The voting in 2011

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.

In the Semi-Finals

  • Starting right in the beginning of the show when the first representatives of countries take the stage, viewers in the countries that are represented in that particular Semi-Final* can start voteing by making a phone call and/or sending an SMS for their favorite song(s). You are allowed to vote up to 20 times, but you cannot vote for your own country
  • Based on the amount of votes by phone and/or SMS, televoters in each country then give 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 respective countries vote as well. Just like the televoters, each jury in each country then gives 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 are then merged per country. Each result counts for 50%
  • The TV hosts will announce the ten qualified countries at the end of each Semi-Final in random order
  • To keep tension high, Eurovision.tv reveals 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.

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In the Final

  • Starting right in the beginning of the show when the first representatives of countries take the stage, viewers in all 43 participating countries can start voting by making a phone call and/or sending an SMS for their favorite song(s). You are allowed to vote up to 20 times, but you cannot vote for your own country
  • Based on the amount of votes by phone and/or SMS, televoters in each country then give 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 respective countries vote as well. Just like the televoters, each jury in each country then gives 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 are then merged per country. Each result counts for 50%
  • Spokespersons in all participating countries will 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 wins the 55th Eurovision Song Contest

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