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    Question Bloc Judging

    Watching the Eurovision Song Contest, it was interesting to see/hear accusations of EE bloc judging from something other than skating.

    Waht are your opinions on this all too prevasive theory. Does it exist or is it a myth.

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    My take on bloc judging is cultural and it is not necessarily a plot among judges. Cultural or Patriotic judging is subjective. Plotting an outcome is fraud and criminal.

    What was this 'bloc' jusdging all about?

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    What was this 'bloc' jusdging all about?
    Same stuff.

    All of the former soviet countries which now each have voting rights, all voted for the Ukrain, which was not 'buzzed' as a contender before the event, but won handily.

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    Originally posted by berthes ghost
    All of the former soviet countries which now each have voting rights, all voted for the Ukrain, which was not 'buzzed' as a contender before the event, but won handily.
    The Ukranians got high votes from many countries, not just the former soviet ones, IIRC, which is why they won. (Before the contest, I'd read that they were one of the favourites.)

    I agree it's likely more cultural preference than evil judges. (Especially as it's a public vote.)

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    Ah, but it's traditional to bloc judge at the Eurovision Song Contest!

    it's totally camp, cheesy and ridiculous, the winner is irrelevant, and some countries just always do vote for certain other countries.

    .....

    ...I really really don't want to see FS in the same light!

    ...i'm sure it's not quite that bad.....

    ...maybe....


    ...right??

    k

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    Originally posted by Kateri
    it's totally camp, cheesy and ridiculous, the winner is irrelevant, and some countries just always do vote for certain other countries.
    Irrelevant? Do you remember the '98 controversy in Israel when they won? You'd think it was the most important political issue ever! (Tongue firmly in cheek)

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    I always thought that this was a very interesting link on who really has a national bias in skating.

    Should hopefully open the eyes of some people.

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    The site doesn't address the fact that the one Canadian judge on a given panel would not have the same effect as 3 or 4 former Soviet judges. Bloc does mean groups working in tandem. It reminds me of that old tree/forest saying. If a Canadian judge taps his foot and there's no one listening, does it still count as cheating?

    Also, if a significant portion of a panel is made up of judges from the old Soviet system, the fact that they agree with each other doesn't mean as much.
    [I'm not agreeing that Canadian judges cheat. I'm just addressing what was in the article.]
    Last edited by SusanBeth; 05-18-2004 at 03:15 AM.

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    It's not the 'old soviet system' although under that system there was little chance to think for oneself. The problem is cultural. Those cuntries have much more in common than the soivet regime. the language, the schooling, the way of life, etc., It all measures up to a unified way of appreciating the arts, and there is a little bit of slavic pride in there too. Why not.

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    Joe, I would almost agree with you. The truth is that none of the old Soviet countries have their truly indpendent schools yet. Therefore, we are talking about the same coaches, and often the same skaters (in case of switching countries). Culturally, the only country that would be almost identical to Russia would be Belorussia. Ukraine, for instance, is more similar to Poland (especially Western Ukraine). I won't even mention cultural differences between Russia and, say, Azerbaijan (where Malinina hailed from), or Georgia (Murvanidze).

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    Sorry, you are right. I was taking the wrong ''verbal'' shortcut.

    ETA- I've been trying to come up with another way of phrasing it. I mean these judges would tend to have the same or closely related ''roots'' as far as skating goes. They've been influenced through the same coaches, administrators, skaters, school of thought etc. I don't mean to slap on a label.
    Last edited by SusanBeth; 05-18-2004 at 10:46 AM.

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    Thanks for posting that link, Koroleva. These statistical analyses by Dr. Rossano are always food for thought.

    As SusanBeth points out, Rossano's statistics do not speak directly to the question of bloc judging, only to evidence of national Chauvinism. SusanBeth is quite right to notice that if you've got your bloc together, then your own vote won't be out of line with the majority. (According to Rossano's data, Russian judges were in line with the majority of the panel, in judging skaters from the judge's own country, more often than were judges from any other country in the study.)

    Canadian judges have been fighting charges of "patriotism" in overvaluing the performances of Canadian skaters for years. Interesting that Japan is also high on the "national bias" list. I wonder what a more extensive study would show.

    Under the CoP, unless they change the provisions for secret judging, data of this sort will be hard to come by. We will just have to guess which judges are letting their patriotic colors show, without having any numbers to back up our opinions.

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    The National Bias in Judging article was interesting, but how judges place skaters from their own country isn’t the whole story. You’d also have to look at how the judges place skaters from OTHER countries, especially skaters who are close competitors.

    Look at the ’02 Olympics, for example. There was some egregious judging done there, and it was done by judges from 3 countries: RUS, DEN and BLR.

    At SLC, Sarah Hughes and Fumie Suguri were victims of off-the-wall judging.

    Look at these three sets of ordinals from the SP:

    4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 10 Hughes 4
    4 4 5 5 8 9 11 12 13 Suguri 7
    3 3 3 4 6 6 6 6 8 Butyrskaya 5

    The 10 for Hughes came from RUS.
    The 11, 12 and 13 for Suguri came from DEN, BLR and RUS, respectively.
    Coincidentally (sure), the 3s for Maria Butyrskaya came from DEN, BLR and RUS.

    In the FS:

    1 1 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 Hughes 1
    4 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 8 Suguri 5
    5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 12 Butyrskaya 6

    The 4s for Hughes came from DEN and RUS
    The 7 and 8 for Suguri came from BLR and RUS, respectively
    The 5s for Butyrskaya came from BLR and RUS.


    So where judges place the COMPETITORS of the skaters from the judge’s own country should be taken into consideration as well as where judges place their countrymen

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    Chuckm, very interesting indeed. Though I've never heard of Denmark being in the Eastern block before.

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    A judge doesn't have to come FROM an Eastern bloc country to vote WITH the Eastern bloc. Who knows what the reasons were for the Danish judge to do so, but her voting patterns in the SLC competition were obvious.

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