Big changes are coming to Eurovision 2023. The European Broadcasting Union has declared major alterations to the voting sequence at this year’s contest in Liverpool. And for the first time in Eurovision history, voting is going global.
For Eurovision 2023, voting in the semi-finals will change. The semi-final qualifiers will be determined by a 100% public vote.
Around the world, viewers in non-participating countries will be able to vote for their favourites online.
Eurovision Song Contest 2023 voting changes: Juries removed from semi-final
The song contest Reference Group approved the changes on Tuesday 22 November.
Under the new changes, the semi-final jury vote is scrapped.
The public vote alone will decide the countries that qualify for the grand final, rather than a combination of jury and public votes — the system which has been in place since 2009.
But the professional jurors aren’t out of a job entirely. They’ll have their say in the final, ranking all 26 tracks. Televote and jury scores will be combined to determine the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Reasons for this change remain unknown. However, speculation mounts that this change may have been made to satisfy the public whose favourites were knocked out by juries at the last hurdle. In 2021, Croatia’s Albina placed inside the top ten with both juries and the public, but the combined sum knocked “Tick-Tock” out of a spot in the final.
Elsewhere, viewers in non-participating countries can now vote for their favourite songs online.
The “Rest of World” votes will be tallied and converted to points with the same weight as one participating country. That means there’s an extra set of douze points up for grabs.
If you’re worried about voter fraud and IP spoofing, then rest assured — all online voters will need a valid credit or debit card to cast their vote.
Audiences in all participating countries will still be able to vote by SMS, phone or via the Eurovision Song Contest app.
Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor, said:
“Throughout its 67-year history the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes acknowledge the immense popularity of the show by giving more power to the audience of the world’s largest live music event.
“In 2023 only Eurovision Song Contest viewers will decide which countries make it to the Grand Final and, reflecting the global impact of the event, everyone watching the show, wherever they live in the world, can cast their votes for their favourite songs.
“By also involving juries of music professionals in deciding the final result, all the songs in the Grand Final can be assessed on the broadest possible criteria. We can also maintain the tradition of travelling around Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure a thrilling voting sequence with the winner only revealed at the very end of the show.’
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