We have a winner! After an intense voting, where the jury voting started with six different 12 point’s, finally Netta was crowned the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Next year, we’ll all be heading to Israel.
The past few weeks, odds really changed a lot. Journalists and fans saw it as a very open contest where anything could happen, and bookmakers were equally confused with odds changing a lot. As there were no clear winner, but more like a shortlist of five to maybe ten potential winners, tonight’s voting became extra nerve-wracking.
|Under The Ladder||130||17|
Amaia y Alfred
|When We’re Old||181||12|
|Nobody But You||342||3|
|That’s How You Write A Song||144||15|
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika
|You Let Me Walk Alone||340||4|
|Lie To Me||281||6|
|We Got Love||99||20|
|My Lucky Day||209||10|
|Dance You Off||274||7|
|Outlaw In ‘Em||121||18|
Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro
|Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente||308||5|
Before the live broadcast began, Israel and Cyprus were the hot favourites, and they did end up in first and second place. However, they were not favorites with the 43 juries. Before the televote was revealed, they were placed only 3rd and 5th.
A closer look at the votes reveals that there was a great difference between the votes from the juries and the televote. The juries had Austria first and Sweden second, but both Dance You Off and Nobody But You did’t get many votes from the public. Austria maintained a place in top 3, but Sweden was only 7th when the televote was added. Sweden was number 23 with the public with only 21 points, while Austria got 71 points (13th place) from the public.