Back on February 18 a number of Eurovision fans suffered a small heart attack after the EBU revealed Eurovision’s new voting process and points presentation. It will see national spokespeople present only their country’s jury points rather than their country’s combined jury-televote result. After that is complete, the show’s hosts will reveal the televoting scores.
And today eurovision.de, the official Eurovision news portal of Germany’s ARD, has revealed another twist. They report that hosts will only announce the televoting scores from the ten best scoring countries in the televote segment. Countries finishing in 11th to 26th with the televote will simply have their scores displayed before the nerve-wracking process of determining the winner takes place. Got it?
Eurovision’s new voting segment
The new Melodifestivalen-like voting segment received mixed reviews when it was revealed in February. Some people thought it would bring a fresh element to an old contest, while others thought — and think — that Eurovision is becoming too much like the Swedish preselection.
San Marino even saw the change as an act of discrimination against microstates. Owing to its small population, its televote score will actually be a composite of the results from “a pre-selected group of countries.” So not the San Marinese people.
The EBU and the SVT ensured us that the voting wouldn’t take much longer than the former one. It sounded illogical to many, because now we will have one full round of voting results from all 43 countries and then another segment revealing the televote. Perhaps reading out only the Top 10 televote results is a way of saving time?
Another time-saving option? Make it illegal for spokespeople to thank SVT “for a beautiful show.”