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ESC’16: How The New Voting System Works

How will the voting work?
How will the voting work?

This year sees the first changes to the way that the Eurovision points are displayed since 1974, we explain what these changes mean.

From 1975 to 2015 the points for each country were 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points. From 2009 on wards these points were decided by combining the ranking of a professional jury from each country and that countries televote. This meant that if the jury ranked a song bottom and the public ranked it top it could easily not recieve any points as seen in the United Kingdom in 2014 with the Polish entry “My Slowanie”.

The changes this year mean that the televote and the jury voting has now been split to create two sets of results. The spokespersons this year will be revealing the jury vote from each of the 42 competing countries, points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 will appear on-screen, while the 12 points will be announced by the spokesperson. After all 42 spokespersons have revealed their points we will know half of the result.

The televote scores for the 26 competing countries will be announced at the end of the show. These results are not announced by country but instead are the points that each country has received from the overall televote. What this means is that the last place in the televote could be awarded 11 points, 18th place could receive 47 points from the televote. The presenters tonight will quickly read out the points for 26th place to 11th place as they appear on the screen. The results for countries 10 through to 1 will be announced slowly building up the tension.

The change means that not only should we see a record-breaking score for the winner, but that we will also not know who has won the contest until the last points are announced. The full breakdown of the results will be published online at Eurovision.tv following the final.

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