Major changes to the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 voting system have been announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), APA reports.
Details were shared in a press release after the new format was approved by the Contest's Reference Group earlier today.
- Viewer votes will decide countries qualifying from Semi-Finals
- Viewers in non-participating countries will be able to vote online
- Jury votes will be combined with votes from the global audience to decide the final result
Next year, the countries that qualify from the Semi-Finals will be decided solely based on the votes cast by you, the viewers, rather than a combination of a jury and public vote as has been the case since 2009.
The professional music industry juries will remain for the Grand Final, but complete control of who gets there from the Semi-Finals has been handed over to the viewing public.
And, for the first time, viewers from non-participating countries will be able to vote for their favorite songs too.