• Dale Roberts

How low with the Eurovision jury and televote can you finish and still qualify?


Photo credit: EBU / Thomas Hanses

The semi-finals of Eurovision 2022 are about to begin, and as always there is a jury show and a live broadcast show for the public to vote on.


The truly great songs find a way to be popular with both, while many rely heavily on one over the other to do well or even to just qualify.


Looking back since the split voting of 2016, we look at how low songs have finished and still managed to qualify.


2016



Lowest jury


Poland: Michał Szpak - 'Color of Your Life'

Jury: 15th

Public: 4th


Lowest televote


Israel: Hovi Star - 'Made of Stars'

Public: 16th

Jury: 4th


2017



Lowest jury


Romania: Ilinica ft Alex Florea - 'Yodel It'

Jury: 15th

Public: 3rd


Lowest public


Denmark: Anja Nissen - 'Where I Am'

Public: 16th

Jury: 5th


2018



Lowest jury


Finland: Saara Aalto - 'Monsters'

Jury: 15th

Public: 7th


Lowest public


Netherlands: Waylon - 'Outlaw in 'Em'

Public: 12th

Jury: 4th


2019



Lowest jury


San Marino: Serhat - 'Say Na Na Na'

Jury: 15th

Public: 4th


Lowest public


Denmark: Leonara - 'Love is Forever'

Public: 11th

Jury 9th



2021



Lowest jury


Norway: TIX - 'Fallen Angel'

Jury: 12th

Public: 8th


Lowest televote


Albania: Anxhela Peristeri - 'Karma'

Public: 11th

Jury: 8th



So what does this all tell us?


Well, every year except 2021, a song finished as low as 15th with the jury and still made the Grand Final.


However, on the majority of occasions, they then had to make the top four of the public vote to get through.


Doing badly in the televote seems to be more of an issue for entries. In the first couple of years, songs could be as low as 16th and make it.


However, in the last three contests, the lowest a qualifying song has finished with the public is 12th place.


So, if a song doesn't have enough impact for the public to pick up the phone, then they better have a very good jury score!


How will this play out at Eurovision 2022, tune in to the semi-finals to find out!