Sweden is known for making changes when they host Eurovision, and now it seems they have plans to add more life to the last part of the show by improving the presentation of the points section.
Executive producer Martin Österdahl told Aftonbladet that the grand final, “has a tendency to hold on for a long time and just oozes out at the end. We have some ideas on how we can make it more exciting and more stringent at the end.”
SVT’s plan is to improve the results section of the show. The broadcaster isn’t yet saying what their exact plan is, but they will need to get the permission of the EBU to make any changes.
Get to the results!
Clocking in at almost one hour, the results section has always been one of the longest parts of the show, and over the decades many changes have been made to keep the results section interesting.
The results section is still a lot of fun, but as much as we love the drama of the points being revealed country by country, sometimes it feels like it’s dragging.
As video link technology has improved, we’ve seen points spokespeople who don’t seem to be able to deliver their points without first profusely thanking the host country, all of Europe (“and Australia!”), congratulating their country’s act, making an in-joke that no one gets and – if we’re really lucky – singing, all prodded along by the increasingly impatient hosts.
So yeah, there is room for improvement. It remains to be seen whether the EBU will approve such changes, but with Sweden’s experience hosting Melodifestivalen, whatever they propose to the EBU is likely to be well thought out.
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