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Helena is your 4th Best Eurovision Song Ever!

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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.

Final Round:

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.

Helena 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.

Preliminary round:

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.





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