Eurovision 2o17 – The full scores of all of the jury members has now been released. As expected the Armenian and Azeri jurors all gave the lowest marks they could to each other, but there was added controversy this year s the Azeri jurors gave their second lowest points to Cyprus… whose representative Hovig is from Armenian descent.
The EBU has already been challenged on this almost impossible probability and its response has not impressed Eurovision fans. Journalist Tobbe Ek from Sweden’s Aftonbladet asked the following:
Armenian and Azeri juries have a history of ranking each other’s entries at the very bottom. It is consistent and looks the same every year. How can the EBU and PWC still consider this as part of a valid result, that no matter what the song sounds like it always get ranked the last?
This year, the Azeri jury also seems to have ”punished” the Cypriot singer because of his background, all Azeri juries ranking Hovig as second from bottom in the semi-final. In the final the individual juries vary their rank a bit, but their combined ranking is still second from bottom. Are the EBU still considering this being a valid result?
Did the Azeri jury members get a warning between the semi and the final regarding everyone ranking the bottom two exactly the same?
Has the Cyprus delegation filed a protest against the Azeri jury?
This is the reply he got from ”a Eurovision spokes person”:
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is decided by televoters and juries (comprised of music industry professionals), who each have a 50% stake in the outcome. Each juror signs a declaration, stating they will judge the songs independently, based on a number of criteria, such as the song, the lyrics, the performance and hit potential. They understand that their judging also excludes any personal views pro or against a performers personal background. We expect them to, and are happy that they do, respect these rules in order to keep the contest clear from (geo) political influences.
Other controversies included
- Every member of the Moldovan jury placing Romania 1st place.
- The Greek Jury gave their 12pts to Cyprus
- The Cypriot Jury reciprocated and gave their 12pts to Greece
- The Denmark Jury gave their 12pts to Neighbour Sweden
You can find all of the individual scores by jury members HERE.
Do you think these jurors bring the contest into disrepute? Do you think the EBU’s non-response makes them complicit in all of this? Let us know in the comments below.