EBU: The televoting results provided by RAI are inaccurate

After the Italian national broadcaster RAI, as per Italian laws, released the full televoting results of the Second Semi Final and the Final, there were some differences in the ranking to the results published by the EBU. According to the results provided by RAI, the points would have changed for various countries, including Lithuania which (according to the results published by RAI) would have scored an extra point, and thus would have qualified for the Final instead of Denmark. After an official complaint has been submitted to the EBU, the Executive Supervisor of the Song Contest, Mr. Jon Ola Sand, stated that the results published by RAI are inaccurate.

Lithuania’s national broadcaster LRT submitted a formal request to the EBU to clarify the results of the Italian televote. LRT has now published (click for the original article on LRT) that Mr. Jon Ola Sand in front of the EBU sent them the following answer:

…The full results, which were published immediately after the finals, were received and approved by the official tender partner, Digame.

…The results calculated by Digame have been calculated correctly, and the televoting results provided by the Italian broadcaster RAI are inaccurate, and will be corrected.

The reply also emphasizes that only the votes sent before the end of the voting time are counted, whilst none of the votes that came after the voting has finished were counted, thus hinting to the difference between the results confirmed by Digame to the ones published by RAI. The EBU thus confirms that the results in the semi final were valid, and that Denmark indeed finished in 10th place, 1 point ahead of Lithuania.

For clarity reasons, LRT has now contacted RAI asking for clarification as to why the voting results they released are different to the ones published by the EBU.

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