The voting

Who hasn's heard about the famous douze points? The voting procedure of the Eurovision Song Contest is legendary. This page gives you both the basics as well as a detailed explanation of how the voting procedure works.

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The basics

In the Semi-Finals

  • After all songs have been performed, viewers in the countries that were represented in that particular Semi-Final* could vote by making a phone call and/or sending an SMS for their favorite song(s). You were allowed to vote up to 20 times, but you couldn't vote for your own country
  • Each country then gave 12 points to the most popular entry, 10 points to the second most popular, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points
  • In each Semi-Final, the nine countries with the highest number of points qualified for the Final
  • Professional juries in all countries that were represented in that particular Semi-Final vote as well. Just like the televoters, each jury in each country then gave 12 points to the most popular entry, 10 points to the second most popular, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points
  • In each Semi-Final, the highest ranked country in the jury voting results that didn't qualify through televoting yet, also qualified for the Final
  • The TV hosts will announced the ten qualified countries at the end of each Semi-Final in random order
  • To keep tension high, Eurovision.tv revealed the actual score boards of the Semi-Finals online after the Final

* The countries that are automatically qualified to compete in the Final will each vote in one of the Semi-Finals. By draw it was decided that in the first Semi-Final United Kingdom and Germany would also vote. In the second Semi-Final Spain, Russia and France voted.

In the Final

  • After all songs were performed, viewers in all 42 participating countries could vote by making a phone call and/or sending an SMS for their favorite song(s). You were allowed to vote up to 20 times, but you couldn't vote for your own country
  • Each country then gave 12 points to the most popular entry, 10 points to the second most popular, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points
  • Professional juries in all 42 countries vote as well. Just like the televoters, each jury in each country then gave 12 points to the most popular entry, 10 points to the second most popular, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points
  • The televoting results and the jury results were then merged per country. Each result counts for 50%
  • Spokespersons in all 42 countries read out the merged results, giving 12 points to the most popular entry, 10 points to the second most popular, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points
  • The country with the highest number of points won the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, being Norway. Congratulations!

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