This year there have been widespread allegations that PR firms, employed on behalf of country delegations, have attempted to buy off judges. The most compelling piece of evidence occurred when Lithuanian journalists went undercover to meet an individual offering cash for Azeri votes.
Sand has said the EBU is taking the allegations seriously and is investigating the situation. The situation has struck a real nerve and created something of a Sand-storm. “Of course I’m pissed,” he told Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper. “It’s terribly annoying that someone [may be] trying to buy votes.”
However, the EBU’s actions have also done little to diffuse the situation with producers now deciding the running order and refusing to release neither jury votes or televotes from individual countries.
Former Eurovision chief Svante Stockselius says, “The EBU is not afraid to buck the member countries. They can be tough on television companies if needed”.
SOURCE: AFTONBLADET, WIWIBLOGGS.COM