SWITZERLAND – The European Broadcasting Union released a press statement regarding the failure of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest online voting during the live show. The statement is clearly stating that after the investigation the final results wouldn’t change. Though, EBU doesn’t address the fact that those who really wanted could vote through various methods more than once and didn’t address why they changed the historically forbidden principle “you’re not allowed to vote for your own country”. They don’t address why an international voting could be representative to a show with 16 participating nations or how they secured diaspora voting manipulation. Overall, a statement just for nothing.
THE EBU STATEMENT
After a thorough investigation into the Junior Eurovision Song Contest online voting platform we can confirm that the access issue for some users for a short time during the live final was caused by the security feature that was in place to ensure only one vote was counted from a single device. Processing the huge number of votes cast took longer than could have been anticipated, and this meant some users could not access the voting platform. We apologise for the disappointment this caused.
Whilst the situation is regrettable, the EBU takes the integrity of the voting system for its competitions very seriously and we are confident, after this investigation, that the final result would not have altered had this issue not occurred. We are always looking at ways to engage audiences further and the online vote showed that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest had a huge reach outside the participating countries with many people worldwide passionate about the outcome. We are committed to continually updating and improving procedures to allow more and more people to engage with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the future.