The EBU has released the names of the national jury members for Eurovision 2016, and it’s full of Eurovision stars from past years. The juries include Wiktoria, Monika Kuszynska, Teo, Molly Sterling, and almost the entire cast of Objetivo Eurovisión.
While Greece are still to deliver the names of their five jury members, the other 41 countries have, and the list is looking like a who’s who of past Eurovision and national final stars.
Four out of the five members of the Spanish jury are the unsuccessful candidates from Objetivo Eurovisión. Electric Nana, Xuso Jones, Salvador Beltran and Maverick will be reunited in the Spanish jury room. Rounding out the panel is singer Coral Segovia, who placed second twice at Spain’s national finals.
Sweden has again turned to Melodifestivalen for many of its members, including 2016 breakout star Wiktoria, 2013 Melfest finalist Anton Ewald, and songwriter Anderz Wrethov, the man behind “Bada Nakna”, “Kizunguzungu” and “We Are Your Tomorrow”, as well as Azerbaijan’s 2009 song “Always”.
Poland – who is still to confirm their final jury member – includes Monika Kuszynska, who represented her country last year with the inspirational song “In the Name of Love”.
Albania‘s jury includes Kejsi Tola, who represented her country in 2009 with “Carry Me In Your Dreams”.
Belgium‘s jury includes Axel Hirsoux, the previous Eurovision act for VRT. We assume his ghostly mother won’t be part of the jury as well.
Hayko, who represented Armenia in 2007 with “Anytime You Need”, will be part of the Armenian jury.
Teo makes a comeback two years after he represented Belarus in Copenhagen – and we trust he’ll be bringing along some cheesecake for his fellow jury members to enjoy.
Kati Wolf, Hungary‘s act for Eurovision in 2011, has a place on the Hungarian jury.
Bojana Stamenov will ensure that beauty never dies on the Serbian jury.
Australia‘s jury includes singer Shannon Noll, who placed second to Guy Sebastian on Australian Idol in 2003, and Craig Porteils, who co-wrote Sakis Rouvas’s 2009 entry “This Is Our Night”.
Denmark‘s jury will include 2014 singers and 2015 points spokesperson Basim, who will be on the lookout for cliche love songs.
Lidia Scarlat – the niece of Cristina Scarlat and co-writer of her 2014 song “Wild Soul” is part of the Moldovan jury.
And proving that the Netherlands and Anouk are inseparable, the jury chairperson is Jennie Lena – Anouk’s final act in during the most recent series of The Voice of Holland.
Molly Sterling, Ireland‘s act from Vienna, is part of her country’s jury, and is also the second youngest overall jury member this year and one of only four jurors under the age of 20.
The EBU have a number of rules when selecting jury members:
- Members of the jury must not have been part of the jury in the previous two years;
- Members of the jury must be aged of at least 16 on the day they vote;
- Members of the jury must not be employees of Participating Broadcasters;
- Members of the jury must pursue a profession in or related to the music industry;
- Members of the jury shall be citizens of the country they represent;
- No member of a jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality.
The jury list is made public to give the public a chance to scrutinise it, looking for any potential issues. Sweden’s Wiktoria has already been criticised for her role as part of Sweden’s Eurovision preview panel discussion show.
2016 is the first time where the jury results will be delivered separately from the televote, making the public even more aware of the role that the Eurovision juries play.
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