If I were to ask you: which country is the most successful Eurovision nation? Your immediate response may be Ireland. You may say- surely they’ve won it the most, so therefore they’re the most successful? The big names that immediately come to mind are Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Eimear Quinn and Dana. While it’s true that Ireland have had their fair share of Eurovision success, they have also had a shocking amount of non-qualifiers, and in the past twenty years haven’t really come close to their back to back successful run in the 1990s.
Hot on their heels you may say is Sweden with six wins and all quite recently. Big Swedish wins include Abba, Loreen and of course last year saw Mans Zelmerlow bring the contest back to Stockholm. However again there has been some slip ups from the Swedes over the years.
Similarly some nations haven’t ever won Eurovision, but have had many successful attempts with a number of consistent top ten results. Countries that may have only competed a few times, but have given it all the gusto they could muster, resulting in them constantly finishing on the left of the leader board in the final.
Other countries like the UK have a hefty number of second places, but may not be the equal of Ireland’s seven wins. So the question arises: how do we rank these efforts fairly? You may be tempted to cry: It’s too complicated! There’s so much history! Well, I’ve decided to attempt it and here is how…
In traditional Eurovision style we have awarded countries 12 points for a win, 10 points for a second place finish, 8 points for third, 7 points for fourth, 6 points for fifth, 5 points for sixth, 4 points for seventh, 3 points for eighth, 2 points for a ninth place finish, 1 point for a tenth place and any other placing gets you nul points.
I have tallied these points up for each Eurovision nation to ever have competed and inserted this in the total column. These are then divided by the number of times that nation has competed in Eurovision to give you the overall score. We have excluded any of the countries who have appeared fewer than five times, so as not to get a skewed result (for example Australia would have been on top with a score of 6 for their fifth place in 2015, but they’ve only competed once so that’s not fair). Therefore Australia, Morocco and Czech Republic were not eligible to be ranked. The rest however are and the results might astound you.
Ranking first with six top 10 finishes out of their eight attempts (including one win, one second place and one third place) are Azerbaijan with an overall score of 5.750. Second overall, helped by their five wins and unbeaten 15 second places is the United Kingdom who have an overall score of 5.310. Third was Ukraine with a score of 4.75, Italy in fourth with 4.415 and France round up the top five with a score of 4.362.
The country most assume is the best at Eurovision is Ireland, but we have to go to sixth place before we reach them. Despite their seven wins, the amount of non-top ten finishes has dragged their average down somewhat giving them a score of 4.245. Closely behind them is the perceived second most successful Eurovision nation ever: Sweden. They have six wins and six third places, but again a number of non-top ten finishes mean they rank seventh with a score of 4.073.
At the other end of the scale there are four nations who scored 0 points, failing to ever finish in the top ten. This includes: Slovakia, Montenegro, San Marino (who have only qualified from the semi finals once) and Macedonia (who despite competing in 16 Eurovisions, have yet to reach the top ten).
Check out the full result table below. We will update after this year’s contest to see how this effects the overall scores and positions.
|Rank||Country||Win (12)||2nd (10)||3rd (8)||4th (7)||5th (6)||6th (5)||7th (4)||8th (3)||9th (2)||10th (1)||Total||Apps||Score|
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