ITALY – The European Broadcasting Union denied any problems with Italy’s televoting in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, a situation that could have put Lithuania unduly out of the Grand Final.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU / EBU), the highest body of the Eurovision Song Contest, responded to the request for clarification imposed by the Lithuanian state broadcaster after revealing the values of Italy’s televote in the second semifinal.
As previously shown, the figures advanced by RAI do not correspond to official voting figures, which may have placed Lithuania unduly out of the pool.
However, in a letter sent to LRT, Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the event, ensures that the official points advanced by the official website of the competition are correct, while “RAI’s results are inaccurate and will be corrected.”
According to the supervisor, the results used for the vote were processed and approved by Digame, official partner of the event and responsible for the compilation and validation of the votes, revealing that the values presented by RAI may contain “votes recorded after the official closing of the televote,” as well as votes considered illegal, since each device can only vote 20 times in each gala.
LRT contacted RAI for explanations on the situation and has not received any response so far.