The EBU is investigating a Periscope video of the Russian jury viewing the jury rehearsal of the first semi-final last night. The video shows one jury member’s notes, and another jury member can be heard saying she will favour Armenia as her husband is Armenian.
While Sergey Lazarev was delivering a stand-out performance at the jury rehearsal, the jury members for his country were hard at work in Russia, watching the semi-final and making choices for their jury votes.
The seven-minute Periscope video, made by jury member Anastasia Stotskaya, shows the five jury members sitting around a table, watching a closed broadcast of the jury semi-final, a typical jury viewing situation.
As Douwe Bob performs his song, Anastasia films the TV screen, her voting paper, and frequently winks and pouts at the camera.
In one shot, there’s a glimpse of a jury voting form. The juror is covering her handwritten, but fans have seen notes that mark down Hungary and Moldova and mark up the Netherlands.
The video continues into the next song, “LoveWave”. Russian-speaking Twitter user @Satine_Danielle says that one of the jurors state that she’ll support Armenia as her husband is Armenian.
— Dani (@Satine_Danielle) May 9, 2016
The content of the video has raised concern amongst both Eurovision fans and media. The European Broadcasting Union have responded, saying they will look into the situation, with further information to be released this afternoon.
— EBU (@EBU_HQ) May 9, 2016