During the programme, it was mentioned that Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino had their jury votes voided, and that scores have been then handed out primarily based on averages from nations deemed to have comparable tastes.
Azerbaijan and Georgia, for instance, have been assigned factors primarily based on a mean of scores from Armenia, Ukraine and Israel – nations deemed to have comparable tastes to Azerbaijan and Georgia.
This led to the UK receiving 12 jury factors from each nations, and Spain receiving solely 5 from every nation.
Another instance given is Romania. If the irregular voting within the nation had flown below the radar, the nation would have given the UK no factors and would have given 5 to Spain.
However, the algorithm gave the UK eight factors and Spain just one. This gave the UK a probably unreliable seven-point lead on Spain in Romania alone, it’s argued.
John Redwood, the Conservative MP, instructed The Telegraph that it was typical for the BBC to take an anti-UK and pro-EU stance, and to publicise “dishonest EU spin”.
The BBC declined to offer an official remark. However, the broadcaster identified that Ms McDonald additionally mentioned that as a result of the complete figures haven’t been revealed by Eurovision organisers, it’s not recognized for sure if the absence of the algorithm would have led to Spain taking second place.