Strongest, toughest ever? 2018’s first #Eurovision semi-final in context

“Brutal.” “A bloodbath.” “So unfair.” “Toughest semi-final in history.” These were but a few of the comments made in the Lisbon bubble about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest first semi-final. The overwhelming consensus was that Tuesday’s line-up of entries was… Read moreStrongest, toughest ever? 2018’s first #Eurovision semi-final in context

Null points 2015

For the first time in the semi-final era we have seen null points in a Grand Final. In fact, for the first time in decades two entries received no points: Ann-Sophie’s Black Smoke for Germany, and The Make Makes I’m Yours, for host country Austria. In this article I take a look at how these (zero) scores came about, some of the unintended consequences of the combined televoting/jury scoring system in play, and crunch the numbers a different way.