The official rules for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 have been released, and there’s one very notable addition: the EBU now specifically has the ability to change the jury/televote ratio.
In part 11.3, this section has been added:
The points of the National Juries and of the National Audiences shall be combined according to a ratio which is determined by the EBU, subject to Reference Group approval.
For example, if the ratio is 50-50, the points of the National Jury carry the same weight as the points of the National Audiences.
While there is nothing to suggest that the ratio will change for 2017, the process for this happening in the future has been set out in the rules.
Since the joint jury and televote system was introduced in 2009, the vote has been evenly split between the two groups. However, in recent years there have been calls to change the ratio after some notable differences in voting.
In 2015, Il Volo won the televote but ranked only third overall after placing sixth in the jury rank.
In Stockholm, Sergey Lazarev similarly won the televote, but placed third overall when juries only ranked him fifth.
And most notably, Michal Szpak placed third in the televote, but was an incredibly low 25th with juries, giving him an overall placing of eighth.
The rules for 2017 also set out the new system of presenting the results, specifying that spokespeople will present the jury points, followed by the show hosts revealing the combined televote results.
But the rules also leave the possibility of this changing in future, with a new section advising that “The exact way of presenting the results during the Shows and/or calculating the points shall be decided in common agreement between the Host Broadcaster and the EBU Permanent Services and subject to the approval the Reference Group”.
However, given the successful and dramatic finale of Eurovision 2016, it seems unlikely that the EBU would change the new system.
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