31/05 – Update – Ceska Televize received an exception from the EBU to allow Tonya Graves to be a juror at Eurovision 2021.
It has emerged that the jury score from the Czech Republic may be removed from the result of the Grand Final after a rule violation.
After the announcement of the members of the Czech jury, it has been discovered that one of the jurors does not have Czech citizenship, which is a violation of the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The jurors for each country are kept a strict secret until after the event so that there can be complete neutrality from the jury vote. The Czech jurors were revealed to be:
- Boris Carloff
- Elis Mraz
- Miro Žbirka
- Tonya Graves
Unfortunately the final member, Tonya Graves is an American citizen, not Czech. Tonya has had a successful music career in the Czech Republic and has collaborated with some big names in Czech music, formed part of the band Liquid Harmony and also released solo albums.
It is likely that this will result in the jury score being excluded from the final result of the 2021 edition, according to a source within the EBU.
The Czech jury voted as below:
12 points – 🇵🇹 Portugal
10 points – 🇫🇷 France
8 points – 🇮🇸 Iceland
7 points – 🇲🇹 Malta
6 points – 🇮🇹 Italy
5 points – 🇨🇭 Switzerland
4 points – 🇧🇬 Bulgaria
3 Points – 🇧🇪 Belgium
2 points – 🇷🇺 Russia
1 point – 🇫🇮 Finland
Thankfully, if this jury score is excluded it does not affect the positions of any of the 2021 participants. The only change is that rather than being in a tie for 10th position (but 11th by tiebreak rules), Bulgaria would have been 11th.
Once the Czech jury is omitted, the Top 10 would look like this:
1st – 🇮🇹 Italy – 518 points (-6)
2nd – 🇫🇷 France – 489 points (-10)
3rd – 🇨🇭 Switzerland – 427 points (-5)
4th – 🇮🇸 Iceland – 370 points (-8)
5th – 🇺🇦 Ukraine – 364 points (-0)
6th – 🇫🇮 Finland – 301 points (-1)
7th – 🇲🇹 Malta – 248 points (-7)
8th – 🇱🇹 Lithuania – 220 points (-0)
9th – 🇷🇺 Russia – 202 points (-2)
10th – 🇬🇷 Greece – 170 points (-0)
It is also worth nothing that this does not affect who would have qualified from the second semi final, as it did in the 2019 edition. With the Czech jury omitted the qualifiers stay the same, the only change being Finland taking 4th position from Portugal.
Had this of been discovered before the semi final or final, a proxy jury could have been created using countries which typically have a similar voting pattern to the Czech Republic.
Source: eurocontest.cz (In Czech) // Image Source: Andres Putting
The Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
The Czech Republic have achieved their two highest places in the last 2 years, with Mikolas Josef coming 6th in Lisbon 2018 with the song “Lie to Me”. One year later in Tel Aviv, Lake Malawi achieved their second-best placing with their entry “Friend of a Friend” coming 11th. Before this, their best placing was Gabriela Gunčíková who came 25th in 2016. This was their first appearance in the grand final despite competing 4 times previously.