There were five in the semis, and the jury chair is Japanese. But none of the five made the cut, which suggests it’s a fair contest. What’s more, none of the finalists’ teachers are on the jury.
The six finalists this weekend are:
Alexei MELNIKOV – Russia
Daniel HSU – USA
Alexander GADJIEV – Italy
Alexia MOUZA – Greece/Venezuela
Florian MITREA – Romania
Roman LOPATYNSKYI – Ukraine