Now we are facing one of the greatest moment of the year – the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is about to come. Tonight 26 countries fight for the crown of Europe – the Grand Prix. There are high hopes and expectations. But there will only be one winner.
Beside of the 26 songs tonight there is a new presentation of the results. First of all 42 jury spokesmen will tune in to give the jury results. There are 42 because there were more countries in the semi-finals which did not qualify but they have the right to vote. Now the spokesmen only name the “12 Points”. The other points from 1-10 will appear on the screen. The Swedish broadcaster SVT had the intention to make it as exciting as possible, the viewing figures during the voting procedure are the highest during the voting procedure. Unfortunately, this is absolutely unexciting, when only the highest pointes are named. Eurovision fans have complained that in former years only 8, 10 and 12 points were named, now there is no even 8 points and 10 points announcement and the spokesmen have more time to congratulate for the show and do all their gimmicks. Many people think that this is going in the wrong direction. The excitement is gone – so no more fun. That’s a disaster and should be changed next year.
Then the televote results will be presented by the hosts Petra and Måns. The last places 26 to 11 will be shortly blended in, far too fast for everybody to follow. Only the last 10 announcements are made with more tension and excitement. Every of the remaining ten countries could be the winner. The fact is that there is only the final result visible, but not the individual vote, which country gave which country how many votes. All this is history now, so new voting - no more fun!
Let’s hope that the responsible people will learn from this.
Public relations, Editor, Journalist
About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!