Eurovision voting scandal

Eurovision voting scandal: EBU tightens rules after alleged breaches

Eurovision voting scandal: EBU tightens rules after alleged breaches 11

Lithuanian news site 15min.lt ought to be feeling pretty good. Their undercover investigation, which alleged that Azerbaijan had hired agents to facilitate vote-rigging, unleashed a tidal wave of media coverage around the world. Now it seems like their efforts have helped drive change within the European Broadcasting Union, which has announced tighter rules ahead of(…)

From Scandal to Reform: EBU Publishes New Jury Rules for Eurovision 2014

From Scandal to Reform: EBU Publishes New Jury Rules for Eurovision 2014 20

In the wake of the Eurovision 2013 voting scandal, the European Broadcasting Union has tightened rules surrounding the professional juries for the 2014 contest. Although juries will still comprise 50% of the final score for each country, individual jury members will be subject to greater scrutiny and transparency.

Eurovision Voting Scandal: New Allegations of Bribes at ESC

Eurovision Voting Scandal: New Allegations of Bribes at ESC 17

From our friends at 12points.tv we have this bombshell: Delegation details blatant backstage vote rigging Several countries tried to manipulate the jury voting at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. This is what an anonymous source in the delegation from one of the participating countries has stated. This reinforces the suspicions of vote-rigging made in(…)

Eurovision Voting: The Statistical Anomalies

Eurovision Voting: The Statistical Anomalies 12

When you look at statistics there’s “unlikely”. And then there’s “it just won’t happen”. Fair flipping of a coin will very occasionally have the coin land heads 10 times in a row. It will never land heads 1,000 times in a row. Looking at the voting patterns we have a coin landing heads 10,000 times(…)

Eurovision Voting: Is Digame Up to the Challenge?

Eurovision Voting: Is Digame Up to the Challenge?

The Eurovision Song Contest is no stranger to voting scandals. Whether it’s Malta calling for an overhaul of voting rules because of “block voting” after the 2007 contest or France shedding light on manipulation of jury votes in 2010, someone is always unhappy with the results and looking for reasons. This year, the controversy seems(…)

Montenegro: What Happened to Our Points for Ukraine?

Montenegro: What Happened to Our Points for Ukraine?

Perhaps one of the most striking examples of suspicious voting in the post-Eurovision 2013 scandal is what happened in Montenegro. According to the official reults posted on Eurovision. tv, in the first semi-final, the Balkan country awarded 12 points to Ukraine. Fair enough. In the Final, however, Montenegro gave 12 points to Azerbaijan, 10 points(…)

Russia, Belarus Point Fingers at Organizers

Russia, Belarus Point Fingers at Organizers

Tensions are rising in Moscow because of Eurovision. Today Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov to discuss why Azerbaijan did not give Russia any points during the Grand Final, an issue that has raised a lot of eyebrows, including those of the Azerbaijani president.

EBU Reacts To Allegations of Vote Fraud

EBU Reacts To Allegations of Vote Fraud

The European Broadcasting Union, the body that organizes Eurovision, has now responded to the growing number of media reports concerning allegations of voting fraud and rule breaching during this year’s contest.

Azerbaijan: President Ordered Vote Recount

Azerbaijan: President Ordered Vote Recount

You were not the only ones surprised that Azerbaijan gave nul points to Russia at Eurovision 2013. The Azerbaijani press reports that even President Ilham Aliyev was in disbelief, so much so that he demanded a recount of his country’s votes. And guess what? According to the new results, Moscow should have received 10 points(…)

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