Romania has already expressed outrage and anger over the cancellation of its jury result by the European Broadcasting Union. And now Montenegro has followed suit, questioning how and why the EBU reached the decision to annul its votes (along with those from Azerbaijan, Georgia, San Marino, Romania and Poland).
Here’s the official statement from broadcaster RTCG. It makes it clear that the country’s results were initially received and approved without any questions…
Montenegro: RTCG statement on excluded Eurovision jury vote
“After the information made on the Eurovision website that the voting of juries in six countries was contested at the second semifinal evening of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, we would like to inform the public that we have sent a request for clarification to authorized representatives of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).”
“[After the submission of our jury votes], they stated that the RTCG voting took place following the regular procedure, and after that it was duly certified by the EBU, and they saw no reason to suspect any form of irregularity and expect a detailed answer to that question.”
“When it came to the final night, as the audience could see in a live television broadcast, the votes were announced publicly and the taste of our jury largely coincided with the ‘schedule’ of countries on the final table.”
How were votes determined for excluded countries?
As previously explained, the EBU replaced the jury votes from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Romania, San Marino and Poland with what it calls a “substitute aggregated result for each country.”
This is calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records. These voting records correspond to the “pots” that the EBU devised for the semi-final allocation draw. As you can see below, Montenegro’s vote was based on how Albania, Croatia, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia voted.
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
What do you think of all this? Could a lot of the confusion have been cleared up if the EBU released more specific information from the start? Let us know what you’re thinking down below.