The EBU have today released the Media Handbook for the 2013 contest, and within it there is a very interesting piece of news. On page 20 of the handbook it says that:
Viewers in all countries that are taking part in that particular Semi-Final are invited to vote via the official app, telephone and/or SMS. The voting
window opens after the last song has been performed, and ends 15 minutes later. Televoters determine 50% of the outcome.
Now that says that you will now be able to vote in 3 ways. By televote, by sms but now also by the official app of the contest. Online voting has never been used before in Eurovision. The way the the voting will take place has not be announced by the EBU. But it does bode questions as to whether or not it will cost any money? Whether it’ll be able to tell where you are voting from? Will it allow multiple votes? Or how it will be added to the voting figure?
The app at current is not on sale on the App store or the IOS store.