Voting: just ten minutes

by Richard West-Soley 68 views

Yesterday evening, the EBU published the running order for the semifinal show on 10th May. In the schedule, the voting window is given as the traditional ten minutes after all the songs have performed, confirming that the whole night voting as in the Junior Eurovision Contest will not be in place for the contest this year.

The idea was hotly debated on the site at the end of last year, when it was revealed that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest would feature an all-night vote. You can click here to read the article and view readers' reactions; many were worried that opening the voting lines from the beginning of the show would give the earlier songs an unfair advantage, or even foster political voting by allowing people to base their vote for a country on factors other than the actual song.

As ever, two recaps will be shown after the performances, the first set fifteen seconds long, and the second ten seconds each. After the ten minute window, Europe will have its finalists – and there's still no guessing who they might be after twenty-eight semifinalists each demonstrate reasons to vote for them in each rehearsal.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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