How do voting in Eurovision work?

After a year deserted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest returns to the small screen this May. Specifically, Rotterdam dresses up to celebrate a new edition of the music contest. After taking the triumph in Tel Aviv, the Dutch country welcomes the return of the music festival in a year marked by strict safety and health measures.

What will remain as will always be voting, without a doubt, one of the most exciting moments of the night as well as long. The mythical “our twelve points go to …” (our 12 points go to …) tends to raise audience ratings to stratospheric figures compared to the first part of the Festival in which there are performances.

Although the distribution of points is one of the moments that most hooks viewers to the screen, it is also the most unknown process among fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. And it is that since 2016, the music contest adopted a new scoring system.




Elena Tsagrinou, representative of Chifre, at the Eurovision 2021 rehearsals

Until then, a professional jury from each country viewed and awarded according to their own criteria. To this, the televoting points were added and the person in charge of giving the scores offered the final result. At that time, a direct connection was made with each country that had participated in the festival: that is, all those who had taken the stage, even in the semifinals. This meant that, if a country was at the forefront of the rankings in a prominent way, the interest on the part of Eurofans was lost.

Faced with this reality, Eurovision adopted a new way of scoring: the popular vote (televoting) and the professional vote (jury) that they weighed, began to count separately at 50%, that is, with the same importance in both cases. From that moment, the scores of the professional jury, made up of 5 people, began to be given, and then those obtained by televoting all at the same time.

That is, all the televoting of the different countries added together and offering the total points at the same time. Something that has caused tremendous changes in the final classification of the Eurovision Song Contest.