Due to the high amount of participating countries (37!) and the experiences from the last two years, the voting procedure had to be truncated. It really took too much time until all the spokesmen from so many countries gave all their votes. Many of the spectators were already bored. Now the points from 1 - 7 will automatically appear on the screen, the spokesman is going to announce the points 8, 10 and 12 only. So the exitement is granted. The last two countries in the order of apperance are going to do the old way from 1 - 12 points, the rankings can sometimes be determined by one point only.
For the semifinal there are no changes. The best 10 songs will qualify for the final. The exact result are going to be published after the final.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.