Scandal has rocked Eurovision 2019 as the grand final draws closer. The EBU has revealed that the Belarus jury has been dismissed and will not vote in the Eurovision grand final. This is a result of the jury members revealing their semi-final votes ahead of the final.
The EBU has confirmed that the jurors from Belarus have been dismissed. As per Eurovision rules, it is prohibited for jurors to discuss their votes before the grand final. The votes from Belarus will be determined by an “aggregated result” instead.
In an interview, the Belarusian jurors revealed a lot of information regarding their votes. While they did not reveal an exact breakdown, they discussed their favourites and stated that they almost unanimously agreed on their three winners.
Belarus in the first semi-final
The jurors each spoke out and cast some light on each of their votes. You can read their comments below:
- Anastasiya Tikhanovich – Revealed Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece and Slovenia as their favourites.
- Anzhela Mikulskaya – Stated that Australia topped her ranking and marked down Iceland.
- Artsem Mikhalenka – Did not explicitly reveal his favourites but discussed the performances of Georgia and San Marino.
- Olga Rizhikova – Revealed Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Georgia as their favourites.
- Valeriy Prigun – Revealed Czech Republic, Estonia, and Georgia as their favourites.
Previous jury vote issues
This is not the first time jury problems have plagued Eurovision. In 2017, Norwegian juror Per Sundnes was replaced on the jury after making comments against Irish representative Brendan Murray. In 2016, Russian juror Anastasia Stotskaya was replaced on the jury after streaming a video of the Russian deliberation process which showed part of her votes. Similarly, in 2014, the Goergian jury was disqualified after presenting identical votes for their Top 8. In that case, the televote accounted for 100% of the Georgian votes.
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