The EBU will not investigate votes given to and from Moldova in Eurovision 2021

May 26, 2021

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After the release of the split results for the Eurovision 2021 semi finals, and also the breakdown of jury and televote results from each country for both semi finals and the final, many fans and Eurovision experts have expressed their suspicions over the legitimacy of the votes Moldova received and awarded to other countries.

A lot of these suspicions over the voting have been aimed at Philipp Kirkorov, who, along with the Dream Team, wrote, composed and choreographed Natalia Gordienko’s entry, “Sugar”. Fans and Eurovision experts have noticed Moldova’s semi final jury score, in which we see Greece, another Dream Team production, and Bulgaria, Philipp’s birthplace, both giving their 12 points to Moldova. As we delve further into their votes, we see that four out of five Greek jury members put Moldova first, with all 5 Bulgarian jury members putting them first. 

When we look at Moldova’s televote score from semi final 2, we see that “Sugar” was the favourite among eight out of the sixteen participating countries. France, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Serbia, San Marino, Greece and Portugal all gave their 12 televoting points to Moldova. Fans and Eurovision experts have speculated that it is possible, due their small size, that their televoting could have been influenced in some way or another. However, in the grand final, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia and Greece, who previously awarded Moldova 12 points in the semi final, failed to award them any points at all.

For many years we have proven our love for this contest. Why would we now all of a sudden start trying to manipulate televotes? These accusations are absurd. For example in Portugal there’s a large diaspora from Moldova. And Greece always tend to support our projects... I’m not surprised that Russian diaspora in for example Latvia and Estonia would have voted for her in the semi since there was not Russian artist to vote for”

Dream Team representative

Moldova’s jury score in the semi final and final has also come under speculation from fans and Eurovision experts, and there have been accusations of voting exchanges between countries. In the final, we see Moldova giving 12 points to Bulgaria, who in turn gave their 12 to Moldova in the semi final and final. Moldova gave 10 points to Russia, who in turn gave Moldova 12 points. Moldova have Greece 8 points, who in turn gave them 12 points in the semi final and 10 in the final.

Amidst all of this suspicion and controversy surrounding these results, Tobbe Ek, who is a journalist for Swedish site Aftonbladet, has asked the EBU if they will be investigating these voting inconsistencies that we see here.

"All votes from juries and the public in the Eurovision Song Contest were checked and verified by our voting partner Digame and auditors EY and we are satisfied we have a valid result."

EBU spokesperson

What are your thoughts on these votes this year? Do you think an investigation is needed? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

One Response

  1. What is there to investigate? We know the facts and they speak for themselves. Everyone knows partisan voting is common. Look at Cyprus and Greece. It’s very rare for them not to give each other maximum points regardless as to whether their songs warrant it. There is always going to be a degree of subjectivity in Eurovision, but I am satisfied that the best (or one of the best) songs ends up being the winner and a legitimate winner at that. We should be enjoying the Eurovision Contest for all the positive things it brings – unity, solidarity and friendship, providing a brilliant evening’s entertainment. It frankly doesn’t matter all that much how many points each country gets. It’s very much about the taking part.

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