Eurovision: six countries accused of cheating have their votes annulled

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The European Broadcasting Union, which runs Eurovision, accuses Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino of cheating in the contest. These countries would have agreed to establish their rankings.

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino would they have cheated at Eurovision? This is according to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which described “irregular voting patterns” in a press release published this Thursday, May 19, 2022. The votes of these countries were therefore not taken into account. account in the grand finale.

According to the EBU, these countries would have agreed to establish their rankings. They are believed to have awarded themselves the most points in the semi-final of the European musical event, which was held on May 12 in Turin.

“During the second semi-final, it was observed that four of the juries placed the other five countries in their Top 5, one of the juries placed the same five countries in its Top 6 and the last one ranked four of these country in its Top 4 and the fifth in its Top 7. Four of these six countries have received at least once the maximum score of 12 points”, notes the organization, which specifies that “an irregularity of this magnitude is unprecedented. “

The deleted votes

“Given the unprecedented nature of the irregularity detected in the second semi-final, the EBU, in consultation with the pan-European voting partner and the independent voting controller, has decided, in accordance with the voting instructions for the contest , to exercise its right to suppress the votes”, finally writes the EBU.

As a reminder, Ukraine won the contest in Italy ahead of the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to the vote of viewers who voted for the group representing the country invaded by Russian troops.

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