The fact that the two biggest semi-final upsets came in back to back years....
Ireland's Donna & Joe getting more points than Selma is a Eurovision travesty.
Germany's techno entry controversially failed to make it through the qualifying round that year, leading to the introduction of the Big 4/5.
RIP Franco Batiatto (1945-2021)
In 1984, he represented Italy in Eurovision, alongside Alice.
You could see the immediate effect of televoting in 1997 with the risqué Icelandic entry. It went down like a lead balloon with the national juries but scored 8 points from Sweden and 6 points from the UK, both of which used televotes.
On the other hand the Croatian Spice Girls did pretty middling, with their best score of 8 points coming from the Maltese jury, while two of the five televoting countries gave them nothing.
The Dutch Spice Mums did dreadful despite a very spirited performance. I expected them to have picked some points up from the televoting countries purely based on geography / language similarity, but they got zero. Their highest score, aside from the 1 point they got off Turkey, was a 4 from the always-contrary-in-the-90s Maltese jury.
Overall the televoting trial in 1997 matched up to the jury votes. I think it's worth bearing in mind that those who voted were likely older / a different demographic than the average Eurovision viewer in 2021.