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Eurovision Song Contest overhauls long-standing voting rules

This year's Eurovision Song Contest is fast approaching and the rules have been overhauled, which means that voting will be done differently and revealed at the very last minute to keep viewers interested.

The exciting grand final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, May 14 and the votes will now be split with each country's jury vote shared first, followed by votes from viewers in all countries combined and announced at the end.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer for this year's show, explained: "This format change will inject a new level of excitement into the finish of the Eurovision Song Contest."

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, explained that these changes came about to try and keep the event “relevant and in pace with shifting media trends." He added: 

“The change will lead to a more dynamic voting sequence and keep the suspense and entertainment levels high right until the end of the voting. It is fitting that this change to the contest's iconic scoring sequence will be debuted in Stockholm, where the famous douze points system was introduced in 1975."

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Watch an explanation of the voting changes here:


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