May 25 / Eurovision 2015: the aftermath (all latest updates)
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest concluded and Sweden declared the winner of the show meaning that we are all heading to Stockholm’s Tele 2 Arena in May 2016. Let’s see what happened in the last 24 hours in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- The split results of tele voting and jury voting proved that Sweden won due to the juries and not out of public voting as Italy was the viewers choice.
- Belgium’s VRT already announced they will hold a national final for Eurovision 2016 with five participants but no further information given. Belgium’s Top 5 this year was a boost to the Eurovision spirit in the country
- More than 71% watched the Eurovision Song Contest in Greece when the announcement of the winner took place. In average more than 2,5 million viewers watched the show on Saturday night.
- Drop in Romanian TV rates as 1,18 million Romanians watched the Eurovision Song Contest while in 2015 more than 1,3 million were watching the show.
- The Eurovision Song Contest was granted official the Guinness World Record for the “Longest Running Annual TV Music Competition” as announced by Mr. Jon Ola Sand during the live show.
- Bulgarian national broadcaster despite not participating in Eurovision 2015 gathered special jury and voted for the Eurovision Song Contest, membered by: Stanislav Terziev – director of concerts and musical shows, Joanna Dragneva – representative of Bulgaria at Eurovision 2008, Helen Rosberg – TV and radio host, Z-Rock radio, George Kushvaliev – radio and TV presenter, music journalist, writer, Rosemary Dragneva – professor of pop and jazz singing at the National Music Academy in Sofia. The Bulgarian jury gave 12 points to Italy followed by Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Norway, Australia, Spain, Germany and Serbia. This means that if the country participated in Vienna, Germany wouldn’t have ended with null points.
- The Netherlands is one more country confirming participation for Eurovision 2016 and the national broadcaster AVROTROS announced they will stick to internal selection.
- Montenegro and F.Y.R Macedonia juries were cancelled by PWC, the company that overseas the transparency of the voting. There were indications for voting manipulation therefore the two countries gave 100% tele voting results last night.
- Austria is the first host country that end up with null points. The last time the host country was last but with some points was Latvia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga.
- Ukrainian national broadcaster announced they are returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, an announcement which was known to oikotimes.com for few days now, but the official confirmation now comes by the General Director of the Ukrainian national broadcaster NTU.
- Some interesting facts about Eurovision 2015 final were that: Israel and Serbia performed for the very first time their songs in English
- French Head of Delegation was furious after the Grand Final saying “If it were my decision, France would withdraw” while Lisa Angell told to the media that her failure was an injustice.
- During the Georgian performance a malfunction in the smoking machine made Nina disappear for a while causing the anger of her fans who plundered the social media with messages claiming sabotage (as usual).
- Denmark announced their participation in the Eurovision 2016 as well, and DR confirmed there will be changes in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. After their big time failure to qualify in the final (despite they had a good song), Danish national broadcaster seeks the proper format to make their participation impressive.
- Australian jury member Jake Stone revealed after the Eurovision 2015 concluded and during a morning TV show that he is a good friend with Katrina Noorbergen, one of the songwriters of “A Million Voices” which was the Russian entry. Russian jury ranked Russia 1st in the First Semifinal and the Grand Final! We are awaiting for the EBU reactions.
- The song contest’s techies took the unprecedented precaution of installing anti-booing technology to protect the Russian contestant Polina Gagarina from copping the same anti-Russian sentiment as her predecessors.
- As Greece took to the stage to perform its Eurovision 2015 entry, the usual quips about the country praying it won’t win the song contest due to its precarious financial situation began to flow on social media. Aside from a number of people commenting that Greece’s singer Maria Elena Kyriakou looked a lot like Celine Dion, viewers on Twitter joked about what a Eurovision final in Berlin would look like.
- Eurovision 2015 averages 6.6 million on BBC One. The Eurovision coverage helped BBC One win primetime overall on the night, with a 29% share compared to ITV’s 20.6%. Despite suffering a large drop from last week, Britain’s Got Talent still drew 7.41m (35.2%) on ITV and a further 295k (1.4%) on +1.
- Once again and based on the jury voting, the EBU used an algorithm to create the running order of the voting countries and create voting excitement as Sweden shouldn’t be revealed that soon as winner and create thriller and of course more viewing TV rates.
- As Vienna has attracted thousands of visitors these days, Christer Björkman absolutely feels that Eurovision is like Olympic Games: “It is built upon the same idea and aims to overcome differences. As the friendly and peaceful games, we have entertainment, fun and easy-going shows”. Despite the fact that everybody wants to win, “Eurovision becomes so expensive, it is a burden to win at times”. As Eurovision Reference Group member, he states that the problem is that “it costs a lot of money and we really should size it down a little bit, because we put a lot of pressure on the host broadcaster”.