The online voting system used at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest could be used at adult Eurovision.
Tonight the online voting for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 began. Viewers from around the world can vote for up to five of their favourite songs after watching a recap video here. But according to the EBU’s Chief Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, the online voting system could make an appearance at the adult Eurovision Song Contest in the future.
In an interview with ESC Daily, Jon Ola Sand stated:
For the time being, we’re happy with the current voting process at adult Eurovision. But technology develops, so for the future, who knows, online voting could be a good solution. That’s why it is good to test it out here at Junior.
The system was put in place so that viewers around the world could have their say in the final results via the internet. Viewers must vote for at least three countries. This method, however, does not stop viewers from voting for their own country. The online vote will count for 50% of the overall results in the final on Sunday night.
Voting will be frozen at 15:59 CET on November 26, just before the live broadcast of the contest from the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi. Once all 16 songs have been performed, online voting will re-open for another 15 minutes. Each song will then be given points based on the percentage of the online vote received.
The remaining 50% will come from juries in each participating country. Each jury will consist of five members, two children and three adult music industry professionals. The jury voting will take place during the final dress rehearsal on Saturday.
Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event. Helen Kalandadze and Lizi Pop, who represented Georgia in the 2014 contest with “Happy Day” will host the show. The Virus, who were the Georgian representative in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with “Gabede”, will perform during the interval.
The participating countries are:
- The Netherlands
- FYR Macedonia
Eurovoix will bring you the latest news from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 throughout this week.
Source: ESC Daily