In less than a week, more than 125 million people will be watching the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
An important part of the televised contest is the whole voting process, during which each participating country makes their favorites votes public in about 3 different languages.
For those nerdy people who like to know what country voted when in some particular way, there is now the following information graphic. Eurovizion [site50.net], designed by graphic designer Ben Willers, provides a detailed overview of all voting patterns that occurred during the last 10 years of Eurovision Song Contests.
The top bar graph shows the votes received by each country. The bottom, dot-plot kind of graph reveals all individual votes, where the horizontal axis denotes the ‘giving’ countries, and the vertical axis the ‘receiving’ ones.
One can detect some remarkable anomalies that show how the perceived quality of musical songs is quite a cultural affair. Or how can one explain the relationships between Greece and Cyprus (or Albania), and Germany and Israel?