video for their entry “Lights Off”.

🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Viktor Apostolovski – Superman

Like Czech Republic, North Macedonia also used online voting for their national selection. The winner of the online vote was Viktor Apostolovski with “Superman”. He got over 12 thousand votes and was the clear favourite of the public.

The international jury placed Andrea first with her song “Circles”. Both Viktor and Andrea ended up with 20 points and the tie-break was solved in favour of the international jury meaning Andrea will represent North Macedonia the second semi-final of the contest.

🇷🇴 Romania: Dora Gaitanovici – Ana

In the national final of Romania, most of the power was with the national jury. However, the Romanian public were also able to vote for their favourites and gave out 1/6 of the points. Dora Gaitanovici was the favourite of the televoters with “Ana”.

The favourite of the jury was WRS with “Llámame”, who won the national selection. He also finished second in the televote with 240 votes behind Dora Gaitanovici. He will represent Romania in the second semi-final of the contest.

However, before the actual final, five of the twenty semi-finalists were chosen by online voting. “Malere” by E-an-na won the online voting by a landslide and was selected as one of the semi-finalists. The finalists were then chosen by a jury, who did not send E-an-na to the final.

🇸🇪 Sweden: Andreas Bagge – Bigger Than The Universe

Sweden chose their representative to Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Melodifestivalen with the help of international jury. However, the favourite of the Swedish public was Andreas Bagge. He got 90 points from the possible 96 and after SVT revealed the full voting details, it was shown that Andreas got more than 3.4 million votes in total – more than any song since the introduction of the app voting in 2015.

The favourite of the international jury was Cornelia Jakobs with “Hold Me Closer”, who also finished second with the Swedish public. This was enough for her to win Melodifestivalen 2022 and she will represent Sweden in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

🇪🇸 Spain: Tanxugueiras – Terra

Spain used three components to determine the winner in their newly introduced national selection Benidorm Fest. The winner was selected by five-member jury panel of music professionals, demoscopic jury and the televoters.

The winner of the demoscopic jury and the televoters was Tanxugueiras with the song “Terra”. After the final the broadcaster revealed the full voting results, we found out that “Terra” got over 70 percent of the televotes.

The five-member jury panel ranked Tanxugueiras fifth out of the eight finalists and selected Chanel with “SloMo” as their winner. With this, Chanel was able to win the selection and was chosen to represent Spain in the final of Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

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