Wednesday 18 January 2017

'I am not senile yet!' - Eurovision jury member gave the wrong points to every single country

Published 17/05/2016 | 08:23

Ukraine's Jamala reacts on winning the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via Reuters
Ukraine's Jamala reacts on winning the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via Reuters

If you were slightly baffled by the new Eurovision voting system, you were not the only one.

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Unfortunately, one of the jury members was just as confused - and gave every country the completely wrong number of points as a result.

Danish jury member Hilda Heick managed to get the system backwards.

Each member was asked to give points from 1 to 26 to each song. Awarding 1 meant that was your favourite while 26 was your least favourite.

Heick did the opposite, so although Australia was her favourite, she awarded singer Dami Im 1 point so Australia got 10 points in total from the Danish jury. 

At the other end of the scale Ukraine should have been awarded zero points but got 12 due to Heick's mistake.

Dami Im representing Australia performs with the song
Dami Im representing Australia performs with the song "Sound of Silence" during the Eurovision Song Contest final at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, May 14, 2016. TT News Agency/Maja Suslin/via REUTERS 
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"It is my great mistake and I admit it honestly, but I want to emphasise that I am not senile yet, although several write on Facebook that I should retire and keep me away from everything, and that I don't know anything ," she told bt.dk.

She said she realised her mistake when she saw the other jury's votes.

Thankfully the mistake would not have made any difference to the eventual winning results for the Ukraine, although Australia would have been a closer runner up with 513 to Ukraine's 524.

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