There will be a major change in the voting system in the Eurovision Song Contest starting in 2023, reports EBU.
In the press release, the EBU announces two major changes to the Eurovision voting system from next year.
Since 2009, votes from the expert jury and the audience have counted equally in the decision about which participating countries should secure a place in the Eurovision semi-finals.
First time in history
From 2023, the public will have even more power, as only their votes count towards the semi-final qualifications.
For the first time in history, viewers in countries that do not participate in the competition will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite songs. The votes will be added up to points that weigh equally with a country participating in the competition, the EBU explains on its pages.
The change applies to both the semi-finals and the big ESC final.
– Throughout its 67-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest has developed in step with the world and managed to remain both exciting and relevant. These changes are to recognize the competition’s enormous popularity and give more power to the audience of the world’s biggest live music festival, says ESC competition director Martin Österdahl in the press release.
Moved to Liverpool
When the winner is to be chosen during the big Eurovision 2023 final in Liverpool, however, voting will take place in the same way as before, with votes from both the public and the professional jury.
As the winner of Eurovision 2022, Ukraine should normally have hosted Eurovision in 2023, but due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the EBU decided to move the event to the UK.
The ESC final will be held in Liverpool in May 2023.