As 2020 preparations come into full-swing — with the final countries confirming and the organisation revealing the slogan — we are gradually seeing the Eurovision landscape taking shape ahead of the upcoming edition.
Recently, Toñi Prieto, the Entertainment Director of Spain’s RTVE, said that the EBU was considering a change to the voting system. She said that officials were thinking and talking with the delegations and floating the idea of changing the voting system — potentially by making it a full jury or a full televote affair.
And updates on that situation have arrived via Greece. Maria Koufopoulou, director of International Relations of ERT, has disclosed to Sputnik News that at a workshop held in September alongside the EBU, delegations voted in favour of maintaining the current 50-50 jury and televote split. In fact, 80% of delegates voted not to change the current voting system, according to Ms Koufopoulou.
“I participated in the Workshop, along with my two colleagues, and there was the question of whether EBU members were satisfied with the current voting system,” Maria said.
As we know, concerns were raised after the Eurovision 2019 final over the cancellation of the Belarusian jury’s rating and the scandals that followed. But nevertheless, the current system was deemed the fairest after it was all taken into account. No word on whether there will be tweaks to the jury panels or the televote calculations just yet, but it’s safe to say that there are extensive reviews happening at every step to avoid possible issues and a repeat of recent gaffes.
EBU ‘opens up’ hotel pricing
Among other topics discussed at the meeting, the EBU and the Dutch are currently consulting with hotel owners in the city of Rotterdam about room rates. They’re encouraging them not to raise them excessively. That would prevent many fans from visiting and would be antithetical to the recently revealed motto of “Open Up”.
The current Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Jon Ola Sand, who is stepping down after the 2020 contest, has also given a farewell speech, thanking EBU members for their longtime collaboration and saying he’ll give his best to make the 2020 edition wonderful. He’s apparently looking forward to his new role at his native broadcaster, NRK.
The past decade @EBU_HQ has been fantastic & exciting but it’ll also be good to come home. I’m looking forward to my new role ensuring that @NRKno continues to be a world-class public broadcaster. But still plenty of work to do for #ESC2020 before then! https://t.co/Of8O3ZppIj
— Jon Ola Sand (@jonolasand) September 30, 2019
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