Starting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, country spokespersons now only reveal the points from their national — not the combined jury and televote. That segment is followed up with the televote reveal.
It was a move born to make the revelation of the winner more dramatic (In recent years, as with Loreen and Emmelie de Forrest, the winner was already known before voting had finished). The new system has most definitely worked. As you can see in the video below from Kyiv, we were on the edge of our seats until the very final moment of the points reveal last year.
In any case, here is the order in which the country spokespersons will reveal the jury points. You might recognise some names as former Eurovision contestants, national finalists, and TV presenters.
Among the big names are former Westlife member Nicky Byrne (Ireland), Eurovision 2009 co-host Alsou (Russia) and Eurovision alums Jana Burceska (Macedonia), Tako Gachechiladze (Georgia), Naviband (Belarus), OG3NE (The Netherlands) and JOWST and Aleksander (Norway) and Hovig (Cyprus).
- Ukraine – Nataliia Zhyzhchenko – Lead singer of 2017 interval act ONUKA
- Azerbaijan – Asadov Tural – TV presenter
- Belarus – NAVIBAND – Belarusian Eurovision 2017 participant
- San Marino – John Kennedy O’Connor – Eurovision historian
- The Netherlands – OG3NE – Dutch 2017 participant
- FYR Macedonia – Jana Burcheska – Macedonian 2017 participant
- Malta – Lara Azzopardi – Actress and TV presenter
- Georgia – Tako Gachechiladze – Georgian 2017 participant
- Spain – Nieves Alvarez – TV presenter and model
- Austria – Kati Bellowitsch – Radio and TV presenter
- Denmark – Ulla Essendrop – TV presenter
- United Kingdom – Mel Giedroyc – TV presenter
- Sweden – Felix Sandman – Runner-up in Swedish national selection
- Latvia – Dagmara Legante – TV presenter and comedian
- Albania – Andri Xhahu – Radio journalist
- Croatia – Ursula Tolj – Presenter
- Ireland – Nicky Byrne – Irish 2016 participant
- Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu – TV presenter
- Czech Republic – Radka Rosická – Presenter and fashion model
- Iceland – Edda Sif Pálsdóttir – TV presenter and sports reporter
- Moldova – Julieta Ardovan – TV journalist
- Belgium – Danira Boukhriss Terkessidis – TV host
- Norway – Aleksander Walmann & JOWST – Norwegian 2017 participant
- France – Élodie Gossuin – TV and radio presenter
- Italy – Giulia Valentina Palermo – Presenter
- Australia – Ricardo Goncalves – SBS World News presenter
- Estonia – Ott Evestus – Singer
- Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina – Show host and presenter
- Cyprus – Hovig – Cypriot 2017 participant
- Armenia – Arsen Grigoryan – Actor and singer
- Bulgaria – Joanna Dragneva – Bulgarian 2008 participant
- Greece – Olyna (Olympia) Xenopoulou – Radio and TV presenter, actress
- Hungary – Bence Forró – TV presenter
- Montenegro – Natasa Sotra – Director of Science and Children Programme
- Germany – Barbara Schöneberger – TV presenter
- Finland – ABREU – Singer
- Russia – Alsou – Russian 2000 participant and Eurovision 2009 presenter
- Switzerland – Leticia Carvalho – Teacher and singer
- Israel – Lucy Ayoub – Journalist and TV presenter
- Poland – Mateusz Szymkowiak – Journalist
- Lithuania – Egle Daugelaite – Presenter and journalist
- Slovenia – Amaya – Slovenian 2011 participant (as Maja Keuc)
- Portugal – Pedro Ricardo Pacheco Fernandes – Television presenter
Before you start analysing to see who will get what points based off regional voting blocks, although this was revealed today, the running order had been set for some weeks now. So it’s hard to predict any sort of pattern based on what would create an exciting show and make the race look tight.
After the jury votes are delivered by the national spokespersons, the results of the televote will be revealed by the presenters from least points to highest points. After the final tally we’ll have a winner.
Which of these former contestants do you want to see back at Eurovision? Who do you think will win the Jury vote? Let us know in the comments section below.
Photos: Eurovision.tv (EBU)