2010-2022: How Different would be the results of the Semi-Finals with only the Public Vote?

A news that shook the waters of the competition took place earlier today. The EBU has announced changes to the voting process for the Eurovision Song Contest.

One of the most important changes are that now only the public will choose the finalists in the two semi-finals, while now global viewers from all around the world that do not participate in the competition will also be able to vote!

You can see all the changes HERE.

The most important question is, What would be the changes to the competition voting in the Semi-Finals if only the public chose the 10 finalists?

We will answer this question through this tribute, seeing which countries would have qualified for the final from 2010 to 2022, if only the public vote counted, and which would have ultimately failed to qualify due to the favour of the juries.

Changes in the Results (2010-2022)

2010

In 2010, the system of 50% juries and 50% public vote, was applied for the first time in the Semi-Finals. There we find the first differences.

In the first Semi-Final we would have the qualification of Finland who finished sixth in the TV audience, against Bosnia and Herzegovina who finished eleventh and were favored by the jury’s fifth place.

In the second Semi-Final, we would have the qualification of Lithuania and Sweden, against Israel and Ireland. In addition, the winner of the Semi-Final would be Azerbaijan and not Turkey.

Which means Sweden would have any disqualification  in their history at the competition.

2011

In the first Semi-Final, we would have the qualification of Armenia, Norway and Turkey, against Switzerland, Lithuania and Serbia. In fact, Lithuania was first by the juries and eleventh in the audience.

That means Turkey would have no elimination in their history in the competition.

In the second Semi-Final, we would only have the qualification of Belarus, against the fan favorite that year, Estonia.

2012

Another year with huge changes in the results of the semi finals. In the first Semi-Final we would have Switzerland qualifying instead of Hungary.

In the second Semi-Final we would have the qualification of Bulgaria and the Netherlands, instead of Malta and Ukraine. Also, Norway was last by the juries and was saved by the public.

With these results, Ukraine would have lost the record as the only country with a non stop qualification!

2013

Moving forward in 2013.

In the first Semi-Final, Croatia and Montenegro would have qualified against Estonia and Moldova. In fact, Moldova was third in the committees, while Montenegro was fourth in the audience.

In the second Semi-Final, Bulgaria and Switzerland would have qualified instead of Armenia and Georgia. While Romania would have been the winner of the semi final, instead of Azerbaijan.

2014

This year we can see two big changes. In the first Semi-Final we would have the qualification of Portugal instead of Azerbaijan, while in the second semi the qualification of Ireland, instead of Malta. In fact, Malta was third in the jury and twelfth in the audience.

2015

In the first Semi-Final we would have the qualification of Finland, instead of Hungary, while in the second the Czech Republic instead of Azerbaijan.

2016

Moving on to next year, because in the first Semi-Final we would have seen the qualification of Bosnia-Herzegovina, instead of the Czech Republic and in the second Semi-Final we would have the qualification of North Macedonia and Belarus, instead of Georgia and Israel.

Τhe winner of the second semi final would have been Ukraine with Janala, instead of Australia.

2017

In the first Semi-Final we would have the qualification of Finland instead of Australia, while in the second the qualification of Switzerland and Estonia, instead of Austria and Denmark. In fact, Australia was fifteenth in the audience and second in the juries.

2018

Let’s go to 2018 and see that in the first Semi-Final, we would have the qualification of Greece and Gianna Terzi, instead of Eugent Bushpepa, from Albania. Also, the winner would be Eleni Foureira and not Netta.

In the second Semi-Final, we would have Poland qualifying instead of the Netherlands, while the winner of the Semi-Final would be Denmark and not Norway. In fact, Denmark was twelfth in the juries.

2019

We can see some variations existing also in 2019.

Poland would once again go through to the final instead of Belarus, while the winner of the first Semi-Final would be Iceland rather than Australia.

In the second Semi-Final, Lithuania would have qualified  instead of Denmark, while the winner of the Semi-Final would have been Norway and not the Netherlands.

2021

Eurovision Song Contest came back after one year and in the first Semi-Final, we would have the qualification of Croatia with Albina, against Hooverphonic from Belgium. Finally, the winner of the Semi-Final would be Ukraine and not Malta.

In the second Semi-Final we would have the qualification of Denmark and Fyr og Flamme, against Angela Peristeri from Albania, while the winner of the Semi-Final was Finland, instead of Switzerland.

2022

Last but not least we have this year edition of the contest. In the first Semi-Final, we would have seen the qualification of Ronela from Albania and not Marius Bear from Switzerland.

Finally, in the second Semi-Final, we would have the qualification of Andromachi (last in the committees), against Nadir Rustamli, who had zero points in the televoting.

Conclusions

Which ones are favored by the new changes?

Based on the above, we notice that the removal of the juries from the Semi-Finals, can change a lot in the Semi-Final score, with obvious results in the Final as well.

The countries that we would say are favored by this change are Lithuania and Poland, countries with a large dispersion across Europe. Also, this change could make it easier for Turkey to return to the Competition.

The Balkan countries Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, as well as Armenia, which has a strong diaspora, also benefit from the changes.

What are the implications?

Jury favourites, Azerbaijan, Australia and Malta seem to be finding the changes difficult in the competition as their qualification in recent years has been largely down to the juries.

Ranking changes

Changes are also observed in the ranking. In particular, audiences seem to prefer funny  presentations and ethnic and dance songs instead of ballads or vocally challenged entries in general that usually are more appreciated by the juries.

General Conclusion

With all the above, we can say that in 2023 the TV viewers seems to have the main responsibility with the results of the contest. Although, on the Grand Final we see the casual jurors deciding half of the results, things will changes dramatically since from this year the goal for a lot of countries will be to first reach the final by having a song that the public will support. This also means that EBU seems to want to attract more and more of the public attention, but what would happen if a lot of good entries stay out of the final and more and more “funny” songs qualify but the juries still ignore on their final voting?

What a country will have to do to win both is find the entry that can surprise both the viewers and the jurors on the final night.

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Eurovision 2023: Voting changes announced for the upcoming contest!

Today started with a bit of surprise news, with the EBU suddenly announcing a change to the voting system for the upcoming 67th Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in May in Liverpool. This is the first change in the voting method since 13 years and in 2009, when 50/50 voting by the public and the judging panels was introduced.

According to the EBU announcement, the three big changes to the Eurovision 2023 voting system are as follows:

  • Viewer votes will decide countries qualifying from Semi-Finals 
  • Viewers in non-participating countries will be able to vote online
  • Jury votes will be combined with votes from the global audience to decide final result

This means that next year, the countries that qualify from the Semi-Finals will be decided solely based on the votes cast by the viewers, rather than a combination of a jury and public vote as has been the case since 2009.

The professional music industry juries will remain for the Grand Final, but complete control of who gets there from the Semi-Finals has been handed over to the viewing public.

And, for the first time ever, viewers from non-participating countries will be able to vote for their favourite songs too. Those watching in the rest of the world will be able to vote via a secure online platform using a credit card from their country, and their votes, once added together, will be converted into points that will have the same weight as one participating country in both of the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.

Regarding the changes to the voting method, the Contest’s Executive Producer, Martin Österdahl, said:

Throughout its 67-year history the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes acknowledge the immense popularity of the show by giving more power to the audience of the world’s largest live music event.

In 2023 only Eurovision Song Contest viewers will decide which countries make it to the Grand Final and, reflecting the global impact of the event, everyone watching the show, wherever they live in the world, can cast their votes for their favourite songs.

By also involving juries of music professionals in deciding the final result, all the songs in the Grand Final can be assessed on the broadest possible criteria. We can also maintain the tradition of travelling around Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure a thrilling voting sequence with the winner only revealed at the very end of the show.

It is worth mentioning that the introduction of the Rest of World vote means that the correlation of the 50/50 voting for the final changes, which leans more towards the public. The general public will have slightly more impact on the final result – approximately 50.6%. In the coming months, the EBU is expected to publish in detail the countries that will have the right to vote in the Rest of the World category.

These changes are happening in order to keep the event relevant and exciting. Additionally, following the unprecedented nature of the voting irregularities seen at the 2022 Contest a working group of EBU Members was established to look at ways to protect the integrity of the event. Their recommendations are being implemented after approval by the Reference Group, the Contest’s governing board and the Executive Board of the EBU.

Source: Eurovision.tv

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Watch all the eurostars’ performances at Het Grote Songfestivalfeest 2022! (Videos)

Yesterday, the 17th of November, the concert Het Grote Songfestivalfeest took place three years after the last concert, which was back in 2019, at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

More than 30 eurostars performed on stage for the massive audience and Eurovisionfun was there to cover the show! You will get the chance to watch exclusive videos of interviews with your favourite artists and their performances!

You can watch some of the performances of the artists below:

Johnny Logan – What’s Αnother Υear

Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’univers

Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone

TIX – Fallen Angel

Efendi – Mata Hari

The Roop – Discoteque

Sandra Kim – J’aime la vie

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Eurovisionfun will be at Het Grote Songfestivalfeest in Amsterdam!

Every eurofan’s heart will beat in the rhythm of Amsterdam, this Thursday, November 17, as the great concert Het Grote Songfestivalfeest, will take place, with around 30 eurostars, taking part. Eurovisionfun will of course be there at the Ziggo Dome to offer exclusive content with videos of interviews and the performances of our favourite artists.

Het Grote Songfestivalfeest was a concert that took place in 2019, in order to promote Eurovision 2020 planned to take place in the Netherlands. After two years without it and one cancellation in 2021 due to the COVID-19 measurments in the Netherlands, the concert is back and wants to offer a unique show.

There will be numerous winners and past participants of the contest, including Loreen (Sweden 2012), Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009), Go_A (Ukraine 2021), Måns Zelmerlöw (Swede 2015), Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014) and Duncan Laurence (Netherlands 2019).

Eurovisionfun couldn’t miss this great music festival. With Spyros Koronakis as an accredited journalist, you’ll have the chance to watch the performances and interviews on our YouTube channel.

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The Netherlands: Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper will represent the country at Eurovision 2023!

All of sudden AVROTROS announced some minutes ago its representatives at Eurovision 2023. Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper will wave the Dutch flag in Liverpool, with a song composed by Duncan Laurence and Jordan Garfield. Mia and Dion are the third artist that have been revealed for Eurovision 2023! Read more

Eurovision 2023: 37 countries will join the 67th contest in Liverpool!

Just moments ago, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced the countries that will take part in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool37 countries will be present in the contest, with three countries withdrawing, in contrast with the 40 countries last year in Turin.

These countries  withdrawing are Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia, which after their participation in Eurovision 2022, all three of them withdraw for financial reasons.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming artists from all 37 countries to Liverpool, the city of pop, next May. Next year’s competition promises to be an extra special one and we’re working hard with the BBC right now to ensure that hundreds of millions of viewers will enjoy the best Eurovision Song Contest yet, with Ukraine at the heart of the event.”

In detail, the countries that are going to take part are:

  • 🇦🇱 Albania – RTSH
  • 🇦🇺 Australia– SBS
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia– AMPTV
  • 🇦🇹 Austria – ORF
  • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Ictimai TV
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – RTBF
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia – HRT
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus – CyBC
  • 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – CT
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – DR
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia – ERR
  • 🇫🇮 Finland  – YLE
  • 🇫🇷 France – FT
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia – GPB
  • 🇩🇪 Germany – ARD/NDR
  • 🇬🇷 Greece – ΕΡΤ
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland – RUV
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland– RTE
  • 🇮🇱 Israel – IPBC/Kan
  • 🇮🇹 Italy– RAI
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia – LTV
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania – LRT
  • 🇲🇹 Malta – PBS
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova – TRM
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands – AVROTROS
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – NRK
  • 🇵🇱 Poland – TVP
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal – RTP
  • 🇷🇴 Romania – TVR
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino – RTV
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia – RTS
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia ​​- RTVSLO
  • 🇪🇸 Spain  – TVE
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – SVT
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – SRG / SSR
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine – UA: PBC
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom – BBC

Martin Green, BBC’s Managing Director of the Eurovision Song Contest added:

“We are incredibly proud to be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine and welcoming delegations from 37 countries to Liverpool next year. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture and showcasing British creativity to a global audience.”

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Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert 2023 will take place on April 15!

As reported by the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, one of the biggest Eurovision pre-parties, Eurovision in Concert will return for the thirteenth time on April 15, 2023. The pre-sale of tickets for the big concert, which as in previous years will be held at AFAS Amsterdam, will start on Friday 14 October.

The line up of participating singers will be announced in early 2023, when we will know more of the Eurovision 2023 contestants. As usual, many artists of the upcoming competition in Liverpool are expected to take part in the big event in Amsterdam, which will presented by Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas.

Eurovision in Concert is one of the biggest and most popular Eurovision promo parties and takes place every year in Amsterdam in the lead up to the contest. The show started in 2009 and has grown into a hugely popular event among Eurovision fans and artists. At Eurovision in Concert 2022, 26 of the 40 competing artists of Eurovision 2022 presented their songs. The last time Greece participated in Eurovision in Concert was in 2019 with Katerine Duska and Better Love.

Source: ADEurovoix

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Junior Eurovision 2022: 16 countries will take part in the contest in Yerevan!

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) alongside the Armenian public broadcaster (AMPTV), announced that 16 countries are going to take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which is scheduled to take place in Yerevan, on Sunday, December 11.

https://youtu.be/NvgeXx_BUV4

The 16 countries that will travel to Yerevan in December are:

  • 🇦🇱 Albania (RTSH)
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia (AMPTV)
  • 🇫🇷 France (France TV)
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia (GPB)
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland (TG4)
  • 🇮🇹 Italy (Rai)
  • 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)
  • 🇲🇹 Malta (PBS)
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands (AVROTROS)
  • 🇲🇰 North Macedonia (MKRTV)
  • 🇵🇱 Poland (TVP)
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal (RTP)
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia (RTS)
  • 🇪🇸 Spain (TVE)
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine (UA:PBC)
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom (BBC)

The number of countries that will take part in this year’s contest is reduced, compared to last year, since Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Germany and Russia will not return to the contest, while the United Kingdom returns after a 16 years of absence.

What is more, alongside the final list of competitions, the Armenian public broadcaster announced the slogan of this year’s contest which is: “Spin the Magic”.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, is excited about the show’s return:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming talented young artists from 16 countries this year to Yerevan for the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It’s exciting to be returning to the Armenian capital for the first time in over a decade to “Spin The Magic” on this special anniversary – and welcoming back the United Kingdom to the competition, our host country for Eurovision 2023. There’s so much energy, passion and creativity from our colleagues at AMPTV and we can’t wait to see a spectacular show in December.”

Armenia will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 after Maléna’s win with the song “Qami Qami”:

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Junior Eurovision 2022: Listen the Netherlands’ song for the contest!

The second country to choose their representative for Junior Eurovision 2022, is the Netherlands, whose national final, Junior Songfestival 2022, came to an end and the winner was Luna.

The national final took place in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, which has hosted Junior Eurovision 2007 and Eurovision 2021 in the past. The hosts were two past representatives of the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision, Matheu and Stefania who aslo represented Greece in Eurovision 2021 bringing the country back to the top ten after years.

The winner was chosen from a combination of 33% public vote, 33% jury vote and 33% children jury vote. Among the juries, were Chantal Janzen, host of Eurovsion 2021 and Ayana, representative of the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2021 in Paris.

The results are as follows (children jury + jury vote + public vote):

  • Infinity – “Never Ever” 24 points (8+8+8) 4th Place
  • MixedUp – “It Doesn’t Matter” 30 points  (10+10+10) 2nd Place
  • High5 – “Because I Know” 27 points (9+9+9) 3rd Place
  • Luna – “La festa” (The party) 36 points (12+12+12) 1st Place

The combined results were unanimous and the winner of the national final was Luna with the song “La Festa” and thus, she is going to represent the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2022, scheduled to take place this December in Armenia! The song is in Dutch, English and some parts in Italian.

Listen to “La Festa” by Luna for Junior Eurovision 2022:

What do you think about the Dutch song for Junior Eurovision 2022? Write us in the comments below!

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Netherlands: This is the complete line-up of Eurostars for Het Grote Songfestivalfeest concert in Amsterdam!

Het Grote Songfestivalfeest was a concert that took place in 2019, in order to promote Eurovision 2020 planned to take place in the Netherlands. After two years without it and one cancellation in 2021 due to the COVID-19 measurments in the Netherlands, the concert is back and wants to offer a unique show.

There will be numerous winners and past participants of the contest, including Loreen (Sweden 2012), Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009), Go_A (Ukraine 2021) and Sam Ryder (United Kingdom 2022)

The concert’s official Instagram account, announced every once in a while a new artist that is going to take part and that proccess ended some days ago. In the end, these are the artists that are going to perform in the contest in alphabetical order and the songs that they will sing:

  • Alexander Rybak – Fairytale (Norway 2019, 1st Place)
  • Antique – (I would) Die for You (Greece 2001, 3rd Place)
  • Carola – Fångad av en stormvind (Sweden 1991, 1st Place)
  • Efendi – Mata Hari (Azerbaijan 2021, 20th Place)
  • Frizzle Sizzle – Alles Heeft een Ritme (Netherlands 1981, 13th Place)
  • Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’Univers (Switzerland 2021, 3rd Place)
  • Go_A – Shum (Ukraine 2021, 5th Place)
  • Helena Paparizou – My Number One (Greece 2005, 1st Place)
  • Herreys – Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley (Sweden 1984, 1st Place)
  • Jamala – 1944 (Ukraine 2016, 1st Place)
  • Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year και Hold Me Now (Ireland 1980 and 1987, 1st Place)
  • Kalush Orchestra – Stefania (Ukraine 2022, 1st Place)
  • KEiiNO – Spirit in the Sky (Norway 2019, 6st Place)
  • Lenny Kuhr – De troubadour (Netherlands 1969, 1st Place)
  • Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland 2006, 1st Place)
  • Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden 2012, 1st Place)
  • Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone (Germany 2018, 4st Place)
  • Netta – Toy (Israel 2018, 1st Place)
  • OG3NE – Lights and Shadows (Netherlands 2017, 11th Place)
  • S10 – De Diepte (Netherlands 2022, 11th Place)
  • Sam Ryder – Space Man (United Kingdom 2022, 2nd Place)
  • Sandra Kim – J’aime La Vie (Belgium 1986, 1st Place)
  • Senhit – Adrenalina (San Marino 2021, 22nd Place)
  • Sheldon Riley – Not the Same (Australia 2022, 15th Place)
  • Stefania – Last Dance (Greece 2021, 10th Place)
  • Subwoolfer – Give that Wolf a Banana (Norway 2022, 10th Place)
  • The Roop – Discoteque (Lithuania 2021, 8th Place)
  • TIX – Fallen Angel (Norway 2021, 18th Place)

The big concert, is a co-production of the public broadcaster AVROTROS and PILOTSTUDIO and it’s going to take place in November 17th in Ziggo Dome arena of Amsterdam. It will also be broadcasted some time later by the Dutch public Television.

The hosts of the show will be Cornald Mass (Dutch commentator) and Edsilia Rombley (Netherlands 1998 and 2007, Eurovision 2021 host).

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