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Irregularities, cyberattacks… Were the Eurovision results distorted?  – A Breton group at Eurovision

After Ukraine’s victory at Eurovision 2022, controversy swells over the integrity of the results of the singing competition. Romania claims that its jury’s vote was replaced by a live one. Instead of the twelve points being awarded to Moldova, they were given on-air to Ukraine.

“We were unpleasantly surprised to find that the vote was not taken into account in the final classification, with the organizers awarding another series of marks to the competitors in the final,” wrote Romanian public television.

“Irregular voting patterns”

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which oversees the competition, recognized the maneuver. But explains it: “Irregular voting patterns were identified in the results of six countries (…) after the second dress rehearsal of the second semi-final”.

“In order to comply with the contest voting instructions, (we have calculated) a substitute aggregated result for each country concerned” for the “second semi-final and the final”. This alternative result is based on a calculation method that takes into account the results of other countries with similar votes in previous years.

The EBU did not specify the nature of these irregularities. Nor which are the six countries concerned. But, according to franceinfo, it would be Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, San Marino and therefore Romania.

Presenter banned from antenna

“The EBU takes any alleged attempt to manipulate the vote very seriously and has the right to suppress such votes in accordance with the official voting instructions, whether or not such votes are likely to influence the results and/or the outcome of the vote. “, recall the organizers.

Bucharest regrets, for its part, that “the rules were modified during the game”. And that its presenter was not “authorized” to intervene live, like other countries. Because if, officially, several countries could not directly announce the result of their votes due to a technical problem, the decision not to involve them would be linked to these suspicions of irregularities. TVR, the Romanian Eurovision broadcaster, said it reserved the right “to take measures to correct the situation”.

Several cyberattacks

This is not the only incident observed on the evening of the Eurovision final. Italian authorities said they managed to thwart several pro-Moscow cyberattack attempts during the semi-final and final. The organizers of the competition knew that Eurovision was particularly exposed, in the context of the war in Ukraine, while this country was given favorite and Russia deprived of participation.

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