Italy – Controversy continues as the publication of the televoting results by Italian broadcaster RAI shows a huge win for Romania’s Cezar. Yet on the night he received only 1 point from Italy….meaning the jury must have absolutely finished him off by placing him at the bottom of their rankings. There were concerns before the contest that juries would have too much power.
Here’s the result as released by RAI:
There is further controversy as questions about the make up of the Italian jury have surfaced.
According to Wiwibloggs.com, the composition of the Italian jury broke EBU rules. They report that the Italian jury members were Paolo Giordano (chairman), Gianni Sibilla, Luca Dondoni, Fabrizio Basso and Luigi Bolognini who are all journalists and music critics, but none of them are, as the EBU rule dictates, either “radio DJ, artist, composer, author of lyrics or music producer”. Another EBU rule states that “There shall be a balance among the members of each National Jury to ensure sufficient representativeness in terms of gender, age and background” yet all the Italian jurors are male.