For the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, viewers have to get used to a new voting system - at least in the semi-finals

ESC 2023
In semi-finals voting is only possible by telephone

For the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, viewers have to get used to a new voting system – at least in the semifinals.

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At the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, there will be no jury voting in the semi-final shows. Only the votes over the phone count there.

At the Eurovision Song Contest, from 2023, only one televoting will decide which countries will survive the semi-finals. This was announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Accordingly, the jury voting for these two shows is omitted.

In addition, in future fans whose countries do not send candidates to the ESC will also be able to vote online for a fee. The votes are added up and converted into points. These have the same weight as a participating country in both the semis and the final. In the final, however, the juries are asked again, whose votes then account for 50 percent of the points.

More power for the audience

Martin Österdahl (49), Executive Supervisor at ESC, said of the changes: “In its 67-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes recognize the immense popularity of the show by Empower the audience at the world’s largest live music event.”

After the discrepancies in the jury votes from six countries during this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the bodies are becoming less important.

Competition moved from Kyiv to Liverpool

In 2023 the music competition will take place in Liverpool, even though Kalush Orchestra won the ESC in Turin for the Ukraine with “Stefania”. Due to the Ukraine war, the Reference Group, the board of the ESC, had stated “that given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance with the ESC rules , cannot be given”.

The final will take place on May 13th in the English metropolis, the semi-finals on May 9th and 11th. The BBC is working with representatives of Ukraine’s Suspilne broadcaster to bring Ukrainian elements into the shows and thus showcase the country’s culture, it said. This is the first time since 1980 that the winning country is not hosting the ESC.

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