San Marino: SMRTV’s press release on the alleged irregularity in the judges’ vote!

A few moments ago, San Marino’s broadcaster SMRTV issued a press release on yesterday’s EBU announcement on the irregularity in the voting of the six-countries jury. SMRTV is the sixth and last broadcaster from the countries involved to react to the cancellation of its jury vote.

SMRTV’s press release states the following:

EBU changes the vote of San Marino which had given 12 points to Italy.

As for the EBU press release on the alleged voting irregularities that would have occurred during the Eurovision just ended, San Marino RTV specifies that it has always remained in contact with EBU and considered EBU the only interlocutor until yesterday’s release in the late afternoon.

The statement was not shared despite the fact that RTV – and the other 5 countries involved – are active members of the consortium. It is important to underline this because the way in which EBU has moved in this affair seems in our opinion a bit authoritarian rather than inspired by the associations that instead guide and regulate the relations between EBU members. We have already pointed out to EBU our disappointment with the way and we are not referring to just the press release that has just come out.

When asked if EBU believed the suspicions of voting irregularities to be 100% founded, the answer was no. When asked if EBU had noticed that a group of countries in the second semifinal would apparently have exchanged 12, 10, 8, 7 and 6, the answer was no. When asked why the canceled votes of San Marino and the other 5 suspected countries were all given to Sweden (who were given 72 points) and Australia (60 points for her) the answer was because “they had the best songs.”.

Nothing makes us think our jurors voted for something they didn’t like. Their – and ours – 12 to Italy was replaced by EBU with a 12 to Spain. We asked how this new vote was “calculated” but we have not been given a precise answer. We know Eurovision and have been collaborating with them for years, we continue to believe in institutions and in the competition and we cheer for the best, even if it doesn’t always have the best song.

Achille Lauro represented San Marino in Eurovision 2022 and with “Stripper” he came in 14th place in the second semi-final. You can listen to his entry here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCmX64N_sXM

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