Monday, January 10, 2011
Right after Eurovision-2010 there were a lot of rumours about some radical changes in voting system next year and finally changes have arrived. Radical? Yes and no.
Voting in semifinal and Second Chance will stay the same - 5 artists to go further in first round of semifinal voting and only 4 to be chose to the Final and Second Chance in a second round. The same duel system as previous year is left in Second Chance as well.
First important change is that Swedish jury members will be replaced with international ones so we'll get 11 international juries from different countries. Well, last year we've got loads of emigrants living in Sweden so it was difficult to be called really international jury. Whole amount of given points will be 473 (11 voters * 43 (12+10+8+...+1)).
The same amount will be this time given by viewers. Before whole amount of votes for every artist was ranged and those who got the biggest amount of votes got 132 points, second by viewers voting got 110, and so on - 88, 66, 44, 22, 11.
This time if artist has earned 10% from whole amount of votes he'll get 47 points (10% from 473). Will it change something? Not too much. For example usually difference between 1st and 2nd place is 2-6% (10-30 points), by old system this difference would always be 22 points.
However if this system would work previous years winners would change in 2010 (likely it would be Salem or Eric Saade), in 2009 (Måns could win it all) and in 2005 (Nanne would take over Martin). So next year is going to bring more exciteness and less predictability. Mostly because of international jury whose desicion would be hardly prognozed by any odds, sales or folk's rates.
By the way after announcement of jury's votes public will have around 5 minutes more to react by their votes to jury's result.
P.S. By the way by rumours from Schlagerzoot blog we can get Lena Philipsson, Nanne and some "Swedish celebrity in USA" involved in show - in interval-acts or as hosts, not clear yet.