The EBU is presently considering how to punish Georgia for its invalid jury vote at Eurovision 2014. As all y’all number crunchers know, the five “independent” Georgian jurors each ranked their top 8 acts identically, from three points all the way up to douze points. Here’s what I think the EBU should do to Georgia—and any other countries found to have done wrong (candidates include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Montenegro).
First off, the country should not be banned from the contest. That punishes viewers in Europe who want to see as many songs as possible. Georgia’s entry this year may have been forgettable, but last year’s “Waterfall” was beautiful. Don’t punish the audience—or future artists in Georgia—that had nothing to do with the voting.
Instead, they should considering the following.
- All jury members and the head of delegation are forbidden from participating in any way in any Eurovision event for the next 20 years.
- The country’s vote for the next three years is televote only.
Then there is the case of Armenia/Azerbaijan (voting each other last) and Moldova/Romania (voting each other first). For these (and any other similar cases like Cyprus/Greece) I propose a very simple solution.
For Armenia and Azerbaijan, if their jury vote is a lower score than all other country’s jury vote, then they will have their vote adjusted to place the other first. This may not force a fair vote, but it will force each country to give the other a vote that is at the low end of fair.
For Moldova/Romania it’s the flip side of this. If their jury vote is a higher score than any other country, then their official vote will put that country last. So again, while they will still want to give the other the best possible vote, they will limit it to a ranking that some other countries will also apply.
Obviously this isn’t an ideal solution. But is it a step toward something more fair? Let us know in the comments box below.
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