Well, Im back, after a good many months, I felt my duty to post my regular moan at Eurovision and how it’s just a massive sham and politically swung, but I was certain to hold my judgement this year.
Malmö has played it all brilliantly this year. A fantastic venue, brilliant visuals, great acts from countries that are usually underrated and a few pretty duff entries from previously awesome countries. I think I have become a little less cynical than last year, but I’m sure there will still be some political votes.
So, shall we get on with the analysis.
San Marino – 8 to France : Relatively close in proximity, similar languages.
Sweden – 10 to Denmark : Scandinavia, what did you expect?
– 12 to Norway : Again, Scandinavia, it was obvious, they’re neighbours.
Albania – 10 to Greece : They’re neighbours, it makes sense to keep the borders happy.
Netherlands – 12 to Belgium : “Love only for Neighbours”, not my words, theirs.
Austria – 10 to Italy : close proximity in Europe, and again they’re neighbours.
Serbia – 10 to Ukraine : Close proximity eastern block countries.
Ukraine – 8 to Moldova : Keeping the borders happy again.
– 12 to Belarus : Hmmm, neighbours eh? Must vote for them.
Romania – 12 to Moldova : Neighbours stick together, again. Do I blame them? No.
Azerbaijan – 10 to Georgia : Another border shared, more votes shared.
Norway – 12 to Sweden : Not as bad, major points to neighbours but no more to the rest of Scandinavia.
Armenia – 10 to Georgia : Borders think alike? Seems to be a trend. No love for Azerbaijan though. I wonder why, hah.
Finland – 12 to Norway, What a surprise to see, but no love for Sweden? What happened?
Spain – 12 to Italy, Bit of an odd one, but both are in financial crises, best stick together.
Belarus – 8 to Russia : No surprise there.
– 12 to Ukraine : Do I have to repeat myself?
Latvia – 10 to Estonia : Estonia were terrible this year, and the majority of votes saw that, all but this one.
– 12 to Russia : I really don’t have to repeat myself.
This was half way and I, personally, was very surprised with the outcome of the voting so far. Usually I would have picked apart all of the votes and most countries would have had 2-3 potentially swung votes yet this year seems pretty clean, I hadn’t yet found a single country that put its top 3 votes to related, bordering or close countries yet. Azerbaijan and Denmark were well away in the lead, and I had come to the conclusion that Azerbaijan just made a good song this year, and the same with Denmark. Personally, I didn’t like the Danish entry but I will reserve my judgement.
The votes so far showed me that for once the UK had not voted with bias, and neither Hungary nor Italy had been even slightly biased.
Shall we continue?
Bulgaria – 10 to Ukraine : Close eastern block countries. Need I say more?
Belgium – 12 to The Netherlands : Just reciprocating the love.
Russia – 12 to Azerbaijan : A shared border and Im pretty sure they are close countries.
Malta – 8 to Italy : Just across the water really, closest country for Malta is Italy.
Estonia – 10 to Ukraine : Both share a border with the 12 point winner, Eastern Block.
– 12 to Russia : Need I say more, they are its only other border, other than Lithuania.
Germany – 10 to Denmark : Really doesn’t need explaining, it was a good song, but they do share a border.
– 12 To Hungary : Hungary didn’t exactly blow me away, they’re pretty close too.
Iceland – 10 to Norway : Scandinavia.
– 12 to Denmark : As above.
France – 10 to Italy : Border shared, language ties, culture ties.
Denmark – 8 to Sweden : What a surprise. Brown-nosing is a easy to spot thing.
– 12 to Norway : As above, again.
Montenegro – 8 to Greece : I think I might have been to harsh with this one, they are close, but not massively close.
Georgia – 10 to Armenia : No surprise there.
– 12 to Azerbaijan : Again, no surprises. They are isolated in Europe, they stick together.
Cyprus – 12 to Greece : Need I explain this one?
Croatia – 8 to Italy : Close countries, only a small area of Slovenia separates them.
Switzerland – 10 to Hungary : Close-ish countries. Maybe not so biased.
– 12 to Italy : *sigh* Oh well, how more obvious could you get.
Actually now, looking back on this, it was a pretty fair competition, I think a lot of Europe went against just voting for neighbours and went with their hearts. There was some fantastic music this year and my congratulations go to the city of Malmö for organising and putting on one of the best shows of the European Music Calendar. It truly was a fantastic night, well done to all the performers and special Congratulations to Denmark, our winners of 2013. You deserved it!
This is JuzzTF, signing off.
(For another 6 months, hah)