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Be a Big 5: Is it worth it?

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 7, 2019 at 3:20 PM

Being a Big 5 can have some advantages because it has direct entry to the final but the disadvantages can be many. Let's do an analysis since Italy joined the exclusive group in 2011.

What are the Big 5?

The "Big Five" (formerly "Big Four") are the group of countries who make the biggest financial contributions to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). If you think about football and that Eurovision is not only this contest, you may understand it better. The group is formed by the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. The Big 5 members have guaranteed their place in the final every year.

The song is only heard once (negative thing)

Due to already being in the final, the song is only heard once, unlike those who are lucky to be one of the top ten in each semifinal. Once in the final, the song becomes a surprise unlike the others that have been heard before. If it is true that songs are made available and whoever a snippet is presented in the final, it is also true that the viewers who are not eurofan will not pay close attention. It should be noted that the only time a Big 5 won was in 2010 when Germany won. One year after, Italy placed 2nd.

Top 10 places (seems to be a positive thing)

Since 2011, the year in which the current Big 5 all participate, there is always at least one member of this group to finish in the Top 10. 2012 was the best year with Italy, Spain and Germany in the Top 10. If to this privileged group we join the Host , it was in 2012 that Azerbaijan also got the 4th place. And if we consider the Top 5, in 5 of last years, there was at least one country to finish in the top five.

Below 20 (negative thing)

If the number of times a Big 5 ends up in the Top 10 does not seem to be very bad, finishing in the last 6 seems to be more frequent! Every year since 2012, there are 2 of the Big 5 plus the Host, who end up in the last positions. In 2015, except for Italy were even all of them! If we climb a little on the table, and look at who was out of the Top 20, except for Italy and Host, everyone was 4 times below the top 20. Spain was even 6 times out of the top 20. In fact, 46% of the wonder group results are below the Top 20.

The last place (negative thing)

If sometime you attend a quiz about Eurovision and they ask you which country was in the last place, you will have a serious chance of getting it right if ... - well, forget about Norway, that was before 2011 - after that date, say the name of a Big 5 or the Host, because since 2014, one of them has always been the last place! Both Germany and the Host have already repeated this feat!

Average rating (negative thing)

Except for Italy which is the best of the Big 5, all have an average of very poorly obtained results. The worst is even Spain, which despite twice having qualified in 10th place, has an average finish of 20th. By the calculations, Germany finishes in 17th, France in 18th and the UK almost in 20th.

Conclusions ( or maybe not)

But then what are the benefits of being in this reference group? In fact, given the results, we did not find any.

Would these countries invest more in their participation if they went through the semifinals? Perhaps!

Is Italy really an exception, a case study or a coincidence?

Of course we would have to analyze the type of songs from these countries, their neighbours, their little diaspora, the success of Eurovision in their countries, but as a matter of fact, and for the fans of those countries, perhaps it would be interesting to go through the experience of watching their countries battle themselves in the semifinals for a ticket to the grand final.

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