One hit the top of the charts with “Murder On The Dancefloor” and the other will forever be an Alcastar.

But now British popstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Swedish dancefloor diva Lina Hedlund have something in common. They’ll both serve as members of the international juries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.

The EBU has just released the list of this year’s juries. As in years past, many jurors have a connection to the contest. You can see a list of some of the former Eurovision acts below:

Former Eurovision Stars as International Jury members

Michael Schulte who sang for Germany in 2018
Franka who sang for Croatia in 2018
Kati Wolf who sang for Hungary in 2011
Maria Olafs who sang for Iceland in 2015
The Tolmachevy Twins who sang for Russia in 2014
Geta Berlacu who sang for Moldova in 2008

The list of jurors also includes figures from the wider world of Eurovision. That includes national final stars and producers, a selection of which you can see below:

Other notable Eurovision 2019 jury members

Bruno Berberes (former Head of Delegation for France)
Julie (DMGP 2018)
Aidan O’Connor (Czech Republic Songwriter 2016)
Ula Lozar (JESC 2014)
Linnea Deb (Melodifestivalen Songwriter)
Dilan Reka who has competed in Albania’s FiK

 

 

You can access the full list of jurors here. The average age of jurors this year is 41 and there are slightly more male jurors than female ones (109 v. 96).

The professional juries will watch dress rehearsals on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of Eurovision week. They will then place their votes, which will be combined on the nights of the live broadcasts with the votes of televoters across Europe.

Do you recognise anymore famous faces among the list of jurors? Let us know in the comments below!

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Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

At least he wrote a song…some of these other jurors….seriously, why are they there?

Una
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Una

You don’t have to write songs in order to make a good juror.

Cocooo
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Cocooo

One of the Swedish jurors have been working with Sacha Jean Baptiste’s company. I’m guessing either Switzerland or Cyprus are going to get the top jury vote from Sweden.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

hope is more neutral then that

Jack
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Jack

Who are you kidding? This goes against the rules

MTD
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MTD

Average age: 41.

LOL

Alexander
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Alexander

Genuinely worried about this just because it’s already a ballad heavy year.

INAMOO
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INAMOO

I hope they aren’t blatantly biased towards any given country like every year.

Jo.
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Jo.

Really worried by some of these names being called “music professionals”.

Marseille
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Marseille

In the last couple years, juries have been either completely corrupt or random in their choices. It’s been a while since they actually did a good job, maybe 2014? Anyway, with that demographic I expect Arcade to be the jury winner (and rightfully), but I could be completely wrong.

Jonas
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Jonas

Linnea Deb is not merely a “Melodifestivalen songwriter”, she is a Eurovision winner!

esc1234
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esc1234

No lisa ajax, we will miss this prestigious jury member who gave top scores to the clients of swedish record labels

Denis
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Denis

40 isn’t that old. Isn’t that the average age for Europeans? Were not getting younger..
And so what? Does that mean that they somehow will only vote for ballads and old-fashioned stuff? Nope. 40 year old listen to modern music too, especially if they are in the business. That is the same as saying 40 year old tele voters will only vote for ballads or twenty something’s only vote for up tempo dance songs. A good song is a good song in any age group..

TGROUP
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TGROUP

from Israeli jury we have Shlomit Aharon, the female member of Habibi in 1981

Henry
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Henry

Wouldn’t the Moldovan lady from 2008 know Tamara? The Spanish guy from ESDM from 2013 might know Nevena. Plus I’m pretty sure Maria Olaf’s knows Stig from 2015. Michael and Franks night also know Malden from Balkanika is back in the Serbian team.

NickC
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NickC

I am 43 guys, watch your comments please!

NickC
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NickC

I actually agree 🙂

Efraim
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Efraim

Spain’s jury: – Sole Giménez, 56, singer and composer, best known as the former frontwoman (1983-2006) of Presuntos Implicados. No known connection to Eurovision beyond guest judging in OT 2017. – Elena Gómez, 53, music coordinator for RTVE’s Radio 3. – Ricky Merino, 32, singer, dancer and TV host, best known for finishing in 12th place in OT 2017 and subsequently co-hosting the ‘El Chat’ side show in OT 2018. – Raúl Gómez, 25, composer, singer and pianist, one of the writers of ‘Tu canción’ (Spain 2018) – David Feito, 39, songwriter and producer, former member of El Sueño de… Read more »

bartosz
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bartosz

In Georgia there’s also former Eurovision representant – Sopo Toroshelidze (lead singer of Eldrine)

Nata
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Nata

I want to trust the juries/jury system, but I really cannot. For example, the EBU clearly doesn’t look at how jurors have voted in the past. Radio DJ Ruud de Wild is in the jury for the Netherlands. He was in 2016 as well. He ranked Croatia (Nina Kraljic – Lighthouse) first in the semi-final. Then, he put Croatia in 24th (second-last) place in the final. I know, different performances can differ in quality, and there is a greater pool of songs competing in the final, but how can your favourite become your least favourite (almost) in four days? I’m… Read more »

Nata
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Nata

I Stand is a beautiful song though. I voted for it

Åsa S
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Åsa S

The median age of the average European is around 40 though. In Germany it’s 47.1 , i Italy it’s 45.5, in Greece it’s 44.5, in Austria it’s 44, in Spain 42.7, in Czech Republic it’s 42.1, Sweden it’s 41.2, in the UK it’s 40.5 just to name a few. The European countries with the youngest median age are Iceland (36.5), Moldova (36.7), Ireland (36.8), North Macedonia Macedonia (37.9). So an average around 40 is probably quite representative of the average European.
(Source Countries by Median Age 2018 at http://worldpopulationreview.com)

Alessandro Leonardo Gauci
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I bet the 16-year-old juror will give 12 points to the singer who is the hottest, according to her.

Fatima
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Fatima

They should vote on the show we all see.

TheFunnyBrain
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TheFunnyBrain

Wasn‘t Julie from DMGP 2019????

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

So they are to blame.

Boom Boom Chaka Chaka
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Boom Boom Chaka Chaka

I agree it’s high, but isn’t it a requirement to aim for a jury with music experts from all different ge groups? So in that case 41 would be ideal I guess, having a 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60-year-old juror would have an average of 40.

Bob
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Bob

As soon as I saw Lina Hedlund is on the Swedish jury, I knew this is going to be a nightmare. Yeah she was on the Swedish jury back in 2015 and ranked Il Volo quite low. I have no confidence in her appreciating anything artsy or non-mainstream. She will vote for Cyprus and Estonia, wait and see. And as always, you don’t have to have good taste to be on the jury. You just have to know the right people. Eurovision juries used to be somewhat professional, nowadays they are just an annoying addition to the contest, messing up… Read more »

Una
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Una

OMG I had forgotten all about the Estonia-Swedish connection. That low I have Estonia this year. Not even on my radar anymore!

Joe
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Joe

Depends on if they make the final.

Una
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Una

You’re right. Sweden votes in the second semi. My bad.

Polegend Godgarina
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tea. they were only introduced so that the ebu could solve the neighbor/diaspora voting problem, which was indeed huge in the late 00s, but now neighbor/disapora voting is a lot less impactful so the juries are a mere system to ‘control’ the eurovision result from the ebu. see 2016 as a blatant example (that didn’t work hihi).

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

The neighbouring problem is just accentuated in some cases. For example, Moldova gives Romania 12 points with all the jurors every year. That’s certainly not a jury duty. The Nordic states are pretty much doing the same, while we all know the Armenia-Azerbaijan problem, which is not normal for a song contest. But I guess that anyway Eurovision is much more than a song contest and that’s why these things are being accepted.

Whisker
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Whisker

Greece and Cyprus the same.

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

Good taste is hard to be defined. I think you have to be able to point some objectives criterias to be a good juror and be able to get rid of your preferences.

Whisker
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Whisker

IIRC there are four criteria the jury needs to consider. How objective they will be about that objective criteria is another issue.

Katariina
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Katariina

You know not everyone liked Il Volo right….

esc1234
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esc1234

i am betting that she will give cyprus, switzerland and estonia high scores.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

If i was a jury member i could never put a song last if my country were at war with a country, if a singer sang false could never put it high, if i know the person or its a artist in my record label i could never put it high just because of that

Una
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Una

But I think there are some repercussions in the case of either Armenia or Azerbaijan or both. Even people in Azerbaijan I think got called and interrogated by some authority for giving votes (televote) for Armenia. Juries too have a big burden – their personal and professional safety. I am afraid that this issue will not be solved in the near future.
Eurovision performances have been almost flawless for the largest number of artists. But we don’t get to see the jury performances. We have wiwibloggs now to tell us how the artists do on the Mon/We/Fri shows for the juries.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Greece and Cyprus voting is a cry to HAVE the jury. Some jurys are tasteless and some televoters are. It have always been like this. You can qualify with a good amount of taste from the televoters and jury 🙂

LOVE
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LOVE

And what is good taste? Your taste? According to most people in Europe the whole competition represents bad taste at it’s worst! You cannot decide what is good or bad taste!

Lina has a really great LOVE fore the competition though. That should Really count for something cause I doubt that goes for every jury

Polegend Godgarina
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kati wolf omg one of my eurovision faves, can’t wait for her to serve absolute taste as i expect x

Kosey
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Kosey

Oh no, there goes Iceland’s chances if Sophie Ellis-Bextor has got onto the jury. As an exponent of exceedingly bland pop, I dread to think what she will vote for. Now, there really will be murder on the dance floor as any decent song’s chances get butchered!

Charles II
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Charles II

Can you be more dramatic?

thespb01
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thespb01

Get a grip, sweetie. It’s one juror out of about 200 – and so what if she doesn’t have the same music taste as you?

Boom Boom Chaka Chaka
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Boom Boom Chaka Chaka

One jury member is not going to destroy any country’s chances. Hatari would get the same amount of points even if Sophie gets replaced by anyone else.

Ugna
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Ugna

I saw a ‘ismaili’ in North Macedonia‘s jury, I‘m hoping for points for Albania lol

Bubu
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Bubu

Interesting that one of the Croatian jurors works for the broadcaster(not allowed) and has already given his opinion on 3 songs publicly on his show (not allowed)
I see you mister Turkalj.

Una
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Una

In a similar case in a Scandinavian country I think, and quite recently in the past 5 years I think, was dismissed from their respective national jury. I don’t know if this is the case here, I haven’t see the show you’re talking about.

Denis
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Denis

i Think they changed that rule. One of the jurors is now allowed to work for the broadcaster.That’s how I interpret it.

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

I was hoping for Iveta Mukuchyan as Armenian jury CAUSE…

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2hzknGWkAEPgjN?format=jpg&name=small

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

I’m happy, Franka, from Croatia

Whisker
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Whisker

She didn’t qualify last year though.

INAMOO
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INAMOO

Robbed artist. I wanted her to qualify last year.

Una
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Una

I liked Crazy from before the show and I wanted it to qualify. But I was extremely underwhelmed by Franka’s live performance. Someone must have spent a lot of money for hair, make-up and dress. And nothing else. Franka alone could not carry that performance to make an impact. She remains an overrated WAG for me.

start voting
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start voting

I guess that every year the average age is around 40, because this is what EBU says: different ages must be in jury, also men/women as equal as possible (if there are 5 jurors, it can’t be perfect equality men/women).

Una
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Una

Of course you can’t have equal numbers of women and men in a 5-jury panel. Two to three is just fine. What is the most important though is their experience and objectivity. But we can’t expect objectivity here, at least not always. I am glad to see the split jury-televoting points because that’s the only way for a bit of accountability. That said, we’ve had split votes for 3 years now and there’s still shameless block voting/alliances between two countries in the jury vote, regardless of the song. I understand that the televote is more subjective but the mutual love… Read more »

Safiya
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Safiya

Pawel Rurak-Sokal represented Poland at Eurovision in 2004 as a member of Blue Café. Dominika Gaweda is Blue Cafe’s vocalist now, back in 2004 it was Tatiana Okupnik. Rafal Brzozowski participated in Krajowe Eliminacje in 2017 (and his song was quite horrible IMO). Now he’s mostly known for being a host of a TV game show and the worst part of the show is him singing. Really, many people find his performances awkward and cringy and he’s basically a meme now.

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

Yet he was 2nd behind Kasia Mos and almost went to Kyiv as Polish entrant.

Anna Wyszkoni has a successful solo career but she became known as vocalist of band Lzy (Tears). In 2004 they placed 2nd in Polish national final with “Julia, tak na imie mam” right behind Blue Cafe. Maciej Durczak was their manager back then, I believe.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Wait, are both the Tolmachevy Twins in Russia’s jury? The average age is high but I don’t think it will affect the overall results. I support the juries at ESC but I would like 10-15 jurors instead of just 5 per country.

Gaimar
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Gaimar

Yep, both are there as separate jurors.

Safiya
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Safiya

On one hand, I know that juries are important, but looking at some of the names makes me wonder, if it makes sense at all… Some of them are singers and musicians, who don’t even have any hits or fail miserably in their countries’ national selections. I don’t want to be disrespectful, they are professionals after all and maybe they have some musical education that most of people are not aware of, but I just can’t trust someone to have a good taste, if they don’t have any decent songs themselves…

Una
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Una

Monica Anghel represented Romania in the 2000s and Andrei Kerestely was a composer at some point.

Una
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Una

I think that Liana Stanciu (Romania) is an employee of the Romanian broadcaster. I think, I am not sure. She used to be in the delegation of Romania, not sure if HoD, and she went to Israel from as far as I remember accompanying Ester. Even if she wasn’t an employee but had another kind of contract – outsourced services – it looks very odd. Very odd. OK, so the rules say 4 jury members and a chairperson. The list of jurors doesn’t make it clear who’s who. I mean who’s the chairperson. Can the chairperson vote? Can the chairperson… Read more »

Una
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Una

EBU have changed the rules on their site. One notable change: from “Members of the jury must not be employees of the Participating Broadcasters” to “There may not be more than 1 Participating Broadcaster’s per National Jury”.
And changed another rule with more details on the qualifications of the jury members.

Clarification on the rules for national juries is much appreciated. By me. Thanks.

At a second read I can see who are the chairpersons. My bad for not reading that document thoroughly.

Héctor
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Héctor

Oh, Sweden… Linnea and Lina Hedlund… dated voting at sight. I can see them voting for Cyprus.

On the other hand, I’m very happy with the Spanish selection. I can tell Raul Gómez (composer of “Tu canción”) will give top points to The Netherlands. Also, Ricky Merino was a contestant in OT 2017. He will go for Cyprus, though I hope I’m wrong. He might go for Switzerland.

Una
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Una

Sweden’s votes will go to Cyprus and Switzerland. Almost a given. And Malta.

Gian
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Gian

Italy has a modern and good song. I won’t say how much beachside that’s something that differs from one person to another. I’m sure it’s going to be at the top 10 (if not top 5) at people’s vote. However with the average age of jurors at 41 years it won’t go well at the jury vote which means that we probably won’t see Italy wining this year

Bob
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Bob

I’m afraid you are right 🙁 Hopefully a good placing for Mahmood thanks to the televoters.

Polegend Godgarina
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italy’s entries in 2015 n 2018 catered to an older demographic n the juries sabotaged us anyway, so…

Jonas
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Jonas

It’s weird that the juries loved Italy in 2011 and then totally turned on them after that.

Kris
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Kris

Slovenia has a juror called ‘ Mate Bro ‘

One of Cyprus ka juror works for CyBC . By EBU rules this shouldn’t be allowed. But what do I know ?

Una
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Una

I have the same doubt about a member of Romania’s jury. She’s been in every possible TV show about Eurovision this year. Was part of the delegation some previous year. She’s presented as presenter/anchor of TVR on wikipedia. Still not clear who’s the member of the jury, who’s the chairperson, can the chairperson vote, can the chairperson be an employee of the broadcaster. So many questions, no expectation for clarification. I just hope the broadcaster don’t screw anything up and have valid juries. Block voting is enough of a problem.

Kris
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Kris

Hi. It clearly states on the EBU announcement notice that jurors and chairperson(who does also vote) shouldn’t be an employee of the participanting broadcaster. One of Cyprus’ jurors job description itself is CyBC senior official , I’m like duh!

Kris
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Kris

Funny story they have updated the rules in the last 3 hrs to now say 1 juror may be the employee of the broadcaster.

Una
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Una

Exactly. I think they read wiwibloggs. The update was made within half hour.

Ewan
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Ewan

Stefan Airapetjan (Estonia) was in Eesti Laul this year and last year if I’m not mistaken

elpa
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elpa

Shlomit Aharon said yesterday on TV program that Armenia is her favorite
france is ok and another female singer is also her favorite
link (in Hebrew): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iZyzNj9tdw (from 25:51)

Joe
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Joe

I will say Israel doesn’t vote in Armenia’s semi

Nicolas
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Nicolas

The youngest 16yo juror from Malta is Nicole Frendo who was the X-Factor finalist along with Michela.

Paul
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Paul

Adele Roberts is everywhere at the moment (UK). Go on big brother 3!!!

FrostyW
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FrostyW

Wait, is that also the same Matay from Portugal who was just in Festival da Canção?

LIL
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LIL

Yes, also Portugal has Ana Claudia from FdC 2019.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

That’s what I thought too seeing the average age of the jury. Be ready for conservatives votes.

Shimi
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Shimi

Shlomit Aharon from Israel represent Israel and participated In Esc in 1981

https://youtu.be/2U1Bdm5LAlc

Joe
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Joe

Oh yeah! Hakol Over Habibi! The guys that turned down Hallelujah!

Zubi
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Zubi

David Feito is going to be a jury for Spain, and it is a member from El Sueño de Morfeo, who went to Eurovision on 2013.

Raúl Gómez, also from Spain, is the composer of “Tu canción”, last year’s spanish song.