The dismissal of the Belarusian jury, which had leaked the votes from Belarus, caused an error in result calculation

May 23, 2019

Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands has brought its country the first Eurovision win in 44 years at the just-finished Europe’s number one music contest. His performance of ‘Arcade’ proved a full package: a touching song, brilliant vocals and a heartfelt staging. Italy’s Mahmoud made his country proud with the second spot in the Final, and Russia’s renowned singer Sergey Lazarev landed at #3. Not to mention North Macedonia’s best result in its history, becoming the favorite with the jurors.

Norway winner televotes Eurovision 2019
Norway’s Keiino has surprisingly won in televoting

However, last night, 4 days following the Eurovision Grand Final, the puzzling, illogical voting from Belarus jury was revisited and corrected. The so-called “human error” occurred after the dismissal of the Belarusian jury and annulment of their allocated points in the Final.

What happened is that the jury of Belarus had broken the rules by leaking their votes from the First Semi-Final, which can only be published after the announcement of the winner of Eurovision. Their scores to other countries were cancelled and the new points were aggregated from the average voting results of the four countries of the same voting block: Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Or… that’s how it should have been done.

Russia's Sergey Lazarev came third in overall result
Russia’s Sergey Lazarev came third in overall result

Instead, what people saw on their screens were the reversed aggregated average figures, which meant zero points to the most voted countries and, surprisingly, 12 points to the less voted host country, Israel. Last night, the wrongly aggregated results were changed, making Sweden and Belarus celebrate their higher result, while Norway and the UK got a bit lower scores.

The UK’s Eurovision performance by Michael Rice with the song ‘Bigger Than Us’ came bottom scored anyway but with even less points: 11 instead of 16. This way the UK now lands on spot #25 (that means the one before the last) instead of #24. Belarus jumped one spot higher, switching places with Britain. Norway and Sweden have also exchanged positions, with Sweden now at #5 and Norway’s Keiino at #6. And even a bigger surprise, it also means North Macedonia’s Tamara Todevska won the jury vote over Sweden’s John Lundvik.

Fortunately, the Netherlands’ winner Duncan Laurence, as well as Italy’s #2, Russia’s #3 and Switzerland’s #4 remained unaffected, with just a couple of points alteration. Thanks to Laurence’s win, in 2020 we are all heading to the Netherlands for the next Eurovision contest!

Duncan Laurence Eurovision 2019 win
Duncan Laurence, Eurovision 2019 winner

Corrected Eurovision 2019 Grand Final Results

  1. Netherlands (498 points) / +6 points
  2. Italy (472 points) / +7 points
  3. Russia (370 points) / +1 point
  4. Switzerland (364 points) / +4 points
  5. Sweden (334 points) / +2 points / +1 place
  6. Norway (331 points) / -7 points / -1 place
  7. North Macedonia (305 points) / +10 points / +1 place
  8. Azerbaijan (302 points) / + 5 points / -1 place
  9. Australia (284 points) / -1 point
  10. Iceland (232 points) / – 2 points
  11. Czech Republic (157 points)
  12. Denmark (120 points)
  13. Cyprus (109 points) / + 8 points / +2 places
  14. Malta (107 points) / + 12 points /+2 places
  15. Slovenia (105 points) / -2 places
  16. France (105 points) / -2 places
  17. Albania (90 points) / +1 place
  18. Serbia (89 points) / -3 points / -1 place
  19. San Marino (77 points) / – 4 points / +1 place
  20. Estonia (76 points) / -10 points / -1 place
  21. Greece (74 points) / +3 points
  22. Spain (54 points)  / -6 points
  23. Israel (35 points) / – 12 points
  24. Belarus (31 points) / +1 place
  25. Germany (24 points) / -8 points / -1 place
  26. United Kingdom (11 points) / -5 points