EBU – According to oikotimes.com, the EBU will reveal an innovative change to the voting procedure of the Eurovision Song Contest by Friday this week. Rumors about the possible changes have circulated on the internet for quite some time now, as the voting order had not been drawn (as usual) at the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Several possible scenarios for a change in the voting system have been considered:
Last year the Swedish Head of Delegation Christer Björkman had suggested to determine the arrange of the countries only on the night of the final when all the votes are known in order to ensure an exciting voting for the audience. A computer would determine in which order the countries would vote in order to have a tight race for as long as possible as opposed to a runaway winner like in 2009. This procedure would entail serious organizational difficulties as it is already tough to get the satellite links to all 43 participating nations. Furthermore the end of the voting would be rather dull (in case we had a runaway winner).
The second more probable theory is, that the non-qualifying countries’ votes will be announced in one block or might even be summarized in a single set of points (1-12). This system would allow the other countries to announce their result in full including points 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 and would probably further minimize the impact of diaspora and neighbour voting in the contest.
It is quite possible that the changes will only be of minor nature though. Stay tuned for more information.