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Best Eurovision Song
The competition for Best Eurovision
Song Ever ended as most fans predicted: Waterloo by ABBA was Europe's
overwhelming choice. In the end, several other songs were also clearly
favourites, while others attracted less support. Here's an analysis,
by the numbers.
There were a maximum of 372 points available. ABBA's Waterloo garned
329 of those votes, as 25 of 31 countries ranked ABBA as first or
second. No countries ranked Waterloo as low as 5th, though three
(Portugal, Greece and Germany)
ranked it 4th of 5.
But the second and
third place songs were very close. Domenico Modugno's Nel blu di pinto
di blu (Volare) scored a final score of 267, while Johnny Logan's Hold
me now scored 262.
Paparizou's My number one scored 245 points, and Brotherhood
of Man's Save all your kisses for me managed to gather 230 points. The
lowest score possible in the final round was 186 points.
We don't yet know what score the top 5
received to make the final. But among the songs that didn't qualify,
places 6 through 10 were clustered very closely. The Olsen Brother's
Fly on the wings of love, in 6th place, was only 13 points ahead of
10th place Céline
Dion's Ne partez pas sans moi (111 versus 98 points). Amazingly only
one point separated songs 7, 8 and 9. Nicole's Ein bißchen Frieden
scored 106 points, Cliff Richard's Congratulations received 105, and
Sertab Erener's Every way that I can gathered 104. After Céline,
Mocedades's Eres tu received 90 points. Johnny Logan's second song
What's another year netted 74. Dana International's Diva (39 points)
and France Gall's Poupée de cire, poupée de son (37 points) rounded
out the tally, finishing well back.