Oslo 2010: Televoting during entire shows

Oslo 2010: Televoting during entire shows
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During the Semi-Finals and Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, you will hear that famous sentence "Europe, start voting now!" a bit earlier, as you will be able to cast your votes by telephone and/or SMS during the entire show, instead of for just 15 minutes. From the start of the first song until 15 minutes after the end of the last song performed, votes can be cast. The Reference Group of the contest decided that.

"It is more logic to pick up the telephone and cast your vote while hearing and seeing a song, rather than at the end the performances. Experiences from several national selections also show that this extended voting window is beind used with success," Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU, said to Eurovision.tv.

The total impact of the televoting will be higher due to extended possibilities to cast votes, and reduces the possibility of telecom providers' systems reaching their capacity limits. Research by the EBU's televoting partner Digame clearly shows that the first songs, that have a longer voting exposure, will not unfairly benefit from this. The same research in fact shows that the tendency is that people vote while their favourite song is being performed, no matter where it is performed in the running order. The experience from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where the extended voting window was introduced three years ago, also supports this fact, as songs with a late starting number in fact won the contest.

The voting procedure is one of the most strictly monitored elements of the Eurovision Song Contest, to assure a fair result. Since 2004, the EBU works with the German-based company Digame to coordinate the voting procedure. A significant part of the televoting revenues is being distributed back to the participating public broadcasters.

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  • Posted on 25 May 2010 at 23:29
    I couldnt give vote to Slovakia , because i live in Norway and it was sad that norwegian wievers coudnt vote , so i think it sucks big time, Slovakia did really good report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 April 2010 at 16:47
    Another effect will probably be that presenters will promote voting with shouty voices during the whole show.. "Vote if this was your favourite, don't forget voting , you can do it now, did you already vote?!!!". A nice free commercial for the telecompanies during the whole show. YUCK!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 April 2010 at 16:42
    Weirdest decision ever. As a child I was taught to listen/experience first and then react. Of course EBU wants it the other way. Big winners: Telecompanies and broadcasters giving a shit about fairness.
    Ok, I'm sure in the Netherlands during song 1 it's still clear that song 17 will be the obvious winner. And wasn't that just the effect of televoting we wanted to combat??? The Reference Group seems to lack IQ and will never learn, I am afraid.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2010 at 17:19
    Someone mentioned that people will just vote for their favourite without even watching the whole show!! What is the point in voting at all if you aren't going to enjoy the entire show and just watch bit and pieces here and there...those people who do that are not true fans. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2010 at 17:11
    I think its a good idea because it will expose the ridiculous "neighbour" voting which still occurs despite the juries. As for the semi-finals I think it should work like the countries who perform in semi final 1 vote in semi final 2 and vice versa the ones who perform in semi final 2 vote in semi final 1. maybe this would work maybe it would not i don't know its just suggestion report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 March 2010 at 21:49
    I am from Holland and I will definitely be voting for: S E R B I A! I am in awe of this song! Cannot stop listening to it! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 March 2010 at 14:53
    Who had such a bad ideea.?? Not someone very intelligent i must say.How is the time balanced so that all the countries could have the same wrights. Could someone explaine it to me?? Let's say that the entire time for the first contestant is much longer than the others. OOo..this time Eurovision will spark a lot of complications and strife... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 February 2010 at 23:43
    People, think of it, because it's pretty much balanced.
    Songs at the beginning get more time to vote. However, a lot of people miss a few songs.
    Then songs around the middle would get a lot of time to vote and a lot of viewers, so it would be unfair, right?
    And songs around the end would still get some time to vote, and be fresh in the memory of people who actually watch everything before they vote.
    It all evens out pretty well. If someone wants to vote for X and Y and Z, then they will more easily. If everybody voted for 3 songs at the end of the performances, the phone lines would be pretty much down. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 February 2010 at 18:38
    i believe that either the tele-voting begins with the first song or the last one, it wont influence the result much, 'cause who wants to vote with their neighbours will do it anyway, and who wants to vote at the end of the contest, will do so...the advantage is that there will no longer be busy lines when tele-voting begins...and everyone gets to say their say.. now, about fairness, so what if a song has more time? if it's bad, no one will vote it not in a million hours...so i think it's an improvement.. moreover, it will reveal the percent of "political-neighbour-favourite" votes, for, as it has already been said, one cannot vote before having heard all the songs. anyway, may the best song win :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 February 2010 at 22:36
    As if Eurovision already hasn't too long a history of bad decisions. Well, this seems to be the worst of them all. How can there be fair voting when people can cast their votes without hearing out all the songs? Or has the Eurovision organisation finally realised that (most) people don't vote on the basis of quality, but base their judgement on geographical/political affiliations? It looks as if the Eurovision song contest organisation is determined to continue to kill all ESC appetite and with it Eurovision’s claims to being a song contest. Unless next year is going to be the year in which we’ll see the return of 100% professional juries. The haydays of democracy are over.... It’s been destroyed by the people. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 January 2010 at 19:25
    Im not sure about this report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 November 2009 at 11:05
    They should decide it once more! Diasporas will take the highest scores this way!

    Watch group NEXT, reported Azerbaijani representative in ESC 2010, Oslo, NORWAY:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3Ui0Ez5Ti8 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 November 2009 at 14:50
    I agree with erener from United Kingdom. We can ask ourselves first how we usually decide which songs to vote for. If one follows the contest very keenly, before the finals take place, he or she will often have a few favourites in mind and will probably vote for them. The performances on the final nights do matter, but possibly not very much. If one has a neighbour, he or she usually will give some consideration to voting for it. "Responsible" voters will wait till the end of all performances to decide and those are the voters the contest should appreciate the most. So the new voting rule might not affect the voting results that much as some predict. The main purpose of introducing it, I believe, is to increase the revenue.
    I remember someone question the 15 minutes time limit of voting, so to extend voting time may also address that concern. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5 November 2009 at 20:01
    Very good idea! Did you not see which company is "presenting partner" (top page logo)!? Long live tele-companies thruout Europe! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 November 2009 at 20:32
    Terrible idea!!! If you thought voting was biased before, this will just make things worse! Instead of voting for the songs AFTER having heard and seen all the acts, people will be voting for neighboring countries or, at best, based on the YouTube previous they saw. This is indeed the worse idea that the ESC committee has ever had! report to the moderator