A big change in the Eurovision Song Contest

In 2023, the ESC will be held in Liverpool, Kyiv. And one more change awaits the viewers. The audience gets more power.

There have been signs of manipulation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin this year. As announced by the organizer, there were irregularities in the voting of the jury from six countries in the second semi-final of the ESC 2022. Read all about it here. Now there are consequences. Committees are losing their importance.

Spectators instead of jury

Because at next year’s music competition, only a TV vote should decide which countries survive the semi-finals. This was announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Therefore, the jury vote is omitted for these two shows.

In addition, fans whose countries do not send candidates to the ESC will also be able to vote online for a fee in the future. Votes are tallied and converted into points. These have the same weight as the participating country in the semi-finals and finals. In the final, however, the juries are asked again, whose votes make up 50 percent of the points.

Kalush Orchestra: The band from Ukraine won in 2022. (You: IMAGO/Alessandro Di Marco)

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the ESC, said of the changes: “Throughout its 67-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes recognize the immense popularity of the show by attracting more audience power to the biggest live music events in the world. “

Liverpool instead of Kiev

In 2023, the music competition will be held in Liverpool, although the Kalush Orchestra won the ESC in Turin for Ukraine with “Stefania”. In view of the war in Ukraine, the reference group, the ESC Board of Directors, stated “that due to the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required of the broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance with the ESC rules.” , cannot be given”.

The final will now take place on May 13 in the English capital, with the first and second semi-finals previously on May 9 and 11. The BBC is working with representatives of the Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne to bring Ukrainian elements to the shows to showcase the country’s culture, it said. It is the first time since 1980 that the winning country has not hosted the ESC.

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