Our job is to keep fairness in EM. If a song is judged to have an unfair advantage by being too well known, the committee will reject the song to try and keep everyone's chances level. Also the Committee will verify if the song and artist/s fits the main rules of the Contest.
What do we do?
The FC’s job is to check all entries to each EM Contest. They check for the following:
Country: Does the singer come from the country they are representing? Are there ‘featured artists’ who break EM rules (eg. They are American).
Song: Does the song conform to time specifications and all other EM rules?
What else do we check for? (These are based on the opinions and discretion of the FC)
Content: Is there any offensive content in the lyrics or video? If the lyrics contain offensive language (racism, homophobia etc) then it will be disqualified. The same goes for too many swear words or if the video is considered to be too sexual or too violent or offensive toward any group or minority.
Is it a too big a hit? After David Guetta won EM with the song ‘Titanium’ there was an outcry from EM players that the song was obviously going to win, the song had already hit number 1 in 20+ countries around the world! In an effort to keep EM interesting, songs with an unfair advantage (ie. They are already huge hits) are disqualified. We check this by seeing how many views the video has on you tube – more than 10 million is too big. We also look on Wikipedia and other sites to see what positions the song has reached in countries around Europe/the world.
This is a lot of work, it takes a lot of time and we are all either full-time students, full-time employed, and in Jan’s case, a full-time husband! We do all of this to make sure that EM remains a fun place where everyone is treated fairly and everyone has the same fair chance of winning – that’s why we are the Fairness Committee!
The EM FC Members
florin marian suciu
My name is Florin, I'm 22 years old and I live in Arad, a beautiful city in western Romania. I'm studying Accounting Expertise & Business Evaluation and History at West University of Timisoara. I discovered Eurovision back in 2009, when I accidentally sat on the remote control and since then, it became my number one addiction. I never had the opportunity to see Eurovision live, but hopefully one day this will surely change!
Besides Eurovision, I love reading about history, playing badminton, blogging, traveling, studying accounting, and spending time with my friends.
The reason why I love Eurovision so much is because I think it's a great way to learn about other cultures, having a common language: music. My favorite ESC song from all time is 'Euphoria' - Loreen, Eurovision 2012 winner.
My name is Nikos, I am 29 years old and I live in Greece. I have been a eurovision fan since 2001, when Antique represented Greece with the song "Die for You" (Back then, this 3rd place was Greece's best outcome in the Contest). Since then, I fell in love with this contest!
I have attended ESC 4 times and I hope I have the opportunity to visit more countries in the future! I I joined the EM family in early 2014 and I already count 20 editions participating in this amazing game. I represent Andorra in the competion and through time I have come across with interesting music from this tiny country (although most of the times, I borrow artists from Catalonia and the Valenecian Community in Spain).
What I like most from my experience in EM contest is that I have made many friends all over Europe and I have encountered lots of interesting music. Last year, I joined also the SEFC and I have a lot of fun organizing the "Special Editions". I hope that in the future I see new players coming and maybe see all the EBU countries taking part in the contest
jan van cappel
Hello, my name is Jan. I was born in a distant 1980 in Bruges, and I live with my husband in Kapellen (near Antwerp) in Belgium.
I've been a fan of the ESC for as long as I can remember. Way back in 1989, my mother allowed me to stay up until the Belgian representator Ingeborg had sung her song "Door de wind". Very clever, as Ingeborg already performed sixth on the night. Little Jan went to bed. Each year, I host a little ESC party at our place for some friends, where we discuss the songs, the dresses, and we're giving points as well. In Eurovison, I'm most likely giving points to Finland, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Iceland, and San Marino. Countries which please me the least are Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. In EM, I represent my home country Belgium.
Hi everyone! My name is David, but I prefer the nickname Dago (the one I've been using for years). I'm 18 years old and I'm Colombian, Brazilian and Peruvian; because my family is VERY diverse and because I'm from the place where those three countries meet: Leticia, in the middle of the Amazon Jungle.
I currently live in Bogotá, the Colombian capital. I'm in High School, and my hobbies are mainly Music, Sports and Languages. I'm fan of Eurovision, JESC and the Olympics.
Afterwards, thanks to ESC I could discover the music of Armenia, a country which I have loved all my life for its history and culture (at first, I looked at Armenia for the similarity of the armenian and the colombian flag).
Hello, I’m Tom! I’m 30 and I live in Central Poland, close to Łódź city. I’m big Eurovision fan – I remember my first contest in 1994, when Polish amazing debut took place.
Since then I haven’t missed any Eurovision show, but last couple of years I don’t follow national finals, I discover all entries, when all of them are chosen. My favourite ESC countries are Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey, Malta, Greece, Romania, Netherlands or Portugal.
Besides music (I love 80’s and 90’s decades), my hobbies are sports (tennis, athletics, winter sports), languages, sci-fi & horror movies, healthy food and cats.
I joined EM in 2012, in EM10 I represented Bosnia & Herzegovina. From next edition I play for my home country. I’m glad, that I can share music with awesome people from all over the world and meet new friends.
I try to follow basic rule to present my very personal (and diverse) kind of music, not seeking to win at all costs.
My name is Josef, I am 23 years old, I live in a small village called Chrást (it's near Plzeň - the European capital city of culture 2015) in Czech Republic. I study at University of West Bohemia, the faculty of economics and I live by Eurovision and its songs every single day. I recognized Eurovision first sometimes around 2004 after Ruslana has won with Wild Dances. This song was huge hit and people talked about it (with this song, the articles also mentioned Céline Dion and ABBA as one of the most successful participants through Eurovision history). Then I get to Eurvision with Czech debut in 2007 and I've been fan of Eurovision since then. I also watch the national finals since 2011 and it was the time when I became fully implemented into the selection process and everything about ESC.
I am just an ordinary guy who loves music (singing, playing the clarinet and listening music) and reading (mostly detective stories, fantasy and sci-fi), his boyfriend, TV series, reality shows, films and the nature (I love walking in the forest etc.). If I enjoy something, I am fully occupied by that and in that case I am quite responsible person. Especially when it comes to the deadlines.