GEORGIA – Junior Eurovision is only a day away and Georgian capital is going to air one of the most historic shows as the event marks its 15th edition. This year EBU and hosting country decided to use online voting instead of tele voting which is enhanced by the parameter that the voting is open prior to the show and internationally. What is interesting is that EBU’s Jon Ola Sand considers it a test for the senior Eurovision Song Contest as previously reported.
Fan worry and we as well, for the new voting system (the details of which became known now as the only thing we knew was that there will be web voting prior to the show and nothing else), since there are two new key changes: international voting (even from non participating countries) and voting for your own country ability.
No one understands why this is happening. Isn’t it clear already that the diaspora voting and the big countries will be benefit from it? Have we forgotten that Poland could be the winner since in 2016 they saved the JESC viewing rates by having huge TV rates? How international voting is integrated with this event? How US viewers could have a say to the European participants? Armenian diaspora, huge widely, could boost the Armenian entry? Nothing concrete you might say but suspicions already raised even though we don’t know the winner.
But two fan sites, Eurovoix.com and Escxtra.com got deeper. They checked the technical aspect of there voting page and proved that the online voting is open to manipulation. You must definitely read it here. Through various mechanisms (VPN, IP change, different browsers) you can vote more than once. And there isn’t even a basic security in the poll (Facebook login, e-mail verification, SMS verification) of the voters.
Despite the interesting idea to move the voting from a phone service to a web service, is exciting, interesting and I think the future for all events. But this particular voting system already failed for me. Don’t forget that in 2014 EBU tried to use an online voting system which failed big time and ridiculed the EBU and the host country big time.
We can’t wait for the EBU to give answers and immediately dismiss the “vote for your own country” rule which definitely insults the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and its fundamental idea for fair play.