May 23 / Video / Eurovision 2015: press reactions & analysis of the results
The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over. We have a winner. Sweden won the contest for the sixth time and is now the second best winning country in the Eurovision. Måns Zelmerlöw was an early favourite and not many fans and press doubted that Sweden could win again only three years after their last victory. And he did it. Next year we’ll be visiting Sweden again and maybe SVT will break the record from 2001 and host the contest in Friends Arena with over 50.000 people in the audience? Who knows? But SVT knows how to make a fantastic show – and hopefully they will choose some better hosts than ORF did!
Looking at the results it is a bit surprising to see Belgium in the top 5. Loïc did well during rehearsals and the semifinal and he became quickly a favourite among the fans and he did Belgium proud for sure. The political votes were not than obvious this year. With Russia as runner-up and Israel on 9th place this years Eurovision became less political than the previous years. Spain was tipped to do well but only received a 21th place. A big disappointment for Edurne and Spain. Italy might have thought that they would win this year but only a third place for Il Volo. Well done after all, but they might be a big disappointed anyway.
Australia had to win if they wanted to participate again – or maybe they will be permanent members now? Guy Sebastian got into the top 5 and he can be very proud of that. A good performance and a great debut from down under. Slovenia opened the Grand Final and Maraaya got 14th place. Good job, but considering that they were a fan favourite before the shows they could have done better.
The host country Austria and Germany received null points. Well not that a big surprise. Maybe they deserved better, but it is safe to say that the big 5 again did mad overall. Only Italy did well. Maybe we should take the discussion if the big 5 should be automatically in the final year after year. Well, it’s not to their advance. The might do better if they qualified from the semifinals.
It was a surprise to see that Greece and Cyprus didn’t give each other 12 points this year. That calls for a “breaking news”!
The 27 countries in the final did very well overall and it was tough to find a winner in 2015. But Sweden showed that they know how to do Eurovision songs and Europe (and Australia) liked it. It will be exiting to see the full results from the semifinals and the split voting.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest 6 times: In 1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012 and 2015. In 2016 Sweden and SVT will host the 61th Eurovision Song Contest. Välkommen till Sverige!