Flemish broadcaster VRT has claimed that the six countries with irregular voting patterns had decided beforehand to award each other points.
This comes after Saturday night’s statement from the EBU — issued during the grand final broadcast — saying that their voting partner had found that six participating countries’ juries had shown an “irregular voting pattern.”
After noticing that something wasn’t right, the EBU decided to scrap the jury scores from these countries. Instead, Eurovision organisers made aggregated results based on how countries with similar voting patterns had voted.
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The statement prompted widespread speculation from both Eurovision fans and press. The vague and somewhat opaque statement from the EBU media team gave little away, except that it concerned the scoring of six countries who participated in semi-final two.
On Sunday, Flemish broadcaster VRT, which was not involved in the Belgian entry this year, published a short article on their website. The Dutch-language television station wrote:
“From a good source, we have learnt that the national juries of the concerning countries had agreed to give each other points.”
The EBU has neither confirmed, nor denied this claim.
Who are the six countries involved?
While the EBU has not stated the names of the participating nations involved in the situation, there has been strong fan speculation about who they are.
Many Eurovision fans have observed that on the official Eurovision.tv website, the names of the jury members of exactly six countries have not been made public.
Three of these countries did not give out their jury scores during the Grand Final. Instead, Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl announced their points. VRT continues:
“Behind the scenes, it can be heard that the countries refused to call their points, because the EBU had changed their points (after the discovery of fraud).”
It’s not the first time that the EBU has decided to scrap jury scores. In 2014, the EBU blocked Georgia’s jury score after they found that scores of the jury members were too similar. A year later, this happened with both Montenegro and North Macedonia.
In 2016, a member of the Russian jury was removed after she had Periscoped the Jury Show and shown her scorecard. Most recently, in 2019, Belarus’ final jury result was infamously annulled after jury members had spoken about their favourites publicly in the media.