STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Today the European Broadcasting Union in collaboration with PwC announced the list with the jury members from all participating countries in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Well not all: Greece failed to submit the five names today (something that is expected to happen tomorrow, but we all know how the Tsaknis National Broadcaster is working these days). Poland will also submit one juror name soon.
The first reaction came from the fans as the Swedish jury includes Wiktoria, who already commented and voted for the songs in the Swedish preview shows and we are awaiting on if she will ultimately be allowed to take part in the jury or not. After being a juror means:
Members of the jury must not have been part of the jury in the previous two years;
Members of the jury must be aged of at least 16 on the day they vote;
Members of the jury must not be employees of Participating Broadcasters;
Members of the jury must pursue a profession in or related to the music industry;
Members of the jury shall be citizens of the country they represent;
No member of a jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality.
Traditionally, the jury members will come together to watch the second Dress Rehearsal of each show, live as it happens, via a dedicated satellite channel at each country’s public broadcaster headquarters. Their work will be supervised by a notary, and the EBU’s independent observers of PwC reserve the rights to pay ad-hoc surprise visits to the jury gatherings in order to re-assure that the jury voting is being conducted in accordance with the Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Each jury member is asked to evaluate the vocal capacity, the performance on stage, the composition and originality of the song and the overall impression by the act, and rank all entries, except their own country’s contribution, in order. Each jury member should vote independently from the others. After the submission of their vote, the EBU and PwC intensely work together to check and verify the jury results. In case of apparent irregularities, a national jury vote may be discarded, http://www.eurovision.tv reports.
In the list with the jury members we also see former Eurovision stars: Albania – Kesji Tola (2009), Belarus – Teo (2014), Belgium – Axel Hirsoux (2014), Denmark – Basim (2014), Hungary – Kati Wolf (2011), Ireland – Molly Sterling (2015), Serbia – Bojana (2015), Spain – Have invited almost all of their national finalists to be Jury members – Electric Nana, Xuso Jones, Salvador Beltran and Maverick, Sweden – Melodifestivalen finalists Wiktoria and Anton Ewald.