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  • User AvatarChris Bellis { @Shai Agreed. In fact, it turns out that "Merci" was this year's gorilla, not "Toy" as many people thought. For the simple reason that last year casual televoters didn't know what the Italian song was about, and the same was true of this year's French entry. The Italians learned from their mistake last year and explained their message, hence the higher score than we expected. Germany did similarly, since, even though the song was in English, they had an explanatory backdrop, resulting in a higher score. France being France, stuck to their own ideas as usual, even though the way to do it was staring them in the face, and they'd even moved slightly towards the correct staging when SuRie did the song in English in rehearsals. If you're selling a message, the audience has to understand what the message is. People on this site would be happy to form a focus group to help any country avoid a France, Portugal or Azerbaijan staging mistake in future years. Present us with your staging idea and we'll tell you what's wrong/right with it. Or just use your brains. } – 26 May 2018 at 11:40 am
  • User AvatarMr Wolf { Mercy never had the necessary emotions to be a Jamala type of entry. Italy was far closer to it. And Mercy message far more irrelevant to regular people. The refugee theme is only relevant to part of Europe, it's not that universal. Mercy has a pleasant melody, but not emotional resonance as "1944" (or even "Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente"). } – 26 May 2018 at 10:59 am
  • User AvatarChris Bellis { @James Martin You're right. We need to look at the huge discrepancies this year. I think those of us in this bubble are hard core fans, and we watch everything, including the semi finals. An analogy I might make is of science fiction fans who know when one of their favourite stories has been knocked off to make an inferior Hollywood movie. You are aware of all its flaws, and how it's not nearly as good as the original, but the general audience is very impressed because they don't know the original, and don't realise it's a knock off. We need to get into the heads of the uninformed casual televoter in the final. This may be different across the Eurovision world of course. We can't even rely on our friends, because by now we will have used them as guinea pigs for several years, so they're not really the uninformed any more. Perplexing! } – 26 May 2018 at 10:52 am
  • User AvatarJames Martin { Also... is it worth exploring the difference between the semi and grand final audiences? This comes with the disclaimer and caveat of me residing in a Big 5 territory, but - in the UK few give a toss about the semis. It's strictly hard-core fan territory. Come Saturday though, and I'm not sure if it's because friends were genuinely looking out for me on television or what, there was an incredible level of interest in the Grand Final. Every single person on my Facebook feed was involved. After SuRie sang I opened my phone to over 15 messages asking what the hell had gone on! (That said, the only way I found out she wasn't singing again was from my sister in Reading, relaying to me what Graham was saying a mere 25ft away from where I was perched!) So, my fellow Sofabetters... do we need to do some research into semi vs grand televoters? } – 26 May 2018 at 12:19 am
  • User AvatarJames Martin { So this was my first year in the host city and watching all six shows live. Was I too caught up in the bubble? Did not watching on a television screen affect my choices? Or was it just a bloody odd year? } – 26 May 2018 at 12:11 am
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