ESC 2014: EBU ANNOUNCE JURY NAMES
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The European Broadcasting Union announced today the names of each country’s national jury assemblies. Each jury includes five music professionals, and their individual rankings will be published right after the Grand Final. In addition to that, the individual rankings of all jury members will be revealed shortly after the Grand Final on Eurovision.tv.
The national juries comprise many well-known and popular artists, notably also some former Eurovision Song Contest participants:
Inga & Anush who represented Armenia in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Jan Jan
Stella Jones represented Austria in 1995 with Die Welt dreht Sich Verkehrt
Nigar Jamal won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the duo Ell/Nikki
Iris represented Belgium in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest
Bob Savenberg represented Belgium in 1991 as part of Clouseau
Lise Cabble was in the songwriting team of Only Teardrops, last year’s winning song
Kaija Kärkinen represented Finland in 1991 with Hullu Yö
Yohanna came second for Iceland in 2009 with Is It True
Charlie McGettigan won the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest together with Paul Harrington
Liam Reilly represented Ireland in 1990 with Somewhere In Europe
Nelly Ciobanu represented Moldova in 2009 with Hora Din Moldova
Stefan Filipović represented Montenegro in 2008 with Zauvijek Volim Te
Ruth Jacott represented The Netherlands in 1993 with Vrede
Marlayne represented The Netherlands in 1999 with One Good Reason
Magdalena Tul represented Poland in 2011 with Jestem
Mietek Szcześniak represented Poland in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest
Nicoleta Matei represented Romania together with Vlad Miriță in 2008
Ivan Broggini is part of Sinplus who represented Switzerland in 2012
Carrie Grant was part of Sweet Dreams, the band representing the UK in 1983
Avet Barseghyan hosted the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
“We believe that presenting the jury members before the contest is an important contribution to more openness and we are very pleased to see that so many music industry professionals came on board to support the Eurovision Song Contest,” says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest at the EBU, to Eurovision.tv.
All jury members are music professionals. They are being asked to judge: vocal capacity, the performance on stage, the composition and originality of the song, the overall impression by the act, the average age of the jurors is 40 years old, 79 members are female, 106 are male.
The EBU has looked into each jury member together with Digame and PwC, to assure they meet the requirements to take seat in a national jury. Note that all jurors signed to vote independently. Changes to the list of jurors may occur due to unforeseen circumstances in the week to come, and they will be announced on Eurovision.tv.
The following criteria were applied in the selection of the jury members: Members shall not have been part of a National Jury the preceding two years. Members of the National Juries must be music industry professionals. There shall be a balance among the members of each National Jury to ensure sufficient representativeness in terms of gender, age and background. All members of the National Juries shall be citizens of the country they represent. No member of a National Jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the Eurovision Song Contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality. Judges signed a declaration stating they will vote independently.