This year's Eurovision Song Contest involved the biggest live televised pan-European vote ever. Viewers from the 39 countries taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest made more than 5 milion calls and SMS votes in order to determine the winner of the contest's 50th edition.
With over 5 million calls and SMS votes during the 10 minute voting period at the end of both shows, European viewers in the 39 countries were able to use the pan-European televoting platform to choose the winner of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. The centralized televoting system was coordinated and especially developed for the contest by digame.de GmbH, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom.
“The televoting system ran flawlessly and handled incoming votes via fixed line and SMS from over 100 national telecommunication partners. We are proud to be able to handle this pan-European project so professionally and ensure that the winner of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest was chosen in a reliable way,” said Digame's director of international sales, Liesbeth De Boer.
The results of the televote were audited and confirmed by one of the world's leading audit and advisory firms, Ernst & Young.