Like most people, I have my own drinking game slash scoreboard system for judging Eurovision entries: points for glittery costumes, costume changes, and particular gay culture costumes; points for singing in their own language, using obscure instruments and for doing impressive vocal things; points for impressive staging things like fire or moving set. There are many things, and sometimes they change, because it’s all just for fun.
That all being said: here are my top three and where they came in the jury, public and overall rating, and as bonuses, my ‘nil points’ country and take on UK too.
Nil Points!: Switzerland
They’ve got three official languages and another recognised national language to choose from, none of which are English, but they sang in English. It was a beautiful little low key ballad that I really enjoyed, but between that and the minimalist staging and costume, they just didn’t manage to score any points in my system. Perhaps if I had a better musical ear they might have scored points, as I know plenty of people award/drink for key changes and the like, but I can’t recognise that.
People seemed to agree with me, as they got zero voter points, although the jury gave them 78, putting them last by voters, 12th by jury and 17th overall.