After proclaiming yesterday that a change deemed to make the Eurovision Song Contest “a lot more exciting” was to ensue, the European Broadcasing Union today has announced that the competition’s voting sequence will be different from this year, from that of previous years.
The votes at Eurovision comprise a fifty-fifty share of sets of 1 to twelve points each, from every participating country’s professional jury and public televote. From the 2016, only the juries’ sets will be announced by the individual national spokespersons. The televoting sets of points from each country will be combined and tallied, for one single result of big numbers of points to be delivered at the end of the show – by the host. The previous voting system – in practice between 2010 and 2015 – entailed that the televote and jury results were combined within each country, and the spokespersons delievered all of the resulting points. The change claims that it will neither affect the validity of the equal say between the juries and the publics; nor elongate the programme time of the Grand Final.
According to the EBU and the Swedish broadcaster SVT, the objective of this somewhat drastic change in the voting presentation is to make the programme more exciting. This is because announcing half of the points at once has the potential to alter the scoreboard very rapidly. This contrasts with previous years, in which the winner could be assumed easily part-way through the voting process. The new method is inspired by the suspense-building way of announcing the points at Melodifestivalen – the Swedish national selection for Eurovision.