The grand final of Eurovision 2022 was on. And at 20 past midnight Turin time — just before the voting segment launched — the EBU released the following statement, suggesting more than a bit of behind-the-scenes drama.
STATEMENT FROM THE EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION
“In the analysis of jury voting by the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) pan-European voting partner after the Second Dress Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, certain irregular voting patterns were identified in the results of six countries.”
“In order to comply with the Contest’s Voting Instructions, the EBU worked with its voting partner to calculate a substitute aggregated result for each country concerned for both the Second-Semi Final and the Grand Final (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records).”
“This process was acknowledged by the Independent Voting Monitor.”
“The EBU takes any suspected attempts to manipulate the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest extremely seriously and has the right to remove such votes in accordance with the Official Voting Instructions, irrespective of whether or not such votes are likely to influence the results and/or outcome of the voting.”
Update on 16 May. The EBU still hasn’t confirmed which six countries demonstrated the irregular voting. However, if you scroll through the results on the official Eurovision web site, there are exactly six countries whose jury member names are not listed. They are: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, and San Marino. Curiously, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania had “technical difficulties” during the broadcast and could not reveal their points, so they were instead read by Executive Supervisor Martin Osterdahl.