Who will be in the expert juries?

Who will be in the expert juries?
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[Updated] This year, for the first time, the names of the national jury members in all countries represented in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest are being revealed before the live shows. Each jury includes five music professionals, and their individual rankings will be published right after the Grand Final.

The European Broadcasting Union and the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group have decided to reveal the names of the national jurors who will be voting in the Grand Final and one respective Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in advance to create more openness.

SEE THE FULL LIST (updated on 7th of May)

UPDATE (7th of May): Change in Lithuania, F.Y.R. Macedonia replaced juror with backup juror

UPDATE (5th of May), changes in the following juries: Albania (1), Israel (4), Romania (name correction)

In addition to that, the individual rankings of all jury members will be revealed shortly after the Grand Final on Eurovision.tv.

Notable jury members

The national juries comprise many well-known and popular artists, notably also some former Eurovision Song Contest participants:

  • Inga & Anush who represented Armenia in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Jan Jan
  • Stella Jones represented Austria in 1995 with Die Welt dreht Sich Verkehrt
  • Nigar Jamal won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the duo Ell/Nikki
  • Iris represented Belgium in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest
  • Bob Savenberg represented Belgium in 1991 as part of Clouseau
  • Lise Cabble was in the songwriting team of Only Teardrops, last year's winning song
  • Kaija Kärkinen represented Finland in 1991 with Hullu Yö
  • Yohanna came second for Iceland in 2009 with Is It True
  • Charlie McGettigan won the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest together with Paul Harrington
  • Liam Reilly represented Ireland in 1990 with Somewhere In Europe
  • Nelly Ciobanu represented Moldova in 2009 with Hora Din Moldova
  • Stefan Filipović represented Montenegro in 2008 with Zauvijek Volim Te
  • Ruth Jacott represented The Netherlands in 1993 with Vrede
  • Marlayne represented The Netherlands in 1999 with One Good Reason
  • Magdalena Tul represented Poland in 2011 with Jestem
  • Mietek Szcześniak represented Poland in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest
  • Nicoleta Matei represented Romania together with Vlad Miriță in 2008
  • Ivan Broggini is part of Sinplus who represented Switzerland in 2012
  • Carrie Grant was part of Sweet Dreams, the band representing the UK in 1983
  • Avet Barseghyan hosted the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest

"We believe that presenting the jury members before the contest is an important contribution to more openness and we are very pleased to see that so many music industry professionals came on board to support the Eurovision Song Contest," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest at the EBU, to Eurovision.tv.

Jury member selection criteria

All jury members are music professionals. They are being asked to judge:

  • vocal capacity
  • the performance on stage
  • the composition and originality of the song
  • the overall impression by the act

The average age of the jurors is 40 years old, 79 members are female, 106 are male.

The EBU has looked into each jury member together with Digame and PwC, to assure they meet the requirements to take seat in a national jury. Note that all jurors signed to vote independently. Changes to the list of jurors may occur due to unforeseen circumstances in the week to come, and they will be announced on Eurovision.tv.

The following criteria were applied in the selection of the jury members:

  • Members shall not have been part of a National Jury the preceding two years.
  • Members of the National Juries must be music industry professionals
  • There shall be a balance among the members of each National Jury to ensure sufficient representativeness in terms of gender, age and background.
  • All members of the National Juries shall be citizens of the country they represent.
  • No member of a National Jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the Eurovision Song Contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality

Judges signed a declaration stating they will vote independently.

The voting rules

Viewers in the countries of the Participating Broadcasters are invited to vote for their favourite songs (without the possibility of voting for the song representing their own country) by means of televoting. In addition, in each participating country, there is a National Jury.

With respect to the televoting, the song which has received the highest number of votes shall be ranked first, the song which has received the second highest number of votes shall be ranked second and so on until the last song.

With respect to the National Jury voting, the jury members shall rank first their favourite song, second, their second favourite song, third, their third favourite song, and so on until their least favourite song, which shall be ranked last.

The rankings of the televoting and the jury will then, in each of the participating countries, used to calculate the average rank of each song. This combined ranking will then be transformed to the well-known and popular "Eurovision system", with the top-ranked song getting 12 points, the second-highest ranked song 10 points, and the remaining spots, from 8 points to 1 point, given to the songs ranked 3 to 10.

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  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 16:39
    Just relax and enjoy it is not something to share nor meaningful score.'s just a reason to get together something nobody wins, we all win and he first loses because it has the expenses to organize the next competition report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 May 2014 at 08:02
    Hello EUROPE!!
    Get ready for one of our Aussie Gals - Jessica Mauboy to perform tonight!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 23:16
    it is countries, not songs that are voted. Pity because the ESC in this way becomes less and less interesting as the qualifiers have always to be the same no matter what song they send. For Semi-final 2, 2 places are taken by sure and always qualifiers Greece (very overrated as always by Greeks and Greek diaspora on the web) and Romania but Romania deserves this year to qualify,Greece not.
    Hope Austria, Switzerland and Israel qualify from semi-final 2. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 22:41
    it is not songs that qualify but countries that qualify whatever song they sent. These countries are sure qualifiers whatever song they send: Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Greece and almost always Armenia, Belarus.
    Diaspora and corrupt voting affects results
    This is bad as countries like Switzerland, Portugal extremely difficult to qualify. Like Cyprus that withdrew this year not just because of its bad economy (Greece whose economy is in worse state, never missed a contest!) but because Cyprus like Portugal last year saw that they had no chance in this contest during the last years. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 20:14
    I don't like this. Why don't vote all together in the date of the Semi Final!? For me is not clear at all. It has to be all in the same they 50% and 50% voting tomorrow, now a part today and the other tomorrow. OK!? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 May 2014 at 03:20
    IN ALL COUNTRIES 12 POINTS WILL GO TO UKRAINE!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 May 2014 at 02:15
    Oscar Zia's young age is the reason he is in the jury. Because of that he might have a different perspective than say a male jury-member in his 40's. And it's this diversity the EBU wants for juries. Different age groups, sexes and professions that despite their different approaches manages to find a act they all like.
    So don't dismiss him just because he hasn't achieved anything in your opinion. True he has just started his career, but that doesn't make less of an expert.

    As for the voting itself, I fail to see why it is such a good idea to reveal all the members before the contest. It doesn't matter for the end result in the end.
    And while it is interesting that they show all individual scores I would rather them to show a full combined jury-result, since that matters more for the contest. It shows which act has left an impression report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 21:34
    I bet that some people can't be called "music experts"! Take Sweden.. I read that Oscar Zia (who perfromed in Melodifestivalen this year) is one of the jury members. Sure he's young, but do I need to say anything more.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 18:38
    The average age is 40... why!? If we want to keep the contest modern we cant have all these old biddies putting through all the boring, dated ballads! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 15:20
    Wouldn't it be safer, for everyone concerned, if their identity remain unknown until the evening of the final.
    Kind regards,
    Egil from Birmingham UK report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 13:19
    I don't see the advantage of showing the names now...
    It should have been better that jury members to be revealed immediately after the final with their votes :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 12:24
    Impossible to read the full list juries report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 12:16
    I think Yohanna or Inga and Anush are not "music experts". Jury have to be a international platform, not by the countries.

    Armenian jury won't be vote for Azerbaijan or Azerbaijani jury to Armenia. Or any points from Eastern European juries to the United Kingdom. I really love jury; it is a guarantee to the respectibility of the contest, but UER/EBU have to be improve it.

    For example, in 2012, Russian grandmas (is a completely joke entry without any musical quality) came 11th in jury but Turkish entry with lots of instruments just 22nd. Jury still look so much unprofessional...

    It is better to have a Melodifestivalen type voting I think. report to the moderator