Some Top 10 facts and figures

Looking at the top 10 statistics for the past contest I thought it would be interesting to make some observation regarding the bloc voting which still is nowadays overly referred to when results are barely considered as fair.

Let’s firstable focus on the 4 past contests top 10, the contests of the 2010’s decade.

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

1

 Germany

 Azerbaijan

 Sweden

 Denmark

2

 Turkey

 Italy

 Russia

 Azerbaijan

3

 Romania

 Sweden

 Serbia

 Ukraine

4

 Denmark

 Ukraine

 Azerbaijan

 Norway

5

 Azerbaijan

 Denmark

 Albania

 Russia

6

 Belgium

 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Estonia

 Greece

7

 Armenia

 Greece

 Turkey

 Italy

8

 Greece

 Ireland

 Germany

 Malta

9

 Georgia

 Georgia

 Italy

 Netherlands

10

 Ukraine

 Germany

 Spain

 Hungary

 

The “bloc voting” which has been so much condemned, mainly relies, to simplify the question, on the dates the different countries joined the contest.

Therefore we can distinguish:

-The western bloc (composed of countries which have joined the contest from its beginning up to 1986 when Iceland joined)

-The eastern bloc (composed mainly of countries which were part of a bigger union and not recognised with the name they have today, that is to say the ones debuting in the contest from 1993 onwards)

If we take this arrangement to analyse the different results, we have in the last years’ top 10s :

2013 : 6w/4e

2012 : 5w/5e

2011 : 6w/4e

2010 : 5w/5e

That’s a total of 22w/18e for these years.

When we look at the 4 last years of the 2000’s decade :

2009 : 6w/4e

2008 : 4w/6e

2007 : 2w/8e

2006 : 4w/6e

We can notice that oddly enough, it is only in 2009, when the 50/50 jury televote voting was re-established in the contest that the balance is different than the past 3 years for which the e countries are significantly dominating = making the total for these years 16w/24e.

We have to go back to 2005 to get a similar pattern to the one of the year when the juries returned = 6w/4e.

Now if we go back even earlier and stop at the beginning of the 2000’s decade, since we’re firstly focusing on the beginning of the 2010’s decade, there are even more obvious differences with the figures that we get for the last years of the 2000’s :

2000 : 6w/4e

2001 : 7w/3e

2002 : 6w/4e

2003 : 7w/3e

We nevertheless shouldn’t forget that no less than 13 new countries joined the contest in the last years of this 2000’s decade and that no less than a good half of them we come to finish regularly in the top ten, and still do nowadays.

Now if we get back to the recent years, you will also notice that there has been between 2010 and 2013 no less than 23 different countries that have finished in the top 10. That’s one more than for the 2006-2009 periods, which means that it’s less often the same countries finish in the top places now, or slightly less often. In both periods 9 of the 22 and 23 countries have place this high more than once.

Once again, even though it’s is obvious that cultural voting has a certain weight in the voting, let’s not forget that the Eurovision is above all a cultural contest before being anything else, simply because music is culture. Thankfully enough, it is still the artistic side which is more rewarded.

 

 

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