EBU tightens jury rules in Eurovision

The EBU have changed the rules for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Although the fundamentals have not changed, organisers are tightening the rules and increasing openness on the jury voting.

The most important changes include openness of the names of all jury members by the 1st of May, before the contest. Additionally, EBU/EUROVISION will publish the ranking submitted by each individual jury member for all shows right after the Final, and thus the split results of jury voting and televoting for each country. To increase diversity, music industry professionals can only take a seat in a national jury if they have not been in the jury during one of the previous two editions of the contest.

Over the past months, EBU/EUROVISION has been investigating reports about alleged attempts to unfairly influence the voting. Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the contest: “If our investigation brings about evidence of wrongdoing, we will take the required action.”

EBU/EUROVISION will open a section on the contest’s official website where jury members and viewers at home can report voting irregularities, so they can be adequately investigated by the organisers, the contest’s voting partner Digame and PwC, which is overseeing the voting procedure.

You can download the rules here