Lithuania: Martynas eliminated after fraudulent voting

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Martynas Kavaliauskas has left Eurovizjos 2014, Lithuania’s national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest, after an investigation found that the public vote was manipulated in his favour.

During show nine on 8 February, the Lithuanian national broadcaster, LRT, announced that the result of the show would be delayed until today (10 February) after suspicions were raised of the fairness of the public vote.

The initial vote saw Martynas in second place with 1332 votes, but 677 of those votes were found to be ‘irregular’. The real outcome, which can be seen below, had Martynas last by some distance.

Public result presented on Saturday:

  1. Mia    1,355
  2. Martynas Kavaliauskas 1,332
  3. Vilija Matačiūnaitė 1,302
  4. Vaidas Baumila    1,113
  5. Monika Linkytė   1,079

Final public televote result:

  1. Mia   1,355
  2. Vilija Matačiūnaitė   1,302
  3. Vaidas Baumila   1,113
  4. Monika Linkytė   1,079
  5. Martynas Kavaliauskas   655

Mia, Vilija, Vaidas and Monika all progress to show ten where the final four will each perform two of the remaining eight songs. One more act will be eliminated along with two more songs.

Remaining Eurovzijos 2014 schedule:

  • 15 February – Show 10
  • 22 February – Show 11
  • 01 March – Show 12 / Grand final
  • 15 March – Show 13 / Good luck concert

Stay tuned to ESCToday.com for all the latest news from Lithuania and the Eurovision Song contest.

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