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Eurovision has set new voting rules

Published 17 Mar 00:00

Eurovision has set new voting rules

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

What’s new?

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.

What are the details?

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.

New Rules

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.

Semi-finals Voting

In 2 semi-finals the jury and the televoters determine 10 contestants for the Grand Final:

  • Audience can vote within 15 minutes after the contest. Their votes comprise 50% of the result.
  • Professional jury of 5 members from the countries-participants also determines 50% of the total result. The same jury works in the Grand Final.
  • The partner of the contest GmbH (digame) determines the national result after adding the viewers points and the jury votess from 1 to 8, 10 and 12. It is evident that all the participants receive two groups of points.
  • At the end of the Semi-Final, 10 countries that will enter the Grand Final are made known by the Executive Supervisor of Eurovision.
Grand Final Voting
  • Viewers and juries from the countries-participants give points from 1 to 8, 10 and 12.
  • Audience can vote within 15 minutes after the contest. Their votes comprise 50% of the result.
  • Professional jury 5 members from the semi-finals also determines 50% of the total result. They evaluate the participants based on the second Dress Rehearsal and they are known as Jury Final.
  • The first song in their ranking gets 12 points, the second - 10 and so forth. The country that will appear on the 10thposition gets 1 point.
  • After this, the national spokesmenreveal the jury’s results. The EBU in cooperation with its partner and an independent observer count the televoting results.
  • Then the viewers’ points are added to those awarded by the juries. The total results will be revealedat the scoreboard. The participant, taking the leading position, becomes the winner.
  • The viewers are banned to vote for their native country.
  • In case of tie situations, the votes of the viewers and the jury are calculated combined. The winner is the country with the highest score.
About the juries:
  • An independent notary in every country monitors the jury voting.
  • The observer PwC can send an extra independent observer to the jury.
  • Juries can be of any age, gender, social status and the citizen of the country the person represents. They must not have any connections to the performers or songs. Their names are announced during the Grand Final.
  • Every jury member must present his own ranking of songs. All the points are calculated together.
  • Only those music industry representatives who have not been in the jury the previous two years can become the judge.
  • The juries are chosen by the EBU together with PwC and Digameaccording to the certain requirements.
  • Jury members sign a declaration to guarantee their independent voting.
About the televoters:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
Eurovision has set new voting rules

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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