EUROVISION 2020 would have ended in an epic draw and a major high for the UK – according to shocking new data.
The annual singing competition was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but all 41 countries will perform their songs this evening in a live broadcast from their respective locations.
Eurovision fans have already had chance to listen to this year's songs via streaming services such as Spotify, and Digital Spy has now analysed its performance data to try and gauge which country would have won if things had gone to plan.
The data suggests that Italy and Iceland would have drawn for first place while the UK, led by James Newman, would've finished 10th.
Spotify doesn't provide exact listening numbers per track, but it does issue a 'popularity' score between 0 and 100.
Any political bias that can come through in the scoring from various countries also can't be taken into account, but you would imagine the people listening to the songs are the same individuals who would be picking up the phone to vote, so it's a pretty good indicator.
With all this in mind, Digital Spy deduced that Sweden would have topped the first semi-final with it's entry 'Move' by The Mamas.
Meanwhile, the second semi-final would have been won by Iceland's entry, Daði og Gagnamagnið with their song 'Think About Things'.
It would have been the country's first semi-final win since 2009.
The Eurovision rules see the top 10 countries from each semi-final go through to the final along with the host nation and the five countries who contribute the most money to pay for the event.
These countries are the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
As for the winner, the Spotify data suggests it would have been a draw between Italy and Iceland, with both countries achieving a popularity score of 71.
Indeed, Italy's entry – 'Fai rumore' by singer-songwriter Diodato – was the bookies' favourite back in January and would have been the country's first win since 1990.
Even more frustrating for Iceland is the fact that their win would have been the country's first ever in the history of the competition.
Meanwhile, UK fans of Eurovision would have been hoping this year's entrant, James Newman, could have done better than last year's dismal last-place finish.
And according to the data correlated by Digital Spy, his track My Last Breath would have finished in 10th place having achieved a popularity score of 57 on Spotify.
That would not only have wiped the floor with our 2019 entry but would have been the UK's highest place finish since 2009 when we were represented by Jade Ewan.
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One.
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