Russia – As you know yesterday was the jury final of the First Semi Final and controversy soon followed when one of the Russian Jurors filmed herself and the jury watching the live stream of the Jury Rehearsal. Today, following this controversy, the EBU have taken action
Anastasiya Stotskaya, one of the jury members of Russia has today been ejected from the Russian Jury following breach of the rules. Her votes for the Semi Final are void and will not be considered. RTR the Russian Broadcaster can however pick a replacement in time for the Grand Final.
During the jury rehearsal Anastasiya filmed herself and the other members of the jury via the Periscope app. The footage showed the screen during both the Armenian and Dutch performances ahead of the televised show today which is not allowed. She also showed her score sheet where she indicated which songs she liked (Netherlands) and songs she didn’t (Hungary and Moldova).
Although the jury were speaking in Russian, one of the jury members can be heard stating she would vote for Armenia because her husband was from there. No action has been taken in regards to the second jury member.
Below you can see the EBU’s statement on the matter: