Published 17 Mar 00:00
Organizers of the music contest Eurovision made serious voting rules changes. As the officials of the contest informs, they have introduced the most significant innovations for the last 40 years
The systemof voting in the Contest has been unchanged since 1975, but in 2016,ithas been radically transformed. Previously, the professional jury’svotes and spectators were counted as 50% of the total points.Since 2016, a jury and televoters from each country can vote individually on the system which offers from 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points.Then, the top ten countries get points from both the jury and viewers, which guarantees a certain degree of excitement.
After the viewers give their voices, the national spokesmen of all 43 countries informs about the votesof judges. Astheir results are announced, the televoting points for each participant are calculated. Thehosts will present the televoters’ points, and the country withthe worst resultwill be announced first. The last comes the country with the highest result. This will guarantee a certain culmination.
If you want to know the results of your country, the scores of the jury and viewers can be checked after the event on Eurovision.tv.
Audience has the chance to give points to the song they liked but not from their native country by televoting. The same is done by a National Jury.Intelevoting, the song that received the highest score uccupies the first place, the song with the second result takes the second position and so forth.
The National Jury also ranks the songs, placing their favourite on the first position, then comes their second choice and so on.
After this, the votes of both the jury and the audience were calculated and the winner received 12 points, the second result had 10 points and so on.Points were awarded from 1 to 8 for places from 10 to 3. But since 2016, the votes were not combined.
In 2 semi-finals the jury and the televoters determine 10 contestants for the Grand Final:
The partner of EBU since 2004 is the Germany-based firm digame mobile GmbH. The firm takes all the jury and viewers votes from all the countries and this is controlled by the independent observers.
What caused such changes?
Earlier duringthe voting almost every country preferred a neighbor country for political or some other reasons, and the winner was sometimes determined before the results were announced. Due to the changes, the winner becomes knownnearly at the end of the event.
How the changes will influence the audience?
It became impossible to guess the result until the very end. Given the jury’s votes, the participants from the 3rd or 4th places still have chances to win. The audience will not know the results of voting before the end.
Will the Grand Final be longer?
Certainly not. It has been calculated by the producers that the Grand Final will last 3 hours and a half.
Where can I see the points?
You are welcome to look at the points in a fast-paced and exciting sequenceon the screen. After the show ends, you can find the results on Eurovision.tv.
In case the participant cannot provide valid televoting points, how this will influence the show?
As the viewers and juries give 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points, the jury’s pointscannot be used as a backup result for the viewers’ points to guarantee the 50/50 balance. If the valid results cannot be delivered, a substitute result is taken by the viewers result of pre-chosenteam of countries.The EBU and the Reference Group approve this group.
In case the country cannot supply valid jury points, how this will influence the show?
As the viewers and juries give 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points, the vievers’ results cannot be used as backup result for the juries’ points to guarantee the 50/50 balance.If the valid results cannot be delivered, a substitute result is taken by the jury result of pre-selected group of countries.The EBU and the Reference Group approve this group.
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