ESCToday are reporting comments from the General Director of SMRTV, Carlo Romeo, where he suggests that the EBU should appoint the national juries, rather than the individual national broadcasters.
Carlo said of the current system:
“Every year rumours about jury voting spread on the internet. EBU receives a lot of criticism regarding the the voting method and for potential opacity of this or that country. Maybe we should turn the Eurovision Song Contest into a more modern and transparent contest by organising the national juries – which represent 50% of the final vote – keeping out the broadcasters from the organization.”
This is an interesting proposal from the micro-state and it comes a year after their own jury awarded 8 points to Rambo Amadeus’ Euro Neuro in semi-final 1 and 10 points to the Russian grannies. With that in mind, I guess they can speak from experience, so their demands for a more controlled and centralised method for appointing jury members should be applauded and granted careful consideration by the EBU.
How would such a system be managed?
The whispers I heard in Malmö suggest that such a system would still possess monumental flaws. Vote swapping isn’t some casual agreement between national broadcasting executives, in most cases it is government sponsored. What’s more, given the opaque method of results publication since the reintroduction of the juries, the EBU has a far from transparent facade.
I suspect that such as system would remain penetrable by external forces and I’m more in favour of my own proposal below.
Do we actually need a jury for every country, or could we use a panel of between 6-10 international music professionals and academics to complete just one jury ranking for the whole contest?
This has a chance. OK, it’s less people to manipulate so one bad egg could drastically skew the result. However, one bad egg would find it difficult to influence a group of professionals and academics from around the world.
Furthermore, the thought of between 6-10 music professionals deliberating on the contest makes sense in this new austerity period. One jury score is easy to manage and simple to publish after the contest. Fans would know exactly what the juries rewarded without having to consider the political bias of certain blocs. They could even publish a small report after the contest detailing their decisions and focusing on their professional critique of the musical and visual package.
Do you think this is a suitable way forward?