Decision night for the 40 juries around Europe...and beyond
Opening of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest (Dress Rehearsal)
Photo by: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Posted 22 May 2015 at 21:00
Although the live show for the Grand Final takes place tomorrow evening, when viewers in 40 countries will have their opportunity to vote to decide the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. It is worth reminding you that this evening's show is of equal significance, as this is the show that the professional juries will be watching and voting on, and they are responsible for 50% of the votes.
27 Songs: 40 Juries
A record 27 songs will participate in the Grand Final, and professional juries in each of the participating countries, as well as ithose countries that didn't reach the Grand Final, will be voting on tonight's show. They will account for 50% of the overall total.
Each jury will be comprised of five members, (including a chairperson) who will be the same jurors who voted in the respective Semi-Finals. They will monitored by an independent notary in each country. The jury consists of a variety of members in terms of age, gender, and background. They are all citizens of the country they are representing.
None of the jury members are connected with any of the participating songs or artists, in order that they can vote independently. All jury members have made signed declarations stating that they will vote independently.
Each jury member will rank all the songs in the show by judging each song, each jury member will focus on the vocal capability of the artists, the performance on stage, the composition and originality of the song, and the overall impression by the act.
The EBU's televoting partner Digame will merge the points given by the jury and the televoters tomorrow night per individual country. If there is a tie between two or more songs between jury votes and televotes, then the song gaining the most televotes will be ranked higher.
You can see a further explanation of the voting in the short video below.
The live show of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place on Saturday the 23rd of May of May at 21:00 CET and will broadcast live on Eurovision.tv and on our YouTube Channel.
Which songs do you think the juries favour over the televoters?