It’s Eurovision Song Contest time, and Pinnacle Sports have been taking a look at the numbers ahead of this weekend’s singing spectacular.
Which countries will vote for their neighbours and who will end up with nul points? The stats are all here thanks to Pinnacle Sports
7 – Most Eurovision wins
Ireland hold this record, having won 7 Eurovision titles in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and most recently in 1996.
Ireland are priced at 1.400 to qualify from the Semi-Finals.
3 – Most Eurovision wins in a row
Also held by Ireland who won in 1992 with the song “Why Me” by Linda Martin, in 1993 with “In Your Eyes” by Niamh Kavanagh and in 1994 with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids” by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan.
Ireland are 6.290 to finish in the top 3 of Semi-Final 1.
2 – Most number of wins by a performer
Yet another record held by you guessed it… Ireland, singer Johnny Logan is the only performer to have won Eurovision more than once. First winning in 1980 with the song “What’s Another Year” and winning again in 1987 with “Hold Me Now”.
6 – Host country victories
Taking place in Malmo, Sweden this year, Eurovision has been won 6 times by the host country. The inaugural competition was won by Switzerland in 1956. In 1969 four countries were tied for 1st place including hosts Spain, along with the UK, Netherlands and France. In 1973 Luxembourg were victorious hosts with the song “Tut te reconnaitras”. Israel won in Jerusalem in 1979; and Ireland won twice hosting in 1993 and 1994.
27 – All in the language
English is the song language with the most wins (27), with countries performing winning songs in English for the last five contests. French is the second-most common winning language with 14 wins.
The three favourites for Malmo 2013 – Denmark (2.520), Ukraine (7.140) and Norway (7.910) will all be performing their entries in English.
15 – Close but no cigar
The United Kingdom hold the record for second place finishes, having been runner up 15 times. The last time coming in 1998, with Imaani - "Where Are You?"
169 – Points record
In 2009 Alexander Rybak of Norway won Eurovision by a record 169 points. Norway are the 3rd favourites to win Eurovision at 7.910.
18 – Most 12’s
At last year’s Eurovision Loreen of Sweden was awarded the maximum possible number of points – receiving 12 from 18 countries out of 41, which is the most number of countries that anyone has received maximum points from.
16 – Nul Points
Since the introduction of the current scoring system in 1975, there have been 16 entries that have received no points. The most recent entry being “Aven Romale” by Gypsy.cz in 2009. Norway are the country to have been awarded no points the most amount of times – in 1978, 1981 and 1997.
Norway are 2.800 to win Semi-Final 2 and 1.033 to qualify.
11 – Tactical Voting
Perhaps one of the key aspects of Eurovision betting is the regional tactical voting that takes place. Statistical analysis of Eurovision voting shows that countries will often vote for each other purely because of political, cultural or geographical alliance.
There are at least 11 blocks of countries that regularly award each other high points:
- UK and Ireland
- Netherlands and Belgium
- Spain, Portugal and Andorra
- Turkey and Azerbaijan
- Cyprus and Greece
- Georgia and Lithuania
- Romania and Moldova
- Nordic states
- Baltic states
- Balkan countries
- Former Warsaw Pact countries