Eurovision Qualifier Voting "Hacked" in Sweden

By Gary Cutlack on at

It's thought that voting in one regional heat of the Eurovision qualifiers may have been hacked, with the polling process throwing up suspicious data that led to a large chunk of the votes in part of the show being binned.

Organisers of the Swedish national qualification event, which uses the Melodifestivalen app to chart user enjoyment of the tunes and help pick a winner, say that interaction went off the charts during a performance by Jon Henrik Fjällgren, leading them not to suggest that Fjällgren is the next global superstar -- but that voting was perhaps being automated in some sort of attempted exploit. Poor Jon Henrik.

Event manager Christel Tholse Willers said: "We are investigating an attack. The servers are configured for a very heavy load, but this was abnormal and extreme."

Words usually saved for the Finnish entry. Jon Henrik Fjällgren eventually finished second in the Swedish qualifier, behind Måns Zelmerlöw, with the votes from earlier parts of the show binned just in case they'd been compromised in any way. Phone and text votes were used to pick a winner instead. Which is probably way too much information this early in the Eurovision season, but there you go. [The Register]