Swedish public broadcaster SVT have announced today that the final of Melodifestivalen 2011 will see a new model for how viewers' votes will be cast. In addition, the jury groups, which last year consisted of five Swedish and six foreign panels, this year will feature eleven foreign jury groups.
The viewer continues to share the 473 points, the same amount as the jury. Previously, only seven out of the ten entries got points. With the new model, all songs willscore points. The points will be cast according to the percentage received, eg if a song gets 10% of the phone calls and SMS, it will get 10% of the vote.
As another important novelty, the 2011 Melodifestivalen final will feature eleven foreign jury groups. As before. In the event of a tie, the votes of the public will prevail.
The international jury groups will give points according to the same point scale as before. Each panel group will cast their votes in the following order: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points. This means that each jury group will give 43 points.11 x 43 points = 473 points in total.
While the jury groupsdeliver their points,telephone and SMS voting will remain open. The voting window will close about five minutes later for the audience to be able to react to the outcome of the jury vote.