RTCG openly threatens the EBU over jury annulment
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO – Montenegrin national broadcaster revealed the jury votes and the letter to the EBU’s Executive Supervisor and Reference Group over their protest regarding their jury annulment in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The jury votes were cancelled without any detailed explanation causing a fuzz in the country which instead of dealing with the success of Knez in the final they are dealing with the so called “scandal”, wiwibloggs.com reports today.
From the voting revelation it is clear that the Eurovision 2015 results wouldn’t be affected. Montenegro’s Head of Delegation Sabrija Vulic in the letter focuses on specific issues highlighted into: First RTCG points out other jury suspicious voting, argues over the media damage this caused to the broadcaster, the country will not be able to find jurors for the next Eurovision edition, wonders why the second semifinal results were valid and the tele voting wasn’t and questions why the notary’s decision was not taken into count.
The broadcaster demands for the jury votes to reinstate otherwise RTCG will seek justice elsewhere!
MONTENEGRO’S RESPONSE TO THE EBU
Dear Jan Ola, dear members of the Reference Group,
In previous emails I wrote that the position of our house is extremely negative on the decision of the Reference Group to cancel the jury votes from Montenegro and that we are disappointed with this decision, because our jury worked in accordance with the rules with their opinion without any pressures from the side.
I have to remind you that the members of our jury are people with academic titles, some of which work in high positions in our school system, and they had a remarkable career like artist musicians.
The consequences of the man who gave the recommendation to annul the votes of Montenegrin jury are extremely negative and far-reaching. So we ask a few questions:
Is it possible that the jury members think similarly (example: the German jury gave all the first place to Latvia and Italy, as a bookmark like favorite, placed in the other half of the table)?
Are you aware that because of this decision in the Balkan media success of Montenegro and the success of the entire event move in the background, because all the media talk about the decision that canceled the votes of the Montenegrin jury?
Are you aware, that next year, if Montenegro will participate in ESC, we will not be able to find anyone to be a jury member because no one wants him to an unknown person tried on his voice?
Are you aware, that you are accepted the voices of the same jury in the Second semi-final, and you cancel the votes of the audience from Montenegro?
Which document states how many SMS votes we need for the vote to be valid?
By whose order , the secretary of the Reference group to talk to me and suggested that I talk with other delegations about points just before second semifinal? On what basis and whose statements he concluded that I as the Head of the Montenegrin delegation talked with someone?
Which document states that judges may not similarly to vote?
How do we justify the money what we gave to the jury members for their work when their work is not recognized by the Reference Group?
Why are we engaged Notary to control the voting and why not complied with her conclusion that the vote passed regularly?
For all these reasons, we request from Reference group, that the votes of the jury from Montenegro to be confirmed in the Final , because the members of the jury and RTCG feel hurt and damaged, and we will be forced to seek justice elsewhere or to judicial authorities.
I thank you for your understanding and we believe that you will approve our request.
In case you think this is necessary, I am willing to attend a meeting of the Reference Group and give further details.
In the voting revelation it is clear that Slovenia would have get 3 votes more, Italy 2, Russia and Estonia less 1 point and Azerbaijan 4 less. The only Eurovision 2015 final scoreboard change would be the 2 points to Armenia which would have risen the country one rank over Romania.