the 2018 Grand Final result was clear and unremarkable. John Egan takes a look at some of the numbers.
Portugal’s 2017 victory was a landmark: a first victory after 50 attempts, a non-English language victory for only the second time in the televote era, and the first aligned victory (in terms of jury and public rankings) since 2014. All of which makes for a comprehensive victory…unless all is not necessarily as it seems, if you dig a bit deeper. So dig we have. Or at least tried
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.