Get your lipstick ready y’all, because Jedward are back at Eurovision. Well, sort of. John and Edward aren’t going to be participating in the contest. Instead, they’ve been recruited to fill the third and final position on the Junior Eurovision 2016 expert panel of jurors. Yes, that’s right: Jedward are now Eurovision experts.
Jedward join Junior Eurovision 2016 expert panel
The expert panel concept was introduced earlier this month, with Christer Bjorkman and Mads Grimstad announced as the first two members. At the time, we were left waiting for the reveal of the final juror. We didn’t quite expect to get two for the price of one, though!
What is interesting, however, is that Jedward previously judged the Irish selection for Junior Eurovision. With Zena Donnelly taking part in Valletta, there may be a conflict of interest here. Could Jedward be allowed to give their own country 12 points?
Jedward interview at Eurovision 2014
The EBU previously clarified how the voting will work with the inclusion of the expert panel. We already knew that each country will have an adult jury and a kids jury. The votes will be combined 50/50 to give that country’s vote. That will give us 17 votes, followed by the votes of the expert panel. Each member of the panel will give their own set of votes (or a combined vote, in Jedward’s case), from 1-12 in the usual scoring format.
This will give us a total of 20 votes which will decide the winner of the contest. This means that each expert juror has the same weight as just one country. They will not have any greater influence than that on the final result.
What do you think of Jedward being the final member of the expert panel? Do you think it’s fair to include them with Ireland in the running? Let us know in the comments section below!