- Only viewer votes will decide which countries qualify for the semi-finals
- Viewers from non-participating countries will be able to vote online
- Jury votes will, as before, be combined with viewer votes to decide the final result.
Major changes to how voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will work have been announced by organisers, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Which countries will advance to the two semi-finals, 10 from each, will now be determined solely based on votes cast by viewers of the competition, rather than a combination of a jury and public vote like this has been the case since 2009.
And, for the first time ever, those watching in countries not participating in the contest will also be able to vote for their favorite songs online.
Their votes will be added together and converted into points which will have the same weight as a country participating in the semi-finals and the grand final.
Professional juries, made up of people working in the music industry, will continue to contribute to the outcome of the Grand Final along with viewers from each participating country and those voting internationally.
“An Exciting Vote”
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said: “Throughout its 67-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest has constantly evolved to remain relevant and exciting. These changes recognize the immense popularity of the show by empowering the audience of the world’s largest live music event.
In 2023, viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest alone will decide which countries make it to the grand final and, reflecting the global impact of the event, everyone who watches the show, wherever they live in the world, can vote for their favorite songs.
By also involving juries of music professionals to decide the final result, all songs in the Grand Finale can be evaluated according to the broadest possible criteria. We can also maintain the tradition of traveling across Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure an exciting voting streak with the winner only revealed at the very end of the show.
Audiences from all participating countries will still be able to vote by SMS, phone or via the Eurovision Song Contest app.
Viewers from the rest of the world will be able to vote via a secure online platform using a credit card from their country.
Following the unprecedented nature of the jury voting irregularities observed in the 2022 competition, a task force of EBU Members has been established to research ways to protect the integrity of the event. Its recommendations were subsequently endorsed by the Reference Group, the Competition Board and the EBU Executive Board.
Public broadcasters from 37 countries will compete to win the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool on May 9, 11 and 13.
31 countries will compete for 20 places in the Grand Final alongside France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ukraine, winners in 2022. A list full list of participating nations and broadcasters can be found here.
The competition is organized by the BBC in the UK on behalf of Ukraine after Kalush Orchestra won for their country in Turin in May 2022.
Frequently asked questions about vote changes can be found here.