Idea: EuroPoint – Eurovision heatmap

I live in Sweden and here the Eurovision Song Contest is practically a national holiday. I don’t watch it, of course, but it was running in the “background” at a party this weekend. If you’re not familiar with it, countries in Europe compete in a music competition and then each country gets to vote for the other entries (it can’t vote for itself). The points given are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12. One thing that seems like common knowledge, and pretty obvious, is that when a country gets to vote it gives most high-value votes to neighbouring countries. Hmm.

I’m currently very keen on visualization so I’m thinking a map of Europe, maybe using a Google Geomap so you can click a country and the countries it voted for gets highlighted with the vote point value. Or maybe something related to distance between borders? Just to be able to get some overall score of how common it is to vote for neighbours. A bonus would be to include the entry videos, like this Eurovision 2010 map. The points distribution is available so let’s do something with it!

What other kinds of visualizations would be interesting, or even better than a heatmap?

“keep your friends close but your enemies closer”
Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part II

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