Reactions continue over the cancellation of the voting of six juries!

On Saturday night, during the Grand Final, the EBU sent out a vague statement saying it had identified “voting irregularities” in six unnamed countries after the second rehearsals of the Second Semi-Final. Their jury votes were cancelled and replaced with a ” substitute aggregated result for each concerned country for both the Second Semi-Final and the Grand Final (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records)”

Understandably, the above treatment caused a reaction from these countries as there had been no prior information and they ended up seeing a different score from the one they had given themselves.

Romania

On Sunday morning, Romanian television posted a lengthy statement on the official Eurovision page, which among other things said

“Romanian TV is fully committed to participate in Eurovision 2022, paying the participation fee and preparing, together with the WRS team, a project that won the appreciation of the public”

“We were surprised to see that the result of the Romanian jury’s vote was not taken into account in the final ranking, with the organisers assigning a different score on behalf of our country’s jury”

“We clarify that the Romanian jury decided to give the maximum score to the Moldovan representatives”

Furthermore, TVR, asks the EBU for the exact reasons why they made the cancellation of their committee’s score and they are able to make amends in case they made a mistake.

Montenegro

The Montenegrin broadcaster reacted in the same way

“Following the announcements made on the Eurovision website, we would like to inform the public that we have sent a request for clarification to authorised representatives of the EBU”

“Following the submission of our jury’s vote, the relevant officials stated that the RTCG vote was conducted in accordance with the normal procedure, was legally certified by the EBU, and they saw no reason to suspect any form of irregularity. We therefore await a detailed answer to the question of our vote change.”

Georgia

Georgia’s broadcaster, GPB, has issued a statement regarding the removal of the Georgian jury’s votes from Eurovision 2022

“The Public Broadcaster met all the requirements, sent the official document and received the EBU’s consent that there were no possible irregularities”

“The Georgian jury gave its highest score, the 12 points, to Ukraine. However, when the results of the Final were announced, the 12 points from Georgia were given to the United Kingdom”

“The Georgian delegation had no interest in manipulating the results. It was of prime importance for our jury to secure 12 points for a deserving contestant, which in this case was the representative of Ukraine”

The Georgian public broadcaster remains in active communication with the EBU regarding the current situation and hopes that official answers will be provided soon.

To date, the EBU has not yet clarified the exact reason why the votes of the six juries were removed.

What do you think of all this? Could much of the confusion have been cleared up if the EBU had given more specific information from the start? We look forward to reading your views in the comments below!

Source: Wiwibloggs, Eurovoix

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Kosovo: RTK aiming to apply for EBU membership by the end of the year!

The General Manager of RTK announced that the Kosovan broadcaster intends to apply for membership in the EBU at the end of this year.

Kosovo is seeking to become a full member of the European Broadcasting Union by the end of this year to be able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr. Ahmetxhekaj confirmed that in case RTK becomes a member, Kosovo will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. He told Nacionale that:

It is a joint plan of the current management of RTK that in the coming period, maybe at the end of this year or next year, to officially apply for membership in the EBU.

Mr Ahmetxhekaj believes Kosovo may now have a better chance of joining EBU following the removal and suspension of Russia and Belarus. He explained that:

Now the chances may be greater due to the movements of the latter in terms of the exclusion of Russia and Belarus.

However, the General Manager of RTK acknowledges that there are significant obstacles to membership, as he is not a member of the International Telecommunication Union, which is a prerequisite for joining the EBU. In 2019, a vote was taken to remove ITU membership as a criterion for joining the EBU, but it was not approved.

In the past, Kosovo has participated in other Eurovision events. For example, in 2011, RTK selected Tringa Hsya to participate in that year’s Eurovision Young Dancers competition.

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Kazakhstan: Khabar Agency won’t broadcast Eurovision 2022!

Kazakhstan’s broadcaster, Khabar Agency will not broadcast Eurovision Song Contest 2022. This will be the first time Khabar Agency will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest live for viewers in Kazakhstan since the 2010 contest in Oslo, Norway!

The Kazakh broadcaster is currently participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as an associate member of the European Broadcasting Union. Kazakhstan has been participating in Eurovision Junior since the 2018 contest in Minsk, Belarus.

Agency Khabar is currently pushing for full membership in the European Broadcasting Union, which will allow the broadcaster to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Eurovision 2022: The announcement of the EBU for the negative comments of the last days!

Through its official social media, the EBU made an official statement about the discrimination and all the uproar that has been created in recent days for the organization of this year’s Eurovision!

Below you can see EBU Statement:

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#EurovisionAgain returns to Rotterdam!

On the evening of Saturday 7 May, #EurovisionAgain returns to its home on Twitter, in a fresh new format through which to enjoy the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, which came to us from Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena just under a year ago.

This time around, the viewing will be done exclusively on Twitter, with a stream set up especially for the occasion on the social media platform. Viewers will be joined by some special guests that #EurovisionAgain has lined up to take us through the contest. And it will be an even more interactive experience than usual, with the fans’ all-important Twitter takes and musings forming a bigger part of the re-run of last year’s event from Rotterdam.

Stay tuned to the official Eurovision Twitter, as well as the #EurovisionAgain Twitter, and join us as we Open Up one more time to the spectacular Grand Final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, with everyone invited to take part.

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EBU: “The sun will remain in the same place in all 40 songs, to ensure a fair competition”!

The European Broadcasting Union gave its first statement, on the technical issues that have been created, with the stage of Eurovision 2022 .

Speaking to the Danish broadcaster, DR, the EBU referred to the issues that have arisen and are affecting the scene, for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

The statement given to DR states that:

During the technical tests in Turin, the production team has experienced challenges with how long it takes to adjust the “sun” to different positions in the time between the different performances. Together with the host station RAI it was therefore decided that the sun will remain in the same position during all 40 songs, to ensure a faircompetition for all participating countries.

The creative director of the Danish participation Birgitte Næss-Schmidt, explained that the sun has two sides . One side has lights on it, while the other consists of LED screens and that the sun is currently adjusted to have the lights facing the audience.

As a result, some countries that were going to use LED screens in the sun had to make last-minute adjustments to their performance.

In addition, she added that at the last minute, the Danish delegation was asked to make changes in the appearance of The Reddi, as they can not as an organization support what has been requested.

We were told that the stage did not work, three days before our first rehearsal. Fortunately, we had chosen not to use the turntable itself in advance, because we did not think it worked optimally, so it has been fairly simple for us to adapt our performance

Birgitte Næss-Schmidt

We remind you that stand-in rehearsals  were held with great difficulty and several missions expressed their dissatisfaction with the material they received from the rehearsal of their participation. The technical issues addressed by the missions may therefore include the malfunction of the sun’s structure.

Added to all of the above there were problems in countries rehearsing on the first day of rehearsals, as of Latvia and Lithuania

Source / Photo: DR / EBU / NATHAN REINDS

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Eurovision 2022: Second wave of tickets to go on sale on April 28!

A second wave of tickets for all 9 performances of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will go on sale from 10:00 am (CEST) on April 28 .

More tickets for the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be available from 10:00 am April. Tickets will be sold through TicketOne where users can pre-register to save time before purchasing tickets. Tickets will be on sale for all nine performances. The terms of purchase remain the same as the tickets purchased in the first wave of sales. Full prices and terms can be found on the TicketOne .

Specifically, a total of 63,000 tickets will be given for the three live shows, the three jury rejearsals and the three family shows. Of these, 25,000 have already been allocated. The rest of the number includes the tickets that the delegations get, the sponsors, but also the tickets that will be given to the fan clubs. The rest will be available online through Ticketone in the second and final wave of sales.

More information about Eurovision 2022 tickets can be found in our relevant article.

The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 10, 12 and 14 in Turin, Italy.

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American Song Contest: The allocation of the artists in the two semi-finals!

The artists who will compete in the two semifinals of the American Song Contest have been released. Last Monday, NBC hosted the last qualifier round from which 16-year-old Ada LeAnn with her song “Natalie” representing Michigan was named as the new American Song Contest semifinalist after winning the judges’ vote.

The artists who will compete in the first semi-final are:

  1. Alabama: Ni/Co – ‘The Difference
  2. Colorado: Riker Lynch – ‘Feel The Love
  3. Kentucky: Jordan Smith – ‘Sparrow
  4. Massachusetts: Jared Lee – ‘Shameless
  5. Michigan: Ada LeAnn – ‘Natalie
  6. Montana: Jonah Prill – ‘Fire It Up
  7. New Hampshire: Mari – ‘Fly
  8. Oklahoma: AleXa – ‘Wonderland
  9. Rhode Island: Hueston – ‘Held On Too Long
  10. Washington: Allen Stone – ‘A Bit of Both
  11. Wyoming: Ryan Charles – ‘New Boot Goofin

The artists who will compete in the second semi-final are:

  1. Connecticut: Michael Bolton “Beautiful World
  2. Georgia: Stela Cole “DIY
  3. Kansas: Broderick Jones “Tell Me
  4. North Dakota: Chloe Fredericks “Can’t Make You Love Me
  5. Puerto Rico: Christian Pagán “Loko
  6. Tennessee: Tyler Braden “Seventeen
  7. Texas: Grant Knoche “Mr. Independent

The second semi-final will be completed with the remaining qualifiers from the 5th qualifying round as well as the second Wildcard!

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American Song Contest: Watch the rehearsals of the fifth qualifier round!

Short clips from the rehearsals of the representatives of each state and region of the fifth American Song Contest qualifying round were released on the American Song Contest’s social media accounts!

You can check out the participants’ rehearsals below:

  1. American Samoa: Tenelle – “Full Circle
  2. California: Sweet Taboo – “Keys to the Kingdom
  3. Guam: Jason J. – “Midnight
  4. Idaho: Andrew Sheppard – “Steady Machine
  5. Illinois: Justin Jesso – “Lifeline
  6. Maryland: Sisqó – “It’s Up
  7. Michigan: Ada LeAnn – “Natalie
  8. Missouri: HALIE – “Better Things
  9. New Mexico: Khalisol – “Drop
  10. North Carolina: John Morgan – “Right in the Middle
  11. Vermont: Josh Panda – “Rollercoaster

As always, the songs will be released in their entirety only 24 hours before the show. This will be the fifth out of the five heats and will be broadcast live on Tuesday, April 19, at 2AM CET on NBC.

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American Song Contest: Listen to snippets of the songs from the 5th qualifier round!

A few days before the 5th and last qualifier round and most of the participating artists have already released snippets of their songs on TikTok and you can hear them by clicking on the title of each song!

You can listen to the snippets below:

  1. American Samoa: Tenelle – “Full Circle
  2. California: Sweet Taboo – “Keys to the Kingdom
  3. Guam: Jason J. – “Midnight
  4. Idaho: Andrew Sheppard – “Steady Machine
  5. Illinois: Justin Jesso – “Lifeline
  6. Maryland: Sisqó – “It’s Up
  7. Michigan: Ada LeAnn – “Natalie
  8. Missouri: HALIE – “Better Things
  9. New Mexico: Khalisol – “Drop
  10. North Carolina: John Morgan – “Right in the Middle
  11. Vermont: Josh Panda – “Rollercoaster

As always, the songs will be released in their entirety only 24 hours before the show. Remember that this will be the fifth out of the five heats and will be broadcast live on Tuesday, April 19, at 2AM CET on NBC.

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