The photo posted by a fan on Instagram and reproduced by many fans, followers and sites, naming the top ten tele voting winners since 2004 (when semi finals implemented and all Europe was eligible to participate) is false. The reasons are: first the think they count the tele voting only (remember for many years Andorra, Albania, San Marino and some countries announced after the contest as annulled tele voting countries, were given only jury voting). Second, the count the winner’s tele voting number but they forget that it’s another thing to come first with 280 points within 36 countries and it’s another thing to come first with 400 points within 44 countries.
This is what we did. We separated the pure tele voting from 2004 – 2016 based on the information given by the EBU (excluding, unfortunately the year of 2013 where EBU never dared to reveal the results in points but rather into rankings, causing a clear suspicion that Denmark didn’t won the tele voting – at least). Then we get this winning number and we calculate it with the total number of possible votes given by the annual participating countries, creating a percentage, showing who was really appealing to the tele voters. The results are presented above.
In each year we calculated the potential points given by the participating countries excluding the country for which we counted votes and those who gave jury voting only based on EBU information. Also in 2016 we also excluded the so-called San Marino tele voting which sounds really ridiculous as it was given by pre-selected countries and not by the San Marino audience. We also didn’t count only the tele voting winners but all tele voting rankings as some of them ranked less than first, made a top ten achievement based on our method. Feel free to contact me for any queries or possible mistake!