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  • Writer's pictureKyriakos Tsinivits

Voting changes announced for Eurovision 2023

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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have revealed that major changes to how the voting at Eurovision 2023 will work have been announced by organisers.

The changes as per the press release include:

  • Only viewer votes will decide countries qualifying from semi-finals

  • Viewers in non-participating countries will be able to vote online

  • Jury votes will, as before, be combined with viewer votes to decide final result

The countries that qualify from the two semi-finals, 10 from each, will now be decided solely based on the votes cast by viewers of the competition, rather than a combination of a jury and public vote as has been the case since 2009.

For the first time ever, those watching in countries not taking part in the competition will also be able to vote for their favourite songs online.

Their votes will be added together and converted to points that will have the same weight as one participating country in both of the semi-finals and the Grand Final.

Professional juries, made up of those working in the music industry, will continue to contribute to the result of the Grand Final along with viewers in each country taking part and those voting internationally.

Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor said:

“Throughout its 67-year history the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes acknowledge the immense popularity of the show by giving more power to the audience of the world’s largest live music event.

In 2023 only Eurovision Song Contest viewers will decide which countries make it to the Grand Final and, reflecting the global impact of the event, everyone watching the show, wherever they live in the world, can cast their votes for their favourite songs.

By also involving juries of music professionals in deciding the final result, all the songs in the Grand Final can be assessed on the broadest possible criteria. We can also maintain the tradition of travelling around Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure a thrilling voting sequence with the winner only revealed at the very end of the show.”

Audiences in all participating countries will still be able to vote by SMS, phone or via the Eurovision Song Contest app.

Those watching in the rest of the world will be able to vote via a secure online platform using a credit card from their country, strengthen the audience’s power in influencing the results.

Votes from countries not participating will be combined to create a set of points with the same weight as one participating country in both of the semi-finals and the Grand Final.

This will affect the 50/50 percentage balance between Jury points and public points marginally, giving the general public slightly more impact on the final result - approximately 50.6%.

Following the unprecedented nature of the voting irregularities seen at the 2022 Contest a working group of EBU Members was established to look at ways to protect the integrity of the event. Its recommendations were then approved by the Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board and the Executive Board of the EBU.

Public broadcasters from 37 countries will compete to win the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool on 9, 11 and 13 May.

31 countries will compete for 20 places in the Grand Final alongside France, Germany, Italy, Spain, hosts the United Kingdom and 2022 winner Ukraine.

The competition is being hosted by the BBC in the UK on behalf of Ukraine following Kalush Orchestra’s win for their country in Turin in May 2022.

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