Last week, Czech Head of Delegation Jan Bors teased changes to this year’s results presentation. And now the Eurovision.tv website has been quietly updated to reflect these changes. But what are they?
Unlike the massive overhaul in 2016, there will only be a slight change to how the results will be announced. The new rules read:
In 2019, the presentation of the votes changes slightly. The order in which the televoting results are revealed is determined by the ranking of the jury result.
The announcement of the televoting results will start with the country receiving the fewest points from the juries and end with the country that received the highest points from the juries.
The presenters shall announce the sum of points that each song has received from the votes of the televote across all participating countries.
Scores will still be calculated in the same manner as the last three years. However, we’ll have to wait until later in the voting sequence to see if an act has flopped with the televoters. And should an act be battered by the juries, they’ll receive their televote boost much sooner.
For example, in 2016 Poland’s Michal Szpak would have been the second act to receive his batch of televotes, rather than the third last. In 2018, Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso and Austria’s Cesar Sampson would have been the last two acts to receive their votes, even though both under-performed with the public.
The presentation of the jury votes will remain unchanged.
YouTuber ESC Luxembourg has made a simulation of last year’s results using the new system. Compare and contrast with the actual voting sequence.
The semi-final voting sequence remains unchanged. As per tradition, the exact placing in each semi will not be revealed until after the grand final, so as to avoid any potential biases.
What do you think of the new rules? Will it make the show more exciting or less? Let us know in the comments.