Eurovision Song Contest – voting for your neighbour?Submitted by ann-sofie.sundelin on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 12:20
Last week the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Baku, Azerbadjan.
I suspect many countries vote for their neighbours. That is of course partly natural because they have the same kind of culture, but I wanted to take a closer look to see if I could find some kind of pattern and if someone benefits from it more than others. So this year I decided to do some spatial analysis and show the voting patterns on a map. From the scoreboard (http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/by-year/contest?event=1593#Scoreboard) I could quickly recognise some values that differ from the others. For example the 12 and 10 points given to Lithuania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Romania, Greece, Spain, Macedonia, Ireland, Ukraine and Moldova. But how could I make these visible on a map? This wasn’t as easy as I thought. I started by making a dataset of the scoreboard. The result is quite confusing with a lot of lines pointing everywhere:
Picture 1. All countries votes in the Grand Final.
Then I started experimenting with different colours on the lines, by points given or by country. Still the map looked confusing with all too much information.
|Picture 2. All 12 and 10 points||Picture 3. 3 highest point values colored by country|
Finally I ended up making different maps by each country.
|Picture 4. All points for Sweden.||Picture 5. All points for Russia.|
Sweden and Russia (places 1 and 2) got points from all over Europe.
|Picture 6. All points for Azerbadjan.||Picture 7. All points for Albania.|
While Azerbadjan and Albania (places 4 and 5) got points mainly from countries close by.
I think these maps shows that if it’s a very good (or at least popular) song it will get lot of points independent of which country it is. Naturally it is easier to vote for a neighbouring country if they have a song good enough why countries with many neighbours benefit (but only little) from their location. With other words: neighbours do not solve the winner but they are good to have. These things had been taken into account when setting up the start lists for the semi-finals by setting neighbouring countries in different semi-final.
Maps have been made with esri ArcMap 10.0. Background map is from Natural Earth (www.naturalearthdata.com).