Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ESC 2016 RUSSIA: A JURY VOTING SCANDAL - THE NETHERLANDS AND ARMENIA BROADCASTED ON INTERNET BY A JURY MEMBER

Oops! Here we go again. Last night's jury final for the first semifinal is in a scandal, thanks to Russian jury member. She did so many things wrong that I don't even start to list them. In short she did a lve broadcast on Persicope during the Netherlands and Armenia entries live on stage, not only displaying how it all looks on television along with her votes. One in question is Anastasiya Stotskaya (33) who throughtout the broadcast seems to be more interested in her own appearance in on screen than the important and responsable task she's doing. On top of everything else she's actually Ukrainian, if that should make any difference when both Russia and Ukraine are among the tio favorites to win come Saturday. 
Anyways it's also very interesting to see how uninteresting the jurors seem to be on what's happening, they hardly paid any attention to Douwe's 10 second silence as they were too busy joking around. One of them is talking on the phone while Armenia is on screen.... Also, if you thought it's a glamourous job to be in the jury at least in Russia it's not. An ugly office room, small television.... 
EBU is investicating the matter and let's see what happens if anything. In theory this could lead to the cancellation of the Russian jury vote..... 
UPDATE: EBU statement:
Following constructive talks between EBU and RTR, Russia’s participating broadcaster, RTR proposed to withdraw the respective jury member who produced the video recording. As a consequence, the EBU declared the voting result of the respective judge invalid. The other four judges submitted a valid jury vote. RTR will have the opportunity to provide a replacement judge for the Grand Final on Saturday 14 May.

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