Drobysh claims that move has strained the Minsk-Moscow alliance.
“[They] inflicted enormous damage on relations between Russia and Belarus, just to people and, in particular, to me as an individual, who suddenly became an enemy of the Russian people, who were not given points,” he said.
“In fact, they didn’t just make it impossible for us to vote, but at the last moment gave an envelope and made them announce the results they came up with. It has nothing to do with the decision of the jury and the people.”
As you’ll recall, the EBU dismissed the jurors from Belarus after the semi-finals for discussing their voting. As per Eurovision rules, it is prohibited for jurors to discuss their votes before the grand final.
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.
The votes from Belarus in the final were determined by an “aggregated result” instead. That’s a result calculated by using the results of countries that display similar voting patterns as Belarus — in this instance, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Georgia.
But not even this seems to have gone to plan. As we previously reported, when the results were revealed on Saturday night, it surprised fans. No points had been given to culturally close Russia, while Israel picked up its only jury points with a hefty douze points from Belarus. The rest of the voting seemed to ignore the big favourites of the jury votes and rewarded the less popular acts.
- Israel – 12 points
- Estonia – 10 points
- Germany – 8 points
- Norway – 7 points
- Spain – 6 points
- United Kingdom – 5 points
- San Marino – 4 points
- Serbia – 3 points
- Iceland – 2 points
- Australia – 1 points
It appears that the EBU accidentally awarded points to the bottom ten ranked songs of the aggregated vote, not the top ten. You can read all about that drama here. But does that really justify a lawsuit?
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