Is the Eurovision Song Contest a fix? TV bosses probe money-for-votes claim

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Insiders are looking into claims that Azerbaijan has been offering bribes...

Bucks Fizz, Eurovision
It's almost impossible to take the Eurovision Song Contest seriously, but new claims suggest some nation's are willing to bend the rules and bribe other countries to take the top spot.

According to reports, TV bosses are probing claims that Azerbaijan and four other countries have been offering bribes in exchange for votes.

Some are now arguing that Eurovision has been fixed for years! Blue were robbed we tell you. ROBBED!

Allegations suggest that an Azerbaijani delegate offered 'enough money to live for a year' in exchange for high scores on the glittery, sequin-clad night of dreams (aka Eurovision). They apparently also offered free mobile phone SIM cards to Lithuanian students to make them vote. They won in 2011. See where we're going with this?

You can't see, but we're massively eye rolling while writing this story...The words pinch, of and salt come to mind.

Speaking in Swedish newspaper Skanska Dagbladet, the source claims to have been contacted by a member of the Macedonian team hoping to strike a voting deal at the semi-final stage. Poor Bonnie Tyler, her Eurovision dreams might not have been in vain after all...

Bonnie Tyler to sing Believe In Me at Eurovision 2013

Bonnie Tyler sand Believe In Me at this year's event



Sietse Bakker, Eurovision Song Contest Event Supervisor, told the Daily Mirror that the European Broadcasting Union is now investigating. He said: 'We have a very clear policy on such speculations. First of all, we always look into the story. And if we would find actual proof that the rules have been breached, we will impose firm sanctions and do everything we can to avoid it in the future."



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