Eurovision tears up voting rulebook to build more drama

Eurovision is seeking to rekindle interest in the continent-wide singathon with a shake-up of its oft criticised voting system which sees nations voting along political rather than artistic lines.

In a bid to prevent the winners from becoming obvious too soon organisers will allocate points separately for professional juries and the public rather than combine the two – with jury votes delivered first followed by telephone results at the end of the evening in ascending order.

Eurovision Song Contest executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said: “This new way of presenting the votes is a big step forward, both to make a better television show as well as a more exciting competition.

"There is more reason than ever to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest. The new voting format guarantees that the song which is most popular among the public will receive 12 points regardless of how the juries voted."

This format change will ensure that the winning entrant will not be discernible until the very last moment

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