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    Eurovision opens voting to non-participating nations for the primary time : NPR

    Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra received the 2022 version of the Eurovision Music Contest, held in Italy in Might. Subsequent yr’s contest would be the first ever through which viewers from non-participating nations can forged their vote.

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    Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra received the 2022 version of the Eurovision Music Contest, held in Italy in Might. Subsequent yr’s contest would be the first ever through which viewers from non-participating nations can forged their vote.

    Giorgio Perottino/Getty Photographs

    Followers of the Eurovision Music Contest who reside outdoors of collaborating nations will have the ability to vote for his or her favourite acts subsequent yr, for the primary time within the competitors’s practically seven-decade historical past.

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the competition, introduced the set of main modifications on Wednesday. They successfully put extra energy within the arms of the voters whereas broadening the worldwide citizens.

    “All through its 67-year historical past the Eurovision Music Contest has continuously advanced to stay related and thrilling,” Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Music Contest’s govt supervisor, stated in a press release. “These modifications acknowledge the immense reputation of the present by giving extra energy to the viewers of the world’s largest reside music occasion.”

    Beginning in 2023, solely viewers will determine which acts qualify for the ultimate (versus a mix of jury and public vote, which had been the case for a few years). Juries — composed of music business professionals — will nonetheless forged votes for the ultimate, which shall be mixed with the results of the general public vote to find out the whole total rating.

    And, for the primary time ever, viewers who reside outdoors of the a number of dozen collaborating nations can vote on-line utilizing what organizers name a “safe on-line platform utilizing a bank card from their nation.” Their votes shall be added up and transformed to factors that carry the identical weight as one collaborating nation in each semi-finals and the grand remaining.

    Eurovision representatives instructed NPR over e mail {that a} full checklist of eligible nations shall be revealed at a later date, however confirmed that the U.S. is more likely to be on it.

    “It is foreseen that U.S. audiences will have the ability to vote on-line,” they wrote.

    Contest organizers say they’re making these modifications now partly due to “the unprecedented nature of the voting irregularities” seen in final yr’s contest.

    Days after the newest competitors wrapped in Might, the EBU introduced it had recognized “irregular voting patterns” within the jury votes of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino. Montenegro, Romania and Poland have all pushed again on that accusation.

    An EBU working group made this advice after exploring methods to guard the integrity of the occasion. Organizers don’t anticipate the brand new modifications to drastically have an effect on which nations qualify for the grand remaining: They are saying in an FAQ that they decided which nations would have certified from the semi-finals between 2017 and 2022 utilizing solely the end result from most of the people.

    “We noticed that, in practically all instances, when eradicating the Jury outcomes from the calculation, 9 of the ten qualifying nations from every Semi-Remaining stayed the identical,” they stated.

    The tune that certified for the grand remaining below the earlier system — which “would have missed out if solely public votes had been counted” — went on to complete on the decrease finish of the ultimate scoreboard usually, they added.

    Organizers stress that many components of the beloved occasion (which drew 161 million TV viewers earlier this yr) will stay the identical.

    “By additionally involving juries of music professionals in deciding the ultimate end result, all of the songs within the Grand Remaining may be assessed on the broadest doable standards,” Österdahl stated. “We will additionally keep the custom of touring round Europe and Australia to gather factors and guarantee an exciting voting sequence with the winner solely revealed on the very finish of the present.”

    Thirty-seven nations will compete in subsequent yr’s contest, organizers say. Its semi-finals and grand remaining are set to happen in Might 2023 in Liverpool, England. The UK positioned second this yr after Ukraine.

    Whereas it’s customary for the profitable nation to host the subsequent contest, the EBU concluded earlier this yr that Ukraine couldn’t meet the “safety and operational ensures” required to placed on the occasion resulting from its conflict with Russia (which organizers banned from competing after it invaded Ukraine in February).

    Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian folk-rap group that at present holds the Eurovision title, initially pushed again on the dedication that it was unfit, however has since given the British metropolis its blessing.

    “Enjoying in the identical place that The Beatles began out shall be a second we’ll always remember!” the band stated, in keeping with the Related Press. “Though we’re unhappy that subsequent yr’s competitors can not happen in our homeland, we all know that the individuals of Liverpool shall be heat hosts and the organizers will have the ability to add an actual Ukrainian taste to Eurovision 2023 on this metropolis.”

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