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Belarus suspended from voting in Eurovision 2019 final

The reason for this was the leakage of information about the voting of the national jury
20:47, 18 May 2019
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Belarus was suspended from voting in Eurovision 2019, which takes place in Israel from 14 to 18 May. This information was confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to Eurovoix.

The reason for this was the leakage of information about the voting of the national jury, the results of which should be classified to the final. This data was confirmed by the contest organizers.

The jury members did not vote live, but the day before, during the special performings of the contestants. The national juries from each country send their results to the EBU, which summarizes this data with the points of the audience vote and reveals the final score.

Belarus will still vote during finals, but only the votes of viewers will be taken into account.

Earlier Israeli viewers watching the Eurovision song contest on the Kan public broadcaster’s website were briefly interrupted by a series of threats after hackers apparently broke into a live stream, The Times of Israel reports.

The hacked message replaced the campy song contest with a video of a forged warning from the Israel Defense Forces telling viewers within 1.2 kilometers of the Eurovision song contest venue in north Tel Aviv to seek shelter from an imminent rocket attack.

Aerial images showed simulated explosions at sites near the Eurovision venue. The approximately two-minute video ended with a warning that “Israel is not safe, you will see.”

Israel's national broadcaster has blamed Hamas for the hacking of the webcast, though the Palestinian militant group has not commented.

Today, on May 18 the fate of the crystal microphone, the main trophy of Eurovision 2019 song contest will be determined. We will find out the country which will host the event next year. 

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