San Marino TV responds to EBU statement on national juries cheating

Reactions to the Eurovision 2022 voting scandal are mounting after Thursday’s statement from the European Broadcasting Union. In this statement, the EBU demonstrated an “irregular voting pattern” between six countries – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino. The tables provided by the EBU showed that these six countries all ranked well. But if you took them out of the calculation, they were collectively much poorer. It was, according to the EBU, an “unprecedented” love-in.

Well, San Marino Radio and Television (SMRTV) is not happy. They shared a press release – through a series of tweets – calling the EBU ‘overbearing’ and questioning why all of their jury points in the second semi-final went to Sweden and Sweden. Australia, and why their 12 points in the Grand Final were given to Spain rather than Italy.

We’ll embed the Tweets and type them in afterwards, just in case something gets deleted on social media.

San Marino TV responds to EBU statement on national juries cheating at Eurovision 2022


EBU changes San Marino vote that gave Italy 12 points San Marino RTV specifies that it has always remained in


– contact with EBU and considered EBU as the only interlocutor until the publication of yesterday at the end of the afternoon. The statement was not shared despite the fact that RTV – and the other 5 countries involved – are active members of the consortium. It is important to point this out


-because the way in which the EBU has evolved in this matter seems to us a little authoritarian rather than inspired by the associations which orient and rather regulate the relations between the members of the EBU. We have already expressed to the EBU our disappointment with the way and


we’re not just talking about the press release that just came out. When asked if the EBU thought the suspicions of voting irregularities were 100% correct, the answer was no.


When asked if the EBU noticed that a group of countries from the second semi-final apparently swapped 12, 10, 8, 7 and 6, the answer was no.


When asked why the canceled votes of San Marino and the other 5 suspect countries were all attributed to Sweden (which got 72 points) and Australia (60 points for it), the answer was because they had the best songs. “.


Nothing makes us think that our jurors voted for something they didn’t like. Their – and ours – 12 for Italy has been replaced by the EBU with a 12 for Spain. We asked how this new vote was “calculated” but we did not receive a precise answer.


We know Eurovision and have collaborated with them for years, we continue to believe in institutions and competition and we encourage the best, even if there is not always the best song.



As previously explained, the EBU has replaced the jury votes of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Romania, San Marino and Poland with what it calls a “substitute aggregate result for each country”. He did it for both Semi-Final 2 and the Grand Final.

This is calculated based on results from other countries with similar voting records. These voting records correspond to the “pots” that the EBU has designed for the semi-final draw. As you can see below, San Marino’s points were decided based on the vote of Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Bulgaria and Portugal.

In the second semi-final, the six countries involved in the scandal saw their points awarded to Sweden.

In the grand final, San Marino’s 12 points (from the jury) went to Spain. Azerbaijan and Georgia went to the UK. Poland and Romania went to Ukraine. Montenegro went to Serbia.

Saucepan 1

  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia

Saucepan 3

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Saucepan 4

  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Malta
  • Bulgaria
  • Portugal
  • San Marino

Saucepan 5

  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Romania

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