THe new voting system promised excitement no matter the result, and the tension around Europe (and in the press centre) was electric. In the end it wasn’t needed – translating the victory gap to the old points gave Ukraine a lead of 12 old points over Australia, with Russia 10 old points behind.
Australia improved on last year’s fifth place with Dami Im winning the jury vote but failing to capture enough public votes to maintain the lead.
Russia’s dream team topped the televote, but the low scores from the jury left Sergey Lazarev too much of a wall to climb to find victory.
And there, sitting in fourth place, fan favourite Poli Genova on Bulgaria’s return to the Song Contest ahead of Sweden in fifth.
ESC Insight will be bringing you more news and analysis over the coming days. For now, we’re going to lie down in a quiet room, get our breath, and work out how we’re getting to Ukraine…