Analysis of Eurovision 2016 data shows how Jury voting by country often mirrors their country’s establishment political positions and how the divergence in the Televoting mirrors the growing divide between the establishment and population in these countries.
June 3, 2016
In “Analysis and Initial Conclusion from the Eurovision 2016 Voting for Russia and Ukraine” it was shown how despite Russia comfortably winning the overall Televote (popular vote) in Eurovision 2016, Jury (Establishment Elites) Bloc voting by an anti-Russian coalition of 17 of the 42 countries, giving zero points to Russia while 132 to Ukraine meant that the latter came out ahead in the sum of the two (Jury + Televotes).
A further point was made that the popular voting in these same 17 countries actually gave a slight edge to Russia (149-148). In particular the popular votes among many countries was in contrast to how the estbalishment from the same countries voted.
Summary tables of the overall rankings and the Ukraine vs Russia voting by country split by Jury and Televotes are given below.
The Case of Poland and Israel
While the Ukrainian victory over Russia was wildly celebrated in the Western establishment by (among other apparent music afficianados), NATO, a look at the voting patterns for two other countries, Poland and Israel, illustrates the same points as above: how Jury voting in Eurovision mirrors the political view of their respective Establshments and how different they are from the popular vote.
Here’s a summary table.
Israel on the the other hand got 122 votes from Juries (8th overall) while only 11 in popular voting (22nd overall).
The new Polish Government is more right-wing than its precedessors and in addition to ramping up its anti-Russian rhetoric – which is of course welcome by the EU elites – it has ALSO been hostile to the EU’s pan-European agenda, taking on a more anti-EU, nationalist tone. The EU bureacracy has retaliated not just with the usual harsh rhetoric about “threat to freedoms” but has taken an unprecented step of warning Poland that it could be stripped of voting rights within the EU.
Thus Poland’s new Government has few friends among the EU elites while of course continuing to alienate the Russians. The result is that though the Polish entry was overall quite popular among the people, who perhaps were listening more to the music than thinking about sending a message, Poland was shut out in the establisment voting on all sides.
The reverse can be seen in the case of Israel. By and large, Israel is unpopular among the European populace either because of its policies towards the Palestinians or a latent anti-semitism. Or perhaps the music was just bad. In either case the Israeli entry hardly got any popular votes.
But the EU elites of course are by and large staunch defenders of Israel which is reflected in the voting.
The stark contrast between the voting of the German elites versus its population is once again interesting to note given the growing internal turmoil in Germany between its establishment and population. In the case of Russia, the German jury gave 0 to Russia and the second highest score (10) to Ukraine while the German televoters gave the maximum (12) to Russia. In the case of Israel, the German jury gave its maximum (12) to Israel while its population gave 0.
The Eurovision is a kitchy, cultural affair with little relevance to actual good music. However it serves as an unintended glimpse into both how political preferences of the elites from different countries is reflected in their voting; and also how divergent they often are from how the televoting public which mirrors the disenchantement of the public from ther leaders in many of these countries.