Tel Aviv 2019

For all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel on the 14th, 16th and 18th May.

LRT in touch with the EBU regarding Italy’s Semi Final televote discrepancy

LRT in touch with the EBU regarding Italy’s Semi Final televote discrepancy

Yesterday, we reported an anomaly between the televoting results published by Italian broadcaster RAI and the data published by the EBU after the grand final. The results released by RAI showed that Lithuania made the top 10 in the country’s public televoting with 4.13%. This however, was not reflected in the results published on the official website. If the former turns out to be the correct results, we would see a tie break situation which may have seen Lithuania qualify to the grand final over Denmark. Lithuanian broadcaster LRT have since acknowledged our findings and confirmed that the EBU have been contacted for clarification on the matter. The Head of Delegation added his thoughts: “The situation is really interesting. We, as the broadcaster have suffered the moral and ranking injustice. we may have sufficient information for this error to be recognised.” The findings also reached Lithuanian representative, Jurij Veklenko, who remains satisfied with how things panned out. I did everything I could, but what happened has happened. Those who were in the finals were worthy of their place and I see no point in unnecessarily depriving them of their place on the table.Jurij Veklenko The singer added that it would be …
North Macedonia win Eurovision 2019 jury voting as EBU clarifies mistake in Belarusian voting

North Macedonia win Eurovision 2019 jury voting as EBU clarifies mistake in Belarusian voting

The EBU have responded to the error in the Belarusian jury voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. They have now clarified that a mistake has indeed taken place and that the results have now been updated. The update now sees North Macedonia as the new jury winner. “A human error” EBU have clarified the error now and have classified it as a human error. They have given out the following statement on Eurovision.tv: The Belarusian jury was dismissed following the reveal of their votes from the first Semi-Final which is contrary to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. In order to comply with the Contest’s voting regulations, the EBU worked with its voting partner digame to create a substitute aggregated result (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records), which was approved by voting monitor Ernst & Young, to determine the Belarusian jury votes for the Grand Final.The EBU can confirm, following standard review practices, we have discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 …
Duncan Laurence shoots up the Global Spotify Charts with over 2 million streams in one day

Duncan Laurence shoots up the Global Spotify Charts with over 2 million streams in one day

Yesterday, the day after the final, saw many people listening to this years Eurovision entries on Spotify and other streaming platforms. Today, the numbers were released and Eurovision winner Duncan Laurance gained more than 1.4 million streams on Spotify alone compared to the day before which placed him 104 (!!!) positions better than the day before. Eurovision acts on the Global Spotify Charts on May 19th, 2019 No. 14 (+104) – Duncan Laurence – Arcade – 2.315.473 streamsNo. 34 (RE) – Mahmood – Soldi – 1.553.141 streamsNo. 125 (NEW) – Luca Hänni – She Got Me – 781.040 streamsNo. 139 (NEW) – Keiino – Spirit In The Sky – 734.410 streamsNo. 164 (RE) – John Lundvik – Too Late For Love – 654.595 streams Spotify isn’t the only place this year’s Eurovision acts celebrate a huge success! Many Eurovision acts have made it to the Top 25 of the global iTunes charts including Duncan Laurence (#05), Keiino (#10), Mahmood (#13), Luca Hänni (#17), John Lundvik (#23) and Chingiz (#25). Interval act Madonna is currently on #24 on the global iTunes charts. She couldn’t reach the Top 200 of the Global Spotify Charts despite her performance on Saturday yet. Having so …
Major error uncovered in Belarusian jury vote?

Major error uncovered in Belarusian jury vote?

During Saturday night’s Grand Final, fans were quick to note that the Belarusian jury – which had been disqualified in advance of the competition – had a rather unusual result. The Belarusian jury was the only one to give host nation Israel any points… and it got their 12! Now, eagle-eyed fans have done some digging and it appears that the Belarusian jury was modelled by using nations in the same pot as them – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Russia – but it seems to have been sorted upside down. Full model as worked out by @euro_bruno How was it worked out? Twitter user @euro_bruno gave his working out in the thread below: guys I was just here (over)analysing last night's #Eurovision results and I think I just found out how the (very weird) Belarusian jury results were made!!! here's a whole thread explaining the process— Bruno 🇵🇹 | 🇸🇮🇲🇹🇬🇧🇳🇱🇬🇷 (@euro_bruno) May 19, 2019 so. what exactly did I try to do? I saw that the countries who had been allocated into the same pot as 🇧🇾 were Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia – thus, I made an average out of all these countries' jury rankings to see how the …
WATCH: The Eurovision 2019 televoting reveal using the 2016-2018 format

WATCH: The Eurovision 2019 televoting reveal using the 2016-2018 format

A change to the voting this year saw the televoting points revealed in reverse order of the jury results, rather than in reverse order of the televoting results as had been the case since 2016. Over on Twitter, the very talented @euro_hater has recreated last night’s televote reveal to match what it would’ve looked like before this year’s change. Take a look! Eurovision 2019 results with former televoting system (2016-2018) pic.twitter.com/yO2bn2vWcw— euroHater 🇳🇱 (@euro_hater) May 19, 2019 A change for the better? With the significant gap between Norway and The Netherlands, you would arguably have known the winner once Italy’s 3rd place finish had been revealed. Nevertheless, last night we waited until the final second to discover whether Sweden had scored enough points to overhaul The Netherlands. Was it a lucky strike or a well calculated change? Let us know your thoughts @ESCXTRA!
Eurovision Final breaks KAN viewing figure records

Eurovision Final breaks KAN viewing figure records

This year’s host broadcaster, KAN, achieved record viewing audience figures for last night’s Eurovision grand final, with an overall viewer count of 1,302,000. Viewing figure data released today reveal that more than 45% of the country’s population tuned in during the show’s thrilling voting sequence. A spike in viewers was also reported during the performance of home entrant Kobi Marimi, in which the audience reached 44.5% (1.3 million). Interestingly, the performance by global superstar Madonna saw a drop in numbers, with 34.3% tuning in to see the performance of her new single. The show was also broadcast on two additional KAN channels. The broadcasters educational channel transmitted the final, accompanied by sign language. This reached over 46,000 viewers in the country. A broadcast dubbed in Arabic was also available on Kan 33 and reached a further 15,000 viewers. The impressive viewing data mark the Eurovision 2019 final as KAN’s highest rated broadcast to date. It has also become Israel’s 2nd most watched Eurovision final of the century, behind the 2005 contest.
REVEALED: The Eurovision 2019 semi-final and final jury/televote voting splits!

REVEALED: The Eurovision 2019 semi-final and final jury/televote voting splits!

Following tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest 2019 grand final, the EBU, as always, have treated us to a wealth of voting statistics. An important statistic is always discovering what share of points countries received from the jury vote and from the televote. Who would have qualified on televoting alone? Or, who was saved by jury support? Find out below! Semi-final one Semi-final two Final
Here are the semi-final results for Eurovision 2019!

Here are the semi-final results for Eurovision 2019!

Now that we have the winner of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest, and the results of the final, the EBU revealed the results of the semi-finals! SEMI FINAL ONE After the first semi-final, ESC Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand revealed that only two points separated the 10th qualifier from the song that came 11th. Now we know that these songs were “Like it” from Belarus and “Fire of Love (Pali Sie)” from Poland. Australia – 261 pointsCzech Republic – 242 pointsIceland – 221 pointsEstonia – 198 pointsGreece – 185 pointsSlovenia – 167 pointsSerbia – 156 pointsSan Marino – 150 pointsCyprus – 149 pointsBelarus – 122 pointsPoland – 120 pointsHungary – 97 pointsBelgium – 70 pointsGeorgia – 62 pointsPortugal – 51 pointsMontenegro – 46 pointsFinland – 23 points SEMI FINAL TWO After the second semi-final, Jon Ola Sand revealed that the difference between the songs that came 10th and 11th was, this time, of one point. Now we know that close race was between Denmark and Lithuania! The Netherlands – 280 pointsNorth Macedonia – 239 pointsSweden – 238 pointsSwitzerland – 232 pointsAzerbaijan – 224 pointsRussia – 217 pointsNorway – 210 pointsMalta – 157 pointsAlbania – 96 pointsDenmark – 94 pointsLithuania – …
The Netherlands win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

The Netherlands win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has come to an exciting end tonight. In EXPO Tel Aviv, The Netherlands were crowned the winners of the 64th Eurovision song Contest. Duncan Laurence emerged victorious with his song “Arcade”. Tonight’s results The Netherlands emerged victorious tonight with 492 points, beating Italy, who finish second with 465 for “Soldi” by Mahmood. The podium was completed by Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, who finish in third place for the second time. The big surprise of the night were the jury results for North Macedonia. Tamara Todevska brings her country their first ever top ten placing after finishing a mighty second with the juries. Sweden’s John Lundvik won the jury vote, with Duncan Laurence finishing third there. The gap wasn’t big, though: Sweden scored 239 points, North Macedonia 233 and the Netherlands 231. In televoting, we also see a surprising winner: Norway! KEiiNO picked up 291 points, beating Duncan Laurence’s 261 points. However, the combined score for The Netherlands of 492 brought them their first victory in 44 years. A rising star Duncan Laurence is a rising star in the music business. He took part in The Voice of Holland a couple of years ago. He was in …
Belarus: Jury dismissed from Grand Final after breeching EBU rules

Belarus: Jury dismissed from Grand Final after breeching EBU rules

It has been confirmed that the Belarusian jury for Eurovision 2019 have been dismissed by the EBU. It had previously come to light that the jurors had revealed details of their votes following the first semi final in an interview with TUT. This was a breech of the contest’s rules, which prohibit the revealing of jury voting until after the Grand Final. As a result, an alternative ‘aggregated result’ will be used as a substitute. Following the first semi-final, in which Belarus was participating (and therefore voting), Valeri Prigun, the Chair of the Jury, told TUT that: We determined the three winners almost unanimously. In general, in the first six or seven places we had almost no disputes. They started in 8-10th places. Then we met for about ten minutes.Valeri Prigun speaking to TUT If that wasn’t bad enough, additional jury members revealed which entries they ranked highly and disliked in the semi: Anastasia Tikhanovich – Favourites were Georgia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Greece and Australia.Angelina Mikulskaya – Said that she voted down Iceland, while Australia topped her ranking.Artyom Mikhalenko – Didn’t state his favourites, but commented on the performances of Georgia and San Marino.Olga Ryzhikova – Favourites were Estonia, Georgia, Australia, Czech …
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