The Eurovision grand final would normally see the speculation over who would place where at the contest finally come to rest, with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) revealing the complete and finite results after the confetti has fallen. However, in 2019, the drama around the voting is still very much alive over a week after the contest came to an end. And it doesn’t seem to be dying down any time soon.

Yet another possible discrepancy in the voting has recently emerged – this time from the Italian televote in semi-final two. As a result, the Lithuanian broadcaster LRT is now seeking clarification on the matter.

So what exactly is the discrepancy that LRT is inquiring to the EBU about?

Yesterday, Italian broadcaster RAI published the full Italian televote results from both semi-final two and the grand final. Although the latter of these aligns with the results published by the EBU, the former does not.

Italian semi-final two televote results as published by Left: EBU, and Right: RAI

 

EBU Published Results

Albania – 12 points

Romania – 1o points

Norway – 8 points

Russia – 7 points

Switzerland – 6 points

Moldova – 5 points

Azerbaijan – 4 points

The Netherlands – 3 points

Malta – 2 points

North Macedonia – 1 point

RAI Published Results

Albania – 16.08% (12 pts)

Romania – 10.39% (10 pts)

Russia – 9.92% (8 pts)

Moldova – 8.66% (7 pts)

Norway – 8.58% (6 pts)

Switzerland – 5.93% (5 pts)

North Macedonia – 5.47% (4 pts)

Azerbaijan – 5.40% (3 pts)

Malta – 4.42% (2 pts)

Lithuania – 4.13% (1 pt)

If the results published by RAI are indeed the correct televote results (Eurovision fan-site ESCXtra contacted a member of the Italian delegation who stated that they were), this would see Russia, Moldova, North Macedonia and Lithuania each gain points, while Norway, Switzerland, Azerbaijan and The Netherlands would all lose points.

The most significant of these changes is Lithuania’s jump up to tenth place and one point gain. Although this seems a relatively small change, the current overall standings of semi-final two show that the Baltic country finished in eleventh place, just one point behind tenth-place qualifier Denmark. The change in results would see both Lithuania and Denmark tie for tenth position on 94 points.

The current rules for tiebreakers associated with ties for last position in the semi-final state: “Should there be a tie for the last position in a Semi-Final (because two songs have received the same number of points)…the winner shall be the song which has obtained the highest rank from all the National Audiences [televote]”.

Therefore, since Lithuania received 77 points from the televote in semi-final two, where as Denmark received 41 points, Lithuania would win any possible tiebreak situation.

This leaves the question, should Lithuania have qualified to the grand final of Eurovision 2019 instead of Denmark?

It is possible that the EBU and their voting monitor Ernst & Young discovered some errors in RAI’s calculations that were later corrected without the broadcaster’s knowledge. However, until the EBU officially comments on the matter we can only speculate on what could have been.

LRT seeks clarification from EBU

After hearing about the discrepancy in results, Lithuania’s Head of Delegation at Eurovision, Audrius Giržadas, confirmed that the broadcaster would be formally applying to the EBU to ask for clarifications about the Italian televote result:

The situation is really interesting. We, as a broadcaster, have suffered moral and rating misconduct, and we may have enough to acknowledge the error.

Audrius also comments that Lithuania’s Eurovision 2019 representative, Jurij Veklenko, could be due compensation for the error:

The songwriter and performer could claim substantial financial compensation – when the song is performed to such a large audience, the author’s reward for playing the song twice is significantly higher than when it it is performed only once.

However, speaking to LRT.lt himself, Jurij remains unfazed by the situation and says his job is to focus on the music rather than the money:

I did everything I could, but it happened as it happened. Those who were in the finals were worthy of it, and I don’t see the point of unnecessarily hitting or depriving them of their place in the table. I think [my managers] will decide whether to take action and my job is to create music.

What if other semi-final two ‘mistakes’ were corrected?

This most recent voting discrepancy follows on from the correction to the grand final results last week, after “human error” led to the incorrect aggregated result being used for the Belarusian jury.

However, this is not the first potential mistake in the results of the second semi-final. It was earlier reported that Swedish juror, and former Alcazar singer, Lina Hedlund had ranked the songs in the reverse order – putting her favourite song, Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” for the Netherlands, last and her least favourite tune, PAENDA’s “Limits”, first.

This affected the points given by the Swedish jury. If Lina’s song order had been correct and new averages for the Swedish jury calculated, the revised guesstimate of the Swedish results (without applying the EBU’s weighting system) would see Denmark gain two points and Lithuania lose one.

If this possible error was also corrected, in addition to the discrepancy in the Italian televote results, then Denmark would remain in tenth position, with 96 points. Lithuania would instead be three points behind on 93 points and still in the non-qualification eleventh place.

It is important to note that neither Lina, Swedish broadcaster SVT or the EBU have commented on this matter.

Therefore, like the discrepancy in the Italian televote, this ‘mistake’ is still not official. Although highly unlikely, maybe the “Victorious” hit-maker really did have a complete change of heart in the two days between the second semi-final and the grand final, which resulted in her placing The Netherlands last in the former and first in the latter.

Update (15:50 BST 28/05/2019)

Further reports suggest that a Russian juror may have also ranked the semi-final two songs in the reverse order, putting Denmark first instead of last. If this potential error was also corrected, the revised guesstimate of the Russian jury votes would see Denmark lose the three points it was initially awarded. Adding this change to the others noted above would result in Denmark falling to 93 points. Thus, Lithuania and Denmark would once again be tied for tenth place.

As always, until the EBU officially comments on the matter and confirms any errors, any ‘mistakes’ are purely speculative.

What do you make of this latest voting discrepancy? Are you annoyed that there appear to be so many mistakes in the results? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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Steph
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Steph

The EBU need to investigate and correct the scores and if it is the case tht lithuania should have gone to the final, then they should be given a pass to next years final and Lthiuania should internally select Jurijus. It is the only way to make things right.

Tom
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Tom

I think jurors liked Zena song ….and they took a biit seriously “Lets break the rules” …(Belarus, Sweden, Italy, Russia)

Madeline
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Madeline

Well, in concluciom, Denmark deserved the final spot more because it had less countries to get diaspora votes from in this semi final and the song was better. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Lithuania this year but the semi final was sooo strong that many good songs had to be lost in the semis. Maybe Lihtuania would have qualified from the 1st semi. There were less countries to get diaspora votes from but it was so much weaker.

Tom
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Tom

Juries didnt want to running with lions …

Anna
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Anna

They must be happy that they didn’t go the finals, otherwise they would have ended 20-24th place or something.

Mei
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Mei

It doesn’t matter what place they would’ve gotten. The fact is that Lithuania SHOULD HAVE BEEN in the final.

Ziv
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Ziv

I don’t know as an artist, would it be happier to qualify but placed 26th, or not qualify but miss the final only on tie-break rule.
Qualification is still qualification after all, right?

Tom
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Tom

Its better when u stay in semi or go to the final and complaining that neighbours counries didnt voted for me ? ( Serb.**), A***bai*an)

Minerva
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Minerva

It would have been fitting if the song ‘Beautiful Mess’ appeared in this year’s Eurovision Contest!
Maybe EBU should check the points by all countries again. Just to be on the safe side.

Geo
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Geo

The corrupted Ola Sand should retire. Just because of their mistakes Lithuania didn’t pass the semifinal and EBU’s darling (Sweden) was 1st on the juries vote, when in fact North Macedonia should’ve been. Too many “mistakes”….

Tom
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Tom

The executive supervisior *

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Why are you not mentioning the Russian juror who voted backwards in semi-final 2? His backwards voting gave Denmark 3 points. If that got corrected, Denmark would’ve gotten 3 points fewer and Lithuania and Denmark would’ve gotten the same amount of points. Lithuania then would’ve qualified for the final with more televoting points.

Nikki
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Nikki

For God’s sake, the juries are supposed to be here to avoid drama and complains, not to provoke it. My father, who was a big non-crap giver, would be like ‘Stuff it, let’s void it all. Sorry, Duncan lad, but pack the trophy and the folder and send it to the Norwegians.’

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Netherlands 498 points, Norway 331 points. And you think Norway should get the trophy for getting 167 points fewer than the Netherlands?

pepe
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pepe

What does this article have to do with juries?

Vincent
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Vincent

What a mess! I can remember 2007 & on when the scoreboard in the Final only contained the big 5, maybe 1 country in western-Europe/Scandinavia and the rest was from Eastern-Europe/Caucasus region (a lot). There was no diversity and it was all predictable which countries would be on the left side. Luckily (partly) due to the juries that doesn’t occur that strongly anymore. Juries sound good in theory. Howeeeeeveeeer what we have seen now is a BIG MESS. Juries are supposed to judge aspects which the regular viewer doesn’t take into account. In that case the 12 points would go… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

People, are you serious with the “diaspora-thing”? Lithuanians are one of the smallest nations in Europe. Don’t be ridiculous xD

Kesha
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Kesha

And dont’t they deserve justice?

stommie
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stommie

Then how else do you explain the tele votes in the semis in the pre qualified countries. Locals don’t care to watch or to vote, since their country isn’t competing in it. Of course the result will be diaspora driven. And you don’t even need great numbers of people voting, they only have to be very active.

Pam
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Pam

They still got many diaspora votes from Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. Small countries does not mean small diaspora

Bella
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Bella

Do you even know what a diaspora is? It has nothing to do with the size of the country (for example, Armenia is a small country of only 3 million people, but there are 8 million Armenians living abroad – a huge diaspora). Lithuania has a very large diaspora, especially in other small countries like Ireland, Latvia, Denmark, Iceland, etc. (and if you look at Lithuania’s voting history, these are specifically the countries that have given Lithuania the most points). In Iceland, Lithuanians represent 10% of the European immigrants, which is more than enough to have a significant impact on… Read more »

Ash
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Ash

No, in this semi Lithuania gets the most diaspora points (aside from Russia) FROM 3 COUNTRIES – UK, Norway, Poland and ponts from Latvia. Usually a country gets diaspora points from 1-2 countries. So it does matter here.

gwen
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gwen

Lithuania doesn’t have a diaspora in Poland. Poland has a diaspora in Lithuania.

ParryHotter
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ParryHotter

After reading the majority of comments clearly some people don’t have a clue about it. Forget about the diaspora, forget about bad song and performance. If you don’t like it – fine. The rules apply same to everyone. If Lithuania and Poland had to be in the final then they have to get automatic qualification for next year, if they don’t get it then the national broadcasters and artist producers can ask for big compensation. And I feel like it could be a big one

Valentino
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Valentino

Unfortunately that won’t change anything in the results. But the EBU should indeed make sure it doesn’t happen next year. The EBU should also give a clear guideline to all jurors how the ranking works. It’s not the first year that jurors do the complete opposite in choosing their favourites.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

The solution is obvious – Lithuania 2002 singer Aivaras must be able to perform Happy You at some point during the 2020 ESC. One of the most underrated ESC songs ever!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz1FJq8yaJk

Keith
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Keith

Angus. You look wrecked. Not a pretty Eurovision face. Are you coked out of your face?

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

while you guys can compare eurovision entries, I compare telemoveis to ” the man with the child in his eyes!, by Kate Bush.

OohHoney
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OohHoney

He should have never won the national final let alone qualified to the grand final. Be grateful you didn’t come last and be done with being a waste of musical space this year.

Niya
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Niya

Ehm, did you read the post before commenting? Jurij himself said that he doesn’t care about the voting possibly being wrong and that the entries that did qualify were worthy of doing so. How did that in any way make him seem ungrateful? It’s the delegation that’s upset by it, not the artist.

OohHoney
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OohHoney

I was referring to Lithuania as a whole.

Niya
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Niya

Then I was just a bit confused that you to first mention him in subjective form (“he”) and then suddenly jump to the whole of Lithuania by “you” which is an unmarked pronoun 🙂 anyways, truth should be something we all strive for, even if it might not change anything. If they feel a mistake has happened they should seek retification, no matter what your personal music taste is.

Alaska
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Alaska

Can we please cancel the worst Eurovision in decades and move on? Can’t wait for 2020…

Trh
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Trh

I absolutely agree. I hope that the Netherlands is a start of a good decade and leave 2019 burried.

Bo12
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Bo12

Poland and Lithuania automatic qualifier for 2020

Nicola
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Nicola

What happened with Poland?

Bella
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Bella

Nothing happened with Poland. One of the Czech jurors didn’t vote in line with the other 4 (if she had, Poland would have been in the top 10 in its SF), so people assume that there was a mistake. But 1) neither the EBU, the Czech broadcaster or the Czech jurors reported any irregularity, 2) all the jurors vote independently, so there’s nothing shady if their rankings are different. People just love to make up stories and believe in them.

tom
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tom

i wanted to see Poland or Hungary in the final …but its after the contest its over ! injustices are every year !

Ann
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Ann

The Czech juror admitted herself that she hade made a mistake, so stop being a typical Swede that can only hate other countries.

Bella
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Bella

“A typical Swede”, lol?

1) I’m talking to you from Hoboken, NJ.

2) I literally just googled it again in case I missed some news: there is absolutely no trace of that Czech juror saying there was a mistake. Unless news come from the Czech broadcaster or the EBU, there was absolutely no issue with the Czech vote. You’re literally making stuff up.

3) Why is your first reflex to attack me on my country? That behaviour has a name, and it starts with an R. And, you’re also inventing which country I’m from.

Nicola
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Nicola

‘Should Lithuania have qualified to the grand final of Eurovision 2019 instead of Denmark?’
Short Answer: No
Long Answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooo

Thomas
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Thomas

This years votibg is a disaster, if I were Poland and Lithuania I would withdraw because of the voting errors. (Poland got screwed in semi one cause of cobfusion in how to vote.)

tom
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tom

ok bye

Alessandro
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Alessandro

Italian broadcaster RAI published the full Italian televote results last week, not yesterday. Does anyone noticed this before?

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

With all those mistakes coming to light it seems that we’re soon gonna find out that in fact Montenegro should win this year.

tom
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tom

jajajajaja or Portugal, maybe jurors were wrong and thinking montenegrian song is Potugal

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Or Ireland (41st overall)

Kredential
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Kredential

As they should. It really should be in the bottom three of the semi as it was one of the most uninspired performances of the semi final, but a spade is a spade. Do not let the EBU get away with this, Lithuania – and Poland, inquire about your qualification too.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

There’s also the possibility that the error was made at the Italian end – that somehow one party involved communicated the wrong voting data to the EBU. I’m not saying this is definitely what happened (we still don’t know enough about the situation to even understand what it all signifies) but it is a possibility.

Polegend Godgarina
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the televote published by rai seems more realistic. there’s NO way moldova only got 5 points from our televote considering our voting history with it, mainly due to the over 300k moldovan residents here.

Yaa
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Yaa

The huge Romanian diaspora votes for Moldova too, not only for Romania, after all Anna is Romanian from Moldova.

Paul
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Paul

What’s the point? What will it achieve?! The only reason reason it got thaposition in the first place is because of favourable immigration voting. It’s an uninteresting song song..

Lithuania need to up their game with selection then we’ll Listen

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

welp so we didn’t even have duncan in our televote top 10 in the semi skjsakdas either way lithuania didn’t deserve to qualify as more than half of the points they got (sets of 12 from ireland, norway and the uk + 10 from latvia + 7 from sweden) were purely from diaspora.

Luis
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Luis

Congrats to our diaspora in italy we win the televote every year in italy.Italy love albania

Kevin
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Kevin

If all this is correct m,Lithuania should go straight to the final in 2020 together with The Netherlands and the Big 5. That’s only fair.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

What if their 2020 entry is on the level of “Rain of Revolution”?

Ulf
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Ulf

Yes Lithuania’s material isn’t always final worthy

tom
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tom

Now i getting closer to u …..yeah yeah yeah yeah ..feel the rain of re – vo – lu -tion…

Africavision
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Africavision

Lol Robyn. I say it unashamedly, ‘rain of revolution’ was my favorite song of Eurovision 2017, my favorite Lithuanian Eurovision song ever, and my favorite Baltic Eurovision entry ever. Come on, Viktorija Ivanovskaja was everything! That sass, that outfit, that bun, those nails, that strut, those “yeah yeah yeah yeah’s”. And the staging was great too (although I kinda wish they ended with actual pyro, instead of the LED images of pyro). There have definitely been worse songs that automatically qualified for the grand final (e.g., Austria 2015, France 2014, UK 2010, etc.). In addition, Lithuania have sent a whole… Read more »

Amor
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Amor

I agree with the OP. If Lithuania was supposed to make it to the final, they should be compensated some way. Either through an automatic qualification or something else. It doesn’t matter how bad the song is, fair is fair. There is no guarantee that the big five and the host country songs are going to be good but they automatically go through every year.

Colin
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Colin

I think being an AC is a step too far, but I believe both Lithuania and Poland (IF the investigation proves they were supposed to qualify) should be able to negotiate their SF slots regardless of random draw. A ”pimp” spot or something like that.

Azaad
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Azaad

Maybe a good spot in the semi final running order is a better solution?

Ziv
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Ziv

Which spot is the EBU-officially-recognized good spot?

Pal
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Pal

I really don’t hope that same mistakes was in the years before. Maybe then Greece 2018, Serbia 2017, Norway 2016 would have qualified

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

I can understand your Serbia 2017 example, but Norway and Greece? You realize they both came 14th in the semifinal, right? Then 3 other songs from each year would’ve qualified, too…

Jo.
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Jo.

The tie-break would be unfair tho…12 pts from UK, Ireland and Norway + 10 from Latvia…

Rasmus
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Rasmus

yeah. Lithuanians seems to be the worst voters. They always vote the SAME year after year after year. I dont know how they are thinking? is that really well spent money for them if you dont like the song?

notJurijusFan
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notJurijusFan

you really do hate Lithuania lol

Ioa Ioa
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Ioa Ioa

He hates everything else besides his country Sweden.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

haha no. How can ypu vote the same for 4 years in a row then`? Isnt it strange to ypu?

esc1234
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esc1234

the fact that you come from sweden doesnt make you capable of shading other countries. Your country might have the fate of Lithuania next year 😉

Pal
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Pal

Yesterday: Fake belarussian voting.
Today: Italian Voting invalid
Tomorrow: Mahmood is the real winner.

Dante
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Dante

Milan 2020!

tom
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tom

Verona or San MArino 2020

bop-whop-a-lu bop
Guest

According to the 2.3.3 rule the LIve Winner of ESC remains and even if the results change. But Netherlands is a deserved winner!

tom
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tom

yeah like Azerbaijan in 2011 ( just kidding) …i also like Duncan 🙂

Tomtom
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Tomtom

If this turns out to be true Lithuania and Poland should automatically qualify for the Grand Final next year along with the host and Big 5

Pal
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Pal

BIG NO!
Then Eurodrama will be on for real

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Ireland, UK, Norway have given Lithuania 12 points in televoting the last 4 years. Do someone after that REALLY thinks 100% televoting would be a good choice again? I DONT!

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

uh the televote is still far less biased than the jury vote. there are some cases of diaspora voting but they’re far less than in the 00s whereas juries stay voting for their neighbors

Rasmus
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Rasmus

So 4 years in a row for the same is okey to you?

Billie
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Billie

Oh… cry me a river…. How about Greece/Cyprus bromance?

Taker
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Taker

https://youtu.be/Qk93aWUurNg
Can we reach 1.5K views until tomorrow midnight??
????

Taker
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Taker

Pls!

Fatima
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Fatima

The entire system needs simplifying so that it is easier to spot errors, and less easy to make them. Right now we have instructions for jurors which the jurors don’t understand, a jury vote reveal which is so rushed the spokesperson can only give one score, and a televote reveal which is spoilable by anyone who can perform subtraction. Not to mention scrutineers who don’t know one end of a Belarusian ranking from the other.

Meckie
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Meckie

WIWIBLOGGS helped EBU by giving them a possible excuse “It is possible that the EBU and their voting monitor Ernst & Young discovered some errors in RAI’s calculations that were later corrected without the broadcaster’s knowledge”. Now EBU can say: Oh, yes, we found some irregular votes and corrected them without RAI’s knowledge. Well done, Wiwibloggs! You get free accreditations for next year’s Eurovision as a reward.

dusi23
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dusi23

You are a fan of conspiracy theories, aren’t you? Because that’s kind of absurd

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Considering that press accreditation is free anyway, that’s quite the bribe!

Meckie
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Meckie

Whatever, maybe you get a free dinner with Jon Ola Sand. What do I know about bribes anyway?

stommie
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stommie

The pdf from RAI Wiwi links to even states that 3,89% of the votes weren’t valid. In the final that percentage was a staggering 19,05%.

pooky1001
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pooky1001

With no disrespect to the Netherlands, i think we all need to have this years Eurovision wiped from our memories and start again next year!!! This year is just one disaster after another.

yodenman
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yodenman

Well said. Great knowing someone feels the same.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Resign Björkman and Sand? haha NO. I dont want russians,turkish or Azerbaijani in charge of Eurovision. Do you? They cheat to much or have not good opinions of some people. I trust EBU as it is now. Mistakes can happen. Are you perfect? no.

Léon
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Léon

But Spanish maybe, We can produce good music events.
And we are even Equal with the voting 😉

Jack
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Jack

Germans are coming, Bjorkman and Sand are already going home hahahahah

Niya
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Niya

I think the best thing for Sweden in this case is to have Björkman removed from the ESC all together. I think he’s good at what he does, but it’s not worth it. There’s so much hate and dislike within the community towards Sweden and their entires already and to have a swede (who’s highly involved in said country’s own national selection) do work for EBU as well fuels the fire even more. He’s basically become EBU’s own scapegoat. Belarus voting gone wrong – blame Björkman! Sweden doing well with juries – blame Björkman! I sure wouldn’t want to be… Read more »

Una
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Una

I think there is definitely a conflict of interest with CB being involved in MF and ESC. I fully understand that he is competent – MF shows that – and that ESC needs professionals at very high standards. It’s the biggest TV show in the world. It needs A LOT of very competent professionals that know the contest and TV show works inside out. And I am absolutely sure that we, the fans, do not know a lot of the inner works in ESC. It’s a complex show. But with 40 plus participating broadcasters every year, there must be some… Read more »

notJurijusFan
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notJurijusFan

As a Lithuanian I agree that the song and the performance was poor. However if this pans out to be true I feel like Lithuania and Poland deserve their place in the final next year. What kind of compensation can they ask? 50k? 100k?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Why do all Lithuanians abroad vote for them selfes no matter if the song is good or bad? Isnt that stupid haha? I would never do it

Reagan
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Reagan

Exactly. I personally would feel quite bad voting for my own country… it’s immoral

notJurijusFan
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notJurijusFan

All of Europe does it. Guess why Serhat for example made it to the final ? because of turkish people around Europe. Don’t really get it why you are so salty about it.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

I’m going to wait until a spokesperson from RAI actually makes a public comment on the issue. At the moment it’s too weird and uncertain to actually know what RAI’s “results” actually signify.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

Yes that’s very clever 😉

Cody
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Cody

Well said Kiwi<3
No hate

Serpent
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Serpent

Beautiful mess

Joshua
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Joshua

“””Beautiful”””…

Minerva
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Minerva

It would be fitting for this song to appear in this year’s contest!

Kuhkatz
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Kuhkatz

If Madonna was the interval act for ESC 2019, then why not Jurijus and Tulia in ESC 2020? Still might be 1000 times better than the „world star“ and would kinda get sort of compensation without an advantage for their countries respectively a disadvantage for all the others

Maybe a Run with the Lions/Pali Sie mash up? (Mixed by Darude^^)

Giuli
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Giuli

Yeah maybe if the budget is tight..

Fabrizio
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Fabrizio

and Maruv

Ziv
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Ziv

Interesting idea. What if we have reunions of some alumni from each of the last five years? You may ask Sergey and Serhat, that would make at least two years reunions.

tom
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tom

pls not …oh my ..

tom
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tom

only Maruv and Tulia remix lol

Bella
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Bella

If Lithuania deserved to place 10th, they should indeed asked for clarifications. That being said, their song was terrible and would have probably placed somewhere between 22nd and 26th in the grand final… So, at least getting eliminated in the SF saved them 3 expensive hotel nights for all their staff.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Guest
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

Omg…I’m so sad…it’s terrible what has happened this year…I’m big Eurovision fan since last year…and I was really looking forward to this year’s Eurovision…so much mistakes this year…but now we have the winner and we can look forward to next years competition…i really wanna see next beautiful songs and performances…the whole world unite together…I’m proud that I can be Eurovision fan…what do you like the most about Eurovision?? Greetings from the Czech Republic 🙂 🙂 🙂

guest
Guest
guest

For me this is the 1st year. Until 2019 i was living in darkness 🙂 . Now i cheked my country´s jurors and their votes to neighbours- not exactly given politically, but there are obvious connections ( music business )between some jurors and our neighbour country jurors/singers.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Guest
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

I remember how i watched my first ever Eurovision last year and since then i became huge fan of this amazing event…it’s fantastic to find out that Eurovision exist…thank you for your message 🙂

Una
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Una

Guest – but those connections are basically forbidden by the rules for jury members. If that’s true, the fault lies with the broadcaster that selected them as jury members. Come on, even I, as a fan that cared to read the criteria for jurors, know that.

Una
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Una

Thunder and lighting it’s getting exciting – greetings! There are so many things I like the most about Eurovision! Mostly the songs – every year I find some good ones that I like and love. I don’t really follow national selections but I am always curious to see how the act is presented on stage in the contest. Some wow elements, some kitsch elements, some cringe elements. Altogether. And I like seeing how some delegations try very hard year to year to bring an exceptional show for their act. I also LOVE this community on wiwibloggs – it’s so good… Read more »

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
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Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting

Una thank you for your nice message…I absolutely agree with you…I really love this community on wiwibloggs…and I’m looking forward to next the Eurovision song contest
…I love the feeling when someone reply to me 😉 🙂 …so thank you Una 🙂

George
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George

Let’s face it. Lithuania would have qualified only because of its diaspora… Can’t people see that they get high televote points from the same countries every year? Of course it’s because of their diaspora. You know, in 2017 when they had a horrible song, they still received 12 televote points from Ireland and 10 from Norway (where their diaspora is large)…. Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus gave them just 1 televote point…. and other countries didn’t give points at all. So maybe it shows something….

xohxoh
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xohxoh

Just like everyone else, y’all acting like Lithuania is the only one who gets diaspora/neighbor votes. Scandinavia exchanging votes, Ex USSR exchanging votes, Balkans exchanging votes, Greece-Cyprus etc… Even Turkish diaspora voted for Serhat this year.

Livia
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Livia

Turkish and Russian diaspora are huge, true. But apart from those two, Lithuania gets way more diaspora points than other countries

Fabrizio
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Fabrizio

then why the ~hatrid~ they got 11th?

Rashad Guliyev
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Rashad Guliyev

Another day and another error from Eurovision 2019.

Tom
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Tom

Yeah 2morrow we will see that again some jurors nd televote didnt count and Latvia, Ireland And Montenegro should have been in the final ….

Gogo
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Gogo

Lithuanian song was boring and mediocre as Danish. It was more sad for me, that stupid Belarus song qualified instead of great Polish song with only 2 pts.

Northern McDonalds
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Northern McDonalds

Belarus song was much superior to those dated whining babushkas

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

So basically, because of the very many voting screw-ups this year, Lithuania and Poland should’ve been in the final instead of Denmark and Belarus is what I’m getting.

…I feel extremely cheated because I like Lithuania and Poland more than the other two.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

Jurij is nice and cool, but this ain’t a miss congeniality contest. The song was bland and the staging complimented the snoozefest. You have to make an impact and Denmark did a million miles away better job in this battle instead of Lithuania. Denmark was the better and more obvious (for me) choice of these two to become a finalist.

Kail
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Kail

You know what is even more unfair? The DIASPORA VOTING. The televoters of Norway, UK, Ireland put Lithuania first (or top 3) every year simply because Lithuanians is almost the largest ethnic minority there. Even if they have a bad song. This is not voting for a SONG anymore, this is voting for a COUNTRY, which is not acceptable.The diaspora voting ruins Eurovision.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Lithuania are such a small country. Why do Lithuanians there vote the same every year? haha its stupid

andrez.
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andrez.

No, it´s not stupid. I would do the same if i would live in an other Country (and i think you would do this as well). And Lithuania is not the only Country that profits from diasporavoting. When Turkey participate, Germany (Belgium & The Nederlands as well) gave them always high marks. Austria & Switzerland gave thier Pointsmany times to former Yugoslavien-countrys. France gave often Points to Potugal, Portugal,Spain & Italy often to Romania. All because of Diaspora. The list could go on.

Kelly
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Kelly

Well, then compare this year’s semi final televote points. I’m pretty sure that Denmark got less diaspora votes than Lithuania. So If Lithuania would have qualified instead of Denmark, it would be rather unfair.
And this is true that Lithuania gets more diaspora points than average countries .

keith mawson
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keith mawson

UK 12 points went to N Macedonia , can’t remember what the other tops were.