The voting sequence is the most exciting part of any Eurovision contest and Junior Eurovision is included in that. Last year, Junior Eurovision created the online vote, so it was possible for anyone anywhere to vote for their favourite songs and the online vote would be mixed with the jury votes. This year, Junior Eurovision will use the exact same method.
Here’s a video uploaded on the Junior Eurovision YouTube Channel, describing the voting method of the Contest:
The votes will open on the 23rd of November and you will be able to watch clips from the performances and cast your votes pre-show for 3,4 or 5 of your favourites. The votes will then close just before the live show on the 25th of November and be re-opened during the show after all acts have performed. Once the votes are opened, you have 15 minutes to vote and then you’re votes will be combined with the jury votes to determine the winner.
History of Voting
The voting procedure for Junior Eurovision has changed a lot of times over the last 15 years. In 2003 and 2004, televoters were the main source of votes, and it followed the same method as the adult contest. 2005 saw the introduction of the automatic 12 points to ensure to act was left with 0 points at the end of the contest. In 2008, the juries were introduced so their votes were combined with the public votes to determine the winner.
In 2012, the Kid’s jury was introduced, with one kid from each participating country on it giving their votes, this was used up until 2015. In 2016, only the jury voting was used, so for the first time there was no televoting from the viewers. This brings us up to last year and the new system that was introduced. Online voting was introduced to bring back in the viewers opinion without having to pay phone costs. 50% of the juries votes and 50% of the online votes were combined to determine the winner of the contest. The EBU have decided to use this method again in Minsk.
Online Voting faced challenges in 2017 when it was rolled out for the first. The amount of votes allowed per user was 3-5, however people found multiple loopholes including: using VPN’s, using incognito mode on your browser and the fact your could vote on both mobile and computers. Also on the night when the votes were opened, a large number of people found it hard to vote due to the website crashing or they couldn’t get on the site to vote.