Eurovision over, passions continue

French businessman of Syrian descent Omar Harfouch has accused Azerbaijan of falsifying the voting results of 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.

May 29 was the day all were waiting impatiently. From the very beginning, Eva Rivas’s Apricot Stone was screened with mystery. Some said that David Copperfield will make an apricot tree grow at the stage for a huge fee. Participation of famous duduk player Djivan Gasparyan was also questioned.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Eva Rivas performed the 2nd in the semi-finals and 21st in the finals. It’s worth mentioning that Armenia was one of the ten countries to organize Eurovision Flash Mob Show transmitting the performances on a huge screen placed in the center of Yerevan, in Liberty Square.

The winner was decided by a mixture of 50% televote and 50% jury. For this purpose, national juries consisting of five music industry professionals gathered in all 39 participating countries who ranked the songs in Eurovision Song Contest style, giving 12 points to their favourite song, 10 points to their second favourite, etc. The results of the five jury members were then added up and accounted for 50% of the country's votes. Those results were then combined with the televoting results.

The Spanish entry by Daniel Diges Algo Pequeñito (Something Tiny) was disturbed by a spectator jumping on the scene, so according to the rules, the song was performed again at the end.

Europe experienced a breathtaking show live from the Telenor Arena with 25 acts from 25 countries giving their very best. 20 of these had qualified from the two Semi-Finals while host nation Norway and the so-called 'Big Four' - France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom - were automatically set for the Final. After all 39 countries had voted, it was Lena from Germany who was the lucky winner with her song Satellite, collecting 246 points altogether. Armenia's Eva Rivas was the seventh with 141 points and Azerbaijan's Safura Alizadeh was the fifth with 145 points.

Meanwhile, French businessman of Syrian descent Omar Harfouch has accused Azerbaijan of falsifying the voting results of 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, French journalist Jean Eckian told PanARMENIAN.Net quoting a French website - jeanmarcmorandini.com - specializing in broadcast of information on television. Omar Harfouch said in an exclusive interview to jeanmarcmorandini.com that Azerbaijan exerted pressure on jurors of several countries, paying bribes through Azerbaijani embassies in these countries. According to Omar Harfouch, the bribes total sum amounted to $20mln.

Mane Amirjanyan / PanARMENIAN News
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