Viewers in countries not taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest will be able to vote for their favorite act next year for the first time in the contest’s history, according to the organizer.
He said the new ‘Rest of the World’ vote was intended to reinforce the power of the public to influence the results and to recognize the global reach of the competition, which last year drew a TV audience of more than 160 million. people.
Viewers will be able to vote via a secure online platform, and a full list of eligible countries will be released closer to the event, which is usually held in May.
“Votes from non-participating countries will be combined to create a set of points with the same weight as a country participating in both the semi-finals and the grand final,” the contest organizers said on their website.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held in the northern English city of Liverpool on behalf of this year’s winners, Ukraine.
A decades-old tradition is usually that the winner of the competition can host it the following year, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said security and safety reasons due to the ongoing conflict meant that the Kingdom Uni would host it instead.
Competition organizers said they were also making changes to the voting system for the semi-finals, which would now be decided by viewers alone rather than a combination of votes from viewers and national juries of music experts as before. .
The big final results will always be decided by a combination of votes from viewers and juries.
He said the changes were designed to protect the integrity of the event after irregular voting patterns in results from six countries in the 2022 contest.
“In 2023, viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest alone will decide which countries make it to the grand final and, reflecting the global impact of the event, everyone who watches the show, wherever they live in the world , will be able to vote for their favorite songs,” said Eurovision executive supervisor Martin Osterdahl.
“We can also maintain the tradition of traveling across Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure an exciting voting streak with the winner only revealed at the very end of the show.”
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