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Points for winner in Eurovision Song Contest Odds

Odds on Eurovision Song Contest 2018: How many points will the winner receive?

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It’s that time of year again, when people across Europe gather in front of their TV screens for a three hour musical spectacular – The Eurovision Song Contest. It may be one of the biggest parties in Europe, but it ain’t all fun and games. There are rules and regulations that make sure the good ship Eurovision stays afloat.

Eurovision was originally judged by juries before being opened to the public for a tele vote but when people started getting worked up about political Bloc Voting – that’s the idea that countries in Eastern Europe were all just voting for each other – they introduced a new dual system.

The juries from each country award 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points to their favourite songs, and reveal those jury scores through their national spokesperson in the usual time-consuming yet exciting way.

Viewers from each country also vote via phone or SMS, awarding 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points given to their favourite songs. Then, all the results from each country’s public votes will be combined to give one overall Eurovision viewer score per song.

"A Million Voices" sung by Russian artist Polina Gagarina, became the first song to get over 300 points without winning the contest; with a new voting system introduced in 2016, Australia became the first country to get over 500 points without winning the contest. In 2017, Bulgaria became the first non-winning entry to score above 600 points, as well as Portugal becoming the first country to get over 750 points - winning the contest as a result of this. As the number of voting countries and the voting systems have varied, it may be more relevant to compare what percentage of all points awarded in the competition that each song received (computed from the published scoreboards). The table below show winning songs by the percentage of all votes.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has come to an end with Portugal as the winner of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Amar Pelos Dois" performed by Salvador Sobral. Salvador won with record breaking 758 points - the most points in Eurovision history – and this is the first winning song since 2007 sung solely in national language. Few facts to mention about Portugal’s result of last year includethat the Iberian country received  7 set of 24 points, 18 national juries gave Portugal 12 points and 12 countries' televoters gave Portugal 12 points.

When the audience vote came in, it was clear that as expected, most of the televote-friendly songs were the less conservative entries like Italy’s “Occidentali's Karma”, Moldova's “Hey Mamma”, Romania's yodel-rap fusion “Yodel It”, and Sweden's uptempo entry “I Can't Go On” by Robin Bengtsson, with the vocalist and four backing singers clad in suits doing a dance routine on stage. But Portugal, which had been expected to struggle with televoters, easily topped the poll with 376 votes.