EBU – The European Broadcasting Union always used the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a test event for the senior edition. Now that for the first time ever the online voting started, EBU reveals that this is a test for the senior Eurovision Song Contest.
The idea is modern and somehow interesting, a pure result of how the internet is used more than the phone services themselves.
Though there are some points that make us worry. First that the voting begins prior to the live performances. Of course there will be 15 min voting after the live shows. The second worrying and really complicated aspect is that EBU currently allows you to vote for your own country. Third, international voters (meaning those from non participating countries as well and across the world) are eligible to vote.
Somehow the meaning of the voting is lost
THE VOTING PROCEDURE
The first phase of online voting started at 18:00 CET on Friday 24 November. Visit the voting platform and cast your vote! Voters can watch a recap of all the rehearsal performances. After this, there will also be the option to watch longer one-minute clips from each participant’s rehearsals. This first round of voting will close on Sunday, 26 November, at 15:59 CET just before the live show.
The second phase of online voting takes place during the live show and starts after the last song has been performed. Voting will be open for 15 minutes. International viewers can vote for a minimum of three countries and a maximum of five. You can also vote for your own country’s song. These votes will then be turned into points. The amount of points will be determined by the percentage of votes received. For example is a song receives 20% of the votes, then it will receive 20% of the available points. The public vote will count for 50% of the final result. The other 50% will come from the professional juries.