Eurovision has revealed they used incorrect jury results for the 2019 song contest, causing a change in the leaderboard that sees the UK lose five additional points.
The correction sees Sweden move up to fifth place and Norway down to sixth, while Germany move to the second to last position.
The Eurovision Broadcast Union confirmed the new results in a statement which revealed that ‘due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used’.
They added that ‘the correct jury points have now been added to the scoreboard and the revised totals for each participating broadcaster, and their country, have been published on eurovision.tv.’
In their statement, they added that they ‘deeply regret that this error was not identified earlier and will review the processes and controls in place to prevent this from happening again’.
The top four positions have not changed, with the Netherlands holding on to their winning spot.
Duncan Laurence and his song Arcade beat 25 other nations to be named 2019 champion, taking over the reigns from Netta, who won for Israel in 2018 with Toy.
The 25-year-old, who was the firm favourite to win for months, finished with 492 points after a gripping finale to the song contest, which saw him win in the final seconds.
It was a disappointing night for the UK, with Michael Rice finishing dead last; his song Bigger Than Us failed to impress with the juries and the public – receiving just three points in the popular vote, and 11 overall.
Corrected Eurovision results
Netherlands (498 points)
Italy (472 points)
Russia (370 points)
Switzerland (364 points)
Sweden (334 points)
Norway (331 points)
North Macedonia (305 points)
Azerbaijan (302 points)
Australia (284 points)
Iceland (232 points)
Czech Republic (157 points)
Denmark (120 points)
Cyprus (109 points)
Malta (107 points)
Slovenia (105 points)
France (105 points)
Albania (90 points)
Serbia (89 points)
San Marino (77 points)
Estonia (76 points)
Greece (74 points)
Spain (54 points)
Israel (35 points)
Belarus (31 points)
Germany (24 points)
United Kingdom (11 points)
It’s more controversy for the 2019 contest though, after Iceland used the Eurovision Song Contest to protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the violation of Palestinian human rights.
As the country’s points were announced during the results, the band, Hatari, were seen on camera holding up banners in support of Palestine.
Cameras quickly moved away from the band, and hosts Bar Refaeli and Ezra Tel – looking incredibly uncomfortable – moved on to the next score.
Protests were held in Tel Aviv against the backdrop of the Eurovision Song Contest, calling for a boycott of the contest to support Palestinians.
The full EBU statement
The EBU can confirm, following standard review practices, we have discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 songs of the Contest remain unchanged.
‘To respect both the artists and EBU Members which took part, we wish to correct the final results in accordance with the rules. The correct jury points have now been added to the scoreboard and the revised totals for each participating broadcaster, and their country, have been published on eurovision.tv.
‘The EBU and its partners digame and Ernst & Young deeply regret that this error was not identified earlier and will review the processes and controls in place to prevent this from happening again.’
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