FAQ – We frequently get questions concerning the Eurovision Song Contest. In this new category, we will answer the most frequently asked questions (FAQs). What happens if two countries get the same amount of points?
During Eurovision history, there were different procedures to handle this situation. This is especially important if the countries that have the same amount of points are leading at the end of the voting. In 1969, after the last country had given its votes, four countries, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Spain had the same amount of points. As there were no tie-break rules in place at the time, all 4 were declared winners. Out of protest against this decision, many countries boycotted the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1991, Sweden and France each scored 146 points. This time a tie-break rule was in place. The country having received more 12 points would be declared winner. As both Sweden and France had received top marks 4 times, the number of 10 points received was decisive. In this case, the winner was Sweden, which had received 10 points from 5 countries (France only from 2 countries).
Today the tie-break rule is slightly different. The first tie-breaker is that, in the event that two or more countries tie for first place and for other places the song that received points from the greater number of countries is the winner. Had this rule been in state in 1991, France would have won.