The Eurovision Song Contest is the World's largest Annual Song Competition, which attracts the largest TV audience around the world for a non-sporting event. Every year, up to of 600 million people world wide tune into the song contest, with many people hosting Eurovision Parties all over the world as the event broadcasts.
Following Denmark's victory in Malmo, Sweden last year, this year, the contest will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark at the B&W Hallerne on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May.
In this years contest, 37 nations across Europe will be competing to win the contest and the rights for their nation to host the next contest.
For those who don't know how the contest works, it basically works like this. Every competing nation has one entry into the contrst. The competition is made up of two stages. Firstly, there are two Semi-finals and then a Finals round.
The winner is determined through....guess what... A points system!!
Be warned, explaining the scoring system here is like explaining IJS so hold onto your hats!
In the Semi-Finals, all nations except the host nation and "The Big Five" nations compete in this round (The Big Five are the Five Largest Financial Contributors to the main organizers of the competition- the Eurovision Broadcasting Union). So this year, 31 nations will compete to qualify for the Finals Round. Those 31 nations are then randomly placed in one of two Semi-finals. This year there will be 16 artists competing in the 1st Semi-Final and 15 in the 2nd Semi-Final.
In each semi final, each competing artist will get to perform their song live in front of a live audience (there will be an audience of 10,000 in the arena), as well as all those watching the broadcast on TV. After all the performances, the audiences of the countries participating in that semi-final have 10 minutes to vote for their favourite act (EXCEPT THEIR OWN OF COURSE).
Each country contributes to the vote individually.
Each country determines their top 10 result by combining the Televoting Results (50%) with the 'National Jury' (a panel of musicians and celebrities from their country who rank the entries) results. The combination of both results determine their nation's top 10.
The top 10 then receive points from that country
10th- 1 point, 9th= 2 points, 8th= 3 points, 7th= 4 points, 6th= 5 points, 5th= 6 points, 4th= 7 points
3rd= 8 points, 2nd= 10 points and 1st= 12 points ('Douze Points').
Countries outside the top 10 get 0 points ('Nul Points').
This repeats for every country participating in the semifinal. Also, 3 of the 6 automatically qualified nations (The host nation and the 'Big Five') are allocated to vote in each semifinal. After the voting, the points are added together and the top ten highest scoring nations in that semifinal qualify for the final. Unlike the final, the semi-final results are announced by the hosts in no particular order and without the final points being revealed (The points and the breakdowns of each results for the semifinal are usually released the next day).
This process happens in both semifinal 1 and semifinal 2.
If you want to see what a Semi-finals result announcement looks like click the links below.
In the Finals, the top 10 from each Semi-Final (20 in total), the Host Nationm(Denmark) and the 'Big Five' compete (That is 26 finalists in total).
The 'big five' nations are United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Like the semis the voting process is exactly the same but in the final, the results are are shown differently to the semis. In the finals, each nations top 10 results are revealed. If you want to see what the final voting looks like, click on the link below
The contest in not happening to May but nearly all the entries and their songs have been revealed over the course of this month.
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