How does it work?
The first thing you need to know is that in every Eurovision contest, there will be 5 countries that will always be in the Grand Finals. These countries are the biggest sponsors in the Eurovison and they are: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Including those 5 countries is the host country which will also be automatically qualified for the Final round.
To start off the contest, every country that's part of the EBU picks the best singer in their country through a national selection. (Note that not all countries that are part of the EBU are European, some examples are: Tunisia, Israel, and Morocco.) There will then be two semi-finals that will be held among all of the countries that submitted a recording of the song they want to sing. The reason for the two semi-finals is because of the massive amount of countries that want to participate in the famed contest. The viewers from the countries that are part of the semi-finals (except for the Big 5) will then vote for the top 10 countries on each semi-final that will move on to the Grand Finals.
Now here's the tricky part, the point system. Following the point system, each country will give 12 points to the most popular song, 10 points to the next, then 8 to the next, then 7, then 6, and so on and so forth. The top 9 countries of each semi-final will qualify for the Finals. But, there will be two countries that can be qualified to the Finals even if they did not qualify in the televoting. This is because each professional jury from each country in the semi-finals will also give points to the countries that they think are the best with the same point system as mentioned before, and the two with the highest scorers are qualified. The Big 5 and the host country, may vote on the countries included in the semi-finals depending on the draw. An exception is that the viewers cannot vote for their own country and can only vote 20 times through call or text. The countries who won on the first and second semi-finals, the Big 5, and the host country will perform on the Grand Finals. After all of the 26 countries have performed on the Grand Finals, the people will vote again for the winning country, but this time, all of the viewers from all participating countries can vote as well as the professional juries. It also has the same point system as the previous round. Whoever has the most number of points in the Finals win, and will get to host next year's competition! In addition to that, the composers of the song get a trophy, and that's it.
Eurovision's True Colors
- Kim Alivia
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