Eurovision 2018 Top Five
Who finished in the crucial top five at Eurovision 2018

To round off my round *up* - It's the Top 5....

5th Italy

ItaliansAverage Jury Position - 15.34   Average Televote Position - 6.02
Well I'm mystified, dear viewer, how this even got anywhere near the top of the scoreboard and I'm with the juries on this one. To me, and them, it was a lorra lorra words interspersed with MORE words on the screen. What, literally, do you say when words are not enough? Apparently though, it struck a chord with the people that matter and you rang in in your tens! Thirty-five sets of televotes had this as one of their top nine songs. That is unfathomable. For the Italians, however, close but not actually winning it will keep them coming back cos, despite what their HoD says, they don't want the hassle of winning it!

4th Germany

Average Jury Position - 7.71   Average Televote Position - 8.60
Clearly everyone loved a three-minute whinge about losing his dad! I dunno, maybe sometimes I'm just too old and set in my ways to understand songs like this. Objectively, though, it's clearly hit a chord with everyone. Herr Schulte looked down the pipes, sung like Mr Sheeran and got the aww bless vote. Side note, Germany have only had two higher finishes since 1999 - a win, and a third. Is this song that good?

3rd  Austria

Cesár SampsonAverage Jury Position - 5.95   Average Televote Position - 11.43
Now this one I do get. This was squarely aimed at me, and I am typical of an average jury: white, gay, middle-aged and when I saw this at the semi-final, I had it first. The reason? It's just a damn good, well-written, well-paced pop song that gets into your head. The televoters, though, didn't see enough bang for their Euro, which is probably why it didn't grab them in sufficient numbers for lots of people to pick up the phone. That's a shame because it deserved more. Did it deserve a win? - probably not ... so, over all, the result was about right.

2nd Cyprus

Average Jury Position -  8.67  Average Televote Position - 5.24
One only has to say "Fuego" to understand why this song finished in second place. It's just so typically Eurovision Greek mid-2000's and harks back to an era when pure televoting would have had this stone cold nailed on. The juries, though, being the pesky little so-and-so's that they were, had already seen class from Austria and thought that this was just a little too obvious for a winner, and put it on the back-burner. Cracking result though!

1st  Israel

NettaAverage Jury Position - 7.10  Average Televote Position - 4.24
To win this contest you need to appeal to everyone - or if not everyone, then enough people to get the points, and that's why this won. The two weeks we spent in Lisbon were, in retrospect, completely useless as a fan press worker, because I could have just written "she's won" on April 29th, but where's the fun in that? When you are one place better in both televote and jury that builds an 84 point lead, as it stands Netta won by 93, so there you go! *I* don't like it, and would have preferred another song to win, but the scoreboard doesn't lie.

Image Credits: Andres Putting.