Junior Eurovision 2017 is just over two weeks away, and hype is beginning to build as Tbilisi gets ready to welcome Europe. Even the JESC 2017 wiwi jury has started!
And now the EBU has released a video detailing exactly how the online voting system for this year’s contest will work. While a number of these details were revealed earlier in August, some new information has also come from yesterday’s announcement.
Voting will start on Friday 24th November via the junioreurovision.tv website. Viewers will be able to vote from anywhere in the world. So for those outside of Europe who are normally unable to vote in either the Junior Eurovision or Eurovision, then here’s a chance to finally have a say!
Junior Eurovision 2017 online voting details
On the official website, voters will be shown a preview of each of the 16 performances. In August it was stated there would also be an option to watch longer one-minute clips of each participant’s rehearsals. There is no mention of this in yesterday’s video, so it remains to be seen if this is still the case.
Viewers will then be able to vote for either three, four or five of their favourite entries. If a viewer only like one or two of the songs, then they will have to have to choose one or two others to vote for as well.
Perhaps most surprisingly, viewers will be allowed to vote for their own country. This is most likely because of the technical limits involved in preventing such an issue when using an online system. The EBU may believe that if everyone votes for their own country then it could cancel each other out.
However, the decision hasn’t gone down particularly well with fans, with the majority of comments below the YouTube video noting the possible unfair advantage this gives to those countries with higher population sizes. Who knows, maybe Dmitry Shepelev’s 2015 voting gag could now become a reality!
Online voting will close on Sunday 26th November, just before the start of the live show at 4:00 pm CET. Voting then reopens for 15 minutes once all 16 songs have been performed, giving viewers one final chance to vote for their favourites.
This public vote will count for half of the overall score, with the other 50% coming from a jury. Details on exactly how the jury will vote, or how many points a country will earn based on the number of public votes they receive, were not explicitly given.
However, the video does show a jury member revealing a traditional set of one to 12 points. And since the total number of available points from the public will equal the total given by the jury, it is possible that the public vote will be presented in a similar way to Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, with each country earning a certain percentage of the public points based on the number of votes they received.
The current voting system in place for the Eurovision Song Contest will most likely not feature, as the public votes will not be counted for each specific country, since viewers can vote from countries that are not taking part.
With voting now possible from anywhere in the world, the EBU will be hoping this new voting system increases the number of public votes received. They have been falling in recent years, before being scrapped altogether for the 2016 contest. With public voting now being reintroduced, the EBU will also be aiming to improve upon the recent decrease in viewing figures for the contest.
What do you think of the new online voting system? If you live outside of a participating country are you excited to get the chance to vote? Do you think it’s fair that you’re able to vote for your own country? Let us know all your thoughts in the comment section below!