The Eurovision 2018 jurors are here!

The EBU have just announced who all the jurors for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 are!

In all of the participating 43 countries, there will be 5 jury members who determine the jury result for their country. They will vote in the semi-final they’re supposed to vote in and, all 43 of them, in the Grand Final.

These are the names of the jurors this year: the Eurovision 2018 professional juries!

The ranking itself will be done slightly differently this year, read up about that here!

During the voting, in each country there will be a notary present, overlooking the voting. Then the EBU has their own indedependant observers, from PwC, as well and they have the right to pay surprise visits to whatever jury, in order to examine the voting and its surroundings as well, that too with the objective to make sure everything is going according to the rules.
After the votes are submitted, PwC and the EBU will check everything together to see if everything went fairly and, if not, a national jury vote might be discarded altogether!

The national broadcasters are the ones selecting their jury members, but those must meet these requirements:

  • Members of the jury must not have been part of the jury in the previous two years;
  • Members of the jury must be at least 16 years old on the day they vote;
  • Members of the jury must not be employees of Participating Broadcasters;
  • Members of the jury must pursue a profession in or related to the music industry;
  • Members of the jury shall be citizens of the country they represent;
  • No member of a jury shall be connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the contest in such a way that they cannot vote in complete independence and impartiality.

Now some trivia the EBU already provided for us:

  • The youngest juror, aged 16, comes from Estonia. The oldest, at 74, is part of the Croatian jury;
  • The average age of the jurors is 40.8 years old, just a few months older than last year’s average;
  • 102 jurors are female, 113 are male;
  • Georgia, Lithuania and Montenegro all invited professors to their jury.

And when it comes to familiar faces to all of us:

  • The list includes two winners; Emmelie de Forest won the contest 2013 for Denmark and Niamh Kavanagh won the 1993 contest for Ireland;
  • Bob Savenberg, who represented Belgium as part of the group Clouseau in 1991;
  • Hanne Haugsand, who represented Norway as part of the group Charmed in 2000;
  • Tom Dice, who represented Belgium in 2010;
  • Cristina Scarlat, who sang for Moldova in 2014;
  • Bojana Stamenov, who represented Serbia in 2015;
  • Aminata Savadogo, who represented Latvia in 2015;
  • Amber, who represented Malta in 2015;
  • Laura Tesoro, who represented Belgium in 2016.

Did you find any more trivia? If you do, please let us know so in the comment section!

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