Eurovision: Should Broadcasters Use Juries On Their National Finals?

EBU grants broadcasters the right to host national finals in order to select their representatives. Many countries organise a selection process – only in 2020 25 countries organise a national final for the artist, the song or both of them. In this series of posts, we analyse the results of the past decade.

Today, we analyse the two hundred qualified entries and the Top-10 placed countries of the past ten years. How many of them used juries on their national finals? Does the existence of a jury guarantee a better placing at the contest?

Qualification & Juries

From all the qualified songs of the past decade, 140 entries were selected through a national final; a national final for the song, the artist or both of them. A total of 123 those entries were selected with the “help” of an expert jury.

There is no year that the national finals without juries overcome the national finals with the existence of one.

TOP-10 & Juries

Since 2010, from all the top-10 placed songs, 71 used a national final. Once again the majority of the entries – 60 – were chosen solely or partly by a jury.

In 2015, the TOP-10 placed entries that used a national final with no jury were almost the same number as the one with a jury. On the contrary, in 2013, in 2018 and in 2019 all the TOP-10 artists that were chosen through a national final, jurors had their say on the result.

Note: The data were collected through the official site of the contest. Despite our best efforts, there might be some mistakes.

What do you think about the existence of juries on the national final? Write your thoughts on the comment box below.

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