New voting partner will count … (what exactly?)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is gearing up with less than a month for rehearsals to kick off in the wonderful island of knights, Malta. EBU’s Junior Eurovision team is celebrating today the partnership with Dutch company “Sound Data” which will verify the results of the tele voting and jury voting on the night of November 15th.
To be fair EBU’s Vlad Yakovlev was not keen to use DIGAME as voting partner in Junior Eurovision aiming to reduce the cost of the contest as DIGAME was very expensive for this event, secure sources told oikotimes.com. Therefore the JESC team was seeking another solution and they found it. Not able to confirm it but it seems Sound of Data will get 50% less than what DIGAME was asking, which was approximately 150,000 Euros.
Contracted for more than one Junior Eurovision edition, Sound of Data will secure the transparency of the voting (a big question mark here) between the jury and public voting along with the combined voting.
Guido Jongen, Manager for Media Solutions at Sound of Data, added “We are very proud that EBU has chosen Sound of Data as their voting partner for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Our strong focus on international viewer interaction has paid off and has resulted in surprisingly new developments from which EBU will benefit. The first meetings and mutual visits have been very agreeable, which gives us the confidence that we are at the beginning of a very successful cooperation with a lot of future potential.”
I cannot help wondering though (especially since some figures are known to me by extremely secure sources): will we see countries skipping tele voting this year and using the jury voting because of not enough tele votes cast? I know specifically that an Eastern country last year had only 40 phone calls for Junior Eurovision and not sure if those calls were enough to count as public voting and it seems that their jury vote was used in the end. The lack of tele voting interest might be a big issue for Junior Eurovision as most countries know that and therefore juries can easily be manipulated and vote for specific countries! Not implying anything, just wondering! I am -still- free to do so, right?