Eurovision Song Contest voting and results system explained

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From voting to announcing the results, here’s everything you need to know about the Eurovision voting system

Eurovision fans are getting ready to rate their new favorite performances and decide who to give their Duze points to when this year’s competition begins.

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The competition is nothing without fans voting for their favourites, and casual viewers will be keen to see if anyone shows off Britain’s previous zero-point performance from last year.

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The annual event, watched by around 180 million people each year, has seen changes to the voting and ranking system in recent years, with experts claiming the new way makes the competition fairer.

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But how exactly does that work – how can you vote in the contest? And how are votes calculated?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Eurovision Song Contest voting system.

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The voting system for Eurovision has changed over the years – here’s how it works. (Image credit: Getty Images)

How do you vote at Eurovision?

Televotes are key to the Eurovision Song Contest. These are votes cast by the public from their homes.

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Voting takes place in the two semi-finals as well as in the grand final.

For all events, voting begins after all countries have performed and remains open for approximately 15 minutes.

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You can vote by phone or SMS. It is also possible to vote via the Eurovision app and via the BBC Eurovision website.

Any country, regardless of whether it reached the final, can vote in the final, but not every country votes in both semi-finals.

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The group known as the “Big Five” – ​​Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – can only vote in a semi-final allotted to them in advance.

For the 2022 edition, the UK will vote in Semi-Final 2, which takes place on Thursday 12th May.

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What are the rules for voting at Eurovision?

Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest is pretty straightforward, but there are a few rules you need to keep in mind.

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Even if you live in the UK and Sam Ryder is your favorite this year, you can’t vote for your own country.

The BBC broadcast usually blocks all UK relevant voting numbers so you don’t make mistakes.

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In the past, the competition was voted on exclusively by a jury made up of committees before televoting was introduced in 1997. (Image credit: Getty Images)

What are the Eurovision Jury Votes?

Not only the performances are voted on by the audience, but also by a specialist jury from each country about their favorites.

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Until the introduction of televoting in 1997, this was the only way to determine the winners of the competition.

Each jury consists of six experts who rate their favorite songs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points.

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How are votes counted in the Eurovision Song Contest?

To arrive at the final results at Eurovision, countries are ranked separately – first by their placement in the jury vote by each country and then with a number of points depending on their share of the televote.

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The results have been announced in this way since 2016.

Previously, the votes were combined and announced in one go.

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There are often big differences between the judges’ favorites and the audience’s favorites, which is why experts argue that the new method of voting is fairer for the participants.

When is Eurovision final?

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The grand finale takes place on Saturday 14th May at 20:00 UK time.

Airing on BBC One, Graham Norton returns to provide his witty commentary on Europe’s biggest show.

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