OGAE Rest of the World, can we have your votes please?

Recently we asked you all to rate the songs from this years Eurovision Song Contest. One of our members, Luc Spencer-Gardner, has channeled Jon Ola Sand and tallied the votes (read on to see the full results). Thanks to everyone who voted, and thanks to Luc for all his work pulling it together.  Over to Luc...

59 members provided their scores against each song, from zero to 10.  Here is the final tally:

Place

Country

Total Points

Average Score

1

Australia

546

9.25

2

Bulgaria

507

8.59

3

Russia

484

8.20

4

France

468

7.93

5

Austria

461

7.81

6

Iceland

420

7.12

7

Latvia

399

6.76

8

Spain

397

6.73

9

Armenia

390

6.61

10

Israel

384

6.51

11

Belarus

381

6.46

12

Ukraine

381

5.29

13

Netherlands

380

6.44

14

Czech

365

6.19

15

Malta

361

6.12

16

Lithuania

360

6.10

17

Belguim

358

6.07

18

Cyprus

350

5.93

19

Croatia

348

5.90

20

Hungary

347

5.88

21

Serbia

345

5.85

22

Poland

340

5.76

23

Italy

339

5.75

24

Norway

324

5.49

25

Sweden

316

5.36

26

UK

312

6.46

27

Estonia

291

4.93

28

Macedonia

290

4.92

29

Slovenia

289

4.90

30

Germany

284

4.81

31

Moldova

284

4.81

32

Denmark

282

4.78

33

San Marino

275

4.66

34

Ireland

273

4.63

35

Azerbaijan

271

4.59

36

Finland

258

4.37

37

Bosnia

245

4.15

38

Georgia

241

4.08

39

Albania

231

3.92

40

Switzerland

210

3.56

41

Montenegro

175

2.97

42

Greece

164

2.78

What a magnificent undertaking this was by the members.  And here are some interesting facts…

Of the 42 songs, 11 did not receive at least one 10 point score; while a massive 22 songs did not receive ZERO points (yes, this means at least 1 score of zero went to the other 20 songs).

And the song that received the most zero points?  Greece, with 10 out of the 59 voters giving this NIL POINTS!  Georgia received 6 and Montenegro received 5.  Our third place, Russia, receive 1 score of zero also!

From the lowest lows to the highest heights (thank you Switzerland… well, not thank you, that song was abysmal) – Australia received an enormous 35 ten point scores (out of a possible 59, that means 59% of the members gave Dami Im the greatest accolade they could).  Russia received 19, and Bulgaria received 16.

I could bore you to death with how many countries got how many of each 0-10, but here are some noteworthy facts instead (email me if you are really interested and I will provide as much details as you like)…

Australia, crowned the RotW favourite, did not receive a score lower than 6, and even then, only ONE… Which is why the average score for Dami was 9.25 (!)

Bulgaria, in second place, received one score of 3 points, otherwise would have had their lowest score as a 6 also… However, Poli did receive 5 of those.

While 13 may be unlucky for some – For Zoe from Austria, it was quite fortunate… she received 13 scores of 10 points, 9 and 8 points to earn her place in 5th. 

Ukraine, Overall winner of the ESC 2016, ranked at equal 11th for our club, which is a reasonable effort considering the spread of scores… Thirteen 10 points, and a reasonably even spread there on, including, much like their neighbour, 1 allotment of Zero points. 

It is always fascinating, when looking at 42 competing entries, to see songs which did not qualify for the final so high.  It is no surprise to many to see Iceland leap home into 6th position, there was a lot of hoopla when Greta was unsuccessful in the Semi Final… But for Belarus to score so incredibly well and come equal 11th … That IS a surprise, albeit a pleasant one!  Interestingly, these two countries are the only non-qualifiers in the top 23 for our club! 

Automatic qualifiers France (4th) and Spain (8th) hit our top ten, and we do not see another until Italy’s bizarre angry farm girl limps in at 23rd! 

Sweden’s hipster child star comeback only managed 25th, the United Kingdom’s brotherly love 26th, and Germany’s emo Harajuku Riding Hood lands equal 30th with non-qualifier Moldova!

And it would be right if I, of all people, did not make mention of the incredibly charming Serhat… Who received 3 scores of 10 points, 4 scores of ZERO points and 13 scores of 5! 

Finally – in keeping with the Olympic spirit (or something), here is a table with the countries who amassed the greatest number of individual scores (Naturally, Gold for the country who got the most, Silver and Bronze for second and third)… Although I am not sure any country would want the gold medal for receiving the most zeroes, but oh well…

Points/Medal

Gold

Silver

Bronze

10 points

Australia - 35

Russia -19

Bulgaria -16

9 points

Bulgaria - 23

Austria -13

Australia - 12

8 points

Iceland - 20

Belarus - 18

Netherlands and Spain - 15

7 points

Latvia - 15

Armenia, Malta and Norway - 14

Spain - 13

6 points

Slovenia - 16

Croatia, Cyprus and Hungary - 15

Spain - 14

5 points

United Kingdom - 16

Bosnia & Herzegovina - 14

San Marino - 13

4 points

Denmark and Estonia - 13

Ireland - 12

Serbia and Sweden - 11

3 points

Moldova - 14

Switzerland - 12

FYR Macedonia and Montenegro - 11

2 points

Albania and San Marino - 9

Greece, Switzerland and Montenegro - 8

Finland and Ireland - 7

1 points

Montenegro - 13

Greece and Switzerland - 12

Georgia - 7

0 points

Greece - 10

Georgia - 6

Montengro - 5