One of the best kept secrets of this year's Eurovision Song Contest has been made public a few moments before the grand final. The Icelandic broadcaster RÚV publishes on their website the voting order for tonight's show!
Russia will open the voting of the 2011 Eurovision, while Latvia will be the last country to vote. Check out the full list below:
|1. Russia||12. Slovakia||23. Switzerland||34. Hungary|
|2. Bulgaria||13. United Kingdom||24. Greece||35. Lithuania|
|3. The Netherlands||14. Denmark||25. Georgia||36. Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|4. Italy||15. Austria||26. France||37. Ireland|
|5. Cyprus||16. Poland||27. Serbia||38. Spain|
|6. Ukraine||17. Sweden||28. Croatia||39. Israel|
|7. Finland||18. San Marino||29. Belarus||40. Estonia|
|8. Norway||19. Germany||30. Romania||41. Moldova|
|9. Armenia||20. Azerbaijan||31. Albania||42. Belgium|
|10. FYR Macedonia||21. Slovenia||32. Malta||43. Latvia|
|11. Iceland||22. Turkey||33. Portugal|
Remember that this year, the European Broadcaster Union did not hold a draw to determine the voting order in the Eurovision final. A new system has been intruduced in order to make the whole show more exciting and unpredictable. This is how the Executive Supervisor of the contest, Jan Ola Sand, explained it: "This year we are doing the voting sequence a little differently. For the viewers at home it will look the same, but we are actually calculating, how, based on the juries votes given the day before the Final. We are calculating the order of the spokespersons and this is done to create more suspense."
There's little time before the show starts. You can have your say on how this voting ordermight influence the actual outcome of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
esctoday wants to thank our member elinka xx for providing the source.