There’s a rumour floating around at the moment, suggesting that the recent Heads of Delegation meeting may have involved one or two rule changes for Eurovision 2017. So we got to thinking about what sort of rule changes this could involve.
The last big change was at Eurovision 2016, when the presentation of the scoring was changed to create the most tense, nerve-racking, nail-biting finale in years. But are other changes afoot? Rumours suggest something new is to be expected in Kyiv, but no one knows what. Here are some of the more common suggestions for potential Eurovision rule changes.
1. A permanent place in the competition for Australia
As specially invited guest competitors for the past two years, Australia has proven itself a force to be reckoned with. It’s known that broadcaster SBS are very keen to come back for more, but that would require another invitation — unless the EBU changed the rules to allow Australia to compete every year, regardless of SBS only being an associate member of the EBU.
2. A guest spot for Kazakhstan
Like Australia, the Central Asian nation Kazakhstan is only an associate member of the EBU, so to compete the EBU would need to invite them. Fans of Kazakhstan’s efforts at Turkvision are keen to see them debut at Eurovision, but that’s up to the EBU to decide.
3. More people on stage
The current rules only allow for six performers to be on stage, but some countries want more. The argument goes that when that limit was determined in the early 1970s, Eurovision was hosted on small theatre stages — not the massive arenas of modern Eurovision. So why not allow two extra dancers to really fill up the stage?
4. Allow pre-recorded backing vocals
One fundamental rule of Eurovision is that all vocals must be live, but what about doing what many national finals and Junior Eurovision does and allow pre-recorded backing vocals? It would benefit poorer countries by allowing them to save money by leaving their backing singers at home.
5. Change the jury/televote ratio
After Sergey Lazarev won the televote in Stockholm but only placed fifth with the jury vote, the Russian delegation wasn’t happy. Russian Eurovision stalwart Filip Kirkorov has suggested that the jury/televote ratio be changed from 50:50 to 25:75.
6. Change the composite televote
The micro state of San Marino is too small to provide a valid televote. Instead the EBU creates a composite televote score, based on the televoting of a selection of other countries. San Marino isn’t happy that half their vote is coming from votes of other countries. So could there be changes to the way this is determined?
7. Allow live instruments
Bringing back the full orchestra is never going to happen, but what about allowing certain live instruments? Imagine Alexander Rybak performing his “Fairytale” violin live, or Ovi tinkling for real in his giant circular piano. It would complicate staging a little, but it might be allowed if it was restricted to certain instruments that are easy to set up.
8. Wildcard for Margaret to perform “Cool Me Down”
There are many fans who feel that Margaret was cruelly denied the chance to competed at Eurovision with “Cool Me Down”. But what if the EBU bent a few rules and allowed her to enter the song at Eurovision 2017? Oh, we can dream…
What do you think? What rules need to be changed for Eurovision 2017? Or are things fine as they are? Share your thoughts below!