Eurovision fans reacted strongly yesterday as new rules were announced for choosing the running order of the songs in Malmö 2013. Twenty four hours on and the debate is still underway with many Eurovision fans angry that Producers could get to ‘fix’ the show. Read what the new rules are and have your say here… Previously the running order was chosen by a draw. This will now change. The contest’s governing body, the Reference Group, decided that the producers of the TV show can decide the running order and this decision has been approved by the Television Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Eurovision.tv announced the new process, which will take place in three steps:
- As before, the countries that perform in the Semi-Finals will be determined by the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. This draw will traditionally take place in late January. Countries are being divided into pots based on historical voting patterns, the draw will then determine which country is represented in which Semi-Final;
- Different from previous years, the producers of the show will determine the exact running order of the Semi-Finals;
- The running order for the Final will be determined the same way. The producers of the show will determine the exact running order. Only the starting position of the host country (Sweden) will be determined by draw.
It has already been decided, for logistical reasons, that Norway and Denmark will be in separate semi-finals due to the numbers of fans wanting to attend from these two neighbouring countries.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has justified the change by saying it will make more exciting TV, and prevent similar style songs all coming together in the running order.
Fans seem split on the idea. Comments left on Eurovision.tv in favour of the change include:
“Well done SVT. It’s bout time we had a diverse and entertaining show that had narrative to watch. I don’t know why everyone is so worried. Sweden AND SVT know exactly what they are doing when it comes to Eurovision.”
“I still don’t get all the hoo-hah about this from everybody. Eurovision.tv stated that “this draw will traditionally take place in late January”. We STILL won’t even know who’s the favourites to win by then!”
“Do people actually believe that the running order matters?? Loreen performed as number 11 in the semi-final and 17 in the final. I don’t find it to be an advantage. If a song is good, then it’s good. If a song sucks then it doesn’t matter if it starts as number 26!”
Those against say:
“These kind of brilliant ideas are the ones that keep Eurovision a big joke. Voting is already highly politicised, so why give way to more subjectivity, more doubts, less credibility?”
“The show doesn’t need more viewers. It needs a strategy to make it respected in the music business.”
“The random order is one of the core values of the ESC, you cannot just scrap it away! This is a basic element of the contest!”
“The randomness is part of the beauty of the contest. How are they going to be able to explain who gets to sing #1 and who gets to sing on #22?”
So what do you think of the changes? Will it make a great TV show? Or will the contest be irreparably damaged if there are accusations of unfairness, or, even worse, bribery? Vote in our poll and leave your comments.
- Malmö 2013: Wow-Moments with a Message (eurovisiontimes.wordpress.com)