Juries also get 50% stake in Semi-Final result

Juries also get 50% stake in Semi-Final result
Geneva, Switzerland -

After the introduction of professional juries in the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest this year, it was decided by the contest's Reference Group that music industry professionals will also get a 50 percent stake in the outcome of the Semi-Finals.

Participating EBU Member Broadcasters overwhelmingly welcomed the introduction of professional juries in the Final as a positive development. At the same time, viewers, journalists and dedicated fans welcomed the introduction of over 200 judges from the music industry, and sent the EBU letters and emails to ask for implementation of the format in the Semi-Finals as well.

To increase consistency in the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, juries will also get a 50 percent stake in the results of the Semi-Finals of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, as well as in the Final. Viewers decide upon the other 50 percent of the outcome. The top-10 of the combined result in each Semi-Final qualifies for the Final of Europe's favourite TV-show.

Strict rules were introduced last year to secure the integrity of jury voting. Those rules will remain in place.

About the Reference Group

The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group is the executive Expert Committee for all Members, its purpose being to control and guide the Eurovision Song Contest. The Reference Group was established by the European Broadcasting Union's Television Committee in 1998 and its main tasks are approving the development and future format of the Eurovision Song Contest, securing the financing, modernising the brand, raising awareness and overseeing the yearly preparation by the Host Broadcaster.

The Reference Group meets four or five times each year on behalf of all Participating Broadcasters, and is required to take decisions in the general interest of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Reference Group is composed of a Chairman, three elected members of the Entertainment Experts Group of the EBU, two Executive Producers from previous host countries, as well as the Executive Producer of the current Host Broadcaster and the EBU Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor.


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  • Posted on 24/November 2011 at 04:45
    I respectfully disagree with this decision. Eurovision has always been The People's Peformance. I strongly disagree that certain countries have an inherent disadvantage-- the logical extension of that view is an assertion that the same song/artist/performance would receive a significantly different result based upon the country represented. But the public-at-large votes for the best song/artist/performance, not for favorite country! Introducing so-called juries will result in a fundamental change in this dynamic. Inevitably, in a given year, some will be dissatisfied with the result, but that is the nature of any ballot-- one that will not be remedied with elites concluding the “correct” way to vote. Please preserve the populist nature of this wonderful contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/June 2011 at 10:33
    Dear juries, get the hell out of Eurovision. I mean they are 5 for each country and we are millions. Why sould we pay to vote if they are going to ruin the results anyway? This year was maybe the most unfair Eurovision ever. LET US DECIDE! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/June 2011 at 10:30
    WHY DON'T YOU JUST KICK THE JURIES OUT? THERE ARE 5 AND WE ARE MILLIONS! IT'S NOT FAIR! WHY SOULD WE PAY TO VOTE, IF THEY ARE GOING TO RUIN THE RESULTS ANYWAY? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2/June 2010 at 11:48
    The result of this year is terrible, yet they don't announce how the juries played their roles. I would refuse to pay for voting if jury shall still decide next year, because it is like I pay for taste of 5 persons. I would not have paid if I knew jury can take as much as 50%. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/May 2010 at 18:41
    i think 5 people shouldn't decide for the whole country (in my case 46 million ukrainians), that's so unfair. everyone has their own opinion and likes, and the survey is pointless if 5 people have 50% of the votes.

    & that's not true about neighbourhood-voting, norway had a great song and it had a record number of votes ever. when ukraine had an idiot song in 2005 i think, no former-soviet country voted for it. so don't whimper and choose the song that people can like and REMEMBER after the first time. then people may vote.

    & GERMANY, great song! maybe the girl is not super-talented in voice, but she's so cute and natural!! i hope you win, although azerbaijan is very strong too. & denmark & russia & iceland & UKRAINE =))
    Greetings from ukraine!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30/October 2009 at 18:04
    we should know who are the jury and this is very strange. i dont remember of seeing their votes! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/October 2009 at 00:02
    Congratulations for the decission. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12/October 2009 at 11:42
    I think this is a great idea. Some songs grow on you and if they are heard twice then even the televoters might change their opinion on them and give them a good result in the final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 22:49
    too bad for people like sakis rouvas, who the jury don't like. but sakis rouvas looks amazing! he pours water on his body and it is so sexy: http://wiwibloggs.com/2009/10/10/sakis-rouvas-gets-wet-on-summer-tour/ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 22:13
    I agree. But I think we should know who are the juries.
    I don't know if it was possible this year...if someone know if it was and the name of the juries from Portugal, please write something here :)

    I just hope these juries can vote for real musics and have in consideration the good musics (original and tradicional) and not the Pop-beats like this years Azerbaijan, Turkey etc.
    People from Azerbaijan and Turkey: don't be offended, I like your beats very very much and that's why I'm writing this; so you can pull out some tradicional things and not the same every single year :D

    Greetings from Portugal,
    Rita report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 21:11
    Lol at Andorra being underrated.... they are overrated each year (specially in 2008) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 19:24
    GOD NO!!!

    I am one those who would protest against this report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 17:52
    The EBU have finally came to their senses! Thank you! Hope to see Andorra, Switzerland, Slovakia and Netherlands in next year's final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 17:04
    Good Decision!...Andorra, Montenegro and Switzerland should have made it to the final last year..... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/October 2009 at 16:59
    That's good news. In that way, underrated songs and countries (Andorra, San Marino, Slovakia, etc.) will have a chance to be in the final at least. report to the moderator