Philipp Kirkorov, the composer of this year’s Russian entry, has taken to Instagram to speak out against the jury system.
Kirkorov has stated that, whilst respecting the contest and its rules, he is saddened by the fact that the 21 of the 42 juries awarded no points to Russia whilst the song came 1st with the televote. He attributes this result to anti-Russian politics within the juries:
As a fan of this contest I am sad that a song, an entry and an artist like Sergey Lazarev @lazarevsergey was given zero points from 21 juries! When at the same time, the audience all over Europe voted for him with 3 points and above. 29 countries gave him 8, 10 and 12 points!! I really believe that EBU should reconsider the way juries are voting. Maybe take them down to 25%? Something needs to be done for Russia to take part again.