Major changes in way of voting at Eurovision announced
17:09 | 24.11.2022 Category: Culture
Chisinau, 24 November /MOLDPRES/ - The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has informed about major changes in the way of voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Thus, only the votes of TV viewers will decide on which countries qualify for semifinals and the TV viewers from the countries which do not participate will be able to vote online. The votes of the jury, just as so far, will be combined with the ones of the TV viewers, in order to decide the final result.
According to a press release by Teleradio-Moldova broadcaster, the countries which qualify for the two semifinals, ten ones in each semifinal, will be now decided only based on the votes given by the contest’s TV viewers, instead of the combination between the votes of the jury and the ones of the audience, just as it has been practiced since 2009.
For the first time ever, people who watch the contest from the countries which do not participate in the competition will be able to vote for the favourite songs online as well. Their votes will be accumulated and converted into points, which will have the same weight as at a participating country, both at the semifinals and at the Great Final. The professional jury, made up of those who work in the musical industry, will continue contributing to the result of the Great Final, along with the TV viewers from each participating country and those who vote internationally. .
The public TV and radio broadcasters from 37 countries will compete, in order to win the 67th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, due in Liverpool on 9, 11 and 13 May 2023. Thirty one countries will compete for 20 places in the Great Final, along with France, Germany, Spain, the host country – the United Kingdom, and Ukraine – the winner of the 2022 year. The competition is hosted by BBC from the Great Britain, on behalf of Ukraine, after the victory of Kalush Orchestra in Turin in last May.