Eurovision will open voting to viewers around the world for the first time next year

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  • Viewers can vote through a secure online platform.
  • A full list of eligible countries will be released in time for the event, which is normally held in May.
  • The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held in the northern English city of Liverpool on behalf of this year’s winner, Ukraine.
Viewers from countries not taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest will be able to vote for their favorite act next year for the first time in the history of the competition, the organizer announced on Tuesday.

The new “Rest of the World” poll is intended to strengthen the power of the audience to influence results and recognize the global reach of the competition, which attracted more than 160 million TV viewers last year.

Viewers can vote via a secure online platform and a full list of eligible countries will be released shortly before the event, which usually takes place in May.
“Votes from non-participating countries will be combined to create a series of points with the same weight as a participating country in both the semifinals and grand finals,” the competition organizers said on their website.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held in the northern English city of Liverpool on behalf of this year’s winner, Ukraine.

Decades of tradition usually dictate that the winner of the competition gets to host it the following year, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said security concerns due to the ongoing conflict there meant Britain would host the runner-up instead.

Competition organizers said they would also make changes to the voting system for the semi-finals, which would now be decided solely by viewers rather than a combination of audience votes and national juries of music experts as before.
The grand final scores will continue to be decided by a combination of viewer and jury votes.

The changes are designed to protect the integrity of the event following irregular voting patterns in the results of six countries in the 2022 competition.

“In 2023, only viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest will decide which countries make it to the grand final and given the global impact of the event, anyone watching the show, wherever they live in the world, can vote for their favorite song deliver.” This was announced by Eurovision Executive Director Martin Osterdahl.

“We can also continue the tradition of traveling across Europe and Australia to collect points and ensure an exciting voting sequence where the winner is not announced until the very end of the show.”

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