Russia

Stand-in rehearsal Eurovision 2016

This year stand-ins got no chance to perform on public, but were allowed to publish their rehearsals post show.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The prizes were as usual awarded by the contest producer Christer Björkman. Marcel Bezençon Awards are presented in three categories: Press prize, composers and artistic prize.

Russia's Sergei Lazarev with "You Are the Only One" won the press prize for the best entry, voted by the journalists accredited in Stockholm.

Australia's "Sound of Silence", written by the DNA (David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii), was named the best composition by the songwriters.

Ukrainian Jamala won the prize for best artistic achievement voted by the commentators on the spot, the prize awarded to the artist who made the strongest general impression in the performance.

Winner predictions from Daniel and I

Mike;

Still calling it for Russia this year, with either Australia or Ukraine in second place

BUT I would love to see Austria do it, that would be simply amazing but unlikely to happen and of course I am totally hoping for a top 10 place for Georgia

Daniel

Think that Russia will still pull this off, with a dark horse as Serbia and France possibly having their best score for years.

Would love to see Russia win this all in the end BUT at the same time Bulgaria should hopefully do well too, good luck to Poli

The running order for the Grand Final

1. Belgium
2. Czech Republic
3. The Netherlands
4. Azerbaijan
5. Hungary
6. Italy
7. Israel
8. Bulgaria
9. Sweden
10. Germany
11. France
12. Poland
13. Australia
14. Cyprus
15. Serbia
16. Lithuania
17. Croatia
18. Russia
19. Spain
20. Latvia
21. Ukraine
22. Malta
23. Georgia
24. Austria
25. United Kingdom
26. Armenia

EBU release official statement on Russian Jury votes

The EBU has released the official statement on the Jury Vote issue with Russia last night

Having just spoken to the delegation I believe this is the correct course of action and the delegation are fully cooperating with the EBU and completely back their decision and actions.

Good.

Text of the statement is below and link under that

The EBU has been investigating a video recording made and published by a member of the Russian jury, during the judging for the first Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest during last night’s dress rehearsal.

Following constructive talks between EBU and RTR, Russia’s participating broadcaster, RTR proposed to withdraw the respective jury member who produced the video recording. As a consequence, the EBU declared the voting result of the respective judge invalid. The other four judges submitted a valid jury vote. RTR will have the opportunity to provide a replacement judge for the Grand Final on Saturday 14 May.

In a statement to the EBU, Russian broadcaster RTR expressed regret at the actions of its' juror. RTR has also apologised to Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS and Armenian broadcaster AMPTV for the online broadcast of their performances.

During its investigation the EBU sought advice from PwC's independent observer, in line with protocol for the event.

The EBU does not consider it a breach of the rules to stream a video online from the jury deliberation, as long as individual rankings, combined rankings or jury points are kept confidential until after the Grand Final.

Nevertheless, the EBU regards the actions of the person involved as not in keeping with the spirit of the competition and potentially prejudicial as it imposes a potential risk of accidentally revealing results.

The independent notary present at the jury gathering confirmed that the voting was conducted in accordance with the rules.

"The broadcast of the Jury Semi-Finals and Jury Final is an internal transmission, not meant for public distribution," said Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU.

"The credibility of the professional juries is a critically important aspect of the competition. We are satisfied with RTR's proposal, which reflects their understanding of what is and what isn’t appropriate behaviour of a judge for the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the contest’s governing body, the Reference Group.

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=ebu_issues_statement_about_jury_vo...

Semi One predictions from Daniel and me

Mike;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus Maybe
Austria Yes
Estonia Maybe
Azerbaijan Yes
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

So someone will miss out from my predictions, and sadly I think it will be Austria

From Daniel;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus No
Austria Yes
Estonia No
Azerbaijan Maybe
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

Some slight disagreements here, but more or less we agree this year

Anyway what the hell do we know.....though we usually get 7-9 out of 10

Douwe Bob bar opening in Stockholm

Yesterday Douwe Bob had a special of opening his bar in Stockholm where you can drink a beer and listen to a music you retro-pop stuff you should like if you're into Douwe Bob's music, 70s pop-rock and intimate atmosphere while spending a nice evening somewhere out.
A lot of delegations have arrived to check the opening - Russia, Finland, Estonia, Spain, San Marino and many others. Cyprus have got a special present for Douwe - Cypriot pomace brandy.

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