Love Eurovision Advent Calendar: 12th – Douze Points!

From 1956 until 1974 various scoring systems were used for Eurovision. It was only 1975 that the scoring system in use today was introduced – scores from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally douze points! However, the points were not given in numerical order but in order the songs were performed, as you can see from this video.

1976 was of course the year the UK’s Brotherhood Of Man won with ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’.

This changed in 1980 and we finally had the voting system we’re used to. This was also the year of Jonny Logan’s first win with ‘What’s Another Year’.

In 2009 Norway’s Alexander Rybak received a record 16 douze points (from Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine) out of a possible 42.

Norway 2009: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale – Winner in Moscow with a record 387 points!

Sixteen douze points out of 42 may not sound like much but compare this to 2011 when Azerbaijan won with just 3 douze points (from Malta, Russia, Turkey), the same number as Denmark, Georgia, Ireland and Ukraine – one less than Italy and two less than Bosnia who got 5 douze points from Austria, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland. In total 20 countries received at least one douze points in the 2011 final.


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