SVT, the Swedish broadcaster who will host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has today announced that the Eurovision 2016 voting procedure will feature big changes in the way that the votes are made and revealed.
In previous years, each country revealed their votes for the top ten countries as 12 for the highest ranked, followed by 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points. These points were based on 50% public votes and 50% of the national jury made up of 5 music specialists from each country.
From 2016, during the voting reveal process, each countries spokesperson will reveal how the jury voted only. Revealing their points in the usual fashion giving up to 12 points. However, once all countries have revealed their jury voting, the public votes will be announced separately in a “flash reveal”.
The “flash reveal” will consist of the Swedish hosts, last years winner Mans Zelmerlow and Eurovision 2013 host Petra Mede, announcing how the public voted. Points will be awarded in the same fashion as the jury votes (12-1 points). However, the voting reveal will pool these points together and then will be read out by resulting country. Starting with the lowest number of points gained, all the way to the top.
With this voting process, it is now likely that the winner won’t be known until the very last points are given, in contrast to previous years where the voting process gets to a point where the 1st place country has so many points, nobody can catch up, making the last few countries reveals almost pointless.
See the new voting process explained:
Some fans have expressed concern at the Eurovision Song Contest show runners for choosing to have the jury voting announced by each countries spokesperson, saying that it shows a disregard for the publics votes. Despite both votes now counting as exactly the same.
Other fans have said that this change actually makes the public votes more important, as the reveal for the public votes will coincide with the winners announcement.
All voting information will be available on eurovision.tv after the grand final has concluded.
Eurovision 2016 kicks off with the semi finals on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th May, followed by the grand final on Saturday 14th May.
The United Kingdom will reveal their song during a public voted selection show on Friday February 26th on BBC Four at 7:30pm, where six songs will battle it out for the rights to take themselves to Stockholm.