Guy Sebastian soared at Eurovision 2015, placing fifth for Australia on its debut. And while SBS got it right with their act, they clearly had teething issues when it comes to following the jury rules. Shortly after Måns Zelmerlöw’s victory, juror Jake Stone appeared on Australia’s Today program and revealed that he is good friends with Katrina Noorbergen, one of the songwriters of “A Million Voices”.
“We have an Australian writer on that song, and she’s actually friend of mine, Katrina Noorbergen,” he said. “She sang [backing vocals] as well, so we should be really proud.”
Stone is listed as Juror E in the full voting results, which you can view on Eurovision.tv. He gave Russia top marks in both the semi-final and grand final.
This appears to breach the official Eurovision 2015 jury rules, which state:
No member of a national jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered an/or artists performing in the contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality.
Australia: Semi final 1 Jury voting
Australia: Grand final jury voting
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