Each year, Australian television viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest are given the chance to vote on the final songs in an unofficial televote. As can be seen from the table below, the Australians agreed with the European top two placings, but there are some distinct differences further down the list:
FYR Macedonia 18,842
United Kingdom 12,862
Bosnia & Herzegovina 8,776
The rest of the official Top 5 were Serbia, Azerbaijan and Albania. The Australians placed these songs 16th, 24th and 23rd respectively, which in most respects, highlights the neighbourly voting that actually took place in the official scoring. By contrast, Ireland, Italy and Denmark replaced those former Eastern Bloc nations, which in the official table fared much worse.
While the majority of countries agreed that Sweden was its favourite on the night, many of the results from the middle of the actual final table sank closer to the bottom in the Australian version. So, does this mean that without the benefit of political/neighbourly alliances, the Australian final table better reflects the final placings of the songs?
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