CULTURALLY-BIASED VOTING IN THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: DO NATIONAL CONTESTS DIFFER?

By Julia Pannicke and Oliver Budzinski

Regarding the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) there are numerous controversies about discriminating and tactical voting. People vote for their neighbor countries and for countries with cultural similarities instead of evaluating simply the musical performance. If these biases were caused by the diversity of the different countries, voting biases should be less important for a national music contest with substantially more homogenous contestants. The question arises of whether biased voting occurs as well. Do national contests differ regarding their voting behavior? Is biased voting maybe unavoidable?

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