Eurovision 2012: Tie-Break Rule Used in Semi-Final 2Written by Elaine Camilleri
After yesterday’s second semi-final, which saw the last 10 countries qualifying for tomorrow’s awaited final, and in which, we are going to see the Maltese representative, Kurt Calleja, some slight information has been released by the EBU regarding yesterday’s results and for the first time since the semi-final format was introduced. Infact, we are in a position to say that there was a TIE for tenth place in last night’s semi. With two songs tying for tenth place in the second semi-final, under the current rules of the contest the song that received votes from the most number of countries is deemed to take the higher position.
That also turned out to be an identical number, then a countback system of the number of 12 points, the 10 points etc would come into consideration. The results of the second semi-final also showed a greater difference between the juries and the televoters than with the first semi-final on Tuesday. The jury, last night, agreed on six out of the ten songs that qualified. Of the remaining four, two were put in the final thanks to jury’s vote, whilst the other two were ‘saved’ thanks to the televoting. Since the semi-final system was introduced in 2004, there has always been a clear cut top ten every single year, however, last year saw the closest results so far, where in both semi-finals, the tenth and the eleventh place were only separated by 1 single point.
In fact, last year, Glen Vella, our representative, didn’t qualify for just one point (could be from the jury or from the tele-voting). Thea Garrett also was very close to qualify for the final night in 2010. Last night, saw a FIRST for the record books with the tie-break rule being used for the first time. Since Semi-Finals were introduced in 2004, there has always been a clear cut top ten every year. However last year saw the closest results so far, when in both Semi-Finals the tenth and eleventh places were separated by a single point. Last night saw a first for the record books with the tie-break rule being used for the first time. The full voting results of the Semi-Finals will be revealed shortly after the Final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com