Ukraine – It seems like things haven’t changed over the last year. The results of the national final last Saturday, in which Mika Newton was selected as the Ukrainian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 were annulled. Since Yesterday Voting Fraud allegations by leading media sites had caused a scandal in Ukraine. The final result was decided by a mixture of televotes, internet votes and jury voting. Mika Newton won all three of those but now allegations of voting fraud have arisen:
Apparently Mika had 37384 votes in the internet selection from 2640 individual IP-s, while Jamala had 37232 from 7104 individual IP-s . Furthermore 1996 phone numbers sent 29064 SMS’ for Mika but 3906 phones sent 19900 SMS’ for Zlata and 6365 phone numbers sent 10800 SMS’ for Jamala.
So calculated by individual IP and phone numbers the result would have been:
1. Jamala 13469
2. Zlata 7020
3. Oleksi Matias 6742
4.Mika Newton 4636
Jamala, as well as Zlata Ognevich had thus challenged the result and called for a re-evaluation. Anna Herman, a member of the jury also called for a new national final. “I will initiate the creation of a special commission to examine the preparatory process and the very course of the final selection of candidates from Ukraine for Eurovision[…] I think it’s worth to listen to the tens of thousands of people, that during these two days were ringing and expressed their dissatisfaction with the result of this competition. I have many doubts, but I would not want to disclose them before the decision of the commission, which I hope will be established and will give its findings. I would not want to blame anyone in advance, but my impression is that something was decided on the sidelines and not on the stage, which we do not understand and did not know”, she told the press.
NTU’s reaction to the allegations of fraud was: “I think next year we will change the rule and will accept votes only from unique IP-addresses and phone numbers”
Furthermore Mika Newton has expressed her will to sing another song at the Eurovision Song Contest written by Walter Afanasieff, who has worked with Celine Dion.
Now NTU has revealed that a new national final with three candidates will be organized on March 3: Zlata Ognevich, Jamala and Mika Newton will compete. The result will be based on televoting from individual phones alone.
Source= eurovisiontimes, ESCToday, NTU, ESCKaz.com