The United Kingdom’s closest Eurovision ally Malta says the phone voting system has to be scrapped until it can be properly monitored.

The head of Malta’s contingent, Robert Abela, told BBC Online that many results were ‘not based solely on the public vote’, and that five or six countries were angry with the block voting.

Serbia’s Marija Serifovic won the contest, watched by almost 11 million in the UK.

Mr Abela said he had indications of how many points Malta would get from certain countries even before the finals.

“If the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) cannot 100 per cent monitor how the system is being done in some of the ex-Soviet countries I think they should do away with (phone voting),” he said.

“I know it is not 100% tele-voting and I personally believe these countries are messing with them.”

He said he would be willing to approach the EBU, along with several other countries, to take action over the ‘block voting’.

Eurovision host Terry Wogan, agreed: “It’s a pity it’s not about the songs any more.

“There’s a definite Baltic bloc and a Balkan bloc and they’ve been joined in recent years by a Russian bloc.

“I’ve said it so many times it has become a cliche. We won the Cold War but we lost the Eurovision.”

The UK entry Scooch came second last in Saturday’s contest.