This will be the last time I mention Eurovision this year, I promise
  1. Background:
  2. Eurovision in a nutshell
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    It's pretty massive, with 200 million viewers.
  3. I love Eurovision
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    It's so ridiculous, yet still so earnest
  4. This list explains why I spent my Saturday night indoors instead of at a BBQ (FYI: Aussies love BBQs)
  5. @sarah made a Eurovision 101 list last year
  6. Tributes:
  7. It's not real clear how the contestants are picked.
  8. From what I understand the broadcasters have a lot of control
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  9. So in Australia, SBS just picked a previous X Factor winner
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  10. But in the UK, Joe and Jake (they met on The Voice) won the public vote
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  11. Nicky Byrne - Ireland
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  12. Amir Haddad - France
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  13. Sergey Lazarev - Russia
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  14. Performances
  15. @lucymelia made a list of her thoughts on each act
  16. @LizDawson made a first impression list
  17. Drinking game
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  18. Twitter goes a bit mad
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  19. Best act:
  20. This year was actually pretty tame, the best act was the host parody song
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    Every single cameo is referencing an actual popular act in previous Eurovision contests.
  21. I'll wait while you go watch it, it's 👌
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  26. Australia:
  27. We got a wildcard entry last year (Eurovision's 60th anniversary) and we did so well we got a shot this year
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    We had to get through semi finals and win votes like the other plebs, so we earned it damnit
  28. Dami is an amazing singer and everyone was pretty much impressed
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    #damiarmy
  29. Also, I quite like her first single Super Love https://youtu.be/MGcFsXmisQQ
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  32. Votes:
  33. The voting is split by the Broadcaster Jury and popular votes
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    JT was the interval entertainment
  34. Each set can basically rank their top 12 (out of 26 contestants)
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    Obviously you can't phone/text and vote for your own country
  35. It's usually quite political so Australia which has no neighbouring countries didn't really expect to do well
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  36. UK usually does terribly
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    UK Twitter went mad when Malta gave them 12 points
  37. Jury votes are announced by country reps
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    Apparently the trend this year was bow ties on men. These two are past contestants
  38. Results:
  39. Australia ended up winning the jury votes by a lot
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  40. But as the popular votes rolled in...
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  41. Ukraine won overall
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    Political song by Jamala; "1944 concerns all people that had their own horrible tragedies in the past"
  42. Russia won the popular vote
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    Oops, did Eurovision get political again?
  43. Australia won the jury vote
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    👊 I'll take it
  44. Sorry Germany
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