The midnight oil had burned out before the judges reached a final decision. Several of them have been talking privately about the process. The difficulty was choosing between the top two pianists, the Korean Seong-Jing Cho and the Canadian Charles-Richard Hamelin.
Several judges felt either of them could have been the winner. The final vote went to Cho by a narrow margin.
The process was completely transparent and fair, devoid of controversy. It was an ideal competition.