Eurovision Song Contest changes voting rules

From this year, Eurovision votes cast by professional juries in each country and viewers will be announced separately. Organisers hope the change will help keep viewers guessing about who has won until the end.

Eurovision officials said the current voting system ruined the surprise for viewers, as it often becomes apparent who has won long before the end of the marathon finals show, which usually lasts over three hours.

Until now, each country has presented a single set of votes, meaning it was possible for one or two acts to quickly build an unassailable lead, leading to a premature climax of the kitsch music spectacle.

“In previous years the winner has been known for up to 20 minutes before the end of voting and that’s not good TV,” this year’s executive producer Martin Osterdahl, responsible for organizing the 2016 show in Stockholm, said in a statement late Thursday.

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