Eurovision Song Contest to change voting process
New system aims to increase suspense and decrease the likelihood of nul points
Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, the hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. File photograph: Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images
The voting process for the Eurovision Song Contest will be updated in the biggest change to the system since 1975.
Under the new method of compiling votes, there may be less likelihood of acts ending up with the infamous nul points.
Voting will be split, with each country’s jury vote cast first, and votes from viewers in all countries combined and announced at the end.
The juries and the public voters will award separate sets of points from one to eight and then 10 and 12 for each of the top 10 places.
The new format means the song favoured by the public will receive 12 points, regardless of how the juries voted.
There are twice as many points to be awarded, which means a lower chance of ending up with zero points.
Organisers say this will create a more dramatic finish, as the winning song will only be revealed at the end.
In previous years, viewers have watched winning acts celebrate victory before the end of the voting process.
Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “It is fitting that this change to the contest’s iconic scoring sequence will be debuted in Stockholm, where the famous douze points system was introduced in 1975.”
The same voting system will be used in the semi-finals.
The tele-voting and jury scores from each participating country will be available on the official Eurovision website after the show.
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Stockholm on May 14th.