Three people have been questioned and one is awaiting questioning after they were allegedly involved in a televote rigging scandal in this year’s Skopje Fest. The accusation is that the phone votes were rigged in favour of certain songs due to the cash reward the Top 3 artists recieve from Macedonia’s broadcaster MRT.
We can now reveal that the four involved in the scandal include a production company owner, a composer and the manager of the company that organises the Skopje Fest televotes. All four are from Skopje, with one of the group currently abroad and unavailable for questioning.
A raid by Macedonian police also appears to have uncovered a voting rig involving 14 people, a large number of phones and 2,500 SIM cards, enough to swing the televote in favour of the interested parties. The songs said to be affected by this include Evgenija Čančalova’s “Da ne te sakam”, which finished third, and Daniel Kajmakoski’s “Lisja esenski” who will represent Macedonia at Eurovision 2015.
It is currently unknown how MRT or the EBU will react, and whether the results will be altered.
Special thanks to Slaviša Mijatović for bringing this to our attention.
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