The first OGAE results have recently been published, from the first 13 associations. With not many surprises. The top ten are as follows:
- Denmark 124 pts.
- San Marino 87 pts.
- Norway 75 pts.
- Germany 69 pts.
- Italy 64 pts.
- United Kingdom 59 pts.
- Netherlands 53 pts.
- Sweden 45 pts.
- Ukraine 34 pts.
- Russia 33 pts.
Denmark, of course, the favourite, has come top by quite a margin, netting more than six points from all 13 countries, including six ‘douze points’. These entries are arguably the higher quality songs in the competition, and are pretty much guaranteed a place in the final. The rankings are pretty tight, bar maybe Denmark’s lead, which shows really how tough the competition is this year. 18 countries still have no points. Congratulations to Emmelie De Forest from Denmark for their current lead, one that will, in my opinion, stick.
The question is, can these results tell us anything? Well, maybe. Last years results put Sweden way on top, which, of course, was correct, and five of the top ten in Baku were in the the OGAE’s top ten. So a mix really. Although there were some extreme oddities, like Norway’s OGAE fifth, but last in the final, and Iceland dropping from the OGAE’s third to the final’s 20th. But it predicted the winner, thus proving false Graham Norton’s recent comment that “Eurovision can’t be second guessed.”
There are no real surprises for me, apart from possibly Norway, and Germany, a song which I believe would appeal to the typical televoter (well, maybe these OGAE members are typical televoters!). I’m happy to see the United Kingdom up in sixth, a song that is technically, on a professional level at least, a superb song, and one that should score well from the juries.
But wait! Of course we haven’t heard from all countries yet, and once we recieve all the votes, by the time rehearsals begin in Malmö in May, then we shall have clearer view on how the competition may (or may not) turn out.
You can check out the full rankings from all 13 countries here.